What Is a Wedding Bathroom Basket?

by Jasmine Savery

Despite planning every aspect of your wedding in intricate detail, things can still go awry. Often, small things like a headache, ripped tights, or a small cut can distract from your special day and ruin your guest’s day. That’s where a wedding bathroom basket comes into play. So, what is a wedding bathroom basket?

A wedding bathroom basket is a basket full of essential items that your guests might need. This can include things like:

  • Painkillers or hay fever tablets
  • First aid kit
  • Sanitary products
  • Sun cream
  • Deodorant
  • Tissues
  • Baby wipes
  • Hair ties
  • Hand sanitiser

    Read on to find out our top things to put in your wedding bathroom basket, how to make one, and what to put on your bathroom basket sign.

    What Is a Wedding Bathroom Basket?

    Everyone loves to be pampered and cared for, but often, the smallest things make us feel that way. With a wedding bathroom basket, you can make your guests feel special by creating a thoughtful wedding bathroom basket filled with any necessities that they might forget!

    A bathroom basket is often placed in the bathrooms at the wedding reception venue. However, if you have loved ones staying at the venue, you could even go the extra mile and create a night-time relaxation box or a rejuvenation box for the next morning.

    What To Put In a Bathroom Basket at a Wedding?

    There are several essential items for a wedding bathroom basket and even more that are nice to have. Here’s our list of essentials:

    • Pain killers
    • First aid kit - with plasters, bandages, antiseptic wipes, heartburn tablets, etc
    • Hair ties
    • Sanitary products
    • Breath mints/mouthwash
    • Hand sanitiser
    • Tissues
    • Perfume/aftershave - you can also add deodorant for those who feel a bit sweaty from dancing, but opt for the spray version rather than roll on so that it can be shared!
    • Cotton swabs
    • Make-up/baby wipes
    • Sun cream/insect spray - if your wedding has an outdoor section

    If you have extra space in your basket or you want to make it even more special, there are several items that you can include. Here’s our list of non-essentials that you could add:

    • Extra socks
    • Snacks
    • Sewing kits
    • Lotion
    • Nail file
    • Nail polish
    • Lint roller
    • Dental floss
    • Stain removing stick/sheets
    • Earring backs
    • Shoelaces
    • Make-up kit
    • Safety pins
    • Spare tights

    For a rejuvenating gift basket for guests staying at the venue, don’t be afraid to get creative. Here’s our list of items for a morning recovery basket:

    • Moisturiser
    • Coffee/tea
    • Coconut water or other drinks for hydration
    • Makeup wipes
    • Painkillers
    • Snacks for the drive home
    • Personalised water bottles
    • Toiletries
    • Electrolytes sachets
    • Earplugs
    • Sleep masks
    • Vitamin tablets
    • Face masks
    • Sunglasses

    How To Make a Wedding Bathroom Basket?

    For a bathroom basket, you’ll want to use an elegant lined basket and lay out the items in a pleasing way to show that it has been made with care. To showcase each item beautifully, use a wide, shallow basket. This allows guests to see everything without having to dig through and disrupt the presentation. Here are a few of our favourite choices:

    We recommend placing any larger bottles or items near the back and placing the smallest at the front. If you have any loose items that might move around such as safety pins, you can place these in small fabric pouches to keep them together.

    What To Put On a Wedding Bathroom Basket Sign

    Alongside your bathroom basket, you’ll want to have a sign to let your guests know they’re free to use anything they need. With such an elegant and thoughtful basket, you’ll want it to have an elegant and thoughtful sign!

    We’ve seen personalised signs for ladies' and gentlemen's restrooms, signs that explain the basket with a poem, and signs themed to match the wedding. The possibilities are endless, so start by considering the purpose of your sign. Is it purely functional, something to laugh at, or something thoughtful? From here, you can start to think of ideas on what to include.

    To give you inspiration, here are a few of our favourite wedding bathroom basket sign ideas:

    Our Top Tips

    To make sure your wedding bathroom basket is the perfect gift for your guests, we’ve pulled together our top tips to make it as effective as possible.

    • Ask someone to be in charge of restocking the basket in case it starts to run low. You’ll be too busy celebrating to do it yourself!
    • If there are any guests with very specific needs, it’s a nice touch to include items specifically for them. This could cover things like allergies, hayfever tablets, or animal testing free products. For anything that's particularly personal, avoid indicating it's specifically for them to keep it discreet, though they'll still appreciate the gesture.
    • Make sure you place it in a visible place that everyone will see, such as behind the sinks. Otherwise, guests might be in need of something without knowing it’s there.

    Wicker Bathroom Baskets From Northern Willow

    To make the perfect bathroom basket for your wedding, choose a Northern Willow wicker basket. Wicker provides a cosy feel that you can’t get from other materials. With an elegant white or cream lining, your guest will feel appreciated and cared for.

    Visit our website to see our range of handmade wicker baskets, or get in touch with us for help with making the right choice to fit your wedding’s theme.