(Closed) Could you maybe, possibly tolerate a “Porta Potty?”

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you be completely, utterly sicked out by a non-flushing toilet as a guest?
    YES. Under no circumstances should I have to go in one of those! : (103 votes)
    59 %
    No. It's a small price to pay for such a cool location/venue. : (61 votes)
    35 %
    Other. : (12 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 62
    359 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’ve been to several outdoor receptions with the blue kind and while I wasn’t thrilled, it really isn’t a big deal to me and I never heard any of the guests complain. I think it may just be a matter of what is the norm for your guests (and whether they’re a little bit country?)

    Personally, we are having an outdoor lakefront reception in a really remote area, so we will definitely have them, but I am planning on upgrading to either the trailer kind or at least the ones that flush, have sinks, mirrors and plenty of room. 

    I think it also makes a big difference in how/where they are set up. I plan on having a small canopy in front of them with a standing full-length mirror, bathroom basket etc. A couple large yankee candles inside the restrooms can really go a long way too!

    Post # 63
    776 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Its been like a million years since I have been in a Porta potty and and I cant remember, do they have sinks to wash your hands? If not that would gross me out the most, not being able to wash my hands and then go eat. Yuck!

    Post # 64
    7776 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Id hate to use a porta-potty in a nice dress and heels. Ugh. If you can find a nicer alternative to the typical porta-potty, then i’d be okay with it.

    Post # 65
    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Lovespearls: The basic ones don’t, they have a handsaitizer squirter usually.

    Post # 66
    233 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

     Is it during a hot time of year? I know they get worse the hotter it is! Also, a lot of people can handle port a johns, that’s no big deal. I’m with everyone else, just have the sinks and somewhere they can wash their hands and it’ll be fine!

    Post # 69
    10849 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If it was one of those really nice big trailer ones like PPs have mentioned, no problem at all. If it was a blue standard issue one and I was all dressed up for a wedding, not so much, but I would just suck it up and deal with it. PLUS consider that you’ll be needing a place to pee and I don’t think you could do it with the dress and the blue porta potty…. Go for the trailer, it’ll be fine.

    I was at a trade show once, went pee, and only when I came out did I realize it was one of those big trailers, they had disguised it REALLY well. I totally thought it was a “real” bathroom!

    Post # 71
    47293 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    Post # 72
    140 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    This was an issue with one of the venues we were considering. It was outside at an amazing location right on the water, but there were public bathrooms (waaaay dirty ones) about 100-200 yards away or the option of porta-potties. It was a deal breaker for us.

    Post # 73
    3580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @ei_laura:  THIS!  I’m going to the event in order to hang out with my friends and family.  If I wanted the Ritz….I’d be at the Ritz.

    I’d be fine with porta potties.  Honestly, once you have a couple of drinks in you, you tend not to care anymore anyway.  I have also seen temporary sinks too, so if those were available, awesome.  There are other interesting ways to create a sink – you just have to be creative.  But I would def have one for each gender!

    Post # 74
    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    eeekkk! all dressed up and squating in a PP. please don’t say it’s true.

    plus i am a huge hand hygiene freak. sorry

    Post # 75
    1352 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Being totally honest… I would be grossed out 🙁 sorry!!

    Post # 76
    2693 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2008

    Hmmm…I think porta potties are so not-wedding appropriate.  At least the typical, on-the-worksite type.  We went to a farm/barn wedding and they had a porta potty, but there was NO LIGHT, so by the time I had to pee, it was pitch black and had to use my phone as a light.  So gross.  That wedding sucked.  Also, the farm was owned by people and their house was literally three steps away from the porta potty but they never offered up their bathroom. 

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