Your wedding venue’s bathrooms probably aren’t the highest priority on your to-do list, but they are certainly a space that every guest will use! Rather than overlook them, a little planning and a few small purchases could turn out to be an absolute godsend to many of your wedding guests, and will certainly be appreciated. Wedding day “bathroom baskets” or “courtesy baskets” are emergency kits of essential hair-care, make-up, toiletries and other useful every-day items to make sure your guests are looking and feeling their best all day (and night) long.
We had two bathrooms at our wedding, so I put together a bathroom basket for each of them, containing everything I thought my guests might need. I took some photos in advance, and can also now let you know what wasn’t used. If you really want to wow your guests, read also What Wedding Guests Actually Care About.
Many of your female wedding guests will want to touch up their hair or possibly even change their ‘do from day to night, but few will come prepared with a hairbrush or can of hairspray to do so. Perhaps the most popular items from the bathroom baskets were the haircare options:
Dry Shampoo: I like Batiste, or Redken Pillow Proof
Hair-Spray: Any will do!
Anti-Frizz: An anti-static spray helps control frizz and static (essential for hot, humid days)
Brush & Comb: A handy compact travel hair brush and a couple of combs
Hair ties: My absolute favourite discovery, “twirl ties”, which leave no kinks and don’t snap.
Bobby pins: So so so many bobby pins
MAKE-UP & TOOLS
Another for the women, but by far the more popular items provided were the make-up touch ups available, for instance:
Foundation: I included both a 24 hour superstay foundation, and a BB cream – neither shade was there in the morning so they must have been popular!
Blusher & Bronzer powder
Hydrating Mist Toner
Lip-stick: I might divide people here, but as a guest I’d love to have the option to put on a swipe of lippy, or change my look from a daytime pink to a dramatic red.
All optional, of course, these are the bathroom basket essentials I included and which were used on the day:
Clear Nail Polish for ladders in stockings
Sunscreen and/or after sun
Make-up Remover/Micellar Cleansing Wipes
Nail Polish Remover Pads
Nurofen or Panadol
Small sewing kits and Safety pins
Cotton Pads and Q-tips
Clear Eyes (this was used the next day)
Maxiclear/Telfast (not used)
Blister Pads & Bandaids (bonus points for party-feet!)
Toothbrushes (pick up from hotels and planes)
Listerine or Breath Spray (No wedding venue wants you to hand out chewing gum)
Tampons & Panty liners (Just one pack will do)
Deodorant (Spray deodorant, ideally – choose a neutral fragrance that both men and women will use)
Bug Spray (if your venue is prone to mosquitos)
Double-sided boob tape
Tips to create your bathroom basket:
- Start stocking up now: we grabbed hotel and airplane toothbrushes and breath spray, and I saved some ‘gift-with-purchase’ miniatures too. Keep your bathroom basket in mind for a few months, and you’ll be surprised at how much you can pick up on the way. Collect product samples from pharmacies and department stores, where possible.
- Grab yourself a nice basket, a pretty decorated box or even the top of a shoe box to put your items in.
- Keep in mind the space you will be placing them, make sure the basket isn’t too big for the counter or too small for all the items you are including. If there is no counter space at your venue ask if a small table can be left in the toilets to hold the bathroom kit.
- If you have gender-specific bathrooms, you’ll need one each for ladies and gents’ bathrooms – make sure you know your wedding venue before building the bathroom baskets.
- Don’t go overboard filling these baskets, and display them so that everything is visible, to stop your guests making a mess.
- Ask a bridesmaid or a family member who is offering to help, to help organise this for you. Just send them on this list to print out and they can pick up bits and pieces throughout the planning process. Bonus if you have a friend who works at a pharmacy!
And for more Bathroom Basket Inspiration: some Pinterest examples