Nobody wants to think about what could go wrong on their wedding day.
We want our big day to be a joyous occasion with friends and family witnessing one of the most exciting and momentous days of our lives.
However, the sad reality is that there is plenty that can go wrong in the run up to your big day that could put the whole thing in jeopardy.
It is for this reason that wedding insurance has a higher profile than it had in previous years, with many couples letting their head rule their heart and taking practical steps to protect their investment.
In the current economic climate, this is particularly important. Wedding insurance can protect you for many eventualities, unfortunately if either the bride or groom changes their mind about the wedding, this will not be covered by any policy.
The plight of businesses and consumers since the onset of the economic downturn five years ago is well known.
Many small companies are under considerable financial pressure and that includes those in the wedding business.
In recent times, many claims have arisen from the liquidation of dress suppliers, caterers and other suppliers, who have been unable to keep their heads above water. While this is sad for those who work for these businesses, without wedding insurance, the couples who suffered would have had no financial safety net to rely on.
As well as suppliers, the owners of the venue could go out of business, which is again a major problem that can lead to the whole event being cancelled.
Wedding insurance can also protect you against human error.
Photographs are a key part of the whole event, capturing the best moments forever. However, what would happen if the photographer lost or damaged the pictures? The same is true of your bridal attire.
Wedding cover is not just for those tying the knot in the UK. You can purchase a policy in the UK that covers you if you are having your big day abroad.
Overseas weddings appeal for a number of reasons, including better weather and more attractive locations.
However, they can also be a logistical challenge and a common claim on wedding insurance claims is adverse weather stopping a significant number of people reaching the venue. This can be a problem both in the UK and overseas.
These are just some of the most common wedding insurance claims, with the death of a family member another reason why people postpone their big day.
As you can see, there are a number of things that can go wrong both on the big day and the run-up to it.
Suppliers going out of business, adverse weather, important members of the wedding party being unable to attend due to illness - all of these can ruin your special day.
Wedding insurance represents an extra expense but what you get in return is invaluable. Hopefully, you will not have to make a claim on the policy and your wedding day will pass without a hitch.
However, you will enjoy peace of mind that should something happen, your financial investment is protected, so wedding insurance is something you should give serious consideration to.