Post # 1
I need some help from the newylwed bees please! I’ve noticed that reception baskets seem to be a hot new trend – pashmina baskets for outdoor areas, flip flop baskets for tired dancing feet, bathroom baskets for the bathroom. While I love the idea it definitely adds another element of time (tracking down items!) and expense!
So for bees that tried them – were they a hit? Were they a nice touch but not particularly necessary? Thoughts are appreciated!
Post # 3
I created a bathroom basket for the women’s bathroom. I think it was a nice touch but not particulary necessary. When I got the basket back most of the items were untouched. Apparently, the tampons came to use for someone :).
I had thought about getting a flip-flop basket but I found that most people already knew the deal and brought their own dancing shoes.
Post # 4
I did a bathroom basket but it was kind of “medium”…a couple ladies commented on it, but I don’t think it was “necessary”…ours didn’t cost a lost, and I’ll just use the leftovers, so I don’t think it was a waste…we even used baskets we already owned, so I’m sure they were less than $10 each if not total (2 unisex bathrooms)
Post # 5
As a guest I’ve made use of the bathroom basket at least two or three times… I was looking for a safety pin because the front area of my dress was showing a little too much boob… I was looking for a Tide to go stick because I got food on my dress… I needed a breath mint.
I think they can be very helpful. No need to make it too elaborate and high end but some basics are always appreciated.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn
I did a bathroom basket and it didn’t really get used to much. However we got most of the items out of the travel section so the cost wasn’t super high. It’s a fun and nice convenience, but not absolutely necessary in my opinion.
Post # 7
We had bathroom baskets, but only because my aunt really wanted to make them for us for some reason. We told our families that we weren’t going to have them because they seemed unnecessary (really? what woman doesn’t have a tampon on them when they’re, you know … mid-cycle?). So my aunt stepped up, and hence, our bathroom baskets.
I’m honestly not sure if people used them or just took advantage. She put a LOT of stuff in them that went above and beyond, things like contact solution, blotting sheets, tide-to-go sticks, batteries, mini sewing kit, etc., in addition to the typical advil, mints, gum, etc. And they were empty at the end of the night, and because our wedding was small, I think people either stocked up for their medicine cabinets or other hotel guests were helping themselves.
Honestly? I think they were a waste, but at least the stuff got used, I guess?
I think baskets of things are a nice addition, but for the most part, unnecessary. We considered having the pashmina and flip flop baskets, too, but in the end, decided against it and put the money toward our honeymoon 🙂 Most people brought their own wraps and flip flops anyway.
Post # 8
My flip flop basket was cleaned out at the end of the night! And my pashmina basket only had 1 or 2 left at the end. Didn’t do bathroom baskets as that was one of those things that got cut at the end so I can’t offer any insight there.
Post # 9
For the bees whose bathroom baskets weren’t used very much, did you have a little “help yourself” sign or something to that effect? Maybe guests were hesitant bc they weren’t sure if they should helpy-selfy? Just a thought?
Post # 10
Thanks for the responses – maybe I will do a bathroom basket but keep it to real essentials like feminine products and hairspray…
Post # 11
For a beach wedding I attended last summer, “shoe size” was on the RSVP card, so everyone (correctly) assumed that flip flops would be provided as favors. We swarmed those baskets like rabid wolves, especially since it was drizzling and the ground had mostly turned to mud. Even the dudes donned the flippy floppies, to prevent their dress shoes from getting caked in mud.