This Year’s Hottest Fall Wedding Trends

Looking for the top autumn wedding trends? Look no further! These are some of the hottest trends in weddings for 2016 but are sure to have staying power for years to come! Check out these great tips to incorporate into your fall wedding:

Wild Flowers

Floral arrangements are a must-have regardless of the season, but as the weather turns cooler, there are a lot more options when it comes to flowers than you might think. Instead of going the traditional route of roses, why not incorporate wild flowers into your centerpieces and bouquets. There are plenty of varieties to choose from with the same striking colors that you would expect to see at a summer wedding and the shapes and textures are much more unique.

Metallics

Brass, copper, and bronzed metal finishes are very popular this fall because they add an exciting pop of color to the more striking autumn palates that many brides and grooms choose. You can use metallic colored vases, napkin rings, and other simple accents to bring this fall staple into your color scheme or choose more dramatic effect by using gilded leaves or a metallic foil wrap on your wedding cake. Regardless of how you incorporate it, a metallic accent adds a touch of sophistication and excitement!

Cranberries

Nothing is more quintessentially autumn than cranberries, which is why they’re becoming more common in centerpieces, bridal bouquets, and corsages. One of the simplest, yet most elegant, ways to use cranberries is to have candles floating amidst cranberries in decorative glass containers to light the centers of tables, the guest book area, and anywhere else you want a functional decoration.

Colored Suits

While black used to be the only acceptable color for grooms and groomsmen to wear, colored suits are starting to make a comeback. For fall you can consider deep greens, blues, or even reds to provide a striking contrast to the bride’s white gown and lighter colored bridesmaids’ dresses.

Matching Outerwear

With autumn weddings comes the possibility of cold weather, which isn’t typically a problem for men in suits or tuxes, but can make for an unpleasant event for ladies in dresses. Plan ahead and find matching outwear for your bridesmaids and yourself that compliments the rest of your outfits. This could be a fur (or faux fur) stole, cropped cotton jacket, wool shrug, or any other long-sleeve piece that you like the look of with your dress.

Personalized Stamps

Getting a custom stamp made with the couple’s names and date of the wedding is a great way to infuse the couple’s unique personality across all of your wedding-related stationary. You can use a stamp on your wedding invitations and thank you cards as well as table assignments, wedding ceremony programs and anywhere else that you can think of really! In fact, some couples even use stamps on boxes or bags that contain small edible favors for guests.

Lanterns

The soft light of candles in lanterns is a classy way to bring the feeling of fall into your wedding. Hanging lanterns from trees or the ceiling of your reception area creates a chandelier-like feeling with natural light. Just be sure that your wedding venue will allow these to be hung, as many barns and other rustic settings may have strict requirements about what can and can’t be lit inside. If all else fails, you can always place them on table out of the reach of children or use them to light pathways outside for the same rustic fall feeling.

Drink Stations

Drink stations with samples for guests are all the rage right now. From juice bars to coffee stands and craft liquor stations, more and more couples are choosing to offer their guests creative drinks to make for a more memorable experience. For the fall we would suggest doing a dark roast coffee bar, whisky or bourbon tastings station, hot chocolate bar, or a hot apple cider stand. These beverages will put a signature touch on your event that your guests will always remember.

Vows at Dusk

Getting married outside is always great and the autumn is a great opportunity to have your wedding ceremony outside as the sun sets and follow it up with a cozy reception indoors afterwards. Take advantage of the sun setting earlier to have a romantically themed outdoor wedding complete with candles to light the way for guests back to your reception. Just be sure that you provide all of the amenities that guests expect if it’s outdoors – things like propane heaters, luxury restrooms, and sturdy chairs to keep guests comfortable while they’re outdoors.

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!

4 Ways to Make Your Event More Handicapped Accessible

The goal of any public event is to attract a wide audience, but if you’re not planning your event with handicapped attendees in mind, you may miss out on getting the largest audience possible. People with mobility issues, anyone in a wheelchair, families with strollers, and other handicapped individuals have just as much right as anyone else to attend public events. This is why it’s so critical that you plan your event mindfully so that they can have the same experience as anyone else. There are a few simple ways that you can make your upcoming event more handicapped accessible:

  1. Lower Counters
  2. Ticket counters, concession counters, and any other areas where people may need to pick up items or pay for thing should be low enough for people in wheelchairs to use them easily. If it’s not possible to lower these counters, you can always provide a lower table alongside existing counters to give people in wheelchairs better accessibility. But simply reducing counter heights isn’t enough – you also have to provide enough space for anyone on crutches or in a wheelchair to get access to the counters as well. The easiest way to ensure that you’re providing enough space is to test them out ahead of time to identify any issues that might arise.

