(Closed) Asking guests to pay for parking?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is it tacky to expect guests to pay $8 to park at reception?
    Yes : (104 votes)
    68 %
    No : (42 votes)
    27 %
    Other (please explain below) : (7 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 61
    2354 posts
    Buzzing bee

    See, I don’t mind a cash-bar because I always carry my purse and credit card around. Since it’s the norm here, I expect to open my wallet at some point during the evening – but that’s if I wantto ! That’s the difference in my mind : I don’t have to buy more alcohol, but if I feel like it, I can pay for it. If I don’t want to spend money, I don’t. Parking, on the other hand, is not the same : people have to pay in order to attend. And sometimes, the parking is cash only, which most guests wouldn’t expect and is extremely unconvenient. You shouldn’t expect your guests to cover the parking fee, unless the venue is downtown and has no parking and guests use a public parking (they’re responsible to get to the venue). If there is a parking on site and you chose to have a valet service or it’s a private venue with a fee, your guests shouldn’t have to pay for it.  

    Post # 62
    5 posts

    personally I’d let them pay for the parking. Coming to YOUR wedding should be an honour they’re not on a business trip wracking up the expences. There’ll be people who complain about it behind your back probably but sod them! If paying for their parking is going to mean you sacrifice something that you or your fiance want at YOUR wedding I just wouldn’t do it. People forget to put themselves first on their wedding day and it’s one of the biggest days of their lives! 

    Post # 63
    407 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I live in a big city, so this may be different for you. Only once have I not had to pay for parking to attend a wedding. I don’t think it’s tacky at all. It’s your guests decision whether they drive or take another form of transport. We like to cab to weddings so we don’t have to worry about drinking, stict laws here! I tend not to have cash though, so I would be scrambling to find other parking or a bank machine. I feel that if you can figure out a way to politely tell your guests they need to bring cash for parking or if the valets take credit cards, it is entirely reasonable.

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