(Closed) Did you pay for photographer's parking fee?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I had free parking at my wedding, but I would imagine that this would be part of the cost to your photographer (similar to travel fees).  Does it mention anything in your contract?

Post # 3
4049 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Unless it was some outrageous parking fee, I would just assume the photographer would take care of it and consider it part of the travel expenses. Seems really odd!

Post # 5
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

laurabora:  That’s sort of weird to me. We happen to have free parking so that isn’t an issue but there was no mention that we were supposed to pay for travel costs like gas or anything. I was under the impression that those get calculated into what they charge for their service. 

I would just ask her to send you a bill for incidentals and hope she doesn’t add in tons of extras.

Post # 6
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

laurabora:  I prepared little envelopes for all of my vendors with their tips/payments, then wrote the names on the outside of the envelopes.  As soon as the vendor arrived, I would hand them the envelope.  I guess your other options would be to mail her a check or have her bill you.  I suppose you could also call your venue and see if you can pre-pay for her parking.  I would just call your photographer and see what she wants you do to.

Post # 7
2062 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes, we had to pay for our photographers parking in NYC.  It was written into our contract.  They sent us an invoice a couple weeks after the wedding.

Post # 8
12635 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I paid for everyone’s parking, as per our contracts (we live in a very large city with limited parking and expensive garages).  I included it in my final payment.  Our on-site hair and makeup just charged their parking to my hotel room.

Post # 9
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We got married in a downtown area where free parking is hard to find.  Our photographer did not ask us to pay for his parking, and I would have thought that would be just a cost of doing business for someone who expects to do work in the area.  However, if it was only a couple bucks I’d just pay it and not fuss.

Post # 10
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a photographer and although I don’t expect it to be paid for by the bride, it does make sense for them to pay for it. I have a wedding coming up in May that requires a parking pass to which my bride without a question mailed me the parking passes for.

Post # 11
2231 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Our venue has free parking (which in our city, is very hard to come by) and that was one of the many reasons we chose it! If we didn’t have free parking, I would definitely expect for it to be included in my costs, as it would cost a lot to park all day/night in our venue’s area.

Post # 12
5663 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

laurabora:  Is it in your contract that you pay for it? I would seriously chill the day before your wedding and not worry about $8.

Post # 13
4042 posts
Honey bee

Yep, it’s normal. Was written into photography/video crew’s contract (4 of them), and band (12 piece plus sound guy), etc.


Post # 14
9145 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I’m surprised parking wasn’t addressed in your contract.  My guess is that the photographer may not have realized the venue required paid parking when they drafted the contract if it’s missing.  It’s definitely an expense associated with shooting your wedding that they wouldn’t incur otherwise so it would be a good idea to pay for their parking or obtain a parking pass for them imo.

Post # 15
2481 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’d only expect the bride and groom to make arrangements for, or payment of, my parking if:

(a) the wedding was in a town/city where parking is difficult and to ensure you can park for the required number of hours, very expensive. Like VERY expensive!

(b) the venue offered free parking but required everyone to display a pass

Otherwise parking is factored into my overall costs in the same way that travel to a local wedding is. The idea of bothering a bride for $8 or so wouldn’t occur to me. 

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