Tent Wedding Question

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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279 posts
Helper bee

@DancerJessa:  I would do the VIP because if I went to a wedding as a guest I wouldn’t appreciate using normal porta-potties in my dress. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@DancerJessa:  I attend a lot of tented weddings, as a wedding photographer. I’m assuming when you say regular portable toilets you’re referring to porta-pottys, right? Here’s where I get real (and I mean it in the nicest way possible)…porta-pottys are gross, no matter how “clean” they are. I get that there are large and roomy ones, but that still doesn’t make it better. Sorry. 🙁 I would be way less than thrilled to use one at a wedding I was working, let alone as a guest who is all dressed up. Please go with the restroom trailer so that your guests can flush the toilet and wash their hands in a sink!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

We’re having a tented wedding too (: I would just go with a ‘fancier’ version of a regular porta-potty. I don’t think there’s a need to spend a ton of money and get the VIP trailer, but definitely go with an option that will be more comfortable for your guests and show that you put time and effort into giving them a better bathroom experience aha 😉

ETA: By ‘fancier’ version of a porta-potty, I mean one with a sink, made of nicer materials, one that is larger, etc.

Post # 6
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309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I couldn’t imagine peeing in a porta-potty in a gown.  I’m doing a tented wedding and luckily our venue has a permanent bathroom trailer with sinks and flushing toilets down by the tent site.  I think it will go over better than peeing into the blue stuff.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had a tented wedding and we went with portapots! We spent the extra money to get the ones that flush and have a sink, but they were still so much cheaper than the trailers. We also rented a stand alone hand washing station. They were clean and we didn’t have any complaints. Most people’s experience with portapots is at a crowded event and they’re super dirty. But they arrive perfectly clean, and so long as your guests aren’t pigs, they will stay the same. Some advice:

  • Be sure to have enough – 50 per person was the best estimate I got
  • Try to put them in the shade – they can get hot.
  • If lighting isn’t provided inside, get some of those sticky battery opperated lights
  • All toilets are improved by scent diffusers
  • You may need to provide a wastebasket in the portapot or in the area in front of the portapots
  • Designate someone to keep the neat and stocked with TP, soap, handtowels, etc.
  • See if you can set up a mirror where ladies can touch up makeup
  • We did bathroom baskets with all the traditional stuff
  • We realized that portapots are kinda funny in that little kid fart kind of way. So just went with it. I decorated with rhinestones. Which were featured only in the bathroom decor. It made me  chuckle.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@starfish0116:  What if the portapot flushes and has a sink? Does that work?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I wouldn’t think twice about using a regular rental toilet at an outdoor wedding.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

@JenGirl:  I really love how you had your bathroom section set up! I thought the same thing when I saw these pictures on your recap thread about a month ago (: It’s weird to say this about a porta-potty set up aha, but everything looks really pretty.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sugarpea:  Thank you!!! I agree that it’s a little weird to like bathrooms, but I totally admit it was one of my favorite things in putting together wedding decor. It never failed to make me giggle. I might have gone a little overboard. I definitely did. But I had so much fun with it. And I was thrilled with how it turned out. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would go for the VIP, I don’t like going to concerts that don’t have restrooms and especially at wedding your going to want a sink, mirror and toilet while wearing a dress and being all made up 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I would do the VIP if possible. But I hate almost all forms of public restrooms. Port-a-Potty though for me is a last resort. I would try my best to just not have to go all night. But if I had to and they were decently clean, I would suck it up and just use them. But for dirty/gross conditions like in ones at very large events, I would leave to find a better bathroom.

Post # 14
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3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It depends.  If it was a generally normal-looking, wedding, I would be annoyed, and would think something like “couldn’t they have transferred some of the flower budget to proper bathroms?”  If it was a DIY/Budget wedding, I would get it, and, while I would rather have a nice bathroom, I wouldn’t be annoyed/offended.  If it was a camping, or completely casual wedding, I also wouldn’t care.  I wouldn’t really want to go in a portapotty in a suit.

Also, keep in mind that standard portapotties just hold the waste in a bucket, essentially.  If you’re there long enough, they WILL start to smell.

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