Women jostling to catch the bride's bouquet could get fierce enough to cause injuries, ACC figures on wedding-related claims show.
Many people would be marching to emergency rooms because of injuries this wedding season, based on previous years' data, ACC said.
Of the 600 wedding-related injuries ACC dealt with between 2010 and 2012, several were sustained while jumping to catch the bouquet.
The dance floor was one of the most dangerous wedding zones, with about 160 claims for injuries suffered by bailing out of high heels, pulling muscles while dancing, slipping on wet floors and trodden-on toes.
Many injuries occurred before the wedding even began, ACC said.
There were back strains from moving tables, lifting cases of wine, carrying musical equipment and falling while putting up lights and decorations.
Wedding-day cricket matches, running races and sack races also ended in injuries.
Food preparation led to cut fingers and chipped teeth on foreign objects in cakes and other wedding meals.
Some claims related to swallowing wedding rings, being hugged too tightly and tripping while filming the event.
Injuries could happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time - nuptials or not, said ACC's general manager of insurance and prevention services, John Beaglehole.
"Just being aware of that can act as a prompt to do simple things to reduce the risk, such as cleaning up spills, taking care when lifting heavy objects and using sharp knives, and drinking responsibly," he said.
"And maybe restrain the Miley Cyrus moves if you're wearing heels on the dance floor."
Identified wedding-related injuries, 2010-2012:
- Dancing - about 160 claims.
- Falls - about 100 claims.
- High heels - about 30 claims.
- Cuts from knives - about 15 claims.
- Wedding dress (putting on, lifting, tripping over) - about 13 claims.
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