Post # 1
You plan a event (bday party, shower- whatever) and pick the restaurant that happens to be in area that is mostly metered street parking or paid parking lot.
Do you pay for parking? Coordinate w/ restaurant to do so or hand out cash & coins at the event.
Do you inform guests of the parking situation w/ the invite? Include the actual dollar amount.
Do nothing except invite your guests out. Guests may or may not know the parking situation in the area.
Post # 2
I would say pay for a paid parking lot, but not meters. IMO.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
julies1949: IDK about taxis, but that wouldn’t be the case at all in this situation. Everyone would drive their own car or a rental car.
I didn’t ask, but along the same lines the *fastest* way to get from point A to point B is taking a toll road. Not everyone will be familiar with the toll road, is that a cost that should be picked up?
Post # 8
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
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 # 10
stillme: its a combo baptism- first bday party. The church has free parking one restaurant option does not. All of our family would have to fly or drive to the area and would not know off hand about paid parking.
Post # 11
CurlyCue: drivers pay. No one picks up my ubers, unless it is an uber hosted event.
Post # 12
Everyone, you’ve been really helpful. I’ll include the info on a map/parking card if we go with that restaurant. Id hate for someone to RSVP w/o knowing that info and that $5 parking lot fee would have mattered to them.
I am planning to give everyone a small car ride snack from the church to the restaurant so no one is famish on the way over.
Post # 13
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
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.