(Closed) Reception Baskets – did people use them?

posted 8 years ago in Favors
  • poll: If you used a basket, what did you think?
    Pashmina basket - a huge hit! : (2 votes)
    13 %
    Bathroom basket - a huge hit! : (3 votes)
    20 %
    Flip-flop basket - a huge hit! : (1 votes)
    7 %
    Other basket - a huge hit! : (1 votes)
    7 %
    Pashmina basket - cute, but definitely an extra : (1 votes)
    7 %
    Bathroom basket - cute, but definitely an extra : (3 votes)
    20 %
    Flip-flop basket - cute, but definitely an extra : (4 votes)
    27 %
    Other basket - cute, but definitely an extra : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2856 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I created a bathroom basket for the women’s bathroom. I think it was a nice touch but not particulary necessary. When I got the basket back most of the items were untouched. Apparently, the tampons came to use for someone :).

    I had thought about getting a flip-flop basket but I found that most people already knew the deal and brought their own dancing shoes.

    Post # 4
    Member
    1813 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I did a bathroom basket but it was kind of “medium”…a couple ladies commented on it, but I don’t think it was “necessary”…ours didn’t cost a lost, and I’ll just use the leftovers, so I don’t think it was a waste…we even used baskets we already owned, so I’m sure they were less than $10 each if not total (2 unisex bathrooms)

    Post # 5
    Member
    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    As a guest I’ve made use of the bathroom basket at least two or three times… I was looking for a safety pin because the front area of my dress was showing a little too much boob… I was looking for a Tide to go stick because I got food on my dress… I needed a breath mint.

    I think they can be very helpful.  No need to make it too elaborate and high end but some basics are always appreciated.

    Post # 6
    Member
    349 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

    I did a bathroom basket and it didn’t really get used to much.  However we got most of the items out of the travel section so the cost wasn’t super high.  It’s a fun and nice convenience, but not absolutely necessary in my opinion.

    Post # 7
    Member
    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We had bathroom baskets, but only because my aunt really wanted to make them for us for some reason. We told our families that we weren’t going to have them because they seemed unnecessary (really? what woman doesn’t have a tampon on them when they’re, you know … mid-cycle?). So my aunt stepped up, and hence, our bathroom baskets.

    I’m honestly not sure if people used them or just took advantage. She put a LOT of stuff in them that went above and beyond, things like contact solution, blotting sheets, tide-to-go sticks, batteries, mini sewing kit, etc., in addition to the typical advil, mints, gum, etc. And they were empty at the end of the night, and because our wedding was small, I think people either stocked up for their medicine cabinets or other hotel guests were helping themselves.

    Honestly? I think they were a waste, but at least the stuff got used, I guess?

    I think baskets of things are a nice addition, but for the most part, unnecessary. We considered having the pashmina and flip flop baskets, too, but in the end, decided against it and put the money toward our honeymoon 🙂 Most people brought their own wraps and flip flops anyway.

    Post # 8
    Member
    987 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    My flip flop basket was cleaned out at the end of the night!  And my pashmina basket only had 1 or 2 left at the end.  Didn’t do bathroom baskets as that was one of those things that got cut at the end so I can’t offer any insight there.

    Post # 9
    Member
    339 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    For the bees whose bathroom baskets weren’t used very much, did you have a little “help yourself” sign or something to that effect?  Maybe guests were hesitant bc they weren’t sure if they should helpy-selfy? Just a thought?

    Post # 11
    Member
    1757 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    For a beach wedding I attended last summer, “shoe size” was on the RSVP card, so everyone (correctly) assumed that flip flops would be provided as favors. We swarmed those baskets like rabid wolves, especially since it was drizzling and the ground had mostly turned to mud. Even the dudes donned the flippy floppies, to prevent their dress shoes from getting caked in mud.

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