Post # 1
Almost everyone is effected by the economy these days so you’d think people would understand that a wedding these days might not roll out the red carpet for the guests. We have a set budget for the ceremony and reception so we want to make the most of it. At our wedding we’re hosting a buffet meal, appetizer, beer and wine, cake, the usual. However, we weren’t able to pay for everyone’s parking to the event. We did get reduced priced parking vouchers for our guests and I made sure that in parties of more than 4 we included numerous vouchers. We’ve gotten some people telling us how tacky and cheap this is. The best man made a poke at it the other day. My reply was “Would you rather have free drinks or free parking?” That shut him up but frankly I’m tired of people complaining to me about it. In the end I’ll forget all about it but right now I’m just tired of it. So, tell me bees, would you be offended by paying for parking? Would it matter if I told you my fiance isn’t working and I only work part time?
Post # 3
I think you’ve done more than enough. At some of the venues we looked at, valet parking for our wedding would have come to about $2,000. There’s just no way we could pay that!
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s a big deal. If someone had a wedding in a downtown spot, people would have to pay for parking there too.
Post # 5
I don’t know if “offended” is the right word, but one thing I would remember from a wedding is if I had to pay for the parking.
Post # 6
is your wedding downtown? if yes, then I wouldn’t be offended. If the venue isn’t downtown it would just seem weird to me that there wasn’t a free parking lot somewhere.
Post # 7
I guess it depends on how much the parking would be. If it’s $25/a car like at some hotels, then yeah, I would be offended. But if it’s only a few bucks I’m not going to get my panties in a wad about it.
I WOULD give your guests a head-up if the parking place(?) only takes cash, so that they remember to bring some. I wouldn’t want to have to hike to an ATM in my heels and cocktail dress.
Post # 8
Our wedding is at a historic seaside amusement park so there’s no getting around the parking situation. Parking is $6 and I’ve included details about it in the invitation so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
Post # 9
I agree with Aug8Bride–I wouldn’t be offended and would appreciate the voucher. I’m old and grouchy though, so I might skip the reception if I had to pay to park 🙁
Post # 10
I would be SHOCKED if I didn’t have to pay for parking!.
I live in the city and there is no such thing as free parking here anywhere.
I have been to many weddings where I had to pay to park at one location for the ceremony than again at another location for the reception.
If people are not used to paying for parking they may be surprised, but ettiquette would dictate that they keep their opinions to themselves.
Post # 11
$6? I would not be offended at all. Now if it was $25+ I might be a little shocked. Then again, where I live there is no such thing as paying for parking ANYWHERE.
Post # 12
Ah, $6? That’s no big deal. I have more than that in quarters in my glove compartment for parking meters 🙂
Post # 13
$6.00 is not big deal.
I might mention it to your guests though if the lot doesn’t take credit cards.
Post # 14
If someone is complaining about $6 for parking, then truly just IGNORE them. First because it’s really not much out of THEIR pockets and second because it’s just easier for YOU so you don’t have to guestimate paying for yet another expense! I was thinking something high like $25, but $6? Come on people…get over it. Plus the venue has A LOT to do with that. If I had to pay $6 to park in a dirt lot by a forrest, then yeah, I’d be a little miffed. But it’s a historic landmark, of course there are parking fees!
Post # 16
Thanks ladies! I’ll definitely check if it’s cash only but other than that people can just go suck it! If only more guests could be like our fellow bees!