(Closed) Paying for parking at the venue

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t know what the “correct” answer is, but I would not expect to pay for parking at the venue for a wedding I’m attending, and would be unlikely to have cash on me. I’d be a little turned off, but I’d get over it quickly. If possible, I think you should cover it.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Technically, yes. Our venue charges $8/car (negotiated down from $12!!) and no self-parking option, so we are covering it. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think it would be expected of you to cover it. I wouldn’t be happy if I had to pay for parking for your event!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree that parking should be covered by the B&G.  The cost of going to a wedding should be free IMO.  I knew someone who got married in a downtown area w/o designated parking but nearby parking garages and they had a pre-paid coupon (for the closest garage) they put in the invites for those driving in to save them the couple of bucks.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think it’s rude to expect guest to cover it. Should def be covered by the bride & groom. 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@PaganJenny:  The answer, like many other situations, is not cut and dried.

I live in the city. There is no free parking anywhere downtown. No one would expect to have free parking. I would never expect a couple to cover the cost of my parking. Where do you draw the line for expenses your guests incur? you don’t oay for their gas or their rental car.

If your guests do not normally have to pay for parking, i.e they live in the suburbs or a rural area, they may be surprised. Most parking garages take credit/debit cards as well as cash.

If you decide to take on this expense you can usually negotiate a discount from their standard rates.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

I wouldnt expect for the couple to cover it.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Our venue has a deal with the parking lot across the street, where they charge $6 flat for the night per car. We’re not sure if we’re going to cover it or not – we are thinking about it.

It just crossed my mind though – I think most people are going to be cabbing (our venue is a downtown location and lots of Out of Town guests), which will be $15-20 – does it seem reasonable for people to pay $6 for parking if they would be paying $20 for a cab ride otherwise?

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My guests had to pay for parking as it was a town centre hotel where only I could park. Everyone else had to park in town centre car parks. The lady that did our invitations stated this in the invitation and popped a map in showing where the car parks were. They got it at a discount price. I don’t think anyone minded. So long as people know in advance I think it is ok.

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@PaganJenny:  it’s really up to you.  I personally would not want my guests to pay for parking.  We looked at a venue that also charged $5 per vehicle and I was not impressed.  If it were me I would pay for their parking. As long as I could fit that in the budget.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@julies1949:  I would agree with this – we live downtown and there’s hardly ever free parking unless you’re in the a more residential area. If I went to an event in the suburbs I wouldn’t expect to pay for parking because in general parking is free, but not because I would expect the bride and groom to cover it for me (although it’s a a bonus if they do!).

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think I would pay for parking but would encourage as many people as possible to car share. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would pay. Have you tried to negotiate a lower price per vehicle?

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@PaganJenny:  I think you should cover it.  I don’t think guests should have to pay to attend any portion of your festivities.

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