We all laughed in 2005 when the movie Wedding Crashers debuted. It was hilarious watching Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn show up to weddings they were not invited to -- posing as distant relatives, preying on single women.
It's not so funny when this happens in real life. These days wedding crashers aren't only showing up for the open bar. They're walking out with gifts and envelopes full of cash!
In light of the recent rash of wedding crasher thefts in Minneapolis and Pennsylvania, I'd like to share a few basic tips on how to prevent this from happening at your wedding.
- Never put your gift table by the main entrance or in an outside hallway at the venue. Position the table near where the couple will be seated during the reception. All eyes will be on the happy couple and the gift table.
- Designate a close family member or elect someone in your bridal party to be 'in charge' of the gifts, especially the cards. If you hire a wedding planner, this would be a perfect task for them to manage.
- If you plan to DIY your card box, thief-proof it. Make sure the box has an opening wide enough for cards and not hands!
- If you have a large guest list you may want to hire extra security. I watched a recent episode of Newlyweds The First Year and one of the couples received over $40,000 in cash and checks from family and friends at their reception. Can you imagine if someone walked off with all
- Consider buying wedding insurance from a company that will cover stolen gifts.
I know. Thinking about the possibility of this happening on the happiest day of your life sucks, but it does happen and it's better to be safe than sorry!
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