Wedding bathroom baskets have become a super common addition, and are a lovely gesture for guests, without being super expensive or work-intensive to pull together.

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Also known as hospitality baskets or bathroom emergency kits, if you've not seen wedding bathroom baskets before, they're usually pretty much what it says on the tin - a box or basket placed in the guest bathrooms at your reception venue filled with toiletry essentials, first aid items and sanitary items. The idea is that any mini-emergencies your guests might have will be covered by the bathroom baskets. They're certainly not essential, but usually guests will appreciate the effort, especially if they're desperately in need of a plaster for their feet, or a tampon for an unexpected period, for example.

Wedding bathroom baskets checklist

You don't need to include everything, but we tried to make these wedding bathroom baskets checklists for men and women pretty exhaustive - pick and choose as you please!

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Bathroom baskets for women

A packet of assorted fabric plasters, and potentially a pack of blister plasters (for shoe disasters!)

Painkillers (some couples choose to leave a note directing people to a member of the wedding party/reception who will have these instead of leaving them in the baskets, especially where a lot of kids will be at the wedding)

Throat lozenges (especially for winter weddings)

Rennie (Indigestion tablets)

Tampons/Sanitary pads

Antiperspirant (spray/aerosol is better as people will be sharing)

Bug spray (especially for outdoor weddings)

Sunscreen (especially for outdoor weddings)

Hand sanitiser

Hairspray

Bobby pins

Hair ties/bobbins

Nail files

Lash glue

Boob tape

Hand cream

Baby powder (can help with sweaty feet/chaffing)

Blotting paper

Perfume

Clear nail polish

Spare tights (for ladders)

Tissues

Lint roller

A packet of safety pins

Travel-size sewing kit

Toothpicks

Mints/chewing gum

 

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Bathroom baskets for men

 

A packet of assorted fabric plasters, and potentially a pack of blister plasters (for shoe disasters!)

Painkillers (some couples choose to leave a note directing people to a member of the wedding party/reception who will have these instead of leaving them in the baskets, especially where a lot of kids will be at the wedding)

Throat lozenges (especially for winter weddings)

Rennie (Indigestion tablets)

Antiperspirant (spray/aerosol is better as people will be sharing)

Bug spray (especially for outdoor weddings)

Sunscreen (especially for outdoor weddings)

Hand sanitiser

Hair gel

Cologne

Tissues

Lint roller

A packet of safety pins

Travel-size sewing kit

Toothpicks

Mints/chewing gum

 

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Things not to include in bathroom baskets

Of course, you can go to town and provide everything, but here are some things which are sometimes included but usually go to waste or that are rarely used, often because it feels like something you shouldn't share

Hair brushes

Mini toothbrushes

Mouthwash - unless you're including small cups to use with it

Roll on deodorant

Chapstick

Nail polish remover

Nail clippers

Tweezers

Socks

Shoe polish

Q tips

 

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Top tips for wedding bathroom baskets

Don't go overboard filling the baskets - mini sizes of everything will do the trick. Hit up your local Penneys, Eurosaver or Dealz to grab some bargains. These are just emergency items and some will possibly go unused so don't stress about picking up tonnes of everything or expensive bits.

Double check with your venue that they allow you have bathroom baskets and that there's room for them. If you've only a small space available, choose an appropriately sized basket, or if there isn't currently room for a basket at the sinks, consider asking your venue if a small table is available if you love the idea.

Be mindful of what you're putting in if there are children attending. Medication should be removed, and depending how young the children are, it might be worth considering keeping things like sewing needles, glue and scissors out of arm's reach also.

This is totally something you can delegate to a bridesmaid or parents to look after for you, so don't be afraid to reach out.

 

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