Post # 1
So my FI and I are getting married right in Michigan Ave in Chicago at a hotel. Everyone from my side of the family is either flying in (and will not be renting cars) or live in Chicago already and will either cab or bus it. My FI’s family is from the suburbs and they will all likely drive.
The hotel where we are getting married charges $50 for valet parking (yikes-I know). My FI is investigating other parking options near by. I was planning on including parking options/locations/cost on an infomration card in all of the invites.
Will the guest think it is tacky that we are not hosting parking? I have never had a driver’s license in my life so parking is never a concern of mine. At $50 a car we cannot afford to cover it for everyone, so I am thinking that atleast spelling out options will help guests find cheaper options (or maybe encourage them to take public transportation as well).
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
I’m definitely planning a post about our parking situation! Interested to see how your poll plays out.
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s "tacky" at all. Definitely just give guests a heads up; if most of them will be at the hotel already and the rest can carpool and know the city, providing a warning and a list of possible alternate parking spots should be sufficient.
Post # 5
$50!!! I would definitely include information about parking options in the invitations. You don’t want people to show up at the hotel and be shocked with a $50 charge and then maybe drive around in circles for hours looking for cheaper parking! I know my FI hates paying for parking under any circumstances and would rather drive around for an hour than pay even $10. For the quirky people like him, a list of parking options in advance would really help!
Post # 6
Maybe put something like: "Planning on driving? Please see our website regarding the multiple parking and transit options." And then put it on your website?
Post # 7
I don’t think a list of parking options is tacky at all. It shows your concern for your guests about the situation, but isn’t going to cost you $50/car. Good luck!
Post # 8
I didn’t include it in my invitations, but I posted the parking rates on our website. The great thing about my venue is the fact that they have parking. I’m not so worried about the cost. I think 16.00 is actually good for a downtown venue. I know some relatives will complain but, oh well. I always say, my fiance’s family bought plane tickets and hotel rooms, you can pay for parking.
I went to a wedding in Chicago this past September. The hotel gave vouchers so parking was only 20.00. Maybe you can check on that? Also, check with an interpark facility. They may have a discount for your guests.
@bruschetta – I really wanted your venue, so bad for a while, but one of the reasons we didn’t go with it was the horrible parking in Old City! I can’t wait to read your post.
Post # 9
I’m curious to see how this plays out! A friend of mine is having her reception on a riverboat. Parking is only $5, though. But she doesn’t want the guests to pull up and have to pull out cash all of a sudden.
They told her her options were to pay $5/car in advance (i told her she should only do the people who rsvp yes!) or pay after the fact.
Wow, $50 parking? how insanely ridiculous. I think you’re fine offering other parking. This is a common issue in big cities, after all! You have to pay to park just to go to the grocery store!!! As I learned in blatimore…seriously, $5 to go to whole foods
Post # 10
I think parking is more imp. than open bar. What if you gave everyone one drink ticket then they pay after that?
Post # 11
Wow, $50 is awful! But by the same token for your guests to have to pay $50 for parking is awful too. So what are the other options? Can they park forfree or much less someplace else? Would it be cheaper to rent transportation (ie. bus) to take folks from say the church to reception? (I truly don’t know the difference in costs.)
I think if there is parking close by, say a garage or lot that charges $5 or $10, I think you should be fine. I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect the ‘burbs to take public transportation. First, they’d probably have to use their cars to drive to the public transportation. It seems pretty inconvenient. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been a burber all my life. I’ve never been on a bus, subway etc, (unless it was chartered.) I certainly don’t want to be on one, wearing a nice cocktail dress. But I wouldn’t mind walking a 1/2 block or so from as parking garage.
Post # 12
The valetparking for our (hotel) venue was really expensive too-I asked if we could just give them a flat fee for everyone to park and they said no so I am telling guests (in the invitation)to park in the lot down the street which is like $15 for the night. It’s kind of a pain but oh well-that’s life. I’ve upgraded the bar for the guests so I’m sure they will be happy.
Post # 13
you should just give options; I gave options for hotel rooms and discounted rates
Post # 14
We’re not paying for our guests parking, either. We’re paying for their meal, drinks, etc, the entire night, so if they really have a problem with that, that seems pretty ungrateful to me. I am going to suggest on our direction card that guests park in adjacent lots (where parking is much cheaper.. i think $5 or $10 as opposed to $35 in the hotel garage). But I will say that garage parking is available for $35.
I’m trying to think and I really don’t think that I’ve been to a wedding where the bride and groom paid for my parking. I’m sure it’s done, and sure, I’d love to do it, but it’s just not realistic.
Oh and I also disagree that parking is more important than open bar. Especially when at least half of your guests aren’t going to need to park anyway.
Post # 15
I agree, open bar is top priority on my list; I invited my girlfriends to an all you can eat French restauarnt, they preferred all you can drink!
Post # 16
I bought out a clubhouse suite at a baseball game for our afterparty. I made sure to include the public transportation options for my guests (with specific bus lines!) so they could save the $$ you usually have to pony up for parking at an MLB stadium.