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Wedding cancellation insurance

Take care of your guests. We'll take care of the rest.

In the event that you have to cancel or postpone your wedding due to an unforeseen circumstance, a Markel wedding cancellation policy covers non-refundable deposits and non-reimbursable expenses.

Examples of unforeseen circumstances:

  • Extreme weather
  • Accident
  • Illness
  • Military deployment
  • Vendor goes out of business

Event postponement and cancellation

Every wedding is different. Markel wedding cancellation insurance can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your wedding, either with special policy limits or by including wedding liability coverage (which many venues now require). Policy limits are determined according to total wedding budget. Plus, should you decide to hold your wedding for “better or worse,” Markel will cover additional expenses you need to make for last-minute changes.Take a look at some of the areas of coverage we offer:

  • Loss of deposits
    Often, the bulk of your expenses are vendor deposits. If a vendor is a no-show, goes out of business or fails to provide the contracted services, we’ll reimburse you, up to your policy limits.
  • Event photography and videography
    In the event that your professional photographer doesn’t show up, we make sure it’s not a total loss. You’re covered for the amount you agreed to in your contract and for loss or damage to the original film or digital files before you receive them, including video.
  • Special attire and jewelry
    Fact is, wedding dresses and tuxedos aren’t cheap. If your attire is lost or damaged prior to your wedding, we pay the cost to repair or replace it up to your policy limit. The same goes for wedding-day jewelry like wedding rings and heirlooms. Your jewelry is insured for seven days prior to the event.
  • Wedding gifts
    For seven days prior to and seven days following your wedding, we cover the cost to repair or replace lost or damaged gifts. Gifts are covered while at the insured’s home as well as in a locked vehicle.
  • Extra expenses
    Cancellation of your wedding should be your last resort. Our coverage ensures that you have the option to make last-minute changes so your wedding can go on.
  • Professional counseling
    Though exciting, planning a wedding and getting married can be emotionally taxing. If a medical professional recommends counseling due to the cancellation or postponement of your wedding, we’ll cover the cost of therapy for up to one year from the date of the event.

Exactly how much wedding cancellation insurance coverage do you need?  Look at the chart below, which states coverage limits based on your total overall wedding budget. 

Markel event cancellation

*Coverages and limits are subject to change. Rates shown are for all states except AK.Insurance, coverage, and discounts are subject to availability and qualifications and may not be available in all states. 10% discount for FL residents. Professional counseling coverage is not available in TX and VA. Coverage descriptions listed are intended to be brief and do not replace actual policy language. For questions or a complete definition of coverages and discounts available to you, please call a Markel insurance specialist at 1-800-388-0169.

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"Planning a destination wedding in Mexico can be stressful, but purchasing coverage from Markel to help protect us from all of the “what if’s” gave us great peace of mind. Our wedding was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and part of that was because of Markel. Thank you!"

Jessica J.
Markel event insurance customer
Destination wedding

"We had some complications for our wedding (a tropical storm) was headed our way, and luckily we purchased insurance from. Our wedding went off as planned, but I still wanted to thank Markel for letting us feel safe!"

Sharon P.
Markel event insurance customer
Couple at reception