The Ladies Room | The Budget Savvy Bride
The Budget Savvy Bride

Our reception is located on the 22nd floor of a condo in Ocean City. The bathrooms for the venue are shared with the pool locker rooms. Luckily, with it being the off season, the pool probably won’t be in use and the bathrooms will be clean and not smell like chlorine. Regardless, I always appreciate when I go to the bathroom at a wedding and they have things I might need, like gum, floss or hair spray. I decided I would like to provide the same amenity to my guests and decided to put together a basket for the ladies and mens room. I started my search at Dollar Tree figuring I could get the majority of things I needed there. I purchased my basket there which probably saved me $4-5 just on the basket had I bought them somewhere else. They were simple woven baskets in a natural green color which went with our color scheme. I also purchased:

  • Colgate Wisp brushes – $1 per basket
  • Individually wrapped floss packs – .50 cents per basket
  • Gum - .50 cents per basket
  • Mouthwash $1 per basket
  • Mirror $1 ladies only
  • Brush $1 ladies only
  • Hair elastics – $1 ladies only
  • Bobby pins – $1 ladies only
  • Tampons (using my own stash)
  • Panty liners (using my own stash)
  • Lotion – $1 per basket
  • Baby wipes – .33 cents per basket
  • Air freshener – $1 per basket
  • Lint Roller $1 per basket
  • Sewing Kit – $1 ladies only
  • Tum Freshers – $1.50 per basket
  • Advil – $1.50 per basket
  • Baskets – $1 per basket
Ladies Basket: $13
Mens Basket: $9

I bought most of the same things for the men’s room, minus the tampons and panty liners, of course. I made a second basket for the men’s room. Anything that doesn’t get used we can definitely use at some point. I don’t want to plan to take anything with us on our honeymoon in case it does get completely used. I know this post isn’t anything super exciting, but it hadn’t occurred to me to buy most of this stuff at the Dollar Store until I was in there. I figure I saved myself at least $15-20 total by purchasing the things where the brand isn’t important. Here is what my basket ended up looking like. I may add a little sign or not to make them more personalized.

image by me

Overall, I’m happy with how they turned out and that it wasn’t a big investment. I’m also glad that everything is reusable!

Do you plan on doing a basket for your restrooms? If so, anything you plan to include that I forgot about?

I'm Erin, a 29 year old teacher living in Baltimore, MD. I am marrying Nick who is obviously the love of my life, after 8 years together, Nick proposed on December 29, 2011 and we're getting married on October 27, 2012 in Ocean City, MD.

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    • Natasha
    • October 19th, 2012

    I have always loved this idea and think that it really shows guests that the bride and groom are thinking of them. Your basket looks great! I can’t wait to make some of these myself. :)

    • Thanks, Natasha! I hope you’ll be able to save some money and get some of your items at the dollar store too :)

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