Post # 1
I know this is a weird thing to worry about, but I am very concerned that our potential ceremony/reception site doesn’t have enough bathrooms. FH and I are paying for everything ourselves, so we’re trying to keep costs down. His aunt and uncle offered their home in Napa for the wedding, which is totally amazing. It has a beautiful huge back yard, overlooking a vineyard, and is way nicer than anything we could afford. However, the house is not that big, and there are only two bathrooms. We’re looking at having about 100 guests, and I’m worried that two bathrooms are not enough.
Does anyone know if there is an ideal bathroom to guest ratio that I should be aiming for? If there aren’t enough bathrooms, does anyone have experience with renting portable bathrooms (hopefully more like Chelsea Clinton had, and not like the contruction site style)? Am I totally insane?
Post # 3
Definitely rent a portapotty, they have some REALLY nice wedding ones that come on a trailer and you would never believe that they’re portable toilets!! I would call around to different rental companies and you’ll be able to find some. We rented one portapotty, not super fancy, but not construction grade and it was $250, plus we’re getting a 15% discount.
Post # 4
Sorry, I should also add that we’re having 150 people at our wedding, there are 4 men and 4 women’s bathrooms at our venue (I believe) but we were required to rent a portapotty by the venue because they’re on a septic system.
Post # 5
I say porta poty you will deff need them prob 3+ for that many guests.
Post # 6
Around my parts (OH) it would cost a couple hundred bucks for a good one that has a sink and flush capability. In CA, that could be higher. If you don’t want it sitcking out like a sore thumb, I would get a small tent with walls and a side entrance to make it a little less conspicuous. Even with all of those costs figured, it’s probably still WAY less than renting a venue.
For a hundred person reception, I don’t know if two bathrooms would cut it. Especially if you are serving alcohol.
This is a site for a way awesome Port-A-JANE.
Post # 7
This site has a chart: keep in mind that it is published by a company that rents toiler facilities.
Post # 8
Our wedding was at my husband’s family lake house, and also had 2 bathrooms. We initially tossed the port-a-potty idea around, but there was really no where to place them, so we just chanced not having them. It up being perfectly fine with our 160 guests. There was never a line, we never heard complaints, and it didn’t seem to be a problem at all. I even asked a few people later on and no one seemed to have even notice. It was a non-issue.
I had attended another home-held wedding a few months before mine, and they only had 1 bathroom available for about 75 guests. I don’t think it was an issue for them at all, either. I remember going once and I think there was 1 person in front of me. Not a big deal.
So basically I’m just saying if you can’t swing having the nice extra toilets around, it can work out just fine without them. Unless there are like 20 pregnant guests, I doubt it will be an issue.
Post # 9
we got married at a really small historic inn, only 11 rooms. they only had two bathrooms too for our guests, and we had about 90 people. i didn’t know of any bathroom issues, i went once and there was no line. my hubby didn’t seem to have a problem either and he has crohns, so he’s in there a lot.
Post # 10
If you can find a nice, large bush, just dig a couple small latrines and separate men and women. Make sure the womens’ trench is a little deeper since they will be popping a squat
Post # 11
We are getting married at an estate and having the ceremony outside and the reception in a tent. We were told that if we went over 150 people that we’d have to provide more bathrooms. I believe the men’s/women’s bathrooms in the house each has 2 stalls. We ordered a trailer (way nicer then a porta potty but not as nice as Chelsea Clintons!) with a men’s and women’s side. They can be pricey but it will make the guests much more comfortable!
Post # 12
Wow! You guys rock! Thanks for the advice and experiences, and for making me feel like I am not totally insane for worrying about this.