Post # 1
So, parking is $8 at our reception venue. Would you be pissed if you had to pay this as a guest? Should I pay it?
The deal is, the venue told us we would get a discounted rate of $3 and that they would keep track of how many cars parked and bill us. So, I called the parking ramp and they said “yeah, they say that all the time but it’s not true.” AWESOME. I hate our venue. It’s actually $8, and we have to estimate how many we need and order them ahead of time. No refunds. AND, there’s no ticket-taker since it’s all automated, so I would have to go from guest to guest being like “did you park? Here’s a voucher!”
UGH. NEED ADVICE.
Post # 3
I’m in the exact same situation — and exact same price (unless they raise it on us before then!). I think we are just going to pay it, but then we should also only have hopefully max 60 cars (hopefully more like 40), so I am not sure if this would break your budget.
In theory, I feel like it is SO much more reasonable to ask each person to pay $8 than make the B&G pay $800, but I do think people find it quite rude when they have to pay for parking on top of whatever else they may have paid for their trip, gifts, etc.
I would definitely suggest sucking it up and paying if at all possible.
Post # 4
Ugh that SUCKS!! I’m sorry. I have to agree that, as stupid as it is, it’s best for you to just pay it. I think a lot of guests would be put off by it. But, if you can’t afford it and it’s too inconvenient, it’s not the end of the world if guests have to pay for parking. So I would say try to pay it, but if it’s too much of a burden, don’t feel too bad about it — guests either won’t care or will get over it!
Note: If I attended a wedding where was no venue parking (like in the middle of an urban area) and had to pay to park, I wouldn’t be mad. So maybe this is no different!
Post # 5
I would suck it up and pay it. They probably only accept cash and a lot of people don’t carry cash so they would have to run around and try to find an ATM after the wedding in order to pay. I would be so mad at the venue for lying that there is a discount though.
Post # 6
Thanks, guys. I talked to the parking ramp again and it turns out what I was told by my venue WAS true, when we booked the venue. But, they have since laid off the attendants and everything is automated, which is why I would have to buy vouchers in advance.
I have paid to park at a wedding before, and honestly, it didn’t bother me. I don’t expect the couple to take care of EVERYTHING, you know? I am happy to dress up and dance and get a free meal. If I have to pay for parking and a few drinks, that’s fine.
We decided to buy a handful of vouchers and give them out to the complainers (FI’s Mom, two aunts, my coworker). Trying to distribute them to everyone at the wedding would be really odd – someone would have to make an announcement, or spread the word, and I don’t like the idea of that.
Post # 7
It really bothers me to pay to park at someone else’s wedding. We’re paying for parking for our guests too.
Post # 8
As a guest I really wouldn’t be bothered by having to pay parking. But I’d rather know about it in advance rather than find out when I was driving up, you get me? As a bride I would pay for all immediate family’s parking but inform my guests that if they chose to drive that they would find they’ll have to pay parking (we did this on our invites actually, not these words though! :P) and suggest alternative routes.
Also, as a friend, I would be concerned about someone going to a wedding reception and having a few drinks and then getting behind the wheel of a car. But that might just be me. I’d rather have my guests take cabs home/to the hotel and know they weren’t being a danger to themselves or others on the roads.
Post # 9
I am hoping people carpool/take cabs. Our reception and hotel are downtown and less than a mile apart, so cabs should be cheap and plentiful.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
In my personal opinion, I don’t think guests should have to pay for parking. If you can work it out at a discounted rate and pay ahead, I would do that.
Post # 11
Paying ahead of time isn’t the issue, it’s how to distribute the vouchers to guests. I don’t want to be walking around in my gown going “did you park? Take a voucher!”
Oh, and I already asked about a discount and they said no.
Post # 12
What a problem! One way you could distribute vouchers is to hand them out to the guests when they arrive and are signing your guest book. Your guest book attendant could ask them if they drove and parked. Or have the person that is distributing your programs give them out. That would be the easiest way I can think of, if you decide to hand out vouchers.
Post # 13
Same dilemma here as well! We’re going to pay for parking as it would be a headache to ensure all guests had their vouchers validated and I don’t want them to remember our wedding with a bitter taste in their mouth because of dumb parking! Sigh…. As if wedding’s are pricey already!
Post # 14
I think as long as the automated machines take credit/debit as well as cash you should be fine. I agree that if you’re not going to cover the cost (which is fine) it’s best if you can let people know ahead of time, perhaps via your wedding website (?) as that’s most considerate.
Post # 15
My venue provides the parking passes but we paid for them in total. I would recomend paying for them and providing a list of names to the parking people or passes.
Post # 16
(there are no parking people. I said upthread we are in this mess because they laid off their attendants)