Bad weather puts Devon couple's big day on hold

09 Mar 2018

Offering an invaluable reminder of the importance of wedding insurance, one couple share their story of how snow storms put a stop to their wedding plans

The impact of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma in March 2018 saw the UK come to a standstill as businesses closed, schools shut and transport links ground to a halt. 

Yet the bad weather and subsequent disruption did little to dampen the nation's spirits with many enjoying the novelty of snow in spring. However, the same couldn't be said for a host of couples across the country who were set to tie the knot on the weekend that the storms struck.

Shaunagh Lambshead and Aaron Palmer from Dawlish in Devon were one such couple whose wedding had to be cancelled last minute. Set to take place on Saturday 3rd March at Woodbury Park Golf Resort in Exeter, the couple were due to welcome 70 day guests and more than 60 evening guests, but as the big day approached the threat of snow sent Shaunagh and Aaron's plans into disarray. 

Shaunagh says: "We had doubts about the wedding going ahead when we first saw signs of the snow on the Thursday before, but we didn't realise the impact it would have until the next day. We had several talks with the wedding co-ordinators about all the different possibilities we could approach on the weekend. The team at Woodbury Park were prepared to go above and beyond to do their best to try and make the day go ahead, but we knew we were unsafe to travel and that the safety of our loved ones came first."

Remaining optimistic about rearranging a wedding date and trying not to feel disheartened, the couple contacted guests the day before the wedding was due to take place to advise them it had been postponed until further notice. 

When the snow melted and normal weather resumed, Shaunagh and Aaron set a new date for their special day on Friday, 30th March 2018. Woodbury Park Golf Club was more than accommodating of the couple's misfortune, as Shaunagh details: "The team at Woodbury Park were amazing from the very start. Once it had been confirmed that the wedding was being postponed I had an email within an hour with available dates to rearrange the wedding. We were then asked to visit the following week to discuss how they could help make our new date the perfect wedding day."

Fortunately, the only elements of the day that had to be rearranged were the flowers and suits, with the majority of suppliers available on the new date. 

Warning other engaged couples to prepare for the worst when it comes to their wedding, Shaunagh says: "We regret not taking out wedding insurance as we incurred additional costs which could have been avoided. We would certainly recommend that future couples take out wedding insurance to be prepared for the unexpected."

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