(Closed) Would you be offended if you had to pay for parking at a wedding?

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’d be okay with paying especially if it was only six dollars, but I’d want to know in advance especially if you couldn’t use a credit card.  $ 25.00 would be a bit steep and I’d wonder if you had tried to find a cheaper option or negitoate a group rate, but I wouldn’t say anything to you.

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Our wedding is in downtown Dallas and we are paying for parking, but I understand you being tired of people complaining…just ignore them…if it’s not one thing, then it’s another!

Post # 34
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I like your retort to the best man.  I had sort of thought it was like $25 and while I wouldn’t be offended, it would have been an inconvenience. $6, though! Some people will complain over anything. Your wedding sounds like it’s going to be a blast just from what you’ve said here; I wouldn’t worry about it! Obviously the best case scenario is that you pay for parking, but I think given the situation (only one of you working PT), it is pretty reasonable, and you even got reduced price vouchers!

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

As long as parking was under $10, I wouldn’t be offended, and as long as you notify people in advance, which you did, it’s fine!

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t care. But then again, I live in the city where I pay for a monthly parking spot by my home as well as parking for work every day. It’s just how it is in the city.

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Even though my venue is RIGHT near the Staten Island ferry (where the bulk of my family friends are coming from) and RIGHT near the subway (convenient to all our local friends), my mother insists that a lot of people will be driving to the venue (why??? would you do that when you know how we party?).  Since street parking is nonexistent, and the garages crazy expensive, my parents are springing for valet parking.  I think it’s a nice touch IF it doesn’t mean sacrificing something else. 

Post # 38
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

If my budget allowed, I’d pay for parking.  They are already bringing a gift.

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I live in a place where I don’t have to pay for parking, and I wouldn’t be offended by this. Especially since you’re having an open bar. Don’t worry about it. I would appreciate getting some kind of heads up though so I would know to bring some cash.

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would expect to pay for parking! Don’t worry about it girl. Some people just LOVE to complain…if it wasn’t parking, it would be something else!

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I definitely wouldn’t worry about it.  Weddings downtown where I live require parking in a lot/garage where you would need to pay.  If I was paying money to go see a show downtown and had to pay for parking, my night wouldn’t be ruined, nor would I even remember paying for parking… I’d remember the show!  It’s just expected.  Same can be said for your reception, since it’s at a historic amusement park!  So no worries, as long as the guests have a heads up in advance, there shouldn’t be any issues.

Post # 42
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

$6? People need to get a grip! Are they going to complain that there may have been toll roads on the way to your wedding, too? Don’t let it bother you.. I’m sure most of your guests will not mind, and the ones that do can choose to waste their energy thinking about it. not you!

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m facing the same situation.  Our budget is already streched and I don’t think we can afford to pay $12 per car for parking.  The way I see it, our wedding is in the city, and people should expect some inconvience parking wise.  We are going to do our best to include all the relevant parking information in our invitation inserts.  We are paying $125 a person for our wedding, and if they want to bitch and whine about a stupid parking fee, then that’s their problem.

Post # 44
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I would not be offended if I were asked to pay for my parking–hell, I do it all the time for smaller events than weddings. I would appreciate fore-warning and to know the amount of the charge, so that I could prepare (and also whether it was valet so I’d know to bring extra cash for a tip). But otherwise, who cares?

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think it depends on the area your in. Is it typical for people to have to pay to park everywhere else in the area? I’m from a small town; we don’t even have parking meters. So if I was asked to pay for parking at a wedding around here it would be kind of weird but If I was traveling to a bigger city i guess i might understand more. But i must be a little on the opposite side of most others here. Because if It was my wedding & I had it in my budget; I would try to pay for it.

To answer your question: I wouldn’t really be “offended.” I definatly wouldn’t say anything about it to the bride or groom. But I would think it was a little odd. But like I said; I’m from a small town.

Post # 46
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

This was a great question – thanks for asking! Our wedding is downtown and I think our parking is $4 to $6, but people can’t park overnight at the venue (which I’ve noted on our website). So, I’m hoping most people will stay at the adjacent hotel and this won’t be an issue. I’ve also included information on the 3 local cab companies on the website for those who chose to stay further away from the venue or are going home afterward.

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