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UKbride Member Request 8 Aug 2018

Hello I am wondering if anyone can set my mind at ease? At both my...

Hello I am wondering if anyone can set my mind at ease? At both my church and wedding venue there isn’t any free parking. The church has pay and display which is cheap enough for the length of time needed for the ceremony. However, my venue is central to town and has no car park but has near by car parks but can be quite costly. I worry this will put people off coming to the wedding and reception. Especially relatives that don’t live that local. I have put on the details card about this and a website so people can plan ahead to find the cheapest local parking possible. But I don’t want people to feel put out of the cost.

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Aug 2018

Oh bless you! I really wouldn’t stress about that, I think people will pay to park in order to attend your wedding! And if anyone won’t pay a couple of pounds so that they can be at your wedding then it’s their loss! You’ve put the info on the invite so people will know ahead of time, so you have done what you can!

Louise Scullion
Louise Scullion 9 Aug 2018

Its not really your fault but if you're worried about it as a courtesy you could find nearby hotels that have free parking and then they can get cabs from there

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Aug 2018

I'd be really upset parking puts people off coming to my wedding.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Aug 2018

Chances are most people will park at the hotel they are staying in and then walk or taxi to the wedding venue so i really wouldn't worry. If people want to be there for your special day they will be regardless of parking xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Aug 2018

If they make a fuss about the cost of parking at your wedding then they don't deserve to be invited!!! No true friend would even query it.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Aug 2018

I agree with the previous comments, I’m sure it won’t be an issue as people will want to be there for you regardless of parking costs. You could always mention car sharing if that’s a possibility.

Chelsea-Anne Horrocks
Chelsea-Anne Horrocks 9 Aug 2018

If parking is enough to stop people attending then they clearly aren’t that bothered about going in the first place

Katey Acklam
Katey Acklam 9 Aug 2018

Ive never known any weddings where people bring their own cars. Dont people drink at weddings? Taxis are the norm surely?

Jessica Fox
Jessica Fox 9 Aug 2018

I was in a similar situation but with a venue (i wanted it to be close to home so the distance and taxi fares didn't put people off) but people were like "why are you even thinking about that? Anyone that moans doesn't deserve to come!"
But personally, we haven't gone to a few weddings as they just fell at times where we simply couldn't afford the £30 taxi each way and take some money for drinks too so I felt it was something to factor into my wedding.
You could maybe find some taxi companies who are willing to come and pick a load of people up at kick out time so people don't have to worry about getting home? Xx

Stephanie Wood
Stephanie Wood 9 Aug 2018

I got married last weekend and I was worrying over every little detail like will there be enough parking etc. My advice to you is to enjoy your planning and not to worry about it. If your guests really want to be there they will sort themselves out. There maybe those that would like to come but can’t for some reason but you can only do so much and it is your special day. I’m sure your loved ones would want you to relax and enjoy the process.

Michelle Croxford
Michelle Croxford 9 Aug 2018

If people want to be there they will factor in the cost way ahead of the wedding. I’ve had a couple of evening guests decline as said it’s too far just for the evening!!!...😳😳So it would have been ok if we’d paid £100 for them to come all day???....
It’s only natural for us to try and accommodate others and make things as easy as possible.. I invited people as thought well they can travel together.., they won’t be on their own etc.... but the truth is if people want to be there and physically can be then they will accept they have to put themselves out a bit.Have a great wedding.😀🥂x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 9 Aug 2018

If they want to come and be a part of your day they will pay xx

Susan Coleclough
Susan Coleclough 9 Aug 2018

Personally so long as they are aware of the parking costs then I wouldn't worry. We were married a few weeks ago and people travelled from Australia to be there (had to extend their mortgage). Others travelled from all over the country and stayed in hotels. If people want to be at your wedding they will make a plan.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 10 Aug 2018

We happily paid when we went to my now best friends wedding in uphill Lincoln. As did everyone else. I wouldn't worry x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 10 Aug 2018

It’s not for you to worry really. I can’t imagine your guess worrying about how much you’ve had to pay. You’ll find lots of people arrange transport rather than taking their own cars.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 10 Aug 2018

You could always put on a two way bus for people the more people the less it would cost pp. that way they can have a drink too?

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 11 Aug 2018

Parking ca be stressful for everyone. Perhaps a nice idea for everyone would be to put on a coach to and from some cheap out of town parking? Like a park and ride?

Rebecca watson
Rebecca watson 14 Aug 2018

I'm sure most guests won't mind, pre warn them so they are aware of costs.
I'm sure most will taxi or get lists too.

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