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How many portable toilets do you need for a wedding?

23 January 2023

As we head towards ‘wedding season’ we are often asked how many portable toilets are needed for a wedding. Our latest guide has all the answers.

Experienced wedding coordinators, event organisers and facilities managers understand the complexity of planning a large wedding, and that it involves everything from venue décor to toilet hire, and much more in between. But having the correct number of toilets for expected guest numbers is arguably one of the most important things to plan for – unhappy guests will air their grievance at having to queue, on every social media platform they have access to.

Things to consider with portable toilet hire

Every wedding is different, with some welcoming a smaller number of guests during the day than in the evening and others hosting day long celebrations that will last long into the evening for hundreds of people. You should consider:

The wedding/reception venue – does the venue have permanent facilities on site? Where this is the case, fewer portable toilets may be needed simply to supplement the existing facilities. For larger venues, it is often worthwhile hiring toilets that can be situated around the site, allowing guests to have access wherever they are, rather than having to walk across possibly extensive grounds, to the toilets.

Guest numbers – a smaller, more intimate wedding will not need as many portable toilets as one that is expecting hundreds of guests and this will dictate the number and type of portable toilets you decide on. Also, the gender split of the guests may impact on the types of portable toilet units you consider.

Food and drink being served – weddings where guests will enjoy a wedding breakfast followed by an evening buffet, and have access to a day long bar, will need more facilities than weddings where the evening guests will not have food.

The duration of the celebrations – it goes without saying that an all-day/evening celebration will require more facilities than a ceremony only wedding.

We generally advise one toilet for every 50 guests expected, while the following summarises the capacity for each of our most popular units:

Guest Numbers

Duration of Event

Luxury Toilet Unit



8 hours

Luxury 8 Bay Toilet

8 cubicles or 4+4


8 hours

Luxury 4 Plus 2 Toilet

4 ladies, 2 gents + 4 urinals


8 hours

Luxury 3 Plus 1 Toilet

3 ladies, 1 gents + 3 urinals


8 hours

Luxury 2 Plus 1 Toilet

2 ladies, 1 gents + 2 urinals

Up to 100

8 hours

Luxury 1 Plus 1 Toilet

2 cubicles


Choice of portable toilets for weddings

Our standard portable toilet range is perfect for site hire and community events but we believe wedding guests deserve luxury toilet hire. For those who may have travelled a long way to attend, our luxury toilet trailers offer high-end facilities with good lighting and large mirrors, alongside indulgent consumables, ceramic basins with running water, and flushing toilets.  

Luxury toilet hire from Fortis Hire

With over 20 years in the events industry, and more than 400 weddings to our name, Fortis Hire offers event organisers a raft of experience. All clients have 24 hour access to our technicians and engineers via a dedicated support helpline and we will deliver and collect our units at a time to suit you and your event.

Wedding season is one of our busiest times of year, so if you have an upcoming wedding to organise, call our expert team today on 01525 643850, or email us at

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