Ask the Expert: Do I Have To Treat My Guests To Parking

Question: We’re having our reception at a big, fancy hotel in Center City — are we obligated to pay for our guests’ parking?

Answer: No, you’re not obligated to pay for your guests, says Megan Kline, wedding planner and owner of Philadelphia’s Megan Kline Events — but it is a nice idea to take the pain out of parking for your family and friends, if you can swing it financially. And there are several creative ways to go about it: “You could include a cute little card in your invitation that says ’Complimentary Parking’,” she suggests. “Or pre-arrange something with the valet or hotel and hang a ‘Thank you for coming’ tag in your guests’ vehicles. Because even though it’s not required of the bride and groom, it is a really nice courtesy to extend to your guests.”