(Closed) What to do about paid parking?

posted 10 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
3974 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Is that the only parking available?

Post # 4
1434 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

We paid the $200 fee to use the aquarium’s parking lot. I thought it was lame, but there was no way I’d ask our guests to pay $6 to park at our wedding. They ended up waiving the fee because they screwed something else up, though.

If you decide to have your guests pay, give them a heads up. Also let them know if there is some place nearby that offers free parking.

Post # 5
1741 posts
Bumble bee

As a guest, I would not expect to pay for parking at the venue unless you are in the center of a MAJOR city like New York or San Fran where there is no free parking. In such a situation, I would be staying in a hotel anyway and would expect to be able to walk to the venue from my hotel.

Post # 6
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

well people will have to pay no way around that. Most people bring cash to a wedding anyways in case they have to pay for booze. If your wedding is in the city most people will assume they will have to pay. I do not think it will be a big deal. Some might bitch though, not really your problem.

Post # 7
1549 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

How much is it? We decided that we would put a box in the invitation if they were driving and how many cars they had. We will send back parking vouchers to those wanting to use the lot.

We are going to buy their parking because the lot we will use is under $10. But with the anticipated 50 cars we will have, that’s still a TON of money for a budget. I wouldn’t feel bad asking them to pay for their own car if it was under $5. 

Post # 9
9881 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are parking garages near our venue, which has no free parking (some street parking, but most likely won’t be available).  My venue is in the middle of downtown DC, in a popular nightclub area, on Saturday night.  We are going to try to negotiate a cheaper rate for our guests for that night, but other than that, we are not planning on covering parking.

We are going to try to also get the hotel nearby (where we are blocking off rooms) to do a courtesy shuttle to/from the venue. 

Post # 10
2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

If it’s not in your budget then let your guests pay for the parking fee. I’ve been to weddings where we had to pay for parking and weddings where we did not. I don’t think it’s a big deal.


Post # 11
4005 posts
Honey bee

I was just at a wedding in Philly on New Year’s Eve and we paid $38 to park our car for the night. I’m not going to lie, I was a little peeved. Yes we stayed at the hotel, and I understand that it’s our responsibility, but they could have tried to negotiate a better parking rate for us!

Post # 12
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I wouldn’t mind paying for parking at a wedding. In fact I’ve done so at a few different weddings.

Post # 13
8247 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think you should cover the parking for your guests.  I would never expect to have to pay for parking to attend a wedding reception so I’d be a little peeved.

Post # 14
869 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Im not paying for parking, it’s not in my budget.  Not really stressed about it either.  I woud if I could but I can’t pay for everything and my wedding is in the downtown area of a city.  :::ShRUGS::  People will live.

Post # 15
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My guests will have to pay to park to attend my ceremony. It’s not in my budget to pay, and honestly, I would have never even thought I should have it. I’ve paid to park at plently of weddings. No big deal.

Post # 16
1295 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think this really depends. If guests are familiar with the area they will know that there is paid parking only or free parking. Our wedding is downtown and my guests will have to pay. They may be able to score some cheaper or even free parking since it’s on a Sunday but it’s very unlikely. 

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