(Closed) to pay? or not to pay?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Worker bee

IMO, I think you should pay for parking.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think you should pay. This happened with my sister’s wedding and my parents offered to pay for the parking as part of their contribution.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t think you necessarily have to. If people are driving instead of flying, what’s a $10 parking fee? The last wedding I went to I drove the entire bridal party around the entire weekend and had to pay to park overnight at the hotel. I didn’t even think about it!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We have a similar thing and we are not paying for parking because the reception is a hotel and hotel guests have to pay more for overnight parking than guests due for evening parking and some people who live in town will probably cab it in!

There comes a point where you have to draw the line – we are hosting an all-inclusive reception and on one etiquette website they concluded that it was unnecessary because where do you draw the line – do you pay their gas to get there or their hotel rooms to stay over? It is up to you where you draw the line but I don’t think it will look bad if you don’t pay for parking! But guests will be very honoured if you do!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

I think it would be a nice gesture towards the consideration of your guests but it’s not necessary…If you can swing it in your budget, then I think it would be a great thing to do but no need to stress about it if you can’t…

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

we have a similar situation and we’re not planning on paying…

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

If that is the only option for parking (as in, there is no free parking in the area) then I think you should pay for your guests. You are inviting them to the reception and hosting it which in my opinion makes you responsible for the parking expenses.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

The last wedding I was at. The brides whole family was from out of town and staying at the hotel which is attached to the reception location. They made an announcement that at the bar there were free parking vouchures that were only valid until 2am that night. Maybe you can make them so that they are good only until a certain time that night like she did. Also, most hotels charge a parking fee when you arrive at the hotel if you have a car whether a rental or your own, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the out of towners grabbing the free parking vouchures!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I don’t know – I think you have to draw a line somewhere. Maybe just let your guests know about the parking situation. If you feel awful doing that, what about paying for half of their parking? But in general … $10 isn’t terrible and I don’t think it should be a big deal to them!

Post # 12
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Newbee

I don’t think you have to pay if it’s in downtown Philly. People have the option of taking public transportation or cabs. At NYC weddings, no one ever pays for parking for their guests. It’s just part of being in a city!

Post # 13
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Busy bee

If you can pay, it would be polite.  If it isn’t within your means, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t.

If you can’t pay, then people won’t expect it from you.  But they may raise their eyebrows if it looks like you spent a couple thousand dollars on flowers and monogrammed cocktail napkins but drew the line at paying for parking.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think that if you can fit it in your budget, it would be nice. but if you can’t, it’s not a horrible thing to have to pay for your own parking.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

IMO you should pay.  They are your guests.  We have the same situation at our venue and we are paying.  

We went to a wedding a few weeks ago where we had to pay to park at the church and the reception.  That night and the next day, everyone was griping about how tacky it was to invite everyone to a wedding and then ask them to pay on top of that.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Totally not necessary, but it would be nice if you can fit it into your budget.  I went to a friend’s wedding where I had to pay a similar parking fee, and I didn’t even think twice about it.  🙂

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