I love pretty bathrooms. Bathrooms that are clean, elegant and filled with all sorts of glamorous extras. I want to feel as if I'm in a 5-star hotel when I step into a reception bathroom. To be pampered and to feel beautiful. After all, I'm standing there in my floor length gown and don't want to wade through toilet paper, slap on detergent style soap and air dry my foamy fingers!
I write this not long after I've finished one of our wedding workshops. I made a point of decorating the office bathroom with all sorts of gorgeous goodies - fresh white towels, Aesop hand wash and cream, Jo Malone perfume, posies of roses and scented candles. The question I always ask is: Why would you decorate a room so beautifully and then forget the bathrooms? After all, this is a place where ladies/gents go to spruce themselves up and talk about the day with other guests.
'Rule Of Thumb: Decorate any areas where your guests can stop, stand and stare.'
A common mistake I've notice is couples spend so much time focused on the details of the wedding reception they forget to focus on the flow effect. They don't carry their theme and beautiful decorations in to all areas of their wedding, whether that is the bathroom, hallways or exits.
Ask your stylist to place little posies with candles, soft hand towels (cotton preferable!) and some gorgeous soap in the bathrooms. Burning candles or having scent sticks may also help mask any unpleasant smells. And if you are really creative, you could arrange some mediation music to be played on a ipod docking system so your guests feel like they are in a peaceful day spa. The little extra touches don't have to cost you much more - you even could re-use some decorations from your ceremony.
We'd suggest you have a chat with your venue and emphasis that you'd like special attention paid to the cleaning of your bathroom throughout the evening. You're guests will love the attention to detail and appreciate that their gowns will not have to wade through all sorts of floor yuck! I did this at my own wedding and had a number of guests comment on how lovely it was to walk into a bathroom that was romantic, smelt gorgeous and had some little extras for the guests to fix themselves up before they hit the dance floor.
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