5 Savvy Tips for Using a Valet Service at Your Wedding
When is your wedding? Did you know that hiring a valet service can make work easier for you and your guests? After all, every wedding is meant to dazzle and impress at the same time. If you have a lot of guests attending the wedding, there is no reason why you should subject them to the hassle of having to find parking on their own. You want to avoid the nuisance that comes with ladies’ high-heels getting stuck in mad.
But just how do you go about finding the right valet service for your wedding? If you hire a company with unprofessional and tainted service, you may end up spoiling your entire event. Consider the following savvy tips to get the best valet service at your wedding:
1. Using References
There is no better way of finding the best valet service than the use of word of mouth. Of course, your caterer, event planner or event rental provider would know who to recommend. Over a long period of time, they have worked with a number of valet service providers and have an idea who is the best. A simple referral can save you a lot of unexpected inconveniences.
2. Visiting the Site
It is highly unlikely that you are familiar with the location where your wedding is taking place. That’s the reason why you need to make a site visit to get an understanding of the kind of people you are dealing with. How else will you know if you are dealing with a professional, honest, and reputable person? Watch out for companies that refuse to take you on a site visit or those which charge you for it. In the end, such a valet service provider might end up being a big disappointment. So make sure they take you on a tour of the site to explain the plans they have for dealing with the parking arrivals and departures. After all, they should have an idea where they will park the cars and how they will manage the traffic flow to minimize jams and delays.
3. Securing a Written Cost Estimate
Apart from spelling the total cost, the estimate should contain details such as the number of valet staff and the time of arrival. Expect the company to charge you by the hour. Ask the company to put everything on the table. Hidden fees can be very inconveniencing. You don’t want a valet service provider that charges you outside the work hours. If a company wants to release their staff early, they shouldn’t charge you the full fees. Also, make a headcount to ensure the estimated valet staff are actually present and working on your wedding day. Otherwise, you will end up paying for work that was never done.
4. Hiring an Insured Valet Service Provider
Although unexpected, accidents do happen. That’s why the valet service provider should have all the necessary insurance policies. Who wants to be liable for accidents that occur in another person’s hands simply because of lack of insurance or under-insurance? If you are not careful, you may end up paying millions of dollars to cover liability damages. Work with a valet service provider that has all the insurance coverage required including workman’s compensation. After all, their employees can get hurt while working. But it should not just be with any other insurance company. The carrier should, essentially, be A-rated.
5. Going for Quality Over Anything Else
It is not always advisable to choose the cheapest valet service since it may end up being of the lowest quality. If anything, you get what you pay for. Don’t expect low-cost valet service providers to have the proper uniform for their staff, for example. Also, those employees might not have the right skills for the job given the little or no training. If you want to deal with unskilled workers with poor language skills, go for the cheapest available option. Due to their limited experience, they might just leave you to foot the bill of their incompetence. Therefore, go for the bigger and well-established valet service providers who can assure you of the best services. Although they might be expensive, they will give you peace of mind by covering any damages that occur in the course of their work.
Now that you know what to look for in a valet service provider, go ahead and have a great wedding.