When it comes to weddings, we all know the old saying: “Something old, new, borrowed and blue.” But what if on your wedding day it turns out to be “something borrowed permanently?” In our society today, it’s not unusual that crime can encroach on something as sacred and beautiful as weddings. You may think that crime and weddings are odd bedfellows but upon closer examination you’ll see that the affiliation is not as strange as it might seem. This is because, by their very nature, weddings, with all their pomp, ceremony and trappings, tend to attract attention from the “uninvited.”
Here are some issues we should be wary of: Gifts—these glitzy packages can be sources of temptation once left unattended at a wedding reception or at the couple’s home. Gifts of cash that are given in envelopes can also easily be pocketed by those they were not intended for. One way to avoid this is by having a “gift table” at your reception and placing someone in charge of collecting gifts. As a guest, one way to safeguard your purchase is to deliver your gift to the couple prior to the day of the wedding or use a registry service.
Wedding crashers—These opportunists often strike when the couple and their guests are distracted by celebrations. They steal into receptions (pun intended) and partake of food and beverages. This, of course, can cause a shortage for the “real guests.” Hiring a wedding co-ordinator is one way to avoid this, since he/she should have a record of the guest list and can book required security and request identification from anyone who may look suspicious. You can also ask your bridal party to be on the alert for such people. Centrepieces and décor elements—Oftentimes during the décor “set-up” for the wedding, items tend to go “missing.” If you are decorating a hall or using a hotel, try not to have a false sense of security. Passers-by can easily abscond with fabric, decorations, flowers, centrepieces and wedding favours. Also remember that if you have rented centrepiece items, you will have to pay a replacement fee to the rental company, should anything go missing.
Equipment—DJ, photography and videography equipment, microphones, multimedia projectors and screens need to be monitored carefully by their owners, since they are costly and are targets for theft.