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The MBA Bride | August 22, 2017

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Wedding Theft: 4 ways the Business-savvy bride can protect her wedding assets

Why learn from your own mistakes when you can learn from the mistakes of others?

This person stole from the bride and groom at their church rehearsal

An article out of Des Moines, Washington highlights the sad, sad truth…brides and grooms are vulnerable to all kinds of theft. A Mail Online article features the story of a bride and groom who had the bride’s wallet, family heirlooms, and even the groom’s wedding ring stolen from her during her rehearsal in a church. So sad.

A business savvy bride knows just as well as the MBA student that it is important to protect all your assets – including your wedding assets. Although there is no way that the bride and groom could have predicted a pony-tail thief walking into their church and stealing their goods, there is some measures that the bride and groom could have taken to protect themselves.

Here are four big things the bride and groom should have done to prevent this theft:

  1. Under lock and key. Let’s state the obvious – why wasn’t the door locked?!?! Wherever you are storing your valuables, make sure they are secure and behind a locked door or safe. Although a thief might do whatever he or she can to steal, he or she might draw more attention when breaking down a door or carrying a safe in the halls. The bride should have locked the door and instead of “sprawling out” her valuables all over the room, she should have tucked them away neatly in a locked suitcase.
  2. Designate an asset attendant. Even though everyone probably wanted to be right by their side, the bride and groom should have ask a trustworthy friend or a family member to stay with their “things” to keep it secure. A wedding planner could have also filled this role and hired a person to serve as security, while also coaching the bride to move her valuables from plain view.
  3. Confront crashers. Although its not obvious that confronting the pony-tail thief was an option, anyone in the bridal party or in the church could have approached the creeper to ask her to identify herself and leave. Again, security can be a huge help here. If not, a big brother with exceptionally wide shoulders would have done the trick.
  4. Insurance. Just like you would insure your car, your home, and even your pet, this bride and groom could have considered wedding insurance like what’s available from WedSafe, Protect My Wedding, and more. For a deposit as little as $155, this bride and groom could have been covered for events such as this one. Although the bride and groom were able to recover all their assets in time for the wedding the following day, their worries may have been appeased a bit more with insurance.

Although this bride and groom had the right idea in the end – the wedding is about each other and not the “things” – they could have avoided heartache and un-needed stress by taking very easy, precautionary steps to protect their wedding assets.

Don’t fall into the same trap of this Des Moines couple – be safe and secure up front. What will you do to prevent the loss of wedding assets at your wedding?

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