(Closed) Venue (almost) picked…port-a-potty issue!

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have to be totally honest… I would be disappointed with portapots. I have a dime size bladder and I would need to use the the facilities at least once during the night… and portapots just kind of gross me out. Sorry!

Post # 4
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would never use the porta-potties at a wedding.  The only time I’ve ever used them is if I’m camping and it’s my only option.  Even, then I’d rather go in the woods!

I would appreciate it if you somehow negotiated the flush toilets with your venue, or directed us to the grocery store bathrooms.  Porta potties are a no-go for me!

Post # 5
1986 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Honestly, if I was all dressed up then I would most certainly not be using a port-a potty, but it would not bug me that I would only have to drive 2 minutes to use a real restroom…unless I had been drinking then there might be an issue.

I love the idea of the cute bathroom supply table.

Post # 6
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Don’t let people talk you down.  If it’s the place you want, who cares about the port-a-potties?  Sure they can be smelly, but as long as they are clean to start, it’s a place you go into for a couple minutes to do your business.  It’s not as if people will spend their entire night in there.

I think when most people think of portable toilets they think of the gross dirty ones they see at outdoor concert events or camping sites.  There is a huge variety all the way up to ones that are practically like regular bathrooms.  Those ones can be really pricey (like over $1000) but you can get medium-priced ones that are nicer than “camping toilets”.  I found some web sites online when we were thinking we might need to get one for our wedding.  Just search the web, the phone book, and I’d ask regular rental companies too for their advice.

Post # 7
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t know if this is helpful to you at all, but… are there public bathrooms? Is this a public park or private? You say that the toilets are in another shelter, could you maybe rent both shelters, is it a far walk?

We rented a public park from the city where I grew up and they actually called the Department of Public works to come on the Saturday morning of our wedding to unlock the bathrooms, then they came later that evening to lock them back up after we were all done. If no one is using the other shelter, can you ask them to let you use it for bathroom purposes?

About port-a-potties: I have been in some CLASSY port-a-pots lately! There was this one that was a trailer and had flush toilets and absolutely no smell. And even sinks with running water! Just look up restroom trailers. I have no idea how much these cost, but don’t give up the venue until you at least look into it!

Good luck!!

Post # 9
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We had porta-potties and they were fabulous.  We got the wheelchair accessible size and scattered lavender throughout.  We got many compliments on them throughout the weekend.  We screened them out with tarps and tapistries.  Don’t let porta potties disuade you from your perfect venue! 🙂

Post # 13
1510 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I went to a wedding this summer where they had a tent in the park with these types of bathrooms and even though they look nice in the picture, they were pretty gross.  The smell was terrible (it was very hot and humid) and the whole thing was just bizarre since they are “nice” port-a-potties.  After we got engaged, we purposely did not look at any outdoor venues that did not have bathrooms on site for this reason.  Good luck.

Post # 14
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

if the port a potties are general use, gross ones, then you can’t really ask your guests to use them.  If you can rent ones for the day that are a bit nicer and clean, then I am sure that would be acceptable! Its really hard to know until you can have a better sense of the condition of them – to be honest some flush toilets in public parks are grosser than nice, clean, newly rented porta potties….

Post # 15
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

Honestly, I would be totally grossed out by the port-a-potty unless its really nice and very clean.  In fact, we were at an outdoor wedding a few weeks ago and the two toilets in the ladies room were clogged, so we left the reception early.  We didn’t necessarily want to leave, but there wasn’t another option.

Post # 16
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I sort of have to agree with others that if you’re going to have a semi-formal type wedding (where people will be in heels and cocktail dresses) I would NOT be thrilled about having to use a typical porta potty.  I too am the type that has to pee every two seconds, especially when drinking alcohol.  Not only would people who are drinking not going to be able to drive to the grocery store, but I would imagine the store would not be too psyched about a parade of people in formal wear coming in to use the bathroom all day. 

I would try to get the other building/site with access to actual bathrooms.


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