Wednesday, January 20, 2010

To Park or Not to Park

I've been intrigued by the responses you posted about yesterday's bathroom attendant entry so I thought I'd bring up another small, but important detail that sometimes causes an issue: parking. The big question is, should you, as the host, pay for your guest's parking? I once worked with a client that not only paid for her guest's parking but also gave specific instructions that no one should accept tips (she tipped 20% to all the car servers).

On top of that, she also offered to give each guest a single rose on their way home.  We all struggle in this industry to come up with unforgettable moments for our events.  I thought this was a true moment of class. (Of course, she could also afford this luxury, which makes a difference in what you choose to offer your guests.)

Tell me about an unforgettable service you have either given or received that made an event memorable and why it was so great.


  1. I think part of being a good host is to make your guests feel comfortable. If the host can afford to pay for parking (and tipping) it is such a nice gesture! However, not everyone can afford to do this and shouldn't feel that they have to. Perhaps, even leaving a nice thank you note in the guests' vehicle is enough.

    I like to take a photo of the bride and groom and engrave it on a wood keepsake box as a gift to the couple. They can store all their cards and little momentos in.

  2. Dear Preston,
    In my opinion the host should pay for the parking and not the guest.
    Rowaida Flayhan

  3. what's the next topic? Open bar or cash bar?

  4. I think it's a little silly to ask a host to pay for parking!!! How low are we going now!!
    Living in New York we all have found ways around the parking issues!!! I do not care how much money a person has!!!



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