Post # 1
Did you mention Parking on your invitations? We are considering it, but if we aren’t making it ‘complimentary’ would it just be confusing? Our wedding is in a hotel, so it is obvious that there is parking available, I’m not sure if it should take up space on our invitation.
Plus if we don’t mention it, and people who park for our reception find out upon arrival that it is complimentary, isn’t that a nice surprise?
Is it bad etiquette not to mention it at all?
Post # 3
We are mentioning it on the directions card, not on the actual invitation. The parking is free on the street and in two free lots.
I think it is important to mention is when the only option the guest has to pay for.
Post # 4
we mentioned it on the website. i don’t think you have to mention it, i’ve gotten plenty of invites that don’t have it and it never really phased me.
Post # 5
We also put it on our directions, not the actual invitation. Our venue had multiple pay parking lots, and since we paid for our guests parking, we really wanted to make sure they parked in the correct lot.
I think it’s important to include parking information in 2 cases: 1) the only available parking is pay parking and your guests are responsible for paying, or 2) you’re taking care of the parking cost and your guests have the option to park where you’re paying or to park somewhere else. For example, if the hotel only has valet parking, and you’re paying for it, I don’t think it’s necessary to include parking info. In the same scenario, if you’re not paying for it, I would let guests know ahead of time so that they have cash on hand (I typically don’t bring cash to weddings). Likewise, if the hotel has valet and self parking and you are paying for the valet for your guests, you should let them know so that they utilize it, especially if there is a fee for the self parking lot. IMO the parking info should go on a reception card, direction card, your wedding website, your program or directions/map (if the ceremony is in a different location), etc, but not on the actual invite.
Post # 6
We are mentioning in the direction card
Post # 7
We are mentioning it on the direction card, but only because you can’t park at our ceremony location. You must park at our reception, take the rented trolley car to the ceremony, then back.
I was a little confused, is parking complimentary or not? Either way, it might be worth mentioning so that if it is complimentary, they don’t pay, and if it isn’t, they carpool?
Post # 8
Yes… It is complimentary for all of the guests… but we paid for it.
Post # 9
I’ll be mentioning it on the directions card, because I know driving to the city trips up a lot of our guests. You can always spot a non-city driver, because they park about a mile from their destination, convinced they found a great spot!
Post # 10
I voted yes, but I just realized it wasn’t on the invite, we just mentioned that there was free parking on our website. (Sorry, I knew I wrote something about it, I just wasn’t paying attention.)
As a guest, if there is either no parking or pay parking, I’d appreciate the heads up on a directions card or online somewhere.
Post # 11
We are not paying for parking for our guests and have included all of the information on our wedding website!
Post # 12
Sorry, I had to edit the poll to state “Direction Card” instead of invitation as that is what I meant to begin with.
I’m trying to find out if you included the information on the paper mailed to your guests, which I refer to as the invitation. We are debating putting it on the direction card, but feel as though it might be misleading if we don’t end up paying for it on behalf of our guests. Even if we say “Parking available at ______”, people might think that means complimentary parking. It’s also very obvious there is a parking lot at our venue as it is a hotel.
Post # 13
we did not mention it on our direction cards in our invites, but it is posted on our website and the parking lot that we rented is right across the street from the reception site so we are going to place signs that will direct our guests to park there. Hope it works!
Post # 14
I’m confused. Are you paying for the guests’ parking or not?
In any event, I would mention it. I think it’s better to be thorough, especially if your event is in a part of the city where parking is limited. Even though it’s at a hotel, people may be worried about the parking situation. If you are paying I would say something like “Complementary parking available at ______. Please mention the X and X wedding.”
If you aren’t paying, I would mention the prices of the parking areas. Like, “Parking available at ______ for $X” If you aren’t comortable stating the price, you could just say there is a fee.
Post # 15
We are buying tickets to the lot below our restaurant to distribute to our guests at the event. We’re not putting that info on our invitations, but it will be listed on our wedding website below the directions to the venue.
Post # 16
If the wedding is in an area where people could safely assume parking wouldn’t be a big deal (suburban hotel, etc), you probably don’t even need to mention it. On the other hand, if the wedding were in a major downtown area where parking is usually hard to find or very expensive (for example, manhattan), it might be nice to let the guests know what the options are… at least I would appreciate knowing what to expect (whether or not you paid something).