Post # 1
I know that a parking fee isn’t preferred, but how ticked would you be if you were living in the suburbs, had to drive 30 minutes to downtown and then had to pat $6 for parking? Is this pretty much a deal-breaker (distance +parking fee?). I really need to find a way to spin this when presenting this venue to my parents because I know how hesistant they will be. I hope maybe older couples with grown kids will make a trip out of our wedding and go out for drinks on the town since we’ll be ending somewhat early.
Post # 2
I would find a way to pay in advance for the guest parking.
Post # 3
ruphiolis: I would either pay for the parking for the guests or find another venue. No, $6 isn’t outrageous, but it is unnecessary. As a guest I wouldn’t decline the invite and I’d probably pay it but it just seems like it could be avoided.
Post # 4
$6 is not a big deal at all, but if you could cover it, that would be great touch, it won’t add up to as much as you think, especially since people will carpool.
Post # 5
ajillity81: I’m not sure if different families will carpool (not sure if that’s what you mean), but I think my family and I were going to rent a tour bus for out-of-state family members to travel in. I guess parking fee is a moot point for them.
Post # 6
We are forking out the bill for the valet. I don’t want my guests to have to pull out their wallets once during my wedding.
So hopefully you can work it out!!
Post # 7
ruphiolis: I wouldn’t care a bit if I was going to a wedding in The City and had to pay for parking. I used to live 45 minutes from the Big City and if you’re going there, that’s just part of it. No biggie.
Post # 8
ruphiolis: What sort of downtown area are we talking about? I live in a suburb of Chicago, so if I (or anyone else I know) attend an event in Chicago proper, we expect to pay for parking. If it’s the downtown area of a comparitively small town, I’d worry that my guests might not expect it, and may not have cash. If you can’t direct them to an area where you were able to pre-pay, I’d find a way to give them a heads up 🙂
As a guest, I wouldn’t think it was a big deal at all, as long as I knew about it 🙂
Post # 9
ANGELaaimt: It’s Memphis! Not too large, not too small. But well-known for their mandatory fees for parking!
Post # 10
ruphiolis: i wouldn’t expect different families to carpool, but i would think maybe 2 couples would carpool or your aunt and uncle would drive your grandmother, etc.
it is not $6/person, it is $6/car.
at my wedding, one friend had 5 other friends in her car. she was the DD and that way everyone else could safely drink. and then there was a carful of cousins.
Post # 11
I’ve been to a wedding that was held downtown and required paying for parking. I, personally, wouldn’t make my guests pay for parking, but as a guest, it didn’t really bother me. Probably because FI and I were used to having to pay to park when we’d go downtown. It was just a given.
Post # 12
My wedding was held downtown in a major city, and most guests were from the suburbs. Parking was $10, although plenty was close by, and I still felt extremely guilty. I wanted to prepay for our guests, but my husband said that it wasn’t necessary. It didn’t stop anyone from coming though.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t complain at all about $6. In fact, if I knew the event was in a downtown area, I would expect to have to pay to park, upwards of $20.
For my wedding people that used the parking garage across the stress had to pay $5, and i didn’t hear a single complaint.
Edit: most guests also had to pay bridge tolls, but that also didn’t stop anyone from coming
Post # 14
If I was in an area where it’s common to have a parking fee, I wouldn’t even think twice about paying to park. Unless there was something weird like it was way more – $6 when it’s normally $1. Even then, I’d probably only spend about 30 seconds thinking about it. I agree with giving your guests a head’s up: “Parking is available in X lot for $6” at the end of the directions or something.
Post # 15
I live in a city where free parking is a rarity, my venue doesn’t even have parking (valet or otherwise). I would assume going to a wedding in a downtown area I’d have to pay for parking and would think nothing of it, such is life.