Bathroom Baskets

A September bride was talking with me about bathroom baskets – and it was then that I realized that a bride may never see the other side of it, so now wonder she asked:

Do you make a basket for the men’s room?

The answer is yes.

While I firmly believe gender neutral bathrooms should be available, more often than not wedding venues have a men’s room and a women’s room – and your guests of all genders all have similar needs.

So what do you put in the baskets?

  1. Spray deodorant – don’t forget that it needs to be spray! You want all of your guests to feel comfortable using it, so spray makes it more communal.
  2. Cups for the mouth wash – so no one chugs the bottle. You absolutely have to get little paper cups or plastic shot glasses for the mouthwash. You’re not alone in the questionable habit of taking a swig from your bottle at home, but again, this is communal, so provide cups.
  3. Period supplies for the ladies – I’m sure you figured out whether or not you’d have your period on your wedding day, but your colleague from work may not have had the same foresight. Provide tampons and light day pads!
  4. Sewing kit – I unfortunately had to use mine at my wedding, and a June bride I know certainly wished she had a kit in her bathroom. Both bathrooms will be in need of this – popped buttons, ripped hems – easily resolved with a few stitches.
  5. Eye drops – there may be a lot of tears on your wedding day, and while you may not have dry-eye or contacts concerns, your guests might. Add some individual eye drops into each basket.
  6. Hair supplies – order a package of combs from Amazon, and throw them in each basket. Add some hair spray, bobby-pins, and maybe dry shampoo, and your guests will be forever grateful.
  7. Functional supplies – if you’re having a midday, summer ceremony, you might want to have sunscreen available. An outdoor, evening wedding? Add in some bug spray. You want your guests to leave with memories, not bug bites.

If you’re looking to spruce up your bathrooms, you can add a throwback picture of the bride or groom to each bathroom door. Add a cute poem on the counter encouraging guests – tell them they look their best, there’s no time to rest, it’s time to put their dance moves to the test!

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