Wedding Bathroom Baskets: What to include and what not to include

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What to include in your wedding day bathroom baskets. And what not to.

A wedding bathroom basket, also called a “hospitality basket” can be a great addition to your wedding. They are baskets filled with often-needed toiletries for guests to use while getting their celebration on at your wedding. With the many weddings we’ve attended, we’ve seen very minimal and very over-the-top approaches. We like to keep things fairly simple and have found a happy medium in creating the perfect bathroom basket for your wedding. The key really is not to over do it (or overthink it).

Just because something isn’t listed above, doesn’t mean you “shouldn’t” include it. It just means that if you don’t, no one will come running up to you saying “Oh my gosh! How could not include a blow dryer in the bathroom baskets?!” in the middle of your wedding. Chances are, if it isn’t there, guests won’t even think about it.

DON’T: Things that just aren’t necessary or are rarely used

  • Hair brush (not many use a hair brush that’s been used by someone else)
  • Sewing kit (very rarely used and you can fix most things with the safety pins or tape)
  • Those mini toothbrushes (they’re expensive and you can only put it a small amount; save them for yourself)
  • Mouthwash bottles (Listerine is great, but only if you have little cups to accompany it – otherwise, ditch it)
  • Stick deodorant (always get spray)
  • Chapstick (not good for sharing)
  • Nail polish remover (also rarely touched)
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Socks (I always see this placed on the list for the gents, and I’m sorry but it’s just not necessary)
  • Panty hose (same as the socks)
  • Shoe polish
  • Q-tips

What To Put It All In

All of the items above can be purchased easily via Amazon (affiliate links). Other great shopping spots would be the Dollar Store, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, etc. Also make sure to snag a nice basket to present these items and keep them contained.

Here are some great options, but make sure to get a good idea of how much space is actually in the bathroom(s) you’re placing this in.

Woven Strap Tote with Linen

Woven Seagrass Table Basket – Set of 2

Wooden Storage Bin Container

If there isn’t a lot of space, keep it tiny. Guests will appreciate the thought, no matter what.

Don’t forget, as a DPNAK client, we come equipped with an emergency kit bag (a.k.a. The Oh Sh*t Kit) filled with just about everything above and way more (duct tape, fishing line, hot glue gun, etc.). What we bring is for you and your guests, but we do not display them. If you’d like for us to put together a basket for you, we can also do that for a small fee. In a nutshell, we’ve got you.
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  1. Donna Phelan September 11, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Great list, you have made it very easy for me! ;) I will however never ever place gum and/or mints in a bathroom basket…..I will make a little sign that says: If You Need A Mint Or Gum, Please See A Mum! ;) Thanks so much!

  2. Karil March 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I don’t understand…why would you “never ever” put gum or mints?

  3. […] Think about your guests throughout the day, as well. Will they have a coat? If so, talk with your venue about coat check options. If your guests will be driving, are there places nearby to park or should you have a valet? When your guests use the restroom, have some nice hospitality baskets in there waiting for them. (Not sure what to include in those baskets. Check out this article.) […]

  4. Mary Ritter April 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Mints could be placed on tables, not the restroom!

  5. Ana Yildirim April 19, 2016 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    So at my cousins wedding my dress ripped up the entire seam in the back…we were in the middle of nowhere and there was no change of clothes for me. The sewing kit in the bathroom SAVED MY LIFE that night. It may rarely be used, but I will always include it, because if I can save someones night like mine was spared…I will not hesitate!

    • Danielle Pasternak April 20, 2016 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Great point, Ana! Although, if there were a coordinator on-site, they should have had the items necessary to stitch you up quick!

  6. Mary Weaver July 1, 2016 at 1:43 am - Reply

    Thank you! Great ideas!

  7. Devorah September 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I would definitely include panty hose for women. I had a lady get her heel stuck in my panty hose and I got a hole that kept getting bigger. I was able to use a new pair of panty hose from the toiletry basket.
    I wouldn’t put Gum cuz I would hate to see my guest walking around chewing Gum and talking.
    Sewing supplies i put is a small scissors, black and white thread and a pack of needles. After every wedding I’ve seen a threaded needle. That means someone has used it. Very helpful item

    • Danielle Pasternak September 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Great feedback! In my region, I really don’t see panty hose being worn anymore, but it’s a great point if they are popular where you live.

  8. skm June 12, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I found eyeglasses repair kits at the dollar store. Half of the people in the actual wedding party wear glasses, so there is a kit in each basket. I found boxes of individually wrapped eye glass wipes, too. Glasses are expensive, and gentle wipes are far better than kleenex or toilet paper for cleaning.

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  10. Nancy Stanley March 14, 2018 at 5:29 am - Reply

    How many items of each basket suggestion? Refill during the evening?

    • Danielle Pasternak March 22, 2018 at 11:59 am - Reply

      The number of items would depend on your guest count, but I wouldn’t go too overboard. Depending on the size of the basket you’re placing the items in, you can re-fill throughout the evening, but I don’t think it’s necessary if you have a decent-sized basket.

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