How to Prevent Wedding Gift Theft

Posted by Grant Patten on Jun 3, 2019 10:39:57 AM

Wedding Gift Theft

Wedding Gift Theft

As much as we don’t want to think about such things on the “big day” of our wedding, the fact remains that there are people in this world who do bad things such as steal gifts from weddings. At Front Row Insurance, we’re interested in helping you prevent such an unfortunate occurrence from happening at your wedding. In this post, we’ve provided some examples of real-world wedding gift thefts just to set your awareness levels high, as well as tips & tricks on how to prevent thefts at your wedding.

Examples of Wedding Gift Theft Incidents

It’s easier to understand that wedding gift theft is a very real threat by highlighting some specific examples of such unfortunate incidents occurring. Below are some:

In April 2019, a couple in St. Peters, Missouri had a gift card box with about $2,800 cash in it stolen from their wedding. Like many couples, they had included a gift table with a box on it for people to place cards and money inside.

In September 2018, a serial wedding-gift thief from Eugene, Oregon pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated first-degree theft. Brian Keith Starr stole $18,737 worth of items from five Oregon-area weddings that year.

In January 2018, a thief was caught on camera stealing and running away with a gift box from a Rosemead, California-area wedding. The gift box was estimated to contain about $20,000.

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In October 2016, a young couple in Buffalo, New York had about 30 cards containing cash and gifts stolen from their wedding reception. The couple had included a gift table with a box on it for attendees to place cards in.

None of the above examples indicate that the married couple had a wedding liability insurance policy in place, but it certainly would have been advisable to have one, in all cases.

Wedding Gift Theft Prevention Tips

Let’s start with some general tips on preventing wedding gift theft:

  • Hire a wedding planner to help you come up with a good plan ahead of time. If you’ve got a wedding planner, then he or she will know who is moving the gifts and best practices regarding where the gifts should be at all times.
  • Make use of a bridal or wedding registry, which assists engaged couples in the communication of gift preferences to guests. You could let the registry know that you prefer to have gifts mailed to your home rather than brought to the wedding at all.
  • Assign a gift table attendant OR have multiple family members take on rotating “gift table watch shifts”. The attendant can “keep an eye on the goods” and also periodically empty the card box if and when it becomes full. Of course, they should be emptying the cards into a secure, private location, e.g., a locked room or safe.
  • If your reception is large (>150 people) and the site is in a high-traffic area, consider hiring security, both to prevent theft and to quash other potential rowdiness. Alternatively, if it is possible to hold a smaller reception with fewer guests, then that should also reduce the likelihood of theft.
  • Pick a wedding venue that is covered by surveillance cameras and clearly state in signage that the area is covered by CCTV. This of course doesn’t necessarily prevent theft from occurring, but it can at least help with deterrence and after-the-fact investigations.

How to Prevent Wedding Gift Card & Card Box Theft

As many wedding thefts seem to be gift cards and/or card boxes, a section with tips specifically on preventing this kind of theft is warranted:

  • Wedding Gift Card & Card Box TheftUse a wedding card box but secure it properly. Don’t just leave the box sitting unsecured on a gift table. Lock the box to the table and, of course, lock the box door.
  • Place the card box in an area that is far away from entrance/exit doors. This will make it more difficult for someone to grab the box and run off.
  • After dinner, remove the card box from the gift table and transport it to a more secure location (once cake has been served, most guests have added their card/gift/money to the box – no need to let it sit out there).
  • Inform guests that you’d be happy to accept digital gift cards instead of physical cards, if that is something they’d like to consider. This eliminates the threat of physical property theft altogether.

How to Buy Wedding Liability Insurance

Of course, we at Front Row hope your wedding gifts don’t get stolen but in case they do, having a wedding insurance policy in place would make the incident at least a little more manageable.

Under Front Row’s Wedding Liability Insurance policy, coverage can be included for the wedding presents for loss or damage up to 7 days prior to the wedding date and up to 24 hours after the reception. Policies starting at $105.

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Wedding Insurance: What is it?

Posted by David Hamilton on Jul 26, 2018 10:20:34 AM

What is Wedding Insurance?

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Special event wedding insurance protects a couple if they are sued as a result of a mishap at their wedding that injures a guest or damages the venue. It also covers lost rings, presents, gowns but does not cover the missing best man.

Why Get Wedding Insurance?

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  • Alex and Robin spend months planning their summer wedding on a relatives farm. On the big day a forest fire blocked access to the farm. With the right wedding insurance policy, the couple can postpone their wedding and receive the money they lost (less the deductible)—including money for the invitations, wedding cake, food, rented dresses and suits and non-refundable deposits for the band, flowers and other suppliers.
  • The ring is stolen from the truck of the best man’s car. Special event wedding insurance will pay for a replacement.
  • Right before walking down the aisle, the marquee tent is buffeted by wind and comes loose from its moorings and injures guests and destroys the buffet. The wedding insurance policy will provide the wedding couple with a lawyer to defend the resulting lawsuits from friends and relatives and the policy will also pay for the judgement amounts and will pay for the food and destroyed catering tables.

How Much Does Wedding Insurance Cost?

A basic one day wedding insurance policy that covers: attire, presents, deposits and venue liability usually costs anywhere between $130 and $350, depending on the amount of coverage you want.

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Do You Really Need Wedding Insurance?

If you cannot afford the costs associated with a lawsuit then it is smart to transfer the risks of your wedding to an insurance policy. The cost of one day event insurance for a wedding is usually 1% or less than the cost of your wedding budget. Often the venue will not allow you access until you prove you have short term venue liability. The venue may also want to see evidence of venue alcohol liability.

When Should You Get Wedding Insurance?

As soon as you start your wedding checklist. Let's say you put a deposit on your wedding venue months in advance of your wedding date and then it is damaged in a windstorm a month before the big day. With online wedding insurance, you'll receive your deposit back.

What Does Wedding Insurance Cover?

Check our online site to learn all the ways you will be protected.

Wedding Insurance Doesn't Cover...

  • A change of heart.
  • Unused alcohol
  • Photos or video or food that was not as good as you were expecting

Cheap event insurance is available for your wedding online with no need to talk to an insurance broker. Get a free wedding insurance quote in 3 minutes.

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About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that provides wedding insurance for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that business rental insurance client receives the money they are owed per the office insurance policy, as quickly as possible. Front Row has offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

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