Classy loos put end to brides’ ‘insane’ toilet ordeals
After watching a bride and bridesmaids struggle to use a portaloo a Coast man set out to create a classier bathroom option and is now overwhelmed with bookings.
Bryan Hunsberger and his family created Classy Loos after noticing a gap in the market for unique portable toilets that fit the popular style of rustic outdoor weddings.
Mr Hunsberger said he had an idea and ran with it when he started the business.
“I went home to my brother’s wedding in Canada where he’d hired a trailer that looked like a white box but had nicer toilets inside and it was the talk of the wedding,” he said.
“A month later, I was at a beautiful outdoor wedding here on the Sunny Coast, everything was stunning except for the two ugly portaloos in the corner.
“At one point in the evening I noticed the bride and two bridesmaids going over to the portaloos, one bridesmaid used the torch on her phone so the bride could see, and one bridesmaid held her dress and the door while the bride pees with the door open cause her dress wouldn’t all fit in.
“I thought to myself; this insanity must stop.”
Built to look like a tiny home the clean and comfortable hire loos include separate male and female sides with flushable toilets and urinals, a vanity and full-length mirrors.
They are equipped with solar battery power and freshwater tanks and do not require any cords or hoses.
“My wife and I built it how we would want it if it was our wedding so we include mints and toothpicks and hair ties, bobby pins, hair spray, and deodorant, everything that you would want at an outdoor wedding is included,” Mr Hunsberger said.
The Mudjimba family-of-six initially started Classy Loos 18 months ago as a “side hustle” but was struck down by COVID-19.
“We had lost about 25 bookings and about 10 of those cancelled which was most painful because we did all the refunds which really hurt,” he said.
“We almost lost the business, we had to borrow, and thankfully we kept the business.”
Now on the other side the classy loos are mostly booked out during the 2021 wedding season.
“We are just trying to build more to keep up with the demand,” Mr Hunsberger said.
“It is pretty overwhelming the one I have just started building I have already booked it a dozen times and we haven’t even finished building it yet.”
The Youth With A Mission Sunshine Coast co-director said it was amazing to provide brides and their guests with a toilet they don’t avoid using.
“What’s pretty cool is people will say that the loo was the talk of the wedding or the loos almost upstage the bride, he said.
“The feedback is pretty humbling, yes it’s toilets but I love being able to meet so many different people especially the brides and see them with a smile on their face and excited.
“That’s what I enjoy about the business seeing everybody smile.’
Classy Loos donate a percentage of the profits from each hired toilet to Water Aid, which builds toilets in schools that don’t have access to safe facilities.