  3. Widen Pedestrian Lanes
  4. Narrow pedestrian lanes constrict traffic and can create a difficult situation for handicapped individuals to maneuver through. To keep people moving and allow enough room for wheelchairs and strollers to get through, widen all pedestrian lanes as much as possible. It’s also a good idea on walkways to provide areas where people who need a little extra time can pull off to the side to rest to allow others to pass.

  5. Provide ADA Portable Toilets
  6. Make sure that the portable toilet supplier that you use for your event will provide handicapped accessible units for event attendees to use. ADA-compliant restrooms allow people who need extra room the space that they need to get in, move around, and use the facilities with ease. Ensure that you have plenty of ADA portable toilets to accommodate guests and that they are placed in a location that’s easy for handicapped individuals and families to get to.

  7. Use Ramps and Ground-Level Access
  8. Any area that doesn’t have ground-level access should have a wheelchair ramp to provide handicapped accessibility. Giving as many areas as possible ground-level access will reduce your costs by requiring fewer ramps and lifts. Remember, if ramps are outside, you may need to incorporate anti-slide mats or tape to prevent falls in the case of wet conditions.

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!

Renting a Luxury Restroom Trailer for the First Time – What to Expect

Renting luxury portable toilets can be intimidating for the first time, so we’ve compiled a list of things to expect to help set you at ease. Keep in mind that the specific details will vary from one portable toilet supplier to another, but this should give you a general sense of what you can expect:

Professionalism

A rental company should provide you with the utmost professionalism every step of the way – from getting back to you when you request a quote to giving you accurate pricing, you should feel valued and respected from the very beginning. Once you’ve booked your rental, the professionalism should carry into your delivery, serving, and pickup of your rental unit(s). Units should be delivered on time, placed in the correct location, and be serviced and ready to use. If you have long event that requires servicing during the festivities, that should be done with minimal interruption. After your event is over, the units should be picked up promptly (this isn’t usually a problem because a portable restroom service provider will likely want to get them turned around quickly and off to their next location). If at any point you feel that the service you’re receiving doesn’t live up to what you were expecting, don’t feel bad about discussing it with the provider.

A Clean and Inviting Interior

Any unit(s) that you rent should be clean both inside and out. This will make attendees want to use the units and not have to worry about whether it’s going to be clean/safe to do so. They should also be fully restocked with toilet paper, soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and anything else that they typically come with so that they don’t run out during your rental period. This will ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible throughout the entirety of the event.

Elegant Details

One of the main reasons for renting a luxury portable restroom instead of just a bank of portable toilets is to get the upscale feel that elegant details provide. Things like wooden cabinetry, accent rugs, hanging wall art, full sized mirrors, recessed lighting, and faux plants provide the small touches that add up to create an experience that feels more like a hotel lobby than a porta john. If you’re renting a unit because you particularly like the look of it as pictured or described on a portable toilet supplier website, the unit that you receive should live up to that expectation.

Future Events

This is a warning – if you rent luxury restrooms for your event, you may never go back! With all of the positive feedback you’re going to get and the positive experience you’ll have yourself, you’re also going to be more likely to want to plan another event right away and use the same bathrooms again. This may mean turning your event into an annual occurrence, or that your friends, family, and colleagues will want you to help plan their events too. So just expect that this will happen and embrace it!

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!

No Wedding is Complete without These 5 Must-Haves

Planning your special day? Sure, your Mom, sister, coworker, and nosey neighbor may have a lot of advice on what you need or what you should do (and don’t even get us started on your mother-in-law!) but these are the only real must-haves for your wedding:

  1. The Right Ambiance
  2. Everything that you have at your wedding ceremony and reception combines to create a certain ambiance (or feel) for your wedding – the venue, flowers, decorations, favors, food, etc. There’s really no limit when it comes to ideas for your wedding – we’ve seen everything from rustic chic and upscale modern to summer casual and simple traditional. The important thing is that you find the right ambiance for you as a couple. Your wedding should be a reflection of your tastes and desires for your future together. So while no one can tell you what your theme should be (or if you should have one at all), you’ll know whether or not something is right for your wedding in your gut. And don’t be afraid to just bring together different elements that you like even if they don’t “match” or “go together.” As long as you like them, that’s all that matters!

