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Tuesday
Jul282015

Valet Parking Services 101

Valet parking is sometimes a necessity when you are planning an event in a busy city or even an at–home wedding.  Valet parking attendants help assure that your guests will arrive at the reception on–time, rather than having to deal with busy city traffic with the lack of available parking spaces.

Valet attendants make your guests feel special: You’ve worked so hard to plan the perfect event. You want your guests to feel the ambiance from the moment they arrive, until the time they leave. A valet will greet your guests, direct them to the right location, and respectfully take care of their car.

Ask your facility for a recommendation: If you have chosen a facility with little or no parking in the near vicinity, ask your facility for a reference. The valet service you choose should be familiar with your location to avoid hiccups during your event.

Do a site visit: If your valet service is not familiar with your location, be sure to hold a site visit so your valet manager can explain their route, available parking locations, and estimate of costs.  Your valet manger should be able to provide you with a detailed plan before your event.

Ask about your valets’ uniform: Be sure your valet service is dressed in the proper attire. You want your valet attendants to have a uniform look that sets them apart from others at your event.

Ask for references: Your valet company should be able to provide you with a list of references from both brides and venues.

Tipping: Your guests should still tip your valet drivers. The proper tip is anywhere from $3 to $5.

 

Reader Comments (2)

Asking your facility for a recommendation is a great idea. It would make you visit so much easier. Trying to find a parking spot can be difficult sometimes. I would love to take advantage of this service in the future. Do they use a parking garage for the cars?

August 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohnson McGee

If adequate parking is not available in surface lots or the street, yes, many valet companies work with close-by parking garages. A reputable valet company will handle all those details and make sure that the best parking accommodations will be available to make wait times as little as possible for you and guests.

August 19, 2015 | Registered Commenterweddings.banquetevent

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