Post # 1
I’m getting married in an outdoor ceremony in Boston Garden, however because it’s a city wedding the parking is pretty pricey. Should I politely inform my guests that they will be expected to pay $23 to park? Or should I suck it up and pay for it myself? The thing that’s unfortunate is that if my fiance and I pay for everyone’s parking, it’ll cost us over $2,000! Suggestions?
Post # 3
Wow – I would not be happy if I was forced to pay $23 to park!
Post # 4
Yup. Its not required for you to pay for people’s expense of getting to a wedding. Is it nice? Sure, but not required and I dont think anyone would think anything of it.
If someone had to take the T, you wouldn’t pay for that right? If someone has to pay tolls to get there, you wouldn’t pay for that. Or fly… Some may not like it, but few if any would hold it against you.
EDIT: if people know the area they would also know there are other slightly less convenient, but cheaper places to park as well (assuming they are driving)
Post # 5
Is there any way people could park somewhere for free, and you could arrange group transportation for your guests? Or is there anywhere cheaper to park nearby, even if it’s a little farther of a walk? Honestly, at every wedding I’ve been to where a parking cost would have been involved, it was covered by the couple or the venue.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t pay for it. It sucks, but oh well. Most people who live in big cities realize that parking will cost $$.
Post # 6
People will find cheaper parking if they have to park a few blocks away. It is nice to want to pay it but not necessary. I have been to several weddings in downtown Baltimore and never had my parking paid for.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
I’d probably look at this and build it into your invite or website. At least offer a free spot that is less than a mile to walk (or provide a bus service if further) and warn guests if they’re going to have to pay if they park at the venue.
Post # 8
Can you pay for a portion of it? For example pay $13/car so that your guests only had to pay $10? I think that sounds more reasonable.
Post # 9
I am paying for my guests parking. I would let people know in advance how much it will be. If it’s not in your budget, let them pay for it.
Post # 10
as a guest i wouldnt want to pay $23 just to park. Is there anywhere close by they can park for less?
Post # 11
Wow that’s a tough one esp. since paying for it would add $2,000 to your wedding budget. If it were me though I would pay for it or figure out some other option for your guests that would keep the money in their pocket.
Post # 12
I live in a large city and believe me we do not expect to find free parking anywhere. If these people were going out to a movie, concert etc they would expect to pay for parking. Your wedding is no different.
Some of your guests may very well take a taxi so they don’t have to worry about drinking and driving.
Couples do not have to take on every expense associated with a wedding.
Post # 13
There are better rates out there, and saving even a little bit makes a difference. I wouldn’t mind paying $10-15, but over $20 is a lot. For comparison shopping, check out: http://boston.bestparking.com/index.php
ETA: I live in Boston, and I wouldn’t be happy about $23, don’t think I’ve ever paid that much. I think a lot depends if your friends are city friends (expecting to pay), or suburb/rural friends (surprised by it).
Post # 14
Are most guest Out of Town or local? If they are local, they should already know that parking is tough and to make proper arrangements – street parking is always an option if you’re lucky and know where to look. I’ve gone to wedding banquets all the time in Chinatown and completely understand that transportation is my problem to deal with… I circle around for a spot or pay up. I’ve never once thought that the couple should have taken care of my parking. If people are Out of Town, would it be more economical to get a bus service via their hotels?
Post # 15
I hate paying for parking so when we were looking at venues in the city I factored in renting out a nearby parking lot so the guests wouldn’t have to.
If you have to you have to but that’s really pricey.