  3. A Complete Guest List
  4. Sometimes your choice of venue will limit the number of people that you can invite, which isn’t a problem as long as you have room for everyone that should be there. Don’t sacrifice on your guest list just to try to fit your wedding ceremony and reception into a particular location. Years down the road you won’t regret going with your second or third choice wedding venue, but you will look back and wish that certain friends or family were there if you couldn’t invite them. This is why having an outdoor wedding is such a popular idea – it can be less expensive to reserve and also allows you to have a larger guest list.

  5. Opportunities to Have Fun
  6. Don’t forget that a wedding should be a happy occasion for everyone in attendance. This means giving guests plenty of opportunities to have fun. Don’t get so carried away with filling every second with things like speeches, planned dances, and the cake cutting that you forget to just leave time for your guests to eat comfortably, explore the venue, dance, and socialize with each other. No one likes to go to a wedding and have it feel like they didn’t get a chance to talk to anyone or enjoy themselves. Depending on the venue, you can also give guests special opportunities to have fun by providing things like a photo booth, make-your-own sundae station, petting zoo, garden tour, or anything else that people might enjoy doing!

  7. Unique Touches
  8. This should go without being said, but you need to make your wedding yours. You don’t want to try to copy another wedding that you went to and really liked or a wedding that you saw on social media because then it won’t be true to who you are. Take some of the things that make you and your fiancé so special and integrate them into the festivities. Whether that means playing some of your favorite songs, offering your favorite entrée as an option, turning the guest book into art that you’ll cherish, providing details about how you met and what you like most about each other in the programs or on the tables, add the touches that will make your wedding stand out as totally unique!

  9. Clean Accessible Bathrooms
  10. Sure, your guests probably won’t think back about their fond memories of using the bathroom at your wedding, but they’ll certainly remember if they had to hike a long way to use the facilities or if they were really gross. This is why it’s so important to rent luxury restrooms if you’re planning on having an outdoor wedding. This is something that a lot of brides forget to look into, but as many wedding planners will tell you, this is a really important detail. If you just leave it up to the venue to provide, they will likely just rent the cheapest bathroom units that they can find, and these won’t be as nice for your guests to use as providing luxury restroom trailers. If you need some help determining what will work best for your event, give us a call at 616-662-2677.

    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!

What to Consider When Renting Construction Porta Johns

You have a lot of pieces to pull together when it comes to your construction project, the least of all is worry about where your workers will be able to do their business. Before you rent just any porta potty and call it a day though, consider these three important things:

Jobsite Type

Whether it’s roadside construction, new home construction, high-rise construction, or anything in between, you need a portable restroom solution that will serve your specific needs. Most companies will just rent standard portable toilet units, but there are a lot of options to serve the specific needs of your jobsite. Sure, a regular porta potty has a non-slip floor, mounted hand sanitizer pump, and hefty 65-gallon tank that’s useful for a variety of jobsites, but there are other options as well. For instance, ADA compliant units have much more spacious interiors for jobsites where workers will be wearing bulkier protective gear and need more room to move around. Then there are restroom trailers, which provide climate controlled usage for workers that are doing their jobs in very high or very low temperatures. These trailers also provide full sinks with hot and cold water for more sanitary usage in places where having clean hands is absolutely a necessity. Furthermore, they can be used more efficiently because each trailer has multiple stalls for simultaneous usage by workers.

Placement Location

Depending on where you need portable toilets located, you may have to rent a specific model to best serve your needs. Portable toilets with crane racks allow bathrooms to be lofted to higher floors for more efficient use by people that are working off the ground. These are specifically designed for safe lifting and placement on building construction sites. Roller units are another option for high rise jobs because they can be transported in construction elevators and moved to wherever work is being performed. Both of these specialized construction porta potties are offered by portable toilet suppliers to fit the unique needs of construction areas.

Necessary Capacity

If you have a lot of people to plan for, you might need to rent extra units. Alternatively though, you could rent holding tanks for use with your existing units to increase capacity. Each tank holds 250 gallons of refuse, allowing you to get extra use out of each unit between servicing. This is particularly helpful for jobsites that are more remote, making them harder to service.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan for construction job sites of all types. Find out more and request a quote today!