Don’t Forget These Items for Your Outdoor Black Tie Event!

Planning an elegant black tie event this summer that you want people to remember for years to come? These are the top must-haves that will put your event over the top:

Gourmet Locally Sourced Food & Beverages

The number one thing that people remember about an event after the fact is the food! This is why having delicious gourmet food and beverages is so important! It’s not enough to just have a few food options and an open bar. You have to provide a variety of succulent foods to tease the palates of all of your guests’ various food preferences as well as beverages that pair well with the food. This doesn’t just refer to alcoholic drinks either. Sure, you’ll want to have a good selection of wine, craft beer, and top shelf spirits, but providing fancy non-alcoholic beverages is important as well. You can consider craft sodas, blended fruit drinks, high end sparkling waters, and so on. The absolute best way to check these items off of your list is to find locally sourced ingredients and beverage options to wow guests! This will also ensure that you’re catering to local tastes – helping you to put together a rave-worthy menu lineup.

Servers

Food buffets or food stations are an easy way to serve guests (especially at large events), but they’re not very elegant. Instead, hire servers to go around and deliver food to guests. The added presentation is sure to highlight the food itself, adding to the overall experience and your guests’ enjoyment. You can also have servers take around champagne or signature cocktails to avoid having guests waiting in line at the bar. Again, having drinks brought around makes attendees feel more special, like they are honored guests.

Experienced Bartenders

Everyone knows that bartenders can vary greatly in skill and finesse when it comes to creating drinks. Cater to your guests’ discerning plates and high expectations by having experienced bartenders that can create cocktails to remember. This is especially important if your black tie event is a benefit or fundraiser, where guests are coming ready to make contributions and expect top-notch service in exchange.

Luxury Restrooms

Can your rented bathrooms really be luxurious? Absolutely! Having luxury portable restroom trailers will make guests forget that they’re even at an outdoor event. Once they step inside, they’ll see the décor and furnishings that they’ve come to expect at fancy events. Guests may not remember your swanky restroom selections after the event, but you can bet that if you’re serving caviar and champagne and then providing guests with bright blue porta johns, they’ll remember that in a very negative way!

Top Name Entertainment

Having great entertainment for your event is a great way to keep guests engaged and sticking around. This is where bringing in a top name comes in handy! Whether it’s a band, solo performer, or musical ensemble, getting guests listening and moving is key to capping off your event!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Where Can I Find a Local Portable Restroom Supplier?

If you’re looking for a portable toilet supplier that services your area, you may wonder where to start. Where can you look? Who should you ask? How will you find the best company with the most affordable rates? These tips will help you tackle the task of renting portable restrooms, whether you need them for an upcoming event, construction project, agricultural use, or any other reason!

Search Online for a Local Business

The best way to find a local restroom rental company is to look online, but there are a couple things you should keep in mind when looking.
First of all, if you find a company that says that they provide porta potties in your area but they’re not located anywhere near you, beware! There are a number of national bathroom rental companies that simply contract with local providers. This means that you’re adding a middle man, which will drive up the cost. Instead of finding a big national name and assuming that they’ll have more competitive rates than your local business, trust that your local restroom provider will be able to give you a better deal. (Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your money is staying in your local community, which is always a win!)

Additionally, don’t restrict yourself you just the location where you’ll need the rental unit(s). For instance, if you need portable bathrooms in Husdonville, MI you can also do searches that incorporate the surrounding areas like “portable toilets in Grand Rapids” and “portable toilets in West Michigan.” More than likely, if you find a company doing these broader searches, your specific location will fall within their service area.

Take Note of Porta Potties You’ve Seen

If you’re planning a party or event, think back to some other local events of that nature that you’ve attended and try to remember which brand of portable bathrooms they used. Or better yet, if you’re in the early planning stages for your event, make sure to take note of these brands when you attend upcoming events. This will give you a jumping off point to start your research with the added reassurance of knowing that the companies you’ve seen are active in your local area.

If you think you might want a luxury portable restroom for your event, this is even more valuable because there aren’t many suppliers of these high end portable toilets!

Ask Around

Getting a word of mouth referral is always a good way to find a reputable business that can serve your needs. If you’re planning an event, don’t be afraid to ask local event planners who they use. They will likely have recommendations for who you can use and suggestions about how many you’ll need. Similarly, if you’re looking for porta potties for your farm or business, seeking advice from other businesses in your industry will give you some great ideas for companies to use.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Ideas for Planning your Wedding on Social Media

Newsflash: Wedding planning has gone social! If you’re social media savvy, you’re probably already bringing the social element to your wedding preparations; but if you’re newer to social media or just not active on very many social platforms, you may wonder how social media can help you out with your big day. The good news is that there are a ton of ways that you can incorporate social media into your planning to help you get inspired, store ideas, organize people, and communicate important details! Here are the best ways to go social with your wedding:

Pinterest

Many Pinterest users have boards dedicated to their dream weddings (some of which aren’t even engaged!), which is really fun. To take it a step further though, you can create multiple boards to help you plan out each detail. Instead of just having one wedding board, you can have individual ones for wedding dress styles, favors, photography ideas, centerpieces, menus, honeymoon options, and so much more! This will let you organize each of the different elements that make up your special day. You can even invite your friends or family to share these boards so that they can get in on the fun and pin items to suggest.

