Valet 101

NY, NJ and CT
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I've heard some valet-service horror stories (surprise fees, long waits, sketchy staff). So in the name of ensuring a hassle-free valet experience, both for couples and their guests, I interviewed John Dent, of Parking Productions, which has locations in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, for the new issue of Brides Connecticut. John had some great tips, like to always alert folks to any parking costs in advance, to avoid any bitterness on the part of unsuspecting guests. "If you're not planning on covering those costs, it's best to mention the valet parking fee on the direction card included with the wedding invitation or on your wedding website," says John.

For more of John's advice, plus photos from some our favorite Connecticut real weddings, our survey of the area's major wedding vendors that reveals what a wedding really costs, unique bachelorette party ideas, tips on hosting a ceremony in one of Connecticut's 100-plus state parks, and much more, pick up the latest issue of Brides Connecticut, on newsstands July 7. —Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides Connecticut

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