Post # 1
I just found out that our venue location has parking across the street, but you have to pay to use the parking ramp. How did you guys handle that? Is that something you paid for or something you expected your guest to pay for? I’m unsure how to handle something like that. We are on a limited budget so I’m not sure I really want to pay for it, but at the same time I’m not sure if that would be rude. Thoughts?
Post # 3
Is that the only parking available?
Post # 4
- 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
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
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
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 # 8
There would be metered parking which is free since it is the weekend. And yes you are correct it is in a downtown location, but then again we don’t live in a city like LA or NYC (we are from a city in the mid-west).
Post # 9
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
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
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
I wouldn’t mind paying for parking at a wedding. In fact I’ve done so at a few different weddings.
Post # 13
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
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
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
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.