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

posted 8 years ago in Reception
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    Yes

    No

    Not a big deal, I'll get over it

    Absolutly not! I would leave the reception

  • Post # 62
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I think if you are having a wedding in the back yard it will not be out of place. Obviously some people will be ok with it and others may not particularly like it.

    I suggest if you do go ahead with the idea to either hire someone or give someone the ‘fun’ job of checking them every now and again to ensure they are clean (but as it was mentioned earlier, you are not at a dirty festival) and stocked up with toilet paper. Even if you don’t go with the porta-potty idea I would suggest this for the inside toilet as you may not have the cleaning staff you would usually have available at a hired venue. 

    Post # 63
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We went to a wedding at a farm and there as porta potties. Wasn’t a huge deal. The wedding was awesome, it was just a minor factor. I try not to spend too much time in the bathroom while I’m at someones wedding! haha

    Post # 64
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My opinion has changed slightly based on the fact you are having 500 people. That is a lot of people! There has to be another alternative, I wouldnt want 500 walking through my house either, specifically towards the end of the night when many may be inebriated. With that being said, however, I think portapotties may not be the best idea either. I am offically stumped.

    Post # 65
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Honestly? It’s a port a potty…you use it and you get out..not like you have to spend the entire reception in there. Obviously it’s not gonna smell good..so plug your nose or breathe through your mouth. I can think of way worse things than having to use a port a potty..heaven forbid! haha…when you have to go, you have to go…I wouldn’t stress about it. 

    Post # 66
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    If you live in a rural area and have 500 people, the house’s septic system will not be able to handle all of those people. 

    I think you should either try to find a venue that’s farther out with more restrooms or pay to have a fancy trailer porta potty delivered.

    I honestly would not stay at a 500 person wedding that had porta-potties, and this is coming from someone who HAD porta-potties (the trailer kind) at her own wedding.

    Post # 67
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We will be using porta potties at our wedding as my fiance’s father doesn’t want 150 people going in and out of his house.  The wedding isn’t at his house, it’s outside on the farm.  I think everyone will understand and actually be thankful that you’ve gone to the trouble of actually getting extra toilets instead of having your entire wedding confined to one bathroom inside the house.  I know I would never leave a wedding if I had to use porta potties and I would also consider the surroundings.  What would happen if 150 people all used that indoor toilet and it broke?  Not fun!  Anyway, don’t worry about it. Don’t let toilets make or break your dream venue choice 🙂

    Post # 68
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We had a house wedding, and we got portapotties for the same reasons OP wants them.  Ours were the deluxe models, with flushing toilets, and sinks and soaps for hand washing.  No one seemed to leave early due to the potties.  Our wedding was also in the middle of nowhere (a Maine farmhouse).  Expand your search for potties.  You should have more options, even in the middle of nowhere.

    Post # 69
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    Helper bee

     I’ll be brutally honest: I find them beyond disgusting–even if they’re clean.  It’s up to you, but if you were my friend or family I would tell you DO NOT USE THEM!!! I don’t care if people have no place to go the bathroom, it’s better than having those things around.

    Post # 70
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I wouldn’t care too much, but I know a lot of people would.

    I’ve seen people get around the “I don’t want X number of guests wandering around the house” at large events by putting flagging/police tape up to guide the guests to the bathroom and send the message that the rest of the house is off-limits.

    I found that acceptable.

    Post # 71
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Well I guess I would be more upset I there wasn’t anywhere I could go at all…. I hate porta potties but I would get over it to share a special day with a couple I care about. Do you really thing that all 500 people care enough about you to get over it? If not I would suggest using some of pps suggestions and opening up house bathrooms or finding a different venue

    Post # 72
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    My only issue with those kinds of porta potty, are the lack of facilities to wash hands (im assuming if they dont flush they dont have taps)….i wouldnt love it, and itd put me off eating. and like someone else mentioned…if youre on your period and need to change tampons its even more gross/

    i do get the issue of not wanting 500 people traipsing round the house – we had a house party for friends and their dates and someone stole the fryer and some car related technical thing. and previously we’ve had said itd *never* happen because we only know nice/trustworthy people. so that plus dirt and people dirnking – yeah theyd mess up the house

    is there no way you can find a company to brign in the nicer portable loos?

    i have a baby sized bladder…in fact a baby hamster sized bladder so there would be no way i coudl avoid using them all night, but kudos to people who can hold it! 😛

    Post # 73
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

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    @JEHS:  i dont know, surely the people you’d worry about traipsing aruond the house wouldnt be deterred by police tape or signs? and in 500 people theres bound to be one bad apple…

    Post # 74
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

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    @newname_99:  I missed the numbers.  Yes, certainly.  The police tape/flagging technique I’ve seen was for 50 – 100 people events, it wouldn’t really be feasible for 500.

    Post # 75
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I grew up in a every rural area and if someone had a backyard wedding and had the nice PP’s with flushing and everything I would be impressed and not at all put off by it.  I agree that if this is what you want to do to search more for the better PP’s.  Even if you have regular ones, I wouldn’t think it was that big of a deal.  Hope it all works out! You have time to your advantage now so use it wisely to figure out these little details. If you need another plan, you have time to change.  Good Luck!

    Edit: Some of even the smaller standard ones now have hand washing stations in them.  I was just in a marathon where they had these.  So maybe to avoid the issue of washing hands, if the larger ones are not available, at least try to find ones with this.

    Post # 76
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would feel gross about using a porta-loo. I would give my best wishes to the couple and leave early. Jmo I think porta-loo should be used for festivals only.

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