Your wedding is going to be so perfect. You’ve found the ideal, rustic location –an old barn in the middle of a field or on the banks of a beautiful lake. The only problem is: the location doesn’t come with bathrooms.
Luckily, you can rent portable restrooms to serve your guests’ needs throughout your wedding and reception. Renting the right number of restrooms is key to having a fantastic wedding instead of one that’s remembered for having really long lines for the bathroom.
Make Sure You Rent Enough Restrooms
Everyone’s heard some wedding nightmare story or another, whether it was a wedding cake that didn’t live up to expectations or a guest that had a bit too much to drink and tried to steal the show.
If you’ve chosen a rustic, outdoor venue for your wedding, you don’t want it to go down in history as the wedding without enough restrooms. As the evening goes on, people are going to need to use the restroom. You want to avoid any situation that might encourage male guests to relieve themselves in the bushes or that would cause female guests to wait in line for more than a few seconds.
What’s Your Guest List Look Like?
Step one to figuring out how many portable toilets you need to rent for your wedding is to take a peek at your guest list. The longer the list, the more facilities you need. A good rule of thumb to follow is to have at least one restroom available for every 100 guests.
You can also err on the side of extra cautious, if your budget allows, and decide to get one portable restroom for every 50 guests, or to get more restrooms for women than for men. For whatever reason, the line for the ladies’ room always seems to be longer than the line for the mens’. Offering your female guests one extra facility can help reduce the length of any lines.
How Long is Your Wedding?
The length of your wedding also influences how many porta potties you need to rent. You can most likely get away with renting fewer portable restrooms if you’re hosting a short event, less than four hours long.
But if you’re looking at your wedding ceremony and reception as a marathon, not a sprint, you’re going to need more restrooms. The longer guests spend at your wedding, eating and drinking and generally being merry, the more likely they are going to be to have to use the restroom at some point or another.
Will You Serve Alcohol?
Serving your guests alcohol doesn’t just potentially increase the amount of liquid they drink at your wedding. It can also make people more likely to have to use the restroom more frequently during your wedding.
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it makes you have to urinate more often. It suppresses the specific hormone that is responsible for keeping you from having to empty your bladder frequently. Plus, since you’re drinking liquid when you drink alcoholic beverages, your bladder does fill up quickly.
Whether you’re serving a signature cocktail at your wedding or are offering a full bar, it’s best to err on the side of caution and rent an extra portable restroom to provide for guests.
Your Restroom Options
You might be picturing your beautiful, rustic wedding and feel a bit dismayed at the idea of having to have standard portapotties in the picture. You want rustic, but not necessarily that rustic.
The good news is that you aren’t limited to the basic portable toilet for your wedding. Depending on your budget, you can rent luxury trailers, which offer flush toilets, climate control and fully-functional sinks.
Of course, you might prefer to rent the standard portable restrooms and a few portable sinks to give your guests a more authentic, outdoor experience. It’s your big day, the style of restroom you decide to rent is completely up to you.
The only thing that really matters is that you have enough restrooms to meet your guests’ needs. If you’re still unsure about how many facilities, including sinks, you’ll need, our porta potty calculator can come in handy. Use it to figure out how many restrooms you’ll need, based on the size of your guest list, the length of your wedding and if you’re serving alcohol or not.