Post # 1
Brides who are getting married in NYC or another city center – Are you paying for your guests’ parking? It would cost over $2,000 to pay for parking for our guests who are driving! If we did pay for it, we would have to get guests parking vouchers validated that night – how would we do that?
Our venue is in midtown manhattan and super close to several train and subway stations, so public transist is definitely an option. All of our guests are aware that parking in Manhattan is expensive. If we do pay for parking, we wouldn’t have the $ to pay for a shuttle that we hired to bring guests to hotels or to the train station.
Post # 3
We’re not in as expensive of a city as you are, but several venues we are considering would mean most guests would probaby park in a pay ramp. We’re not going to pay that. It would be too difficult to organize logistically, and I don’t think the guests would expect it.
Guests could choose any of several places to park, find free parking on the street, stay in nearby hotels and walk, could take a bus or cab, etc. How they get there isn’t really our responsibility.
Post # 4
I’ve been to several weddings in downtown Chicago, where parking is also very expensive. As a guest, I’ve always had to pay for my parking.
A lot of your guests will probably carpool, or take public transport if they can. If you can’t afford it, don’t worry about it.
Post # 5
Im interested in this to. We will be downtown Houston and our venue only offers valet which would add an extra $1,000 to our budget to cover it. So we are still undecided.
Post # 6
I am not planning a wedding in the city but have attended many and also professionally plan events in the city. We generally do not pay for parking – people attending know how parking works in that area and are used to having to make plans to either pay for parking or take public transit. Such is city life, I think it is a nice touch if you can but very much NOT expected.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
It’s nice to do if you car, but etiquette does not dictate that you need to. Guests are supposed to anticipate paying for their own travel expenses, which includes parking at the event.
Post # 8
I picked “no, it’s too expensive” because that was the closest option, but really my opinion is “no, it’s a normal guest expense like meals, and wouldn’t be a part of what I’d cover.”
We did hire a shuttle to take guests between the hotel and the venue but not back and forth to the airport. I did advise ALL of my out-of-town guests that they should not get a rental car, and included the cost of parking on our Out of Town guest info so they could choose for themselves. I also offered my parking space and my street-parking-with-visitor-pass privileges for the few guests who were driving from out of town (most arrived by plane). But I wouldn’t consider paying for their parking, any more than I’d consider paying for everyone’s meals while in town (other than the reception, of course).
We did pick a hotel very convenient to the subway, specificially so guests could get around easily without cars.
Post # 9
Our wedding is in downtown Pittsburgh and we are providing 2 shuttles for hotel guests and also paying for parking for everyone else at the reception. We had room for it in the budget, so we decided it was a nice gesture.
Post # 10
No I think it’s unnecesary. I would think most of your guests would taxi from their hotels to the reception then home again. Who drives in nyc?
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
Our wedding is in Philly, and we are providing valet for our guests. Our venue is directly across the street from the Liverty Bell, (high tourist area), so we don’t want people being late or grouchy when they get there because they spent forever trying to find parking. Or if they find all the parking garages are full.
We just included it in the budget from the beginning.
Post # 12
We are going to pay for parking. Our venue offers their normal valet service at a discounted price and we just pay it ahead of time. It’s going to be ~$700. If we didn’t pay for it, it would be a nightmare to find parking or guest would have to pay the normal valet rate which is double.
In your case I’d probably just save yourself the time and hassle and not pay.
Post # 13
Most of our guests are Out of Town and will be staying in hotels in the city, but we have some guests driving in for the wedding from the tri-state area.
The valet service that my venue offers is a $4,000 flat fee (!!!!!) That would be over $100 A CAR! Needless to say we are not doing that!
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I voted for no – we’re getting married in the country so this wasn’t an issue for us, but I live in downtown Houston, another major city, and I’ve yet to attend a wedding that provided free parking. I’m just used to paying for valet for weddings or taking a cab.
Post # 15
Our wedding was in Chicago, and we rented out a public lot near our venue. Was it expensive? Yes. But it was a worthwhile expense as we had several guests who drove in from the suburbs. It’s a nice thought if your budget allows. Our guests enjoyed the convenience.
Post # 16
There was just an article on the knot about this and yes, you are technically supposed to pay for their parking. It falls under the same thing as having a cash bar. Guests at your wedding should not be expected to shell out money for anything.