Renting Portable Restrooms For Your Backyard Wedding
Having a backyard wedding can be quite advantageous. Your most likely using the property of a family member or friend and it’s also typically very budget friendly. If you’re having a larger wedding 50+ guests your probably using a larger more rural setting somewhere in the country where you’re more likely to be on a septic system or simply have too few bathrooms for the amount of guests attending. This is where renting a portable bathroom can be quite an advantageous convenience.
When choosing the right portable toilet or restroom trailer it’s important to remember how many people are attending and for how long. All portable restrooms have a limit to the amount of waste they can handle and that will vary based on the amount of guests, the duration of their stay/your event, and if food or drink is served. Ask your portable restroom rental agency which and how many restrooms are appropriate for your event. Another deciding factor is if you, your guests or your neighbors would have a problem with a porta potty.
Porta pottys tend to have a bad rap, they’re seen as gross, smelly disgusting things by a lot of people. Some people will simply refuse to use one at all, others are simply uncomfortable with the claustrophobic 4x4ft enclosed plastic square. They are cheap to rent however, they typically run for around $100 and for that they deliver the restroom, stock it with supplies, clean it and pick it up. You probably couldn’t hire a house maid to come out and clean your bathroom for any less. More over if your claustrophobic I suggest renting a handicapped accessible version, they’re huge and not much more expensive. They’re typically large enough to be used as a changing room too. If the thought of renting a porta-potty disgusts you then your next option is a flushing restroom.
Flushing restrooms typically start with a “VIP Toilet” some of them are very similar in size to a portable toilet others are built into a VIP restroom trailer. These units work more like an RV than a chemical toilet. For one most don’t use chemicals at all, they flush the waste into a holding tank below. They use battery and/or solar power and have a fresh water on tap and a mirror like a normal bathroom. VIP toilets cost around 2-4x more than a porta potty and because of the flushing mechanism most of them have less capacity than a portable toilet at around 70 people vs 120 for a chemical toilet for . VIP bathrooms vary in size depending on who you rent from, some can be larger than a porta potty, others are smaller. You’ll find that the ones that look like airplane/bus bathrooms are quite claustrophobic inside. For bathrooms with a bit more room inside that look like the bathrooms in your home you’ll need to go a step further and get a “restroom trailer”.
Portable restroom trailers are the crème de la crème of portable sanitation. They’re large, comfortable and typically decorated like either a public bathroom, a bathroom in your home, or even to the standards of a 5 star hotel bathroom. They typically have loads of room, most have air conditioning and have a large capacity too. Your typical 2 stall portable restroom trailer can support 200-300 people for an 8 hour day, that’s a lot of people! Most are large enough inside to be used as changing rooms, and some have baby changing tables or enough counter space to act as one. Most restroom trailers start with 2 stalls, a men’s stall and a women’s stall. Some have 3 stalls, this is to help alleviate long wait times to the toilet and come with a 2 stalls for each sex and 1 stall that’s unisex. Anything beyond that goes into the territory of large scale festivals which have several stalls per side and act more like a portable public bathroom. Keep in mind that restroom trailers are quite large so make sure you have enough space in your backyard to fit one. These portable executive bathrooms are expensive to buy and maintain so they command a much larger price tag to rent then a typical porta potty but for most, the special occasion warrants the extra expense.
Roman Schmidt, Co-Owner
Santa Rosa, CA
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