We all know that wedding receptions are indeed a true celebration. This is a powerful celebration of two people who have been blessed with a love so deep that they will follow the traditions of their family, community, religion or create one to memorialize their wedding day.
Once you arrive at the wedding reception, the excitement has you eager to go through the planned festivities with grace. You have been thinking about this day for months, if not years. All of your family and friends are dotting over you and your groom, at this point it is impossible to even think about another detail.
Well, just as you have been excited about your special day… so have your guests, many of whom are from out of town or may not have thought past getting to the ceremony on time. All is well, glamorous and delightful, that is until your guest has some type of personal mishap with nothing to assist or make it better.
When someone has a crisis no matter how large or small, they ask someone for assistance, and if it is small enough the facility should be able to administer some type of first aid or you could have made certain there was a basket in the bathrooms that can counter whatever slight emergency might require attention.
Most of your guests will not have all the little amenities that you would find in your personal bathroom. Here is an opportunity for you to create a beautiful basket of little items that may address whatever their needs—for women and men.
Some of your seasoned guests will confidently expect that you will have a basket in the restroom to fix their small but important problem. What a wonderful accouterment, providing an elegant basket full of amenities sitting on the vanity with a note from the bride and groom that says to help yourself to whatever you need. What a thoughtful gesture.
There has yet to be a wedding where at least one guest needs some type of must-have products that they forgot or couldn’t bring to the reception. That one little appointment in his or hers bathroom essentials baskets will not only be helpful to your guests, but it also is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to acknowledge the needs of your guests who took time out of their busy lives to celebrate your big day and to make them feel welcome.
When you are putting together his and hers bathroom baskets for the reception, please consider making a separate emergency first aid kit. Many venues have them, but I would rather be safe than sorry. You might also want to consider having an emergency baby basket filled with disposable diapers, talcum powder, natural wipes and one or two disposable bottles.
Great bathroom basket items are tailored to your taste and budget. I believe you can make these delightful baskets out of flower planters or pots, wicker baskets for the kitchen or wooden baskets for your outdoor patio. It is what you put in them and how you appoint them that will be remembered.
I would recommend getting started early, to catch sales or in-store promotions. Remember the baskets can only be so big so make certain you check out the bathrooms; take a photo, measure the counter size and don’t forget your venue liaison’s approval.
Here are a few basic items that I love in baskets: pain relief – ibuprofen, stomach aides – tums, Band-Aids, contact lens solution, aerosol deodorant, wet wipes – without perfume, bottled hand lotion, bottled hand soap, small disposable tooth brushes, floss, Q-tips, hair spray, small sewing kits, safety pins, Shout Wipes or Tide Pen, lint brush, mints, feminine hygiene products (tampons, pads), hair comb and brush, hair elastics, bobby pins, assorted nail files, travel manicure kit, nail polish remover, blotting papers, makeup remover wipes, cotton balls, anti-bacterial gel or wipe, eye Drops and/or contact lens solution, or some type of light body spray.
The overall design is in the holder of these precious items; either a wicker, ceramic, willows, metal, corrugated boxes or create your own. The finishing touch would be the signage near or in the basket. You can also make and frame cute little thank-you notes, descriptive signs or perhaps write a lovely memorable poem to place near or in your bathroom baskets.
Either way, it is the little appointments that will be enjoyed and remembered.
Marsha Jews is the Editor-At-Large(USA) for World Bride Magazine and the founder of Marsha Jews & Company a full service marketing, business development, Wedding/Events/ Conference planning & management; and communications company. Marsha Jews is the Founder/CEO of WKIMRadioNetwork.com.
and the former Founder/Curator of the Herbert Bearman Art Gallery & Director of Events & Weddings at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum.
Marsha was Project Director on two community technology development grants: Harlem Renaissance 2K1 and NY-OneNet at the Institute of Learning Technologies and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University, New York.
As President/COO/Associate Publisher at Career Communications Group Marsha managed Black Engineer/Hispanic and Information Technology Magazines; the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference and was Co-Founder of the Women of Color Technology Awards Conference; Black Family and LaFamilia Technology Awareness Week(s).
The former Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation of Maryland; presenting Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ailey II and AileyCamp and Director of Advertising for the 125-year-old Afro-American Newspaper, Inc.
Marsha was Vice President of Operations for the Marine Corps League Exhibit Company, and was the first black woman to produce the Modern Day Marine Force in Readiness Military Exposition and Awards Gala a program of the United States Marine Corps, Capitol Marines and the Marine Corps League, while simultaneously the Director of Advertising for the Amphibious Warfare Review Magazine.
Marsha is active in the community; former board member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and was the first Black Trustee to chair their Annual Gala; Commissioner- Maryland Public Television Commission; Founding board member of the Maryland Association for Nonprofit Organizations; former trustee for the College of Notre Dame and the Maryland Institute College of Art; Trustee at the Enoch Pratt Library, and has won numerous awards; Co‐Author in Incredible Business and is an avid volunteer and speaker.