Bathroom baskets in a venue with several bathrooms

posted 7 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2020

What would you be putting in these baskets?

 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

The last wedding I went to had a little bathroom basket, and I thought it was pretty cool. I used a toothpick from it, and also grabbed a little packet of ibuprofen (like the single-serving packets) because I knew I was going to need it in the morning lol. I can’t remember what else it had (I think tampons?), but I thought it was a nice touch to have one. Not necessary at all, though.

I think you’d be fine just putting them in the main bathrooms. And perhaps just including a couple of the most useful items in the smaller bathrooms (like toothpicks), if you think your guests are likely to use the other bathrooms (like if they’re way across the venue, where your guests most likely won’t venture, I wouldn’t bother). But again, it’s a nice thing to include, but not necessary.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Mountains

My oldest brother’s wife made a big deal that I create a basket for the nearest ladies room at their wedding. I put in mints, hairspray, spray deoderant, tampons, etc. What I didn’t realize was that it was a large banquet hall with multiple rooms, and while we were in the largest room the bathroom closest to our room was not reserved only for their wedding and therefore open to the ‘public’. Not long after the reception started the basket had been raided and ultimately disappeared before too long.

It wasn’t worth it.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We had bathroom baskets with various bits and pieces, and we did have a few people comment on how useful they were. I’d stick to the main bathrooms they’re most likely to use if possible. We had a little sign telling people to help themselves to the contents (things like hairspray, body spray, plasters, tampons, hair grips, toothpicks, indigestion tablets etc)

They were very much a nice to have rather than a need to have but it did help my guests comfort and I now have some lovely baskets I use in my own bathroom!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

I’m not going to make baskets for several reasons.

  1. Another thing to buy
  2. Another thing to lug to the venue
  3. Everything that goes in those baskets are literaly what purses are for
Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Totally a wasted expense. Grown people are capable of caring for themselves for a few hours. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I did a basket in both the mens and ladies room, for the main bathrooms.  These were private to our event.  There were other bathrooms in our venue but were open to the other wedding (and staff on premise) therefore I did not place amenities in those.  I always appreciate a bathroom basket at weddings (clutches are so tiny!) and I know my guests did as well.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I had one and had the wife of one of my husband’s friends track me down to thank me profusely as her son’s trousers had split and I had included a needle and thread!

I would go for main bathroom(s) – I don’t think you need to put in all bathrooms! It may be that people don’t need the stuff that’s in there but I think it’s nice to have it just in case and you can just take home whatever’s not been used.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I didn’t have them and don’t think anyone missed them. BUT i’ve been to weddings with them and I appreciate the extra effort. The most recent wedding I went to had ones with hairspray, hair ties, bobby pins, spray deoderant (you may laugh but very handy for sweaty, drunk, dancing ladies… hahaha), tylenol, tampons, mints, gum and a few other random things. I think you only need them in the main bathroom if you do them

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

“the bathroom closest to our room was not reserved only for their wedding and therefore open to the ‘public’. Not long after the reception started the basket had been raided and ultimately disappeared before too long.

It wasn’t worth it.”

This actually speaks to how useful your baskets were. People were taking the items. The fact that it was the wrong people is not relevant to the OP’s question. I’m not sure how a convienience for the guests could be a “wasted expense” unless the basket contained items that were not useful. I think it’s a nice idea and I would have done this had I been more on the ball. I would maybe do smaller baskets for the smaller bathrooms.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

5 bathrooms is a lot.  Could you put baskets in 1-2 of the bathrooms and then put a little sign in the others that says something like “Amenity baskets are available in the main lavatory off the lobby” or something like that?

I also don’t think you need to go overboard with basket items, but I do think it’s nice to at least have some tampons/pads, bandaids or basic first aid kit, safety pins, and some of those shout detergent wipes or pens. Blister bandaids are always a nice touch.  Maybe some breath mints?  I feel like hairspray and deodorant and stuff like that is overkill.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

My bff wanted one when she got married so me and the other Maid/Matron of Honor made one for men and women. It’s one of those things that are not necessary but not really offensive either. The number one item was the bottle of tequila and the disposable shot glasses.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Mountains

mimivac :  they were taken by other patrons at the venue who didn’t attend the wedding. There were young girls (not affiliated with our party) running in and out. I was not about to bounce a bathroom for a basket of odds and ends.

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