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Wedding Bathroom Basket Checklist

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They say it’s the small things that make the biggest difference… and that’s certainly very true in the world of weddings. It’s the reason we’ve prepared our newest checklist – things to go in a wedding bathroom basket. Assembling it is inexpensive, takes just one shopping trip, and makes all the difference on the day itself. Trust us – we’ve been there! A handy plaster, safety pin, headache pill or nail file has the power to turn everything from woe to glow in a split second. This is why you should put a wedding bathroom basket in the ladies’ room, and in the gents’ as well. That’s right, don’t forget the gents – they may not be able to admit it, but they like those plasters when their shoes are too tight as much as the next person.

Where to buy your supplies for the wedding bathroom basket? Try places like Dealz and €1 stores like Euro Giant. You can also find useful supplies in Penneys and Tiger, and Boots often do buy-two-get-one-free offers on travel-size items. For baskets, Euro Giant or Penneys is your best bet, or any homeware store – even a kitchen section at your local department store, or the ever-so-reliable IKEA. If no luck there, try eBay – just make sure to check the basket measurements before you bid, or you may end up with a mini one.

A few don’ts to keep in mind:

Don’t leave the wedding bathroom basket within the reach of children, especially if they’re old enough to go to the bathroom unsupervised. Leave it on a high shelf or ledge. For extra peace of mind with pills, leave empty boxes in the basket with a note inside “see appointed person if you need these” – and don’t forget to designate that person in advance.

Don’t forget to ask the venue if there’s actually space in the bathroom for the basket. Because if there isn’t, where are you going to put it? In fact, check that they allow these baskets – there may be some health and safety issue you’re not aware of.

Don’t buy full-size products – you’ll just be throwing away all that didn’t get used. For things that will be most popular (for example, hairspray), simply buy two or three travel-size cans.

Don’t buy products people wouldn’t normally share. This includes chapstick, hairbrushes, and roll-on anti-perspirants.

Download your free copy of WOL’s wedding bathroom basket checklist here!

And here’s your wedding bathroom basket checklist at a glance:

For the ladies:

• Pack of assorted fabric plasters (the plastic/waterproof ones don’t last as long)
• Headache pills (paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin)
• 3-4 nail files/emery boards
• Clear nail polish
• Face wipes
• Pack of safety pins
• Travel-size sewing kit
• Antiperspirant in a spray can
• A few small packs of tissues
• Mints and chewing gum
• Hairspray
• Hair elastics/bobbles
• Hair grips/bobby pins
• Tampons
• Throat lozenges (great for winter weddings)
• Bug spray (great for summer weddings)
• Sunscreen (great for outdoor receptions)
• Tummy ache pills
• Lint roller
• Antibacterial hand gel
• Toothpicks (if not provided by the venue at the tables)
• Contact lens solution (optional)
• PartyFeet (optional)
• Perfume (optional, get free samples from perfume shops)
• Hand cream (optional)
• Tights (optional)
• Earring backs (optional)
• Anti-static spray (optional)
• Sweets (optional – should be individually wrapped, like Werther’s Original)

 For the gents:

• Pack of assorted fabric plasters (the plastic/waterproof ones don’t last as long)
• Headache pills (paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin)
• Pack of safety pins
• Hair gel
• Antiperspirant in a spray can
• A few small packs of tissues
• Mints and chewing gum
• Throat lozenges (great for winter weddings)
• Bug spray (great for summer weddings)
• Sunscreen (great for outdoor receptions)
• Tummy ache pills
• Lint roller
• Antibacterial hand gel
• Toothpicks (if not provided by the venue at the tables)
• Contact lens solution (optional)
• Cologne (optional, get free samples from perfume shops)
• Hand cream (optional)
• Anti-static spray (optional)
• Sweets (optional – should be individually wrapped, like Werther’s Original)

Last but not least – those cute signs! For those of you who like saying things with a poem, there are quite a few online you can choose from, for example:

Use what you need, and just leave the rest
For it may be useful to some other guest!
Repair the damage that may have been done,
Then hurry back and join in the fun!

Or

If your skin feels dry, your hair out of place,
Your throat is parched, or whatever the case.
We’ve put this together to help you along,
Now get yourself out there before the next song!

If you’re not into that, simply say ‘compliments of the newlyweds’!

Happy shopping!

Main image courtesy of grassclothwallpaper.net

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Rachel Green

Rachel Green

If you think the bride should always have the last word, then Rachel is on your side! A devoted fan of everything quirky, unusual, colourful or crafty, she loves scouting WOL's real weddings for unique and fun touches. When not gazing at pictures, she's dispensing no-nonsense advice on everything from reception entrance songs to bridesmaid problems.

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