Post # 1
Hey everyone! Today we called around to our possible park “venue” for the reception and the church, and have a date almost set (yay!). The only drawback for the park is that we might not have access to the flush toilets, which is in a different shelter than the one we want. There are portable toilets available, though (I hope they’re nice… not really sure yet). I know Mrs. Espresso had a helpful post about renting a nicer portable toilet for her mountain wedding, but I don’t think that’s going to be in our budget. Does anyone have any idea how much those cost?
I feel like some guests will try to not to go during the reception, in all their wedding finery and such. I’m thinking of making cute cards directing them to the nearest grocery store (2 minute drive away) in case they can’t bring themselves to use the portable toilet. And also doing a cute table with soap, lotion, hand towels, by the shelter’s water spigot.
What do y’all think? Would you be totally grossed out by the port-a-potties?
Post # 3
I have to be totally honest… I would be disappointed with portapots. I have a dime size bladder and I would need to use the the facilities at least once during the night… and portapots just kind of gross me out. Sorry!
Post # 4
I would never use the porta-potties at a wedding. The only time I’ve ever used them is if I’m camping and it’s my only option. Even, then I’d rather go in the woods!
I would appreciate it if you somehow negotiated the flush toilets with your venue, or directed us to the grocery store bathrooms. Porta potties are a no-go for me!
Post # 5
Honestly, if I was all dressed up then I would most certainly not be using a port-a potty, but it would not bug me that I would only have to drive 2 minutes to use a real restroom…unless I had been drinking then there might be an issue.
I love the idea of the cute bathroom supply table.
Post # 6
Don’t let people talk you down. If it’s the place you want, who cares about the port-a-potties? Sure they can be smelly, but as long as they are clean to start, it’s a place you go into for a couple minutes to do your business. It’s not as if people will spend their entire night in there.
I think when most people think of portable toilets they think of the gross dirty ones they see at outdoor concert events or camping sites. There is a huge variety all the way up to ones that are practically like regular bathrooms. Those ones can be really pricey (like over $1000) but you can get medium-priced ones that are nicer than “camping toilets”. I found some web sites online when we were thinking we might need to get one for our wedding. Just search the web, the phone book, and I’d ask regular rental companies too for their advice.
Post # 7
I don’t know if this is helpful to you at all, but… are there public bathrooms? Is this a public park or private? You say that the toilets are in another shelter, could you maybe rent both shelters, is it a far walk?
We rented a public park from the city where I grew up and they actually called the Department of Public works to come on the Saturday morning of our wedding to unlock the bathrooms, then they came later that evening to lock them back up after we were all done. If no one is using the other shelter, can you ask them to let you use it for bathroom purposes?
About port-a-potties: I have been in some CLASSY port-a-pots lately! There was this one that was a trailer and had flush toilets and absolutely no smell. And even sinks with running water! Just look up restroom trailers. I have no idea how much these cost, but don’t give up the venue until you at least look into it!
Post # 8
Thanks for the input, ladies. It helps to hear all sides. I know I won’t be going in there in my gown, so I understand.
I asked the venue if we could negotiate it so we can use the bathrooms at the other shelter, but the guy said it’s usually booked because of graduation parties in June, which is the month I was looking at first. The wedding is going to be in August now, though, so the park might not be as busy.
It would actually be cheaper for us to rent the 2nd shelter as well, to have access to the bathrooms, than to rent a nicer portable toilet. Hmm, so much to think about.
@Brianalaura – I will look into it, for sure. It might be worth it!
Post # 9
We had porta-potties and they were fabulous. We got the wheelchair accessible size and scattered lavender throughout. We got many compliments on them throughout the weekend. We screened them out with tarps and tapistries. Don’t let porta potties disuade you from your perfect venue! 🙂
Post # 10
@mskalinin – my thoughts exactly! No, the second shelter is really about 30 seconds away from the one we want. The restrooms there are usually locked unless someone is renting that shelter, and we might not know if it is going to be rented until closer to the date. 🙁
I mean, we really could rent both, I guess, but is it ridiculous to take over another shelter that someone might want just to have bathrooms? Am I being too silly even to think of it that way?
Haha, I never thought deciding our venue would come down to BATHROOMS.
Post # 11
what about the deluxe portapottys/trailers i see at corporate functions? some of them look like a normal bathroom on the inside
Post # 12
@eloping – wow, that’s nicer than my own bathroom! I don’t think that would work for our budget, and they usually need like a generator or “pressurized water source” and those aren’t allowed/available at the city park, sadly.
Post # 13
I went to a wedding this summer where they had a tent in the park with these types of bathrooms and even though they look nice in the picture, they were pretty gross. The smell was terrible (it was very hot and humid) and the whole thing was just bizarre since they are “nice” port-a-potties. After we got engaged, we purposely did not look at any outdoor venues that did not have bathrooms on site for this reason. Good luck.
Post # 14
if the port a potties are general use, gross ones, then you can’t really ask your guests to use them. If you can rent ones for the day that are a bit nicer and clean, then I am sure that would be acceptable! Its really hard to know until you can have a better sense of the condition of them – to be honest some flush toilets in public parks are grosser than nice, clean, newly rented porta potties….
Post # 15
Honestly, I would be totally grossed out by the port-a-potty unless its really nice and very clean. In fact, we were at an outdoor wedding a few weeks ago and the two toilets in the ladies room were clogged, so we left the reception early. We didn’t necessarily want to leave, but there wasn’t another option.
Post # 16
I sort of have to agree with others that if you’re going to have a semi-formal type wedding (where people will be in heels and cocktail dresses) I would NOT be thrilled about having to use a typical porta potty. I too am the type that has to pee every two seconds, especially when drinking alcohol. Not only would people who are drinking not going to be able to drive to the grocery store, but I would imagine the store would not be too psyched about a parade of people in formal wear coming in to use the bathroom all day.
I would try to get the other building/site with access to actual bathrooms.