If you’re anything like me, you may have waited a bit too long to consider some of the smaller details needed for your wedding, such as creating bathroom baskets for the reception. I toyed with the idea of not making these (who needs to spend even more time and money on your wedding, right?). But in the end, you want your guests to have an incredible evening and having a basket like this can help your guests immensely in case of an emergency.
As ours was a destination wedding, which included a ceremony outdoors, it was likely that our guests may not have some key emergency items nearby should they need it. With that in mind, we tried to think of anything that could potentially go wrong for one of our guests and tried to include remedies in each of the baskets. We created different baskets for both the men and women’s bathrooms, and although there were some duplicate items between the two, the women’s basket ended up being considerably larger.
Our baskets included the following items:
- Clear nail polish
- Bobby pins
- Spray deodorant
- Tampons/maxi pads
- Safety pins
- First Aid Kit/Band-aids
- A miniature sewing kit
- Hair ties
- Wisp disposable toothbrushes
- Double sided tape
- Bug spray
- Cough drops
- Baby powder
- Wet wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Earring backs
- Oil blotting sheets
- Contact solution
- Tide-To-Go stick
- Nail file
- Lint brush
- Static spray
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If you start early enough, you can purchase many of these items on sale or for free through couponing. Check out sites like The Krazy Coupon Lady and Money Saving Mom to find great deals and freebies you can include in your wedding basket. Get a few copies of the Sunday paper each week and keep checking those websites and you could easily pick up most of the items needed for your basket for free! Travel-sized items at CVS and other pharmacies tend to be a little pricey and it all adds up quickly, so I’d highly suggest using coupons to help reduce the cost.
I bought the baskets themselves at our local Home Goods store but I also saw great baskets on sale regularly at the Christmas Tree Shops. One warning: wait to purchase the baskets until you have already bought all of the toiletries. In the end, you may find you need a smaller or larger basket depending on the various sizes of the items you purchased. Include colored paper in the bottom of each basket that match the colors of your wedding, and maybe even add a band of ribbon around the outside, to help make the baskets look more polished and professional.
You should also create a sign you can place in a frame next to your basket. Some couples like to keep it simple and leave a small sign stating, “Please help yourself to the contents within” and sign it compliments of the newlyweds. Another I saw was a sign which read, “Ladies: for whatever comes your way!” Still others like to include a cute poem. Here is the poem we used and we’ve also seen at a few other weddings:
So happy you're here to share in our special day,
but should something happen to go astray,
please help yourself to the contents within,
wet wipe, hand lotion, and even aspirin.
Use only what you need and leave the rest,
it may also be useful to another guest.
So repair the damage that may have been done,
then hurry on back and join in the fun!
The morning after the wedding we went down to grab the remainder of our baskets and they were almost empty, making me so glad we went the extra mile to make these for our guests. I even heard a few months later that one of our guests had stepped in broken glass and the tweezers and band-aids in our basket saved her night.
Although you can purchase pre-made bathroom baskets through various sites, I found that they are much more expensive and don’t always include everything you would need. Making the perfect bathroom basket is an easy D.I.Y. project and you could even enlist the help of friends and family to pick up some of the necessary items if they see them while they are out shopping.
One last note: even if you are not currently planning a wedding yourself, keep in mind that this would also be an incredible gift to give to a friend who is planning her wedding! Taking the time to compile all the necessary products would remove some of the stress of planning and would be an invaluable, and thoughtful, gift.