Post # 1
My reception is in a national park and the bathrooms are separate from the facility we’re partying in. Since anyone can go in the park area, anyone can wander into the bathrooms. So should I stop bookmarking cute bathroom basket decorating ideas? Or do I just add extra stuff so that hopefully there’s still stuff left for my guests.
Lemme know what y’all think.
Post # 3
I really wouldn’t chance it. It’d only take one person who went in there and pick up the whole basket on their way out for your efforts to be wasted.
Post # 4
We had bathroom baskets in a public garden. Now… the bathrooms/gift shop were open to the public until 5pm. Our wedding was from 4-9pm. I don’t think many public people came in although if they wanted we couldnt stop them. I went to the bathroom a couple times during the evening and there was still plenty of stuff. All our guests thought they were a big hit!
Post # 5
We’re going through our park bathrooms and sweeping them out, making sure they have TP and paper towels the day before, and putting some bottles of hand soap and hand sanitizer in the day of, but that’s it. I think you can still try putting out bathroom baskets, as long as you don’t mind if you don’t get any of the stuff back (including the basket). Sure, someone might take them, but they might not. And even if they do, it’s not like they were 100% necessary in the first place. Plus, even if they do get stolen, it probably wouldn’t be right away, so your guests would get to use them for a few hours at least. If you really love the idea, I say go for it. If you were on the fence already, then don’t bother.
Post # 6
A friend of mine got married at probably the nicest hotel in Toronto. The washrooms were just outside the reception ballroom, so they were open to the public for all intensive purposes. By the time I got to the bathroom, the baskets had been ransacked by members of the public, not the guests of the wedding (the reception had pretty much only been going for about an hour). I felt awful for my friend, I could tell she had put a lot of work in them. I’m not sure if she put a sign on them if it would have helped or not.
Personally, our venue is open to the public until 5pm, and our ceremony is starting at 5pm. I’m putting bathroom baskets out, but I’m going to try to get them out there as close to 5pm (or just there after) as I can to minimize “public time”. I got everything from the dollar store, so it’s not a huge deal if they get ransacked, but I do hope my guests get a chance to enjoy them!
Post # 7
Thanks for your feedback! I guess if my venue was closed to the public eventually that would be helpful, but it stays open to everybody. I love bathroom baskets – just another way to say thanks to your guests – but my common sense says: PUBLIC BATHROOM.
Maybe I’ll get a decal and put in on the mirror just saying thanks for coming … Then it would mark it with my wedding feel, but really? who steals vinyl lettering.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t spend the money to give strangers the chance to use those items when they are clearly not invited. Being at a public park, that is the risk you take. If you were at a private venue by yourselves, the bathroom baskets might make more sense.