Facebook

Facebook event pages let you communicate the details of your wedding and provide updates. They’re also a great way to get feedback efficiently. You can invite friends to the event page and then crowd source advice like which bakery to use for your cake, which dress to choose for your bridesmaids, and what should be on the bar menu. The sky’s the limit when it comes to using a Facebook to organize your wedding. But there’s an even bigger benefit to having an event page. Some brides even choose to save money on invitations by just inviting guests on Facebook. This is a great way to let social media save you money and headaches by not having to send out and collect physical invitations.

Instagram

Instagram users are in love with this highly visual platform, and they’ve begun using it to benefit their wedding preparations as well! Get guests excited about your big day by posting images of the details as you finalize them. Snap a picture of a sample dish when you go to your taste testing, the shoes you plan on wearing on the big day once they’ve been customized, or the swanky luxury restrooms you’re renting. This is a great way to make friends and family that live far away feel like they’re part of planning leading up to the event before they arrive on the day of the wedding.

Twitter

Custom Twitter hashtags are a really common part of weddings these days. Many couples will choose their own moniker to commemorate the event. In addition to just being a sweet and special way to get geared up for the wedding, they’re also quite practical. Having a wedding-specific hashtag allows you to find well wishes and pictures that guests post on social media after the fact. These sentiments allow your wedding to be immortalized on social media!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

3 Surprising Benefits of Handicapped Accessible Porta Potties

Obviously, ADA compliant portable toilets allow handicapped individuals to use the restroom in a way that standard porta potties don’t, which makes them both convenient and also a requirement for public events. But, did you know that an ADA porta potty has some hidden benefits as well? Well, you better believe it! Check out these three surprising advantages that handicapped accessible portable toilets have over their standard unit counterparts:

  1. Family-Friendly Size
  2. For family-centered events, ADA portable toilets allow a lot of flexibility. They are big enough for parents to bring children with them to the bathroom whether they are in strollers, infant car seat carriers, or on foot. They also allow little ones to use the facilities themselves without being too close to things that parents don’t want them touching (urinals, hand sanitizer dispensers, etc.) Because these units are so desirable for family-oriented events, we suggest renting a few extra than you think you may need to avoid having a line!

  3. Doubles as a Changing Room
  4. It may seem strange to change your clothes in a porta potty, but that’s exactly what a lot of people end up doing at events like sports tournaments, community runs, and the like! ADA units have roomy interiors that allow them to double as changing rooms for athletes. For this reason, they’re also great at lakefront events to give people a private space to change into and out of their swimsuits. We’ve even seen these used at outdoor weddings to give members of the wedding party a little extra room to get themselves ready for pictures!

  5. Ground-Level Accessibility Minimizes Stumbling Risk
  6. For times when stumbling risk is high like at night events, ADA portable toilets are a great alternative to regular porta potties because they have ground-level accessibility, which means no stepping up or down is required. This is also a plus for events that will have a large number of elderly guests, who may have trouble navigating the step up to enter and remembering to step down upon exit. Reducing the potential for injury can help to lower your risk factor for private functions by keeping guests injury-free.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

How Many Restrooms Do I Need for A Wedding?

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding or destination wedding in Michigan, you’re likely looking for a local portable restroom service to provide the bathrooms for your guests. Sure, you have to compare prices and availability, but before you can even do that you have to figure out what your needs are for your big event. You’re probably asking yourself, “How many toilets do I need?!” To figure out the answer to this question, consider these factors:

Porta Potty Units

If you’re having standard portable toilet units, the number that you need will be contingent upon how many guests will be attending your wedding and how long the event will be. Obviously smaller weddings or weddings with relatively brief receptions will need fewer porta johns, but what’s the cutoff? Generally speaking, one portable toilet unit serves 50 guests for up to 3 hours. Typically, a standard 100-person wedding will need 3 standard units. (Check out our event planning table for more detailed information on how many units you’ll need.)

When doing the math remember that your event duration is not just the length of your ceremony and reception, it also includes the time beforehand when guests start arriving, and the time afterwards when they’re wrapping up the celebration. This may mean that a 30-minute ceremony, 1-hour cocktail hour, and 2-hour reception is actually a 6-hour event rather than a 3.5-hour event like you might think.

Keep in mind that the fewer units you rent, the longer the lines will typically be as people wait to use the restroom. This means less time for your guests to enjoy socializing, eating, taking pictures, and dancing. For this reason, we always advise wedding planners to err on the side of caution by getting an extra unit.

Restroom Trailers

If you want something a little bit more upscale than traditional porta potties, you could consider renting elite units instead. These offer more space and some additional amenities like in-unit sinks and coat hooks. However, if you want to make your event really classy, luxury portable restroom trailers are the way to go! These offer top of the line amenities like climate controlled interiors, flushing toilets, sinks with running water, and interior and exterior lighting. They also boast stylish décor inside that will make you forget that you’re using a portable restroom at all!

Restroom trailers come in 2-stall, 3-stall, 6-stall, and 10-stall options to fit an event of any size. With separate men’s and women’s stalls, the wedding party and guests have the ultimate privacy to use the bathroom and freshen up in front of large mirrors. This is why they are a favorite of brides and grooms everywhere! To get advice on which unit will serve the needs of your event best, contact us today!

Additional Items to Consider

Don’t forget to rent portable hand washing stations or hand sanitizer stations to accompany your toilet rentals. These standalone units are a great addition to any toilet rental because they provide guests with a place to get their hands clean without having to go to the bathroom. That means less waiting in line for everybody!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!