(Closed) Venue – bathroom situation!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsSweetAndTangy:  I would think it was weird that some guests are allowed in the house and others aren’t. But it depends on how dressed up I am. If its a casual wedding I don’t think I would mind, but if I’m dressed to the nines I would think it was annoying that I got all dressed up to use a portapotty.

I would really appreciate you making it nice though. Any attempt to make it less like a portapotty would go a long way with me.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would look into the cost of renting port-o-potty vs. restroom trailer vs. fixing up the toilet in dad’s shop and making *that* look pretty since it will need to be fixed eventually anyway, yes? Why not put the money toward something more permanent vs. renting and still having the bathroom in the shop not work? Maybe you could work out a deal with your parents to fix up the shop bathroom.

Then, I would allow limited usage of the house bathrooms (MOH etc. as you say) and have the rest of the guests use the shop bathroom.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would think it weird that my folks wouldn’t allow wedding guests (40 really isn’t that many people, I don’t think) into their home, to be truthful.  The rented trailers are usually around a grand but if you’re doing a pretty casual event a porta potty wouldn’t offend me.  Are they worried that the guests would get the place too dirty or that they might steal something?

Post # 6
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4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh also do you have any guests who are in wheel chairs/might not be able to use a portapotty?

Post # 8
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635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would be offended as a guest if it were a small wedding, but only VIPs were allowed to use the nice bathrooms. It’s like I wasn’t good enough or the homeowners thought I would rob them. And I wouldn’t count on having just 1 bathroom available, assuming you fix up the shop bathroom.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

IMO, restroom trailers are a must for weddings without public restrooms. I flat out refuse to use port-o-potties regardless of how “clean” they are. If I won’t use one at a concert when I’m in jeans and a tshirt, I definitely won’t be using one in a dress at a wedding. 

In my research, the trailers run around $2k but that’s been for larger weddings. You may be able to find cheaper options since you have a smaller guest list. I’m with the PP’s though. It seems like allowing 40 people to use the restroom in your parents house will save you a bunch of money. Not everyone will even have to use it so assuming only 1/2 do, that’s really not that many people.

ETA: Saw your update so you can ignore my comments about using the restrooms in the house. It seems like the trailer may be the best option but then again, I guess it depends on your guest list. If they’re the type of people who won’t mind a port-o-potty then you could probably get away with one of those and save some money.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Restroom trailers are reaaaally freaking expensive (like $1-3k).  Our venue requires we rent port-a-johns, but has a good vendor with nice port a potties that have running water sinks.  They cost $110 each, so really affordable.  They drop ’em off all clean and pick up too.  I’ll be putting nice little baskets in them with sprays and wipes and Tide To Go sticks, etc.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Oh and another reason not to use your home bathrooms – they will get stopped up!  Especially from people using them almost continually.  I went to a wedding at a family home and the only bathrooms were in the house and it was a total nightmare.  Household plumbing just can’t handle more than a household using the bathrooms.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsSweetAndTangy:  “We had a baby shower for my sister once and afterwards had an iPod & portable CD player missing.”  Wow, what an asshat! Since it’s going to be dangerous, you should definitely not have them in the house. I guess it depends on what you can afford but I would not be offended by a portapotty.  Especially since they’re extremely clean when they’re dropped off.  Just make sure you get one of the portable sinks too because hand sanitizer just grosses me out.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I would rent the trailers, if I were you.  If I showed up at a wedding and they had port-a-potties, I’d leave.

Post # 15
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705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would get really nice port-a-potties and not allow anyone (excepting mom and dad) to use the restrooms in the house.  Letting some people use the house bathrooms and the rest stuck with the crappers outside would be really rude.  Just tell people that there is construction inside the house and that they don’t want anyone to get hurt.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

“Letting some people use the house bathrooms and the rest stuck with the crappers outside would be really rude.” <—- I die. HAHAHAHAHA!

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