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With as many vendors and items that are part of wedding planning, we realize that people are going to vary in their opinions as to what is a necessity and what is a luxury. Obviously, an officiant or a caterer is a necessity. While maybe an item like a candy buffet or a photo booth would be considered a luxury item. But when it comes to whether you should hire valet parking services, we feel that this is one of those vendors that falls in the necessity and luxury category. There are many reasons for this. For one, your guests will feel like absolute royalty with a high quality valet service taking care of them from the time that they drive up. Your guests cars will be parked in a completely safe way and will be secure with someone watching them all of the time. They also will be able to walk just a few steps right into your venue instead of a great distance depending on how the parking lot is setup or where it is in relation to the venue. So go ahead and bite the bullet after all your wedding only happens once. Your first step should be to start checking out quality candidates in the New Orleans area and then picking out the one that you feel will serve you the best from that group. Below is a brief guide that provides you with some tips and questions on how to find the perfect fit for you in terms of valet parking that will serve your wedding to your satisfaction.
So, how do you come up with candidates to interview. There are three main ways that we recommend. Check with your wedding vendors that you already have a relationship with. The wedding world is usually a pretty tight group in terms of vendors knowing other vendors and they should be able to give you a name or two to check out. There is also the online route you could go. Do a Google search for “valet parking service in the New Orleans area.” This should bring back a number of results for you to check into. And then there is the more personal route. Check with your friends, family and coworkers to see if they have ever hired a valet service or if they have ever experienced exceptional valet service at something like a wedding. Once you have a few candidates to check out, it will be time to make some calls and do some interviews.
Call each vendor and setup a time that you can actually sit and talk face to face about your wedding needs. One of the first subjects that you want to bring up at the interviews is if the valet company is sully licensed and insured. Will you need to get a permit to have them work your venue? Talk about the number of guests that will be coming to your wedding. How many attendants will they be providing based on your guest count. Most companies are around the one attendant for every 50 guests. If you feel this would not be adequate, ask how much it would be to have an additional attendant show up.
If possible, bring a picture of the parking area so the representative can tell you what can be done and what can't be done. They should be able to maximize the amount of space you have available. Also consider the weather. Ask if the valets will be prepared if it rains. Will they carry umbrellas for your guests? What will the bottom line fee be? Once you know all of this information, you should be ready to make a decision on who to hire.