Post # 1
Our reception is on a college campus, near a parking deck that charges $1.50/hr. There are tons of dorms near the venue, and since the wedding is in June the campus should be pretty quiet.
When we go there for dinner we can always find street parking. The venue coordinator told me that it shouldn’t be a problem for people to park on the street.
But I am still nervous–we are probably talking about 50-75 cars for 200 guests, even if they carpool, right?
I don’t want guests to have to pay if they can’t find street parking and end up having to use the deck. At the same time, I don’t want people to go right into the deck to park (ca-ching!) if there are spaces available.
I’m wondering if it would be weird to put on our website or on a directions card in our invitation suite that street parking will be available…and then arrange with the venue to give guests tickets or vouchers they can use to pay for parking if necessary?
What do you think?
Post # 3
Your guests should not have to pay to park at your reception, IMO. Maybe you can have someone from the venue be out front and collect the parking deck vouchers from anyone who parks in the deck and then you and your Fiance pay for that parking. If street parking really is available, people will use that and you and your Fiance won’t have to cover much. And if it isn’t, you shouldn’t be asking your guests to pay.
Post # 4
I like FutureKMMs idea – just have people park where they park and you guys pay for whoever parks in the deck!
Post # 5
I am curious… what college campus are you getting married on? I am wondering if it is the same as mine, since you are in NC 🙂 .
Post # 6
Usually you can talk to the campus parking service and get guest vouchers for people. They are free and allow them to park in guest parking for free. Atleast that is what they do on my campus. It has worked out pretty well especially since you are already paying the university for the use of the campus.
Post # 7
Oh – another idea! When I was living in LA, a lot of the businesses (like doctors offices and such) could stamp your parking slip from the deck and then when you left you didn’t have to pay. Maybe you could set something like that up with the university! People who park in the deck can have the ticket thing stamped inside your venue and then when they leave the deck they don’t have to pay.