Q: I’m having my wedding at my parent’s house because I love the property and it’s beautiful and intimate. We’ve got most of our wedding vendors in place, so we’re good there, but what I’m starting to getting worried about is our bathroom situation. We do have a bathroom that is downstairs, but I’m not sure that will be enough. I hate the idea of portable bathrooms, but how do I figure out if I need them?
Great question! For most couples bathrooms are not something they have to worry about because their wedding venue usually has them onsite, but with a private estate, this is not always the case. Many times with private estates you aren’t allowed into the house itself which means renting portable bathrooms is a must. In your particular situation, however, it’s your parent’s house, so while you do have access to the inside, the question becomes more about ease.
This is one of those times in your wedding planning when you really need to think about your guests and their comfort. First off, you want the bathrooms to be easy to get to. You don’t want to have to explain to every guest where the bathroom room is or make it so hard where they need a map of the house to find it.
Second, you to think about if you want your wedding guests going in and out of the house as opposed to just keeping the party all outside. In addition, you need to think about if your bathroom can handle that kind of high-frequency use. If your house is in the boondocks, sometimes the pressure isn’t great.
Third, you want to make sure you have enough bathrooms where you won’t have long lines waiting to use it. A good ratio is about 1 bathroom stall to every 50 guests, but a better ratio is 1:25. It depends a bit on how long the event is going for and exactly how many guests, but this is a good reference point. So, depending on how many bathrooms your guests will have easy access to, renting bathrooms may make more sense.
Now before you get all wiggly about portable bathrooms, keep in mind that you wouldn’t be renting those horrible blue plastic ones you see at construction sites and at concerts. You’d be renting the nicer trailer type ones that look like real bathrooms with actual toilets and sinks (there are even ones with air conditioning, music and wood inlay). They are nice and won’t be either an eyesore or stinky. Of course, they aren’t as nice as a real bathroom in a house, but they come pretty close.
So, think about your particular house and what makes sense for your guest count and party. If you can make the house bathrooms work, then great, but if it seems iffy or will make it hard on your guests (or your parent’s house), then consider renting some portable bathrooms.
I don’t want to scare you, but I did attend a wedding once at a private estate where they decided not to rent bathrooms and the toilets just couldn’t take the sheer number of people. I won’t go into details, but it was a bit of a disaster. So, if you are worried, renting portable bathrooms really are a great solution and can prevent any potential problems. Because come on, who wants to deal with a bathroom issue on their wedding day? No one.
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