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DIY: Bathroom Baskets and Wedding Emergency Kit

In the beginning, I thought a wedding emergency kit is not necessary.  I mean what could possibly happen on my wedding day?  It would be perfect.  But of course nothing is perfect.  We did end up needing the emergency kit on the wedding day after all.

Since I was putting together bathroom baskets for the reception, I thought I might as well put together an emergency kit.  I mean they practically include the same things.  Then I thought, what do I need an emergency kit for if the bathroom baskets include the same stuff?  Answer… because there might not be anything left in the bathroom basket by the time you need something.  Yup, there were only probably 2 to 3 items left in each bathroom basket even before our reception ended.

How-to make a bathroom basket and wedding emergency kit:

  1. Measure the counter space in the restroom where you’re putting the bathroom basket.  Learn from me, I bought bathroom baskets before looking at the restroom at our venue, and I had to return them coz they were too big for the counter.
  2. Get containers.  If you have bathroom baskets at home that you can spare, use those.  There’s no use in buying new ones if you have perfectly good ones at home.  You can take the bathroom baskets home after the wedding.  I used fabric bins for the bathrooms and an art tool box for the emergency kit.
  3. Get items to put in your bathroom basket and emergency kit.  Remember to take into account the prices, the costs do add up.
    • Get samples, they’re free and they are perfectly sized for bathroom baskets.
    • Look around your house for items that you haven’t used and will not use.  I did find a few at my home that I totally forgot and never used.
    • Shop around.  If you don’t have time, my Bathroom Basket and Wedding Emergency Kit checklist has sample prices to give you an idea where you can buy the items for less.
  4. Make a sign for your bathroom baskets.  I like it short -  “Compliments of the Newlyweds.”  But you can also use poems.  I am not keen on long poems or instructions.  If I were a guest, I wouldn’t stay that long to read the whole thing.Here are sample wordings for bathroom baskets:
    • Compliments of the newlyweds,
      To help you feel your best!
      Just use a little…freshen up,
      And leave for other guests!
    • If your skin feels dry, your hair out of place,
      Your throat is parched, or whatever the case.
      We’ve put this together to help you along,
      Now get yourself out there before the next song!
    • Here is a basket for all of our guests,
      To make sure everyone feels their best!
      We hope that you’ll find what you’re looking for.
      Take a mint and now go hit the dance floor!
    • So happy you’re here to share in our special day!!!
      But should something happen to go astray,
      Please help yourself to the contents within,
      Hair spray (or Wet wipe), hand lotion, gum and even aspirin,
      Use only what you need and leave the rest,
      It may be useful to another guest.
      So repair the damage that may have been done,
      Then hurry on back and join the fun!!!
      Compliments of the Newlyweds

Wedding emergency kit is a must! I was at a bridal shower where everone was asked to bring a little something they thought would be useful to add to the kit. There were a few doubles of things, but they went into the bathroom basket. It’s funny how they both seem to go hand in hand.

PS… LOVE the poems you included!

Hi Libby! I love the idea of people bringing something for the kit at the bridal shower. Thank you for stopping by!

Hi there! Thanks for the great ideas! I thought your readers might also appreciate this shop; it creates custom toiletry baskets for weddings and events:

Cheers :)


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