Did you cover the cost of guest parking?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Did/will you cover your guest's parking?
    No (venue parking was free) : (25 votes)
    60 %
    No (venue parking was NOT free) : (9 votes)
    21 %
    Yes, cost was less than $10 per vehicle : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Yes, cost was $10 or more per vehicle : (6 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
    743 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

    CurlyCue:  parking for my venue is free…but I’m of the mind that if YOU chose a venue that has paid parking, YOU cover the cost of the parking.  Its a cost incurred by your choice, so it’s up to the couple to cover it.

    *general ‘you’ not OP ‘you’

    Post # 3
    544 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I think it’s a nice gesture but as a guest, I wouldn’t expect you to pay for my parking.  I live in a major city and it’s kind of normal to pay for parking so I wouldn’t bat an eyelash to have to pay.  Are there other, cheaper, options to buy parking close by to your venue?

    Post # 4
    2264 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    CurlyCue:  We are getting married in a huge city so we covered parking for our guests by means of valet service. The last thing we want our guests to worry about is whether or not they can find parking! The valet will cost us $1,000 and we will also include a large tip at the end of the night.

    For any of our guests staying with us at the hotel, we have also rented two trolleys to transport guests from the hotel to the church, from the church to the reception, and from the reception back to the hotel. This allieviates any concerns about drinking and driving and just makes transportation for the day much easier! The trolleys are $2,600.

    The only thing we haven’t done is figured out parking for the church. For our guests who are driving and taking advantage of the valet at the reception, they still might have to find street parking or a lot for the church 🙁 Or maybe they could park at the hotel and just hop on the trolley!

    Sorry if this posts twice. It didn’t look like it posted the first time!

    Post # 5
    42182 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    CurlyCue:  We didn’t cover the cost, nor did we make any special effort to notify anyone. We live in the city. No one expects free parking anywhere.

    Post # 6
    844 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Our evening venue doesn’t charge for its parking but our day venue doesn’t have a car park so guests will have to pay. It’s only a couple of quid so I don’t think people will mind.

    Post # 8
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    CurlyCue:  most venues in my area included valet parking in the packages. My venue had valet parking for everyone.

    Post # 9
    2264 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    CurlyCue:  Our total transportation costs, also including the limo for the wedding party and the classic car for FI and I, are under 7% of the budget, I think. We still haven’t booked everything yet so I’m not sure in total what our budget is. We are kind of taking things as they go. We still have a year left so I’m sure that percentage will go down.

    Post # 10
    47 posts

    I would negotiate parking with the venue, unless there was another option for free parking nearby in which case paying for parking would be a convenient option but not a necessity for your guests. I guess I kind of like it to a cash bar- i don’t like making it a requirement for guests to put out money in order to attend a function I choose to invite them to. A guest is a guest. 

    Post # 11
    2395 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Our ceremony venue had free parking and the reception venue did not. However, very few people drove anyway, which I knew would be the case. We hired a coach bus to take everyone from the reception hotel to the ceremony and back – so people could meet there even if they weren’t staying at the hotel. The hotel is in downtown Chicago and easily accessible by cab, bus, and train.

    I included a little card with the invitation that said “a courtesy coach will be provided from The Peninsula to Rockefeller Chapel and back – if you choose to drive, parking at the hotel is $23 for the day.” Or similar – I don’t remember the exact amount.

    I figured we did enough – I didn’t also need to pay if people chose to drive (and most people who drove were at the hotel anyway, therefore paying for parking regardless).

    Post # 12
    479 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We are not covering the cost of parking.  We are covering the cost of a shuttle for anyone staying at the hotel and recommend that the other guests take public transportation to the ceremony (where there is street parking, but it’s hard to come by and if you’re not used to city life might be a stressful challenge to find haha) and then they can take the shuttle to the reception too.  This was all made clear on the website and if anyone chooses to drive I explained the parking options, including the garage across the street from the reception which will be less than $10 to park as opposed to the hotel’s $34.  

    Post # 13
    1110 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Parking wasn’t free since our venue was downtown, and the cost for parking was more than we could afford. There are plenty of parking places in the area with varying rates, though most just parked at the garage next to the venue that’s part of a hotel. No one complained.

    Post # 14
    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Our venue did not allow parking on site, so I paid for guest parking at their hotels and provided transportation to and from the event. Our entire shebang was only four hours from seating to exit and so nobody was stuck without their car for longer than was absolutely necessary.

    Post # 15
    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

    Our venue had a parking garage but we did not cover the cost of parking for guests. The reason being is because there were metered (free after 5pm) parking spaces outside along the streets. It was located downtown. So I never thought about the cost of guests parking under the garage.

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