There’s life insurance, health insurance, home owner’s insurance but until today I’d never heard about wedding insurance. A Philadelphia-based wedding planner, Mark Kingsdorf, and I were chatting earlier about the disturbing melee between two wedding parties at the Sheraton Society Hill on Sunday during which one wedding guest suffered a fatal heart attack, when Kingsdorf brought up the importance of couples’ insuring against calamaties such as what happened.
“You’ve got two big drunken parties that collided,” he said of the eyebrow-raising brawl that was videotaped on an iPhone by a teen-aged hotel guest who’d been awakened by all the noise. “I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often."
When he’s organizing weddings, Kingsdorf advises couples to get a one-day rider on their homeowner’s insurance to cover the possiblity that a fight like what happened could break out. (Not all insurances allow for this. You have to check.) Some brides opt to take out wedding day insurance to cover the cost of a member of the bridal party’s getting injured as they’re about to walk down the aisle.
In the incident at the Sheraton, police said the fight began when some of the guests in a wedding reception went to the hotel bar and began fighting. Guests from another wedding at a different venue, who were staying at the Sheraton, reportedly arrived and began duking it out with the guests who were already fighting. The carrying on spilled out into the lobby and outside.