Post # 1
Hey bees! So my wedding is TOMORROW!! Crazy. So excited. The only thing kind of getting me down at the moment is the surprise of my photographer expecting us to pay for parking. I’ve never heard of that.. It’s not much, and will only come out to a few hours in a parking ramp (so maybe 8 bucks), but I don’t get if I pay her beforehand or what? I don’t even know which ramp she’ll Park in as we’re downtown so there are many options.
So my question is: did you pay for your photographer’s parking, and if so, when/how did you pay them! Thanks guys!!
Post # 2
I had free parking at my wedding, but I would imagine that this would be part of the cost to your photographer (similar to travel fees). Does it mention anything in your contract?
Post # 3
Unless it was some outrageous parking fee, I would just assume the photographer would take care of it and consider it part of the travel expenses. Seems really odd!
Post # 4
housebee: I don’t remember seeing anything about travel costs, but that does make sense, if that’s a normal thing, that parking would be part of it. I’ll look over it again though. How do I pay her, in advance with a guess, or after all is said and done?
Post # 5
laurabora: That’s sort of weird to me. We happen to have free parking so that isn’t an issue but there was no mention that we were supposed to pay for travel costs like gas or anything. I was under the impression that those get calculated into what they charge for their service.
I would just ask her to send you a bill for incidentals and hope she doesn’t add in tons of extras.
Post # 6
laurabora: I prepared little envelopes for all of my vendors with their tips/payments, then wrote the names on the outside of the envelopes. As soon as the vendor arrived, I would hand them the envelope. I guess your other options would be to mail her a check or have her bill you. I suppose you could also call your venue and see if you can pre-pay for her parking. I would just call your photographer and see what she wants you do to.
Post # 7
Yes, we had to pay for our photographers parking in NYC. It was written into our contract. They sent us an invoice a couple weeks after the wedding.
Post # 8
I paid for everyone’s parking, as per our contracts (we live in a very large city with limited parking and expensive garages). I included it in my final payment. Our on-site hair and makeup just charged their parking to my hotel room.
Post # 9
We got married in a downtown area where free parking is hard to find. Our photographer did not ask us to pay for his parking, and I would have thought that would be just a cost of doing business for someone who expects to do work in the area. However, if it was only a couple bucks I’d just pay it and not fuss.
Post # 10
I’m a photographer and although I don’t expect it to be paid for by the bride, it does make sense for them to pay for it. I have a wedding coming up in May that requires a parking pass to which my bride without a question mailed me the parking passes for.
Post # 11
Our venue has free parking (which in our city, is very hard to come by) and that was one of the many reasons we chose it! If we didn’t have free parking, I would definitely expect for it to be included in my costs, as it would cost a lot to park all day/night in our venue’s area.
Post # 12
laurabora: Is it in your contract that you pay for it? I would seriously chill the day before your wedding and not worry about $8.
Post # 13
Yep, it’s normal. Was written into photography/video crew’s contract (4 of them), and band (12 piece plus sound guy), etc.
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I’m surprised parking wasn’t addressed in your contract. My guess is that the photographer may not have realized the venue required paid parking when they drafted the contract if it’s missing. It’s definitely an expense associated with shooting your wedding that they wouldn’t incur otherwise so it would be a good idea to pay for their parking or obtain a parking pass for them imo.
Post # 15
I’d only expect the bride and groom to make arrangements for, or payment of, my parking if:
(a) the wedding was in a town/city where parking is difficult and to ensure you can park for the required number of hours, very expensive. Like VERY expensive!
(b) the venue offered free parking but required everyone to display a pass
Otherwise parking is factored into my overall costs in the same way that travel to a local wedding is. The idea of bothering a bride for $8 or so wouldn’t occur to me.