What to Put in a Wedding Bathroom Basket

This small but thoughtful gesture goes a long way for your guests.
Samantha Iacia - The Knot wedding style expert
Samantha Iacia
  • Samantha writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in wedding decor, trends, and fashion
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Samantha was a features and weddings contributor for The Baltimore Sun
  • She is based in Washington, D.C. and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism
Updated Feb 09, 2023

Restrooms at weddings are often overlooked, but a few small touches will go a long way in making sure your guests are looking and feeling their best all day long. This is where wedding bathroom baskets and amenity baskets really come in handy. Fill them with goodies that your friends and family might need while celebrating with you—trust us, they'll be so thankful for that last-minute fix after finding a stain on their clothes or something in their teeth. Here's our list of what to put in the bathroom baskets for your wedding, plus a few tips to make note of while you're finalizing the details.

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What to Know About Wedding Baskets for the Bathroom

At most venues, your bathrooms will already include necessities like soap and toilet paper. Before you start stockpiling items for the wedding bathroom baskets, ask your venue if there's anything else they will be able to provide on the day. Then, you can fill in the gaps from there. Keep the following scenarios in mind as you're making a list of what to include.

Think about seasonal and location-specific items.

You should consider the weather, season and location where your reception is taking place. For example, if you're having an outdoor summer reception, you might want to include sunscreen, bug spray or blotting papers for post-dance floor shine. During the winter, cough drops, lip balms or hand lotion can help battle the effects of cold weather.

Choose items based on your wedding guest list.

It's important to stock your wedding bathroom basket with essentials that are tailored to who's attending the event. If you're inviting children to the wedding, include some age-appropriate supplies, such as kid-friendly pain medicine, baby wipes or colorful bandages. Including snacks in your amenities basket is thoughtful for guests who may need to take medication or are diabetic. Lastly, keep in mind that your wedding amenities baskets could differ between the men's, women's and gender-neutral or family restrooms. Certain items might only be included in one restroom depending on what you feel is necessary.

Provide prepackaged items when possible.

Your wedding guests may know and love each other, but that doesn't mean they want to share everything. Keeping germs and sanitation in mind, it's especially important to provide single-use or prepackaged toiletries in your wedding bathroom baskets whenever possible.

Skip the communal mouthwash or toothpaste for individual water-activated tablets instead. Provide other prepackaged items like disposable cups, individually wrapped breath mints, single-use eye drops and deodorant spray (instead of a stick that requires skin contact) to cut down on the spread of germs. You can order travel-size toiletries in bulk for certain items.

Who Is in Charge of the Bathroom Baskets?

If the wedding bathroom baskets aren't supplied by your venue, you'll need to put them together yourself ahead of the big day. Enlist a wedding party attendant, your wedding planner or a trusted friend who's willing to help.

You'll also need to designate someone to put the baskets in the restrooms before the reception starts, since it's fair to say that you'll be a little preoccupied. If you're working with a wedding planner or venue coordinator, it will be one of their responsibilities during setup. Ideally, this person should keep tabs on the baskets a few times throughout the party to lightly reorganize or restock products.

What to Put in a Wedding Bathroom Basket

When you're deciding what to put in the bathroom baskets for your wedding, think along the same lines as what's included in your wedding day emergency kit—with a few tweaks. Again, you can keep costs low by raiding the travel-sized aisle or ordering some items in bulk. Here are the must-have essentials (and a few nice-to-have items) your guests will appreciate.

Medical Items

  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine
  • Baby powder
  • Baby wipes
  • Bandages
  • Contact lens cases
  • Contact solution
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cough drops
  • Diapers
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Disposable face masks
  • Eye drops
  • Lens cleaner
  • Pain reliever
  • Menstrual products
  • Tissues

Oral Care

  • Breath mints
  • Chewing gum
  • Floss picks
  • Mouthwash
  • Paper cups
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothpicks

Cosmetics and Personal Hygiene

  • Blotting sheets
  • Bobby pins
  • Combs
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo
  • Face mist
  • Hair elastics
  • Hairspray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Nail file
  • Nail glue
  • Sunscreen

Miscellaneous Products

  • Air freshener
  • Bug spray
  • Fashion tape
  • Individual snacks
  • Lint roller
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • Stain remover pen
  • Static spray

What to Do With Leftover Bathroom Basket Items After the Reception

You can avoid a surplus of leftover items by adding a small sign next to your bathroom basket encouraging guests to take travel-sized products home with them. If you still have some unused items on your hands at the end of the night, there are a few options to make sure they don't go to waste.

Use them to stock the guest bathroom at your home or keep them on hand for future travel. Pass them on to people in need by asking local charities, churches or schools if they'll accept unused products for hygiene kits. Lastly, ask your venue if they have any use for unopened items—they might be able to offer them to future couples for their bathroom baskets.

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