Sunday, August 15, 2010

Insuring Your Wedding Reception Safety

Admit it, you’ve never thought about safety at your wedding. Safety at the wedding isn’t on the top of any wedding’s to do list. It’s something most people don’t think about until something happens and the wedding is splashed on the news and on U Tube.

Safety at the reception means hiring security to insure your safety and the safety of your guests at the reception, especially if alcohol is being served. Most wedding and event centers make it a requirement that you provide security. Yikes, another dent in the budget that wasn’t planned. Most times you hire off duty police and it’s arranged through the hall coordinator. It IS an extra cost. Some event centers will also require you to take out a one day insurance policy to insure your wedding. Compare their policy with your own insurance company before you sign anything. And ask before you book any reception venue as to what they require for security so you don’t get blindsided at the last minute.

If you, your fiancé, a relative or friend has a problem with alcohol, decide if you want to serve alcohol at the reception. You don’t owe your guests a drunken time. Put someone in charge of the potential offender and have them watch them. Get someone to discretely alert security so that if the person starts to get out of hand that they are quietly taken home before they disrupt the party.

Security will also keep out wedding crashers, exes with an agenda and from having your wedding gifts and cash envelopes pilfered. Your gift table should be away from the exit and entrance door so someone can’t help themselves to a handful of wedding envelopes and make a fast get away. It has happened to people I know and it’s heartbreaking. You need someone to be in charge of getting the gifts and envelopes home safely. Secure the envelopes in a container where someone can’t put their hand inside. The opening should ideally be no larger than a slit wide enough to pass in an envelope and it should be in a place where it can be seen at all times.

Safety also concerns things like drinks spilled on the dance floor. You don’t want to take a tumble and you sure don’t want your guests to fall. Have the DJ alert the hall if they see anything spilled on the floors and have it taken care of immediately.

If you are having an outdoor wedding, safety means easy access to the location for all your guests. If you have guests that are seniors with mobility problems, plan an easy access for them and a comfortable place for them to sit and enjoy. If you are getting married on a hot, humid day, Rent a tent to provide some shade for your guests and have coolers of bottled water on hand so that no one gets heat stroke.

Safety is a must for a great party, you and your guests need to feel safe and secure in a fun party atmosphere!

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