Valet parking is an option at a large number of wedding venues, but not every new couple chooses to take advantage of it. Some of them are worried about it increasing the cost, although there are many venues that offer it as a complimentary service, while others simply do not realize all of the benefits that it can offer. A valet parking service has the potential to make a guest’s arrival at the wedding much more convenient and to eliminate a huge number of safety risks that come with putting a large number of guests in a single parking lot at the same time. Those benefits mean that it is almost always worth considering a valet parking service for a wedding and reception, especially if the guest list is particularly long or if the parking lot is going to get cramped.
1- Extra Space
Parking lots tend to get cramped during weddings. A valet service can help to solve this problem in two different ways. In most cases, they can make sure that the guests get the most out of the space that they do have. They ensure that none of the cars are parked so that they block off extra spaces. That may seem like a small change, but it can add up if there are a lot of careless drivers coming to the wedding.
In many cases, they can also open up new parking spaces. Some venues have restricted parking that normal guests cannot access, but that parking tends to be open to valets or other professionals. They can store cars in the extra parking that only they can access, and bring them back out as necessary when people start to leave. That can makes space for a huge number of extra guests at the venues that offer this option, which makes valet parking ideal for people who want to hand out a lot of invitations to their wedding ceremony and reception.
2- Preventing Accidents
Parking lot accidents are surprisingly common. Parking lots are at their most dangerous when there are a lot of people moving through them at once, and when those people are distracted by cell phones, conversations, or anything else that could inhibit their driving. Weddings are full of distracted people who need to leave at approximately the same time, so the parking at a wedding venue is a very risky place to drive.
Valet services can help to prevent those accidents. At the most basic level, the valet drivers will be more experienced and less distracted than the guests, so their driving skills will be relatively high. That gives them the ability to avoid most accidents in the parking lot. They also help to keep the lot organized when there are a lot of cars coming in and out, which reduces the number of opportunities for accidents to happen.
Their biggest benefit is serving as the last line of defense against intoxicated drivers. People often consume alcohol at weddings, but they rarely think of weddings as events with a lot of drinking. That means that they tend not to take preventative steps, such as arranging for designated drivers, which makes drunk driving likely. A valet will refuse to give the keys to anyone who is intoxicated, which keeps the drunk drivers off the street and makes sure that they won’t cause any accidents. That makes them one of the most valuable safety features that a host can offer for their guests.
3- Increased Convenience
Parking can be a major source of aggravation for wedding guests. Very few people enjoy hunting through a crowded lot for the last few parking spots, or getting cut off as somebody else pulls out of their space. Valet services remove that source of irritation from the wedding and make it so the guests can focus on enjoying the main event. Helping people to stay relaxed early on will cut down on the risk of conflict or drama as throughout the rest of the event, so making it easy to park can lead to surprisingly big improvements to the wedding. Even though it may not seem like a big deal, adding valet service is a small change that can have a disproportionately large effect.