Post # 1
I just booked my reception site in a hotel ballroom, and found out that they’re going to charge my guests $7.00 for parking. I haven’t been to hardly any wedding receptions, so is it a normal practice for reception venues to charge guests for parking?
I don’t think I can afford to pay for everyone’s parking I’m having around 200 guests. Is it tacky for guests to pay for parking?
I would appreciate any feedback on this topic. Thanks!
Post # 3
Is there anywhere nearby they can park without having to pay? I wouldn’t use the word “tacky” necessarily but I hate paying for parking anywhere and I would definitely not be expecting to have to pay for parking at someone’s wedding. Can you at least negotiate a better deal with the reception venue so you could cover it yourselves?
Post # 4
I with with @Kittyachi:. I wouldn’t necessarily say Tacky, but I’d be pretty peeved as a guest. Especially if I didn’t bring cash, etc…
We actually didn’t book 2 venues because of the parking situation. Usually, I believe people pay for their guests parking. I would def. try and negotiate a better rate and pay for their parking.
Post # 5
I agree with kittyachi. See if you can negotiate for a lower rate. $7 is kind of high for attending a wedding. I mean, I wouldn’t flip out over it as a wedding guest, but I would be a bit peeved, I guess.
However, if you inform guests ahead of time via your website or an info enclosure in your invitations, I think that’ll help a lot.
Post # 6
I always expect to pay for parking when I go to a wedding. I’ve only ever been to weddings in the Boston area, so paying for parking is expected anyways.
Post # 7
I would try to negotiate parking into the price as I don’t think people will expect or be prepared to pay for parking.
Do you have a lot of guests driving? Will most be staying the hotel where the reception is being held? Are you getting married somewhere else prior to the reception? If so, you could provide some kind of transportation from the ceremony site to the reception and have guests leave there cars at the first site. Then if they choose to drive it is up to them to pay for parking – but you are providing an alternative.
Post # 8
Our venue charges $15 to valet, but we are going to pick up the tab for our guests. The money part of it stinks, but luckily about half of the people will either be staying at the hotel (and thus paying for their own overnight parking), or taking a shuttle in from our other room-blocked hotel. I just see it as the cost of doing business at our venue. I wouldn’t be thrilled as a guest if I had to pay for parking.
ETA: I almost never carry cash with me to weddings, so I second what the PPs said about letting guests know if they are going to have to pay $7.
Post # 9
I would pay for their parking. I don’t carry cash – ever – and would have to go to an ATM or something when I found out. It would really tick me off if I didn’t know ahead of time. Just consider it part of the wedding cost for the reception, and write it off.
Post # 10
Yes definitely inform people ahead of time if you end up having them pay for parking.
Am I crazy though or is $7 high for hotel parking for a few hours?
Post # 11
1-is your wedding local to the OC?
2-are you having a lot of out of town guests?
If you are having it locally & most people are local..then i wouldn’t see an issue. I would expect to pay at any hotel in CA. I lived in SF….i could hardly find free parking at any hotels.
If you are having a lot of out of town guests…then they will have extra money to cover the cost but $7 to park at a hotel is inexpensive to me. Most are $10+
If i were a guest would be bitchy to the hotel, not to you…YOU personally aren’t charging to park.
Post # 12
i went to a recent wedding venue that had parking (it was at a hotel) and at the bar, they had free parking tickets in little cups you could take with you to get free parking. It was really, really nice and very appreciative. It kinda leaves a bad taste in your mouth otherwise. Cuz then you’re stressing about how to pay for it! Unless your’e downtown or something, then it’s just expected
Post # 13
@ejs4y8: Yeah that’s a good idea. I’ll have to see if I can negogiate a better parking rate. That way my fiance and I will be able to cover it. Thank you.
And thanks everyone for your feedback. 🙂
Post # 14
I am with ejs- the venue we were planning had tokens for our guests. I would never want to charge my guests for parking. Too bad your venue does- I would try to provide free parking for them.
Post # 15
I don’t think $7 is inexpensive. I’ve been to weddings where I had to pay $20 for valet + tip. Our venue charges $8 that guests will have to put into a paybox. We’re going to tell people on our map insert.
Post # 16
Yep, we’re also pre-paying for the parking and giving out tokens ($5/car). Our venue is in the heart of downtown StL, so i’m sure people would expect it…. but I just didnt feel right making them pay for it.