(Closed) Would you be disgusted by a porta potty?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll:
    Yes : (154 votes)
    61 %
    No : (19 votes)
    8 %
    Not a big deal, I'll get over it : (63 votes)
    25 %
    Absolutly not! I would leave the reception : (16 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    1571 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would probably be a little skeeved out. I wouldn’t leave, but I would definitley hold my trip to the bathroom for as long as I could.


    Post # 4
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee

    Yeah, honestly, if I were attending a wedding at someone’s home and they wanted us to use porta-potties I would feel irritated. It would seem pretty inhospitable. I’d understand a little better if it was a fairly large gathering and it was because of numbers, but still not a fan.

    I attended an at-home wedding reception last fall where this was the case, actually, and it did bother me. They had a big tent set up outside and there were a lot of people there, so I sort of understood, but I also had my period that day and just did not want to deal with a porta-potty.

    Post # 5
    1257 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I have been to weddings before. I do not think it is a big deal. I mean we aren’t talking about  a huge festival with thousands of people using the restroom, its like 100 some people. The porta potties I have had to use at weddings were never digusting. Is it ideal, no; however, I wouldn’t gawk at the idea.

    Post # 6
    745 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I, personally, wouldn’t care one way or the other. One idea would be to get the larger handicap-accessable ones. They’re more spacious, and easier to maneuver in.

    I’m sure there are people who would care, but there isn’t much you can do if the bathroom trailers aren’t available in your area (some people would complain about anything, though)

    Post # 7
    13012 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Yes, I find them to be disgusting and unsanitary, even if they’ve just been cleaned.  I like washing my hands with hot water and soap in a sink.  Hand sanitizier does the trick in an emergency for me.  Even when they’re clean, they have that distinct porta-potty smell. 

    I would be really annoyed if guests weren’t allowed in the house to use the facilities.  I would probably not drink much liquid at the reception so I could avoid them at all costs. 

    Post # 8
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I’ll be honest. I’m a bit of a princess and would not be using a port-a-potty in my nice clothes and shoes. I’d probably leave after an hour or so, maybe less, depending on whether or not I knew ahead of time to use the bathroom before I left home. And considering that you have an August date and i would be hydrating a lot in order to cope with the heat, I may not even make it an hour.

    Post # 9
    1766 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I wouldn’t be comfortable not being able to wash my hands with water and soap, no matter how much hand sanitizer there was.  Also, if your wedding is in August, there will be a lovely smell in those porta potties within a few hours…

    Post # 10
    2616 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    i ended up going to the bathroom alot on my wedding day. so if you have a huge train,bustle and your bladder is the size of a peanut and you are going to be using the porta potty i think you need to rethink the logistics of that. if only guests are meant to use the porta potty i would find it rude.


    i went to a park yesterday with my children and my daughter asked to go to the bathroom and i showed her where the porta potty is , she said mommy i can hold it til we get home. lol. some people are very particular bout their bathrooms.

    Post # 11
    1402 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I hate port-a-potties.  I would be much more likely to leave early because they are disgusting and they STINK.

    Post # 12
    506 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    My cousin had her reception at her MIL’s house and since it was August I would have been annoyed if none of us could have sat in the AC for a few minutes. I would have thought it kind of on the rude side to not let us in the house to use the restroom or fix my hair/makeup especially since it was close to 100 degrees out there. I don’t mind port a potties and wouldn’t leave the reception but I would be waiting as long as possible before using them!

    just an edit: I would probably not drink either because then I would have to use the restroom a million times..so a lot of people might feel that way too

    Post # 13
    3830 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My Future Sister-In-Law had her wedding outside and used a portopotty. 

    I thought it was gross (even though they tried to make it nice and clean) and thankfully i got to only use the actual washroom. 

    Not a fan. 

    Post # 14
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I definitely wouldn’t be partying all night or drinking much if a porta potty was my only option.  Ew.  I’d also be a little more offended than grossed out that I wasn’t clean or good enough to use the bathroom in the house.  You can always put down a plastic runner on the stairs or whatever and have signs pointing to the bathroom.  I’d even be ok with being asked to remove my shoes right inside the house, especially with a large group there. 

    Post # 15
    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would not be happy about it, but I don’t think I’d leave over it (unless someone blew it up or it was REALLY hot out).  I see your wedding is going to be in August, so the latter might be an issue :-/

    Maybe just make a plastic (or something similar) “runner” to the house bathroom?  You can put little cute sayings on it, directing people to the toilet, and they should get the message that they should stay on the runner. 

    Post # 16
    9142 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I would be slightly put off but I would get over it.  Much better to have a clean porta-potty than no potty at all.

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