Post # 1
All of our guests are from out of state. Our venue is downtown in a small city and doesn’t have many free parking spaces. I would rather not have our out-of-town guests search for free parking when there is a paid parking lot on the next block over from our venue. I have no problem paying but I have no idea what the etiquette is for transferring the money. The parking company will accept pre-payment if there are 13 vehicles in the party but otherwise it’s pay as you leave. There’s a good chance that there won’t be 13 vehicles in our party since we’re having a small wedding and everyone is traveling in groups. If that’s the case, how should I handle the payment? I’m not allowed to collect guests’ tickets and walk to the booth to pre-pay (I asked, hah). Should I post on our wedding website that we will pay for parking and just hand them envelopes with money? I just really don’t want them to refuse the envelope which I have a feeling many of them will do. Any ideas?
Post # 3
It’s surprising to me that the lot won’t let you pre-pay. What if you just pay for 13 vehicles? Tell them you’re expecting 13 vehicles, even if you’re not.
Post # 4
Hm, I’m going to have this dilemma, too, although we do have tons of free street parking. I say just pre-pay for 13 vehicles if it’s not going to cost an arm and a leg.
Post # 5
Can you ask for vouchers for your guest and then you pay for them all afterwards? I find it hard to believe that a garage wouldn’t let you pre-pay.
Post # 6
Do you have to pay for their parking? I wouldn’t mind paying as a guest as long as I can pay by credit card (I never have cash).
Post # 7
It’s $20 per car for all-day parking so I would really like to pay for the guests. Everyone on my side of the family and our friends want to carpool to the venue because people want to DRINK, hah! My FI’s family is thinking about renting two minivans and driving down to VA. Plus there are two vendors whose parking I will pay for as well. My lower estimate is 8 vehicles for a cost of $160 and 13 cars would cost $260. My wedding budget is pretty low and that $100 could pay for ribbon wands or table runners or various other items on my wish list.
I may just bite the bullet and pay the extra $100 bucks, but if I choose not to, can anyone think of a tactful way of distributing the money? Also, I just found out that the parking company does not accept pre-payment for the parking lot. Instead, our guests will have to walk an additional block to the company’s parking garage. Gah. I know it won’t end up being a big deal whatever may happen, but I would just really like for it to be as convenient as possible for our guests. =b
Post # 8
So here’s where I’m confused. Why can you not just take everyone’s tickets (well, probably not you, since you’ll be busy being the bride and all) and pay? Say, have one of your bridesmaids or a close family member collect parking tickets and go down to the office and pay them?
Post # 9
I have a similar situation, except all of our guests will have to use the parking garage. Is there any part of the day that is free, so if they park in there, it’ll be free all day? For me, if they park before 4:00 p.m., even if they’re in there long after, it’s free. I’d check into that.
We have been given the option of having our venue pay for the parking fees and they’ll take it out of our security. Perhaps see if something like that can be arranged? The venue will be buying the passes from the city and it’ll just save us from having to figure it out ourselves.
Post # 10
I’d prepay for 13 and if you only have half that many show up, then consider the leftover as a tip for the valet.