The powder room. The loo. The lounge. It's where ladies convene to reapply
their lipstick and men to check their comb-over. We'll tell you where to get
extra toilets and how many you'll need, tips to keep them clean during the
soiree, and how to make your guests feel at home when they, well, go. At a
wedding, this is the one place everyone will visit at least once. Make it a
memorable trip. Give your guests the royal flush!
EAU DE TOILETTE
Want decorative ways to keep the bathrooms smelling fresh as daisies? Bring
in bowls or baskets of potpourri to keep around the sinks. If you had pew
bouquets during the ceremony, have someone (perhaps one of your ushers), take
them to the reception site. Add two to each restroom. Scented candles with
votives can add a romantic feel and also eliminate odors.
You've got your emergency wedding kit, shouldn't your guests have one as
well? Throw together an amenities basket for the men's and women's rooms. It
will be helpful when a guy needs shoe polish and a gal needs a safety pin. It
also shows your guests you thought about them at every turn.
For the Ladies:
Pick up a wicker basket at a local craft shop and throw in these must-have
Hand lotion, tampons, perfume, safety pins, a comb, bobby pins, hairspray,
mints, yummy hand soap, tissues, hairspray, needle and thread, aspirin,
mouthwash, and clear nail polish (for runs in stockings).
For the Gents:
A man could use any of these items over the course of a wedding. Using a
smaller wicker basket for these items (let's face it, guys are definitely lower
maintenance), include a lint roller, spray deodorant, mints, mouthwash,
toothpicks, a comb, and condoms (hey, you never know).
Unless your outdoor location (or home) has an unusual number of facilities, you
may want to rent port-o-potties. You may not believe it, but they can be just as
pleasant as real bathrooms! Make sure you keep them fully stocked with toilet
paper (you may want to hire someone to make sure they're kept squeaky clean. Ask
your reception contact for names of cleaning people). If the reception site
doesn't have toilets, figure on one potty per 50 people. Check out
www.toilets.com or call 1-888-PORTA-JOHN (1-888-767-8256).
ADD A PERSONAL TOUCH
Instead of ugly brown paper towels, have your guests dry their hands with
personalized napkins (in your wedding colors, of course). Check out The Knot
Wedding Supplies Store for personalized matches and napkins
DIM ALL THE LIGHTS, SWEET DARLIN'
Most bathrooms offer an unflattering fluorescent light. The last thing you
(or your guests) want is to walk into a room that shows every little blemish and
dark circle. You can opt to take out the bulbs and replace them with a softer
incandescent light, such as pink. Or, keep the lights off and light the way with
GOING ALL OUT?
Really love your wedding colors? Add coordinating dye to the toilet water.
Fill the bathroom floor with rose petals. Play your ceremony music on CD.
Reception hall doesn't come with restroom attendants? Hire your own private
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