Post # 1
Hello bees! I’m hoping for some help.
First, please do not use this post to try to talk me out of my venue or my choice to use port-a-pots. I’d also really appreciate it if everyone could refrain from telling me I’m being tacky or rude or not considering my guests. I’m looking for advise as to how to do this best. Thanks.
So I’m getting married in my dad’s backyard. We’re inviting around 250 and expecting around 200. The ceremony starts at 5 and ends at 12 but I’m guessing guests will start trickling out around 10. We will have an open bar. The actual site is about 200 yards from the house which has 2 bathrooms that could potentially be used by up to about 1/4 of the guests (my dad’s family and friends who know where the house and bathrooms are).
We are going to be renting nice port-a-pots for the rest of the guests. We’re renting the kind that flush and have sinks and mirrors and all that jazz. They will be clean and smell nice and I do not think it will be a problem with my guests. I will provide toilet paper and soap and paper towels and a trash bin. I am also going to have lights and scent diffusers inside along with a basket with all the regular wedding bathroom essentials (lotion, bobby pins, hairspray, tampons, aspirin, etc.)
My main question is how many port-a-pots do I need? Some of the rental sites recommend 1 per every 50 guests which would mean 4 port-a-pots for us. However, I’ve also read that this is a really conservative estimate. Last summer we were at a wedding of just around 100 guests and they had only one (and a close by house with a bathroom) and it was just fine. So I’m wondering if anyone has done this and can tell me how many I should get. And how I should divide them (men’s, women’s, unisex). I’d also appreciate any other advise about how to make this all work.
Thanks so much bees!!!
Post # 3
@JenGirl: are they invidual ones? as sometimes they come in blocks so one block = 3 toilets inside it
everywhere i go (bars, parties etc) with a lot of people – theres always a queue for the ladies and not for the mens. so i would do them seperately as some people dont like unisex toilets, and have maybe an extra one for the women
edit – as people are dirnking alcohol theyll need to pee more than if it was a dry bar. so i wouldnt go with the conservative estimate and add at least 1 extra
Post # 4
@newname_99: Thanks – I think the conservative estimates are assuming people are drinking as that’s the most common for weddings! And I agree that separating men’s vs women’s. I’m just not sure how to divide it. If we get 3 we’ll do 1 men’s and 2 women’s. But if we get 4 do we do 1 men’s and 3 women’s?
Post # 5
@JenGirl: If you had four, I would do 2 womens, 1 mens, and one unisex…just incase the mens is busy.
Post # 6
Actually, if you get 4, I would only do unisex. Or maybe do 3 unisex and 1 women’s only. I would NOT do 1 mens and 3 women…true, guys pee faster than women, but it would take just a few guys have “a moment” (i.e. going #2) to really cause a line for the guys if they have only 1 toilet.
Also, if you have the $$ in the budget (I have no idea how much it costs to rent one), I suggest getting 5 toilets for your guests and keeping the house off limits for everyone (rather than letting a select few use the house).
**Edit – regarding my second comment (about getting 5) – no one will notice if you have “too many” portapotties, but EVERYONE wil notice if you have too few!
Post # 7
@Rock Hugger: actually thats so true. my fi will do anything to avoid ‘having a moment’ where possible in a public place (well, anywhere thats not at home) but if he has to…hes gone for a while (TMI but still!) and you dont want men wandering off peeing behind trees (and no matter how nice or classy your friends are, ive seen it happen at very smart dos).
if you have 3 – 2 womens, 1 mans
5 – 3 womens, 2 mens
4 – 2 womens, 1 unisex, 1 mans or 3 unisex, 1 womens as there are always some women who would choose the womens only one
i think? im going through every combination in my head and i keep coming up with different ideas.
Post # 8
Thanks bees. I’m leaning towards 3 (2 women’s and 1 mens) or 4 (2 women’s, 1 men’s 1 unisex) but would still love some more input. Especially if anyone has actually been to a wedding that used port-a-pots and how their numbers worked.
And for some clarification, my dad’s friends and family won’t be expected to use the indoor bathrooms, they just know where they are and I’m not going to stop them if they want to use them. And I know it never hurts to have extra, but if I could save $300 and not cause any issues, that would be awesome.
Post # 9
I would err on the side of too many. I was at a wedding where all the portapotties got backed up and were basically overflowing because they underestimated. It was one of the most digusting things I’ve ever seen/smelled.
Post # 10
@abbie017: How many guests did they have and how many port-a-pots? That’s definately what I’m trying to avoid. But estimates say I should anywhere from 2-8 for my 200 person wedding so I don’t know how many to get. Thanks!
Post # 11
I like the idea of 2 women’s, 1 men’s, and 1 unisex. That’s probably the way I would go.
Your port-a-pots sound really nice! I didn’t know they made such swanky ones!
Post # 12
@discodance: Thanks. You have to look for them but I found some vendors when I searched for “flushable port-a-pots”. And they’re almost half the price of the trailor bathrooms.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Could you keep the bathroom essentials OUTSIDE the port-a-pots? That would help with lines.
It is really an issue for people to use a unisex bathroom? That would be another way to avoid lines- all open to whatever guests needs it.
Post # 14
Our venue recommended 1 per 100 people, so we’re doing 2 for 150-175 people. Don’t know if that helps!
Post # 15
@JenGirl: i went to a wedding that sounds just like yours. bride’s parent’s backyard, huge tent, with port-a-potties. it was one of the best weddings i have ever attended. she had the really nice potties too. i was impressed. she had someone pop into them every once in awhile to make sure the paper products were stocked and cleaned. she had fewer than 200 people (100ish) and i think she had 2 or 3 units. i think 4 would be safe. 1 men’s, 2 women’s, 1 unisex.
Post # 16
I went to a fancy party of about your size, and they had 3- one men’s, one women’s, one unisex. I never saw a line, and it was just fine.