Parking- who pays?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
339 posts
Helper bee

I would say pay for a paid parking lot, but not meters. IMO.

Post # 3
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

CurlyCue:  I live in the city. People expect to pay for their own parking.

Paying for parking can still lead to inequities. Do you give the guests who took a taxi the same amount?

Post # 4
4402 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Depends on the event. If it’s a birthday party or something more casual where people are not traveling a long way to attend, then I wouldn’t pay or say anyhing about it. I’d figure people are adults and know that parking costs money, usually. 

If it’s a wedding or similar event that tends to be more formal and where people are traveling, I would probably try to arrange shuttle bus transportation for people, so that people have the option not to park if they don’t want to (and they can also drink freely, if they want).

Post # 5
145 posts
Blushing bee

I think that people expect to pay for their own parking, especially if they know the city or place and know that parking is only paid for in that area.  If they agree to go to the event, they know they’ll be paying for parking

Post # 6
988 posts
Busy bee


CurlyCue:  I would definately let guests know ahead of time so that they can make arrangements (carpool, have change with them if they want to use meters, etc.), but this is probably something that you could just tell them in person/phone call/text rather than putting it on the invite itself.

I dont’ think you need to go to the trouble of handing out cash/coins. As a guest, as long as I know ahead of time and have the cash/coins to pay for it, I wouldn’t expect the host to try and reimburse parking fees.

Post # 8
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would inform guests of the parking situation and let them know that it would be metered street or lot or valet so they can be prepared.

Post # 9
7915 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

You could reimburse but you certainly aren’t “required” to as per ettiquette unless its a mandatory valet or required parking lot with fee you could prepay to the venue 

Post # 11
2894 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

CurlyCue: drivers pay. No one picks up my ubers, unless it is an uber hosted event.

Post # 13
1244 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We’re dealing with this right now. Ideally I would like to find a way to arrange for us to pay for parking for guests at a nearby parking lot, but I’m not sure if that’s feasible yet.

Post # 14
6449 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If I am unfamiliar with an area I always check on the parking situation before the event and would never assume that the host would pay for my parking. I don’t think it’s necessary to mention, I’m asking must people know they will likely be paying for parking in a city setting.

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