Tips + Tricks – Bathroom Baskets

If you’re having your wedding at a tent, barn, or outdoor venue, you may want to think about providing a “bathroom basket” for your guests. Many of the bathrooms at these types of venues are plain and simple, and these baskets can decorate the space, while serving a functional purpose. This basket can include anything you feel necessary – but we wanted to throw a little TIPS & TRICKS article your way, including details of how to create the P E R F E C T bathroom basket for your guests.

MUST HAVES [& we know from experience]:
-Medicine: Aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, Advil
-Hair [I] do’s: Get some hair spray, a brush, comb, bobby pins and ponytails to make sure that your hair is staying in place to dance the night A W A Y.
-Smell ya later: Although everyone was smelling great at the beginning of the night, all the dancing can lead to sweating, and sweating may lead to stink! Add some spray deodorant to your basket, [and maybe some body spray] to keep your night smelling fresh. Also, consider adding some good smelling hand soap!
-Y U M: How great was that dinner? We are sure it was amazing, but to be able to sing your heart on the dance floor, [and not smell it] consider adding breath mints or spray in your basket.
-Accidents [can and will] happen: In case of spillage, adding a Tide-to-Go pen can rid of stains immediately. Adding in wet wipes to help with sticky hands [or situations] is always a promising idea as well.
-Safety first: No wedding is complete without someone needing a Band-Aid. To make sure that you’re not running around looking for one, adding them into your basket can make your night stress-free [& hiring Rustic Elegance can help with this too]!
-U H – O H: Mother nature comes when it pleases, so women’s sanitary items are an absolute must. Nobody wants to spend the rest of their evening worrying about dress stains or being uncomfortable.
-Dry skin [go away!]: Adding in some lotion can ensure guest comfort and smooth skin.
-Got the sniffles? Make sure guests have access to some Kleenex in the bathroom for those battling colds or allergies [& to make sure they get back onto the dance floor]!

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NICE ADDITIONS [if you’re feeling extra F A N C Y]:
-In case of a manicure disaster: Who wants chipped nails at a wedding [hint: not us]? Clear nail polish, nail clippers, and file can help with this potential issue.
-Got lint, dust, or animals around your wedding? Think about adding a lint brush to the basket to keep everyone lint/pet hair [& care] free!
-First Aid Kit [don’t forget, safety first!]: Think about purchasing a mini-first aid kit, or making your own! This should include antiseptic wipes, Neosporin, burn cream, eye drops, antacid, antihistamines, Q-tips, cough drops, etc.
-C U T E [mirror] notes: This is a fun idea that we’ve seen a few of our couples do! Add a note to the mirror[s] in the bathroom with funny quotes. One of our favorites? “You look oh so pretty [or handsome for the fellas] – now get out and D A N C E!”

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PROBABLY DON’T NEED [but you never know]:
-Wardrobe malfunctions: Dancing too hard and your dress [or trousers for the gents – Y E S, we have seen this happen] rips? Having a mini-sewing kit in your bathroom basket could be a game changer! Don’t forget about safety pins – it’s always easy to just P I N it back together.
-Other miscellaneous items: Floss, baby powder, tweezers

DON’T FORGET THE DUDES [they need some pampering too]:
-Stay F R E S H: Consider adding cologne spray, breath mints, and men’s deodorant to keep the fresh smell all day [& night]!

While we are on the ever so exciting topic of B A T H R O O M S, we wanted to provide some tips to those couples who choose to have their wedding in their backyard and need to bring bathrooms onsite! Porta-Potties will most likely be used in these types of situations. Typically, we recommend at least one potty for every 60 guests. Handicap ones can be great for the ladies, along with those in need, [it provides a little more room for those big dresses & you can decorate the inside with cute décor, a table for your bathroom basket, or maybe even a full-length mirror!]. Don’t forget most of these do not come with lighting inside, so once the dinner is over and the dancing is underway, you will need too light these up. We recommend adding sticky lights or battery lanterns to the inside. Also, consider using a 10 x 10 pop up tent with a cocktail table underneath for guests to wait under [protects guests in case of rain and provides them a place to set their cocktail]. A handwashing station, with real running water and paper towels, can also be a nice addition [and pretty cheap]. Another option is to consider renting a luxury bathroom trailer from a company such as On-Site [p.s. these trailers can even come with AC – see some of their photos below!].

We hope this blog post can help you decide if you should add a bathroom basket to your list of “things to do” before your special day, and gave you a few ideas about bathroom options for your day.

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Tiffany + Derek | Legacy Hill Farm

Tiffany + Derek – where to start with this G O R G E O U S wedding! This couple was a D R E A M to work with as we helped plan their wedding for 250 guests. We loved digging into the planning process with these two in order to ensure that their day ran smoothly.

The wedding party had 5 friends/family members on each side [+ one of the groomsmen was Derek’s twin!]. They spent their morning getting ready in their separate areas, and met up to take some pictures with Sophisticated Grace Photography. We were graced with some R A I N in the afternoon, so had to implement our back up plan. Luckily, they rented umbrella’s from Rustic Elegance, which created some G R E A T photo opportunities as the day went on. Even the photographer, April from Sophisticated Grace Photography was prepared with plastic over her head/camera in order to capture the memories that she wanted to! The Rustic Elegance team of Angie + Kellie continued to work the set-up [despite the rain] with the A M A Z I N G help of the Joan + Britni from Legacy Hill Farm. The couple also rented barrels and a door from Rustic Elegance, and we assisted with the set up of a S U P E R fun popcorn snack display – which included a Chicago Mix + Salted popcorn in apple baskets.

