Post # 1
Boht our ceremony/reception will be held in the same location. A small parking lot as well as plenty of grassy areas are available for parking. My venue charges $500 (plus 28% taxes/fees on top of that) for valet parking. We simply can’t afford it and even more so, it just seems like something that isn’t necessary. It’s not like it’s a big city wedding where people will be circling for 45 minutes trying to find a spot AND we do not have any handicapped individuals attending.
I’ve been to only one wedding that didn’t have valet parking and honestly, I preferred it as I could come/go as I pleased (without waiting in a long line for my car and digging in my purse for a tip).
SO, what are your thoughts on NOT having valet parking? Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s necessary, especially since you said there is plenty of available parking.
Post # 4
I live in a small area, all of the weddings ive been too havent had valet parking, but they were all in small towns. Even if they were in a big city, I wouldn’t mind.
Where are you having your wedding?
Post # 5
I would rather you spend that $500 on something much more important than valet parking- your honeymoon perhaps?
Post # 6
I’d say it is totally fine! my venue includes 10 complimentary valet passes so we are giving those to grandparents/older people attending but outside of that if guests want valet parking they have the option to pay. We couldn’t remove the valet option because our venue is a downtown hotel and they are outside the hotel all the time.
Post # 7
Our wedding in in Newport RI (Oceancliff). It’s a hotel but not somewhere that will typically be jam-packed with people. AND our wedding is a Sunday daytime wedding so I would think by then the Saturday night wedding folks will have left OR will be out and about exploring the city.
Post # 8
I think if there’s an abundance of obvious parking nearby it’s totally unnecessary.
Post # 9
@HaveGroomWillTravel: I really dislike valet parking. I’d be all for parking my own car, and I’ve actually never seen this at a wedding and would never expect it. If I did have to use valet, it would be a most unwelcome surprise! Plus many times people take small purses to weddings and may not have cash or small bills with which to tip. I’d say, skip it!
Post # 10
Thanks, all! We opted to skip the valet and I haven’t second guessed that decision once! 🙂
Post # 11
@HaveGroomWillTravel: WOW! I totally agree with you, I much prefer self-parking so I know where my car is and I can come/go as I please with it.
I totally don’t think that price is worth it and if your venue allows you to do self-parking, DO IT! Some venues in my area require it and in this case at least you have the choice.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Yay, glad to hear you skipped it, it’s so unnecessary
Post # 13
I would add that you may want to note somewhere (e.g. wedding website) that self-parking is available, just in case your guests assume that valet is the only option or that it is covered. I think noting that “self parking is available” sound better than noting that valet parking isn’t covered by you and FI.