Post # 1
Hey bees, did anyone here have an outdoor or at-home reception? FI and I are, and we’ve run into a potential snag – we are expecting about 100 (likely less) people to attend, and only have one guest bathroom in our house. After googling a bit I found a few sites that said one bathroom per 100 people should be sufficient, but I’m not so sure… can anyone give me your experiences, and how you dealt with this particular predicament??
This is an issue mostly because we are trying to have our wedding on a budget, and renting a portable toilet may be too much for us…
Post # 3
As someone who needs a bathroom NOW when they need a bathroom, I would say a definite yes to the portable toilets if it’s the only option available. Especially when people are eating and drinking, there’s no way 1:100 is a good ratio.
Post # 4
@bloodsarover: get a porta potty. My moh’s wedding was at a relative’s home, she rented 2, had she not their would have been issues. One bathroom in a business which usually has multiple toilets may be fine, one toilet is not. What if the only toilet gets clogged? Then you’re down to no toilets.
Post # 5
I’m doing a backyard wedding and running into the same dilemma. 100 guests is not impossible with 1 bathroom but I don’t think it’s ideal either. I don’t know your floorplan, but here are some good questions to ask:
- If there is a line for the bathroom, would it be disruptive to other activites? If the line could potentially get in the way of other stuff, I’d do a port-a-potty.
- Do the toilet/sink have any existing plumbing issues? Any amount of guests will be a strain and I can’t imagine anything worse than a plumbing issue during a wedding.
- Will there be factors that could cause more/longer bathroom trips? Open bars lead to more bathroom trips, families with children will usually take longer in the restroom, and elderly or handicapped guests may take longer. A 2nd option will alleviate the lines if you foresee this happening.
Personally, I would get the port-a-potty for peace of mind. I have about 80 guests and will have 2 guest bathrooms available in our house – a small powder room on the ground floor and a larger bathroom on the 2nd floor.
Post # 6
@bloodsarover: I know we all kind of cringe when we hear port-a potty, but the companies that rent these out have created something that is a far cry from the over-used, completely horrible little box of nasty we all remember from a camping trip or outdoor music festival. They’re clean, spacious, easy to use and even have a little foot operated sink outside…it’s all very civilized and not scary in the least….except I had to wingman my Grandma through one…she was just a little unfamiliar with the whole concept.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I don’t think it’s a good idea for your septic system or for guests’ comfort… a couple port-a-potties are definitely a must for any kind of backyard wedding.
Post # 8
We are doing port-a-potties for our outdoor wedding of about 100. They have flushable ones with lights and a sink with running water. They look really nice! I’m planning to get 2. Cost is about $350 each.