To our customers impacted by recent storms

We hope you and your family are safe. If you have been affected by one of the recent hurricanes and need to make an insurance claim, please call 1-800-362-7535 or click here to file your claim online.


Storm warning

Event Insurance policies exclude losses due to events that are known to be likely to cause damage or cancellation of your event.  Policies purchased at this time will not be covered for losses resulting from known storm events likely to affect the U.S.  This includes Hurricane Michael.

To our customers impacted by recent storms:

We hope you and your family are safe. If you have been affected by one of the recent hurricanes and need to make an insurance claim, please call 1-800-362-7535 or click here to file your claim online.

Tips for Wedding Flowers

Flowers are so much more than the bouquets you and your bridesmaids hold. They help create the look and mood for your entire wedding day. Careful flower selection can brighten up your day and add to the elegance of your special evening. Learn 5 things to keep in mind as you select flowers for your wedding.

5 tips for your wedding flowers

1. Choose in-season flowers
When you choose flowers that are in season, they are more affordable because they don’t have to be shipped in from other areas of the country. They also will last longer due to being in the elements where they thrive.  If the flowers you love are not in season, ask your florist for recommendations on comparable flowers and what can be substituted.

2. Colors
When planning your wedding color scheme, think about what flowers will compliment your bridal attire.  It is common for brides to take a picture and fabric swatch of their bridesmaids’ dresses to the florist, so the florist can recommend flowers that will pair well. In addition, the florist can match the bouquet wrap to the dresses.

3. Flowers evoke symbolism
When selecting your wedding flowers, you may want to choose flowers that represent what you envision for your marriage. For example, Astroemeria symbolizes friendship and devotion and prosperity and Azaleas represent first love and passion. Ask your florist for additional ideas for symbolic flowers to incorporate into your day.

4. Repurpose your flowers
Consider choosing plants for your centerpieces that your guests can take home and replant in their yards.  This cuts down on the waste of flowers that will die within a few days. If you do use cut flowers, you can reuse the flowers from your ceremony at your reception. Choose to arrange the bouquets in a vase at each table.  You also can donate your flowers after your wedding to a hospital, hospice or assisted-living center  to help brighten someone’s day.

5. Centerpieces
Flowers make beautiful centerpieces. When choosing flower arrangements as centerpieces think about the placement and if they will obstruct your guests’ views of others at their table or of you. Consider keeping flowers lower or in tall clear vases.

We hope these ideas help you select the right flowers for your dream wedding. As you prepare for your wedding day, another idea to consider is buying wedding insurance. Markel offers wedding cancellation insurance, which reimburses you for lost deposits and non-refundable amounts if you have to cancel or postpone your wedding due to unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather, venue bankruptcy, or vendor no-shows (including refunding your deposit if your florist double books your wedding date and forgets to deliver your flowers). Coverage can be purchased anytime at least 14 days before your event, and policies start as low as $130

Markel also offers wedding liability insurance, protecting you from incidents outside of your control such as property damage to the venue or if someone gets injured at your event. Up to $2 million in wedding liability insurance can be purchased from Markel any time up to the day before your event. Policies start as low as $75. 

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The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.

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