POW­DER ROOM 411

If you’re not us­ing a typ­i­cal event space, you have to bring in all the es­sen­tials. Read on for the loo-down.

Martha Stewart Weddings - - THE PLANNER - TEXT BY SA­MAN­THA LE F AVE

Head Count

One stall for ev­ery 75 guests, as­sum­ing a “his” and a “hers,” is the ab­so­lute min­i­mum, ac­cord­ing to Natalie Lit­era Jones, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions at Ser­vice San­i­ta­tion, in Gary, In­di­ana. “But you don’t want your guests stand­ing in line,” she says. “Ad­ding [about 50 per­cent] more will get them in, out, and back on the dance floor.”

Thought­ful Ex­tras

If guests will be driv­ing a dis­tance to the re­cep­tion, Birch sug­gests ad­ding ex­tra toi­lets to avoid long lines when ev­ery­one ar­rives. Some rental com­pa­nies have plan­ning cal­cu­la­tors to help you ac­count for such details.

Lo­ca­tion, Lo­ca­tion

You’ll need ac­cess to power and wa­ter sources (or por­ta­ble wa­ter tanks), flat ground (pave­ment is prefer­able to dirt), and room for trucks to get in and out.

Qual­ity Con­trol

For the nicest re­stroom ex­pe­ri­ence, skip car­ni­val­style porta-pot­ties. They lack run­ning wa­ter, counter space, mir­rors, and fully self-con­tained waste tanks—mak­ing them very quickly un­pleas­ant. In­stead, Jones sug­gests a re­stroom trailer, which pro­vides all those ac­com­mo­da­tions, plus in­door wash­basins and pri­vate stalls. Some even of­fer high-end bells and whis­tles like hard­wood floors, mar­ble coun­ters, sky­lights, and flat-screen TVs— nice splurges if your bud­get al­lows.

New Vs. Used

Birch says that the new­est porta­bles are nicest. “They feel clean and bright,” she says. “I pre­fer a brand-new re­stroom trailer with lam­i­nate coun­ters to an older model with mar­ble.”

The Bot­tom Line

“Por­ta­ble re­strooms can range from a few hun­dred to a few thou­sand dol­lars,” says Jones. Aside from op­tional fea­tures, the big­gest vari­able is de­liv­ery. “If you rent from a com­pany that has to drive far to get to your venue, it’s go­ing to in­crease your fee sub­stan­tially.” So find a lo­cal source if you can.

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