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Since it was raining outside, the ceremony took place underneath the pavilion which turned out P E R F E C T L Y even with the rain! After the wedding party made their way down the aisle, Molly [the bride’s niece] and Hadie [the groom’s niece] stole the show as the [most adorable] flower girls, followed by Lawton [the groom’s nephew] as the ring bearer. It was now time for Tiffany to make her grand debut. She was escorted down the aisle by her dad, to the song “When I Say I Do” by Matthew West. The couple had a beautiful ceremony, and for their unity symbol, opted to have two colors of sand and each poor a layer of their colors in a frame [F U N keepsake for the couple!].

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After the ceremony concluded, guests were seated for the dinner. This Little Piggy provided a roasted pork buffet [Y U M!] and also an ice cream bar which included FUN toppings! The couple also had cupcakes for dessert  from Top Tier Delights, which we placed at each table on wood slices that were made by the groom [love this idea!]. Throughout dinner, the couple opted for a “kiss-for-a-kiss” when the guests would clink their glasses + we loved every time this happened!

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By this time, the rain had cleared and guests were ready to D A N C E the night away! We loved working with DJ Tony from Showtime Entertainment, and he kept guests dancing all night long. Their first dance was to Hunter Hayes “Wanted” + they looked so in L O V E while dancing with one another. The couple also decided to include the “married couples dance” to honor the longest married couple, which was such a C U T E touch to a special night. As the night went on, the newlyweds also played the “shoe game” which led to some great laughs from their guests. Guests were also able to finally enjoy the outdoors, and even a bonfire with S ‘ M O R E S!

Tiffany + Derek – we L O V E D working with the two of you! Your love for one another is inspiring and we hope that married life is nothing short of M A G I C A L!

Special shout out to Sophisticated Grace for sharing these B E A U T I F U L photos for the blog!

Vendors:
Venue: Legacy Hill Farm
Catering/Bartending: This Little Piggy
Bathrooms: OnSite Sanitation
DJ: Showtime Entertainment
Florist: Inspired
Photographer: Sophisticated Grace
Desserts: Top Tier Delights
Coordination: Rustic Elegance
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Maggie + Corey | Historic John P Furber Farm

Maggie + Cory had a D R E A M Y day in October of 2016 – and we absolutely A D O R E D working with them to plan this special day! Maggie and her mom Lauri met with Rustic Elegance lead planner Kellie over coffee a few times, and these meetings were never without L A U G H T E R and smiles.

When the Rustic Elegance team arrived, it was time to get to W O R K! The couple rented a few items from Rustic Elegance, including a ladder which was used as a tribute with photos of passed loved ones. We prepped the barn with their centerpieces which were B E A U T I F U L wooden flower boxes with stunning florals from KMB Floral, along with burlap and lace squares, and a G O L D table number. We’ve Got It Covered added their special touches with a lace overlay and gold chargers at the head table, a fabric backdrop behind the bride and groom, and string lights! In place of a traditional guest book, the couple decided on a wood pallet sign for guests to leave a note on – and it turned out S O cute! They also used a cute little picnic basket for their cards – a F U N touch to their decor. While the Rustic Elegance team was finished setting up, the bride and her ladies enjoyed champagne as they prepped for the day in the A M A Z I N G bridal suite, while the guys prepped in the “groom’s suite”. Once they were all ready, they took some pictures with Justin Mark Photography before heading over to the church.

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The couple was married at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, and then headed back over to the Historic John P Furber Farm for their reception. Approximately 315 guests filled the barn, full of fun, food, and D A N C I N G! Appetizers were passed during cocktail hour which were Y U M M Y. The wedding party did their grand entrance down the stairs to “Drink In My Hand” by Eric Church – and it was O H so fun! This Little Piggy provided the dinner buffet, and always provides G R E A T food and service! We also placed dessert bars and cookies on each table, provided by “ We Cater To You”, for a S W E E T treat. After dinner, Maggie’s dad gave such a S W E E T speech about the couple.Day of Coordinator, Historic John P Furber Farm, Maggie + Corey_0732.jpg
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As dinner and speeches concluded, DJ Dan from Adagio started playing music and the dance floor was a sea of guests the rest of the night. He is A W E S O M E to work with, and always does a great job of keeping the party going all night! For a late night snack, the couple brought in Carbone’s Pizza – guests L O V E D this added touch. At the very end of the night, Rustic Elegance cleaned and packed up all of the decor, ensuring that friends, family, and of course the N E W L Y W E D S could enjoy the rest of their night worry free! The couple also was generous enough to donate their flowers at the end of the night, and we took them to a nursing home the following day, which always guarantees S M I L E S.

Maggie + Corey – your wedding day was truly a D R E A M, and we enjoyed every second of it. We hope that married life is all that you hoped it would be + more!

Special shout out to Justin Mark Photography for sharing these A M A Z I N G photos with us!

Vendors:
Ceremony: Resurrection Lutheran Church
Reception: Historic John P Furber Farm
Catering/Bartending: This Little Piggy
Rentals: We’ve Got It Covered
DJ: Adagio
Florist: KMB Floral
Photography: Justin Mark Photography
Video: JWalter Anderson
Photobooth: Photobooth Creations
Desserts: We Cater To You
Coordination and Decor: Rustic Elegance

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