Disaster on your wedding day? It's more common than you think
Unforgettable wedding day horror stories and how to keep your day from becoming a disaster! As insurance providers, we think about disasters a lot - so that you don’t have to live them.
Here, we've gathered some of the most unforgettable Canadian wedding day horror stories: not only do they showcase how true love always triumphs, they’re a good reminder that there are some things you just can't predict -- and that's why there's wedding insurance.
Read on for some unforgettable wedding day disasters - and then let us make sure you’re covered for anything on your big day with our wedding insurance packages, starting at $105 CAD. (subject to change)
During the epic forest fires that raged across BC in 2017, one 100 Mile House, BC, couple found themselves racing the blaze for their wedding. Their wedding cake provider was unable to get to the wedding, and their venue was put on evacuation alert. But, as their friend and wedding photographer Liz of One Blue Fish Photography recounted: “This wedding was happening come hell or forest fire.” It wasn’t the wedding the couple was dreaming of, but seeing their community pull together despite the fires was inspiring. “The amazing love and support that these two received will always stay with me.” said Liz.
DYK: Losing a wedding cake can cost you anywhere from $500 to $2000 or more - and cancelling your whole wedding without insurance could potentially set you back the entire cost of your wedding.
Jay and Quandra Werner’s wedding venue was destroyed by a windstorm so bad it made headlines. Tents were tossed by the wind, and a cameraman was taken to Vancouver General Hospital with a broken wrist. “I was ready to just run away,” said the groom. “I said the wedding's off. I just I can't, it's gone. It’s completely gone. It's pretty upsetting to see nine months of work gone in just 60 seconds.” After he tried to call off the wedding twice (and his bride put it back on again, twice) something magical happened - members of the Burrard Inlet Yacht Club pulled together to make their vows happen despite the destroyed venue. Aww.
DYK: Cancelling a wedding can cost you anywhere from $10,000 and up, depending on your vendors...and without wedding liability insurance, any injuries that may happen (on the dance floor or otherwise) that prevent a person from earning their livelihood can create even more financial trouble.
“The priest was in fine form and we looked forward to seeing him two days later on our big day,” Marie Fraser wrote to Global BC. “Except that, well, he didn’t show up. Catholic Priest M.I.A.” The wedding party scoured White Rock, BC for anyone who could marry the happy couple. In the end, a Pentecostal preacher was located at his home, and he kindly agreed to facilitate the couples’ vows...still wearing his gardening gear.
DYK: In BC, a marriage officiant starts at $80, and they’re expected to charge additional fees for travel, extra hours and other costs. The couple getting married is responsible for any additional costs incurred by last minute changes...so an MIA officiant can add substantially to your costs.
BC bride Jessica Turner described what it was like to get married during the worst storm in 2003 to Global BC. “We got married on the 100-year storm and no one was able to get there,” she explained. When a nearby bridge washed out, the wedding cake provider, the photographer, her husband’s family and the father of the bride were all left stranded. “It was a quiet, quick ceremony to say the least…” remembered Jessica. “I was trying my best to keep it together and only cried periodically throughout the day."
DYK: Losing a wedding cake can cost you anywhere from $500 to $2000 or more - as for losing the chance to have your loved ones at your wedding - that’s a cost we can’t estimate.
If these stories keep you up at night, check out our wedding insurance plans! We cover your big day against disaster, including scenarios like service providers going MIA, or destroyed property. It’s easy and fast to purchase online here - and if you enter the code CANADAWEDDING, we’ll take $50 CAD off your policy. (NOT valid in ON, QC, SK, NB)
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