(Closed) Porta Potty Woes!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you be ok using a porta potty?

    Yes, I wouldn't mind/notice

    No! Eww.

    Only if it was a bathroom trailer.

  • Post # 16
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    Bumble bee

    I generally use porta potties in a few situations:

    1. I am on a run and miles from home and nature is calling

    2. I am about to run a half marathon and nature is calling

    3. I am at an outdoor music festival and nature is calling

    None of these events really has the air of sophistication that a wedding has. I always feel a little gross/dirty after using one, even if I wash my hands after. Those bathroom trailers are great–I once bought a pair of running shoes at an expo just so I could use the bathroom trailer on race day 😂. I would personally spring for the trailers just so people don’t have to squat in their nice clothes. 

    Post # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I would only use a porta potty if I had no other choice but if leaving early and going home was an option, I would be doing that. At a wedding I would not feel ok going to use a porta potty in my dress and nice shoes. I say trying to squeeze the bathroom trailer into the budget is the best option. 

    Post # 18
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    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

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    swingmearound:  ugh. don’t do it!! i think asking people who are dressed up for a wedding to use port a potties is not cool. plus, when i hear historic park, i think open to the public?? the only thing worse than having to use port a potty at a wedding, is having to use PUBLIC port a potties. EW.gag. 

    as PP’s said, i would probably not drink anything and then leave when i couldn’t hold it anymore. you might end up with a bunch of guests not enjoying themselves bc of the bathroom issues. 

    Post # 20
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    If it is a choice between covered option for rain and a trailer wpuld definitely opt for the tenting- if you dont have a rain option you will be obsessing about the weather for the whole lead up and if it does rain will be way worse than guests having to use a porta potty. I’m having an outdoor ceremony and wet weather back up was my main stress until I sorted it.

    Although- If you are able to bring a trailer in you should also be able to bring a couple of extra porta potties to take the strain off the ones there as someone suggested above.

    Also you know your guests and they may be more relaxed than the people voting here. If you’re having 70ppl maybe 35 are guys and they may not care. So looking at the poll maybe 10 people would be fussed- but you might be hanging with a more chill crowd.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by penny2015.
    Post # 21
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    Helper bee

    I think you will be totally fine with 3 porta potties and 70 guests. Especially if there is a handwashing station. 

    Post # 22
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Is there anything else you can cut to come up with the money for the trailers? I’m thinking favors, ceniter pieces, iTunes instead of a DJ….

    Post # 23
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    So, your basic, typical park porta-potty? almost nit a chance I’m using it- we’ll be driving to the closest place with a bathroom.

    The exception would be if you brought in some of the deluxe porta-potties available for weddings. We went to a black tie wedding that Was tented outdoors and they brought in “porta-potties”- real floors, sinks, running water to flush, sturdy, decorated, etc. 

    But, that’s just me- you know your families and guests. It would, however, have been very difficult to assist my elderly grandparents in and out of the typical porta-potty.

    Post # 24
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    If your wedding is October 2017 can you save up for the bathroom trailer over the next 17 months? Porta-potties = nobody washing their hands until they get outside to the washing station = something I’d avoid if at all possible and wouldn’t do dressed up for a wedding. My mother just couldn’t do it at all–her balance is off and it would be a recipe for disaster. I’d much rather have access to a decent bathroom than a favor. 

    Post # 25
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    Worker bee

    I honestly would do the porta potties and the tents and make cuts somewhere else. Guests’ basic comfort should trump other parts of the wedding. 

    You know your guests though and they may be more accepting of the situation. However, I know many people who would feel upset that they had traveled and paid to be a part of your celebration and not be able to be met with restroom facilities other than the porta potties. 

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    DH and I went to a wedding that had Porta potties and we definitely side eyed and said I can’t believe they have Porta potties. At their wedding. =/ 

    I would go for the trailer if you’re set on this venue.

    Post # 27
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    Sugar bee

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    swingmearound:  let me ask you this: where are YOU planning on peeing in your wedding gown? 

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee

    No matter how much they say are cleaned and don’t smell they do. Anything that won’t flush will stink! A friend had them and the floor of them had grates. My heels would have sunk right in them so I asked to use the one in the hiuse(she had a backyard wedding in the mountains). We left after and did not drink. Don’t ruin the beautiful vibe of your wedding by cheaping out on bathrooms. Cut costs somewhere else like party favors but don’t skimp on smelly bathroom.

    Post # 30
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I would not side-eye a porta potty at an outdoor facility, because, really, it’s just a place to pee, you aren’t eating in it. Just make sure they are serviced the day before and have adequate handwashing facilities with plenty of water and soap. While these are public, so may be different, my aunt had to get a port-a-potty when her bathroom was being remodled and it was surprisingly not horrible. 

    But really, you knew you were asking for trouble when you posted this, right? I NEVER talk about certain aspects of my reception on here because I have seen too many people burned for such things. 

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