(Closed) To Port-A-Potty or Not to Port-A-Potty?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

As someone who needs a bathroom NOW when they need a bathroom, I would say a definite yes to the portable toilets if it’s the only option available. Especially when people are eating and drinking, there’s no way 1:100 is a good ratio.

Post # 4
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@bloodsarover:  get a porta potty. My moh’s wedding was at a relative’s home,  she rented 2, had she not their would have been issues. One bathroom in a business which usually has multiple toilets may be fine, one toilet is not. What if the only toilet gets clogged?   Then you’re down to no toilets.

Post # 5
2685 posts
Sugar bee

I’m doing a backyard wedding and running into the same dilemma.  100 guests is not impossible with 1 bathroom but I don’t think it’s ideal either.  I don’t know your floorplan, but here are some good questions to ask:

  • If there is a line for the bathroom, would it be disruptive to other activites?  If the line could potentially get in the way of other stuff, I’d do a port-a-potty.
  • Do the toilet/sink have any existing plumbing issues?  Any amount of guests will be a strain and I can’t imagine anything worse than a plumbing issue during a wedding.
  • Will there be factors that could cause more/longer bathroom trips?  Open bars lead to more bathroom trips, families with children will usually take longer in the restroom, and elderly or handicapped guests may take longer.  A 2nd option will alleviate the lines if you foresee this happening.

Personally, I would get the port-a-potty for peace of mind.  I have about 80 guests and will have 2 guest bathrooms available in our house – a small powder room on the ground floor and a larger bathroom on the 2nd floor.  

Post # 6
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@bloodsarover:  I know we all kind of cringe when we hear port-a potty, but the companies that rent these out have created something that is a far cry from the over-used, completely horrible little box of nasty we all remember from a camping trip or outdoor music festival.  They’re clean, spacious, easy to use and even have a little foot operated sink outside…it’s all very civilized and not scary in the least….except I had to wingman my Grandma through one…she was just a little unfamiliar with the whole concept.


Post # 7
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I don’t think it’s a good idea for your septic system or for guests’ comfort… a couple port-a-potties are definitely a must for any kind of backyard wedding. 

Post # 8
507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are doing port-a-potties for our outdoor wedding of about 100.  They have flushable ones with lights and a sink with running water.  They look really nice!  I’m planning to get 2.  Cost is about $350 each.


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