This genius Ikea bag hack lets brides go to the toilet on their wedding day
Any bride-to-be feels a whole lot of emotions in the lead up to her big day. There's so much to plan and organise, and the fact that this day only comes by (hopefully) once in a lifetime means there's a lot of pressure for everything to be perfect. From the flowers to the precise fabric on the napkins – there's a lot to think about.
But while a bride can get her dream dress specially tailored to her exact taste, it turns out that said dress can actually cause quite a few complications when it comes to going to the bathroom.
Think about it – the long skirt, the mass of fabric (god forbid if it's tulle!) - and having to hold all that while you do your business is just a disaster waiting to happen. There are a few tricks brides pass on – getting your besties to hold your dress while you pee, or straddling the toilet backwards are both ways to stop your hem falling into the loo.
But, thanks to a Facebook post that has gone viral, soon-to-be brides will be thanking their lucky stars for an incredibly easy and incredibly cheap hack to make it possible. A woman who got married just a few weeks ago revealed her secret in a post titled "How to go to the bathroom in a wedding dress: An IKEA blue bag hack", and you can kind of guess where this is going...
"Well, I got married a few weeks ago (in a mermaid wedding dress)," the newlywed wrote, "And I was really worried about going to the bathroom and not being able to… handle myself. Someone helping or watching me going to the bathroom on my wedding day? Not being able to have free hands to use the toilet paper? Or even worse if my period decides to show? NO WAY!"
The bride did some research about possible contraptions that would help keep the dress under control but found that – like most wedding-related goods and services – they were marked up in price way more that they should be.
"Some stuff like this bridal bathroom helper exists but are expensive just because it is wedding related," she wrote. So what did she do instead? Well, she took one of those iconic Ikea bags, cut a hole in the bottom for her legs, and stepped into it to hoist her dress up and kept things in place by looping the straps over her shoulders.
It's really a very simple hack, but also totally genius. The bags from the Swedish furniture store are usually given out when you enter the store, with its sturdy material and high volume capacity making it perfect for collecting all those Grönö lamps and Farlig water jugs. People often purchase the bags too – as it's proven to be a popular vessel for doing laundry trips at home.
And it seems that the carrier bag (officially called 'Frakta') now has one more thing to add to its resume. As the bride points out, they're stupidly cheap, with the medium 36L bag retailing at $0.99, and the large 71L one available for $1.29. Judging by the pictures, the bride used the large size.
"My bridal bathroom helper hack costs about 0.80 euro and I did it the day before my wedding," she said. "It took only 3 minutes. What I like best is it’s almost free and allows me to make my life easier on my wedding day."
If you're a bride-to-be, it looks like you better schedule a trip to Ikea before your big day.