Should I Get A Port-A-Potty For My At-Home Wedding?

Should I Get A Port-A-Potty For My At-Home Wedding?
Having your wedding reception in a tent in your backyard? It’s a lovely, extra personal touch for your wedding. But while you’re putting the plans in place, on the hunt for a caterer, florist, dj, and all the other pieces of your wedding, there is one thing that most people only think about at the last minute. Renting a Port-A-Potty!

You may be thinking, “But there’s a bathroom in the house. Why should we get a port-a-potty?”

Fact – Your bathroom typically accommodates a handful of people (at the most) on any given day. Most folks “go” about 6 times or so in a day. For a family of four, the bathroom is used at least 25 times or so. And that’s for the whole 24 hour period.

On your wedding day, your bathroom will be accessed by 100 people or more – for a 5-hour period, not 24. Figure in that they’ll be drinking, and well . . . that’s a lot of flushes! Even smaller guest lists will cause a considerably higher usage on an existing bathroom.

Problems caused by using the house bathroom:

    • There’s more “wear and tear” on the toilet.
    • People will flush things that they shouldn’t be flushing (such as paper towels and feminine hygiene times for example).
    • Also, people will be traipsing through your whole house. You may be thinking, “That’s no big deal. They’re just heading to the bathroom.”
      Uh, no. People are nosy.
  • Also –
    • They’ll stop to look at your photos, check out the titles on your bookshelf, sneak a peek at your cd and dvd collections (yes, people still have these!).
    • They’ll take a peek into your medicine cabinet.
    • And they’ll track in dirt and whatever from their shoes all over your floors and carpeting.
    • Someone may have sticky fingers (sorry, not trying to accuse anyone, but theft is a reality).
    • Some will think that it’s ok for them to go in the house for non-potty reasons (want to get out of the heat, want to get a glass of water, want a quiet place to sit away from the hustle and bustle of the reception).
    • Having just the one bathroom/toilet creates the #1 thing guests hate the most at weddings. Waiting. In. Line!
    • Plus, this creates more time and expense on your part cleaning up after the wedding.

You may also be thinking, “I don’t want those ugly blue construction site type port-a-potties at my reception.”

Don’t worry. You can rent restroom trailers – port-a-potty units that look just like a regular bathroom, complete with real flushing toilets and sinks with running water.

Check out these photos courtesy of Mobile Sanitation of the inside of their restroom trailers. No “construction site” look here.

Port-A-Potty by Mobile Sanitation - Large Trailer Sink

Port-A-Potty by Mobile Sanitation - Midtown Interior

Port-A-Potty by Mobile Sanitation - Urban Interior

Having a portable restroom unit near the festivities makes it more convenient for you and your guests.

    • It helps to eliminate the possibility of the drunk guy from relieving himself behind a nearby tree.
    • Clean up is a breeze – you don’t have to do anything (compared to having to deal with the wreck that your bathroom would be in after being used a couple of hundred times).
    • No septic tank issues.
    • Multiple units means less wait for everyone. Rule of thumb is one unit per 25 guests (with a minimum of two – one for men and one for women).

Yes, renting a port-a-potty is another expense. But one that will enhance the overall comfort for everyone.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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For planning help and unique ideas for your wedding call or text me at 937-581-3647, or email me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net!

Are you in the Dayton/Springfield, Ohio area and need restroom facilities for your outdoor event? Contact Mobile Sanitation at 937-478-6617.

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