Charleston SC Wedding Planner – Restroom Realities
Restrooms have to be the least glamorous aspects of weddings to a Charleston SC Wedding Planner. Who wants to talk about port-o-potties when there are flowers to be selected? Outdoor weddings are extremely popular here in Charleston, SC so it is an important consideration. Anyone who has ever attended an event where there are not enough washroom facilities can tell you how incredibly uncomfortable this can be. I have actually attended events and calculated how long it would take to stand in the restroom line up vs driving home and opted to leave. This was not when I was working as the Charleston SC wedding planner, of course.
The reality is that you need a certain number of restrooms when you hold a Charleston wedding. I have heard some brides say “My guests don’t want to be dressed up and use a port-o-potty”, to which I have to respond “Given the choice between standing in line for 20 minutes or using a portable restroom many people would choose the portable.” Listen to your Charleston SC wedding planner and at least give your guests the option.
Charleston SC Wedding Planner – Restroom Photos
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Another reason to consider your Charleston SC wedding planner for renting restrooms for your wedding, particularly weddings which tend to have many scheduled activities, is in consideration of your vendors. If there is a long lineup your guests aren’t going to appreciate your photographer jumping to the front of the line, but on the other hand, do you want him or her trapped in the bathroom lineup when you are about to cut your cake? When you take a look at most wedding schedules from the start of the photos through to when all the scheduled reception activities are concluded, it can be a stretch of 3 to 5 hours.
Port-o-potties have come a long way in the last decade. On the lower price end you can order single port-o’s. In my experience rental companies provide clean, fresh and well equipped facilities. If you are looking for a little more luxury there are portable trailers complete with a shower and dressing room for the bride. Some of them are so upgraded they are comparable to a home bathroom.
It is also a great idea to have washing facilities available at your Charleston wedding. If I have been setting up fold up tables and chairs I definitely want an opportunity to wash my hands before I start laying out linens or handling favors. Caterers definitely need access to washing facilities. Guests with small children will also really appreciate an opportunity to wash up. The luxury trailers all include washing facilities. With the budget friendly portables you can also order a portable washing station for about $65.
So how does a Charleston SC Wedding Planner know if you need to look into renting some restroom facilities for your Charleston wedding?
There are a few factors to consider when trying to determine how many toilets you will need. First is the number of people that are expected to attend. A good estimate is to figure one toilet for every 100 people you expect to attend if you are not serving alcohol. If you are serving alcohol figure one toilet for every 50 people. If the event is expected to have a larger female attendance it is better to have about one for every 50 women if not serving alcohol and one for every 25 women if serving alcohol. Females will require a little more time and tend to frequent more often.
If the event location is very isolated extra toilets are a good idea. If people will be making the event an all day or all night excursions, they will not have the option of waiting until they get home to use a restroom. The length of the event also plays a role in determining how many toilets you will need. A portable toilet can sustain regular use for about six hours, before needing emptying.
It is important to consider any attendees who may need a wheelchair accessible toilet. At least one handicap accessible toilet at any event is ideal. There are some laws that may require you to have at least one available.
It is important to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to a shortage of toilets. Your Charleston SC wedding panner wants to make sure guests will appreciate their needs being considered leaving a good impression of your event.
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