DIY Winter Wedding Centerpieces

Winter weddings provide the backdrop for some of the most romantic nuptials and elegant celebrations of any time of the year. Capture the magic of the season in your big day with your own easy (and inexpensive) winter-themed centerpieces. Going DIY allows you to put your own stamp on your wedding reception while saving money. And, if you’re naturally creative, you’ll probably have a lot of fun doing it as well! (If you’re not that creative or crafty, you can always recruit family and friends to help!)

Here are some of the best centerpiece ideas we’ve seen at winter weddings in years past:

Candles

Nothing captures the romance of the season by bringing candlelight into your celebration. We’ve seen couples integrate candles in the marriage ceremony, during the cocktail hour, and at the reception as well. The great part about using candles is that they’re affordable when bought in bulk and can be used basically anywhere.

Whether you choose to use pillar candles, tealights, or a combination of the two, you can place candles on gift tables, the cake table, the head table, and guest tables. An assortment of candle heights and colors is a simple way to create beautiful centerpieces on your tables. It also sets the mood by creating a soft ambiance if you keep the rest of the lighting low.

A word of caution though, check with your wedding venue to ensure that they’ll let you use real candles. Some venues don’t allow open flames because their insurance policy prohibits it. In these cases, you can buy or rent flameless candles. If you plan far enough in advance, you can even order LED candles that are customized with the date and the couple’s name and then let guests take them home as favors. That checks two items off your to-do list!

Branches

Using vases with decorative branches is a neat way to bring the feeling of nature into your wedding reception while keeping it elegant. You can either use artificial branches or get some real branches and spray paint them to match your wedding colors.

Branches create statement pieces that will immediately draw attention and delight guests. These tall centerpiece ideas are a good way to add height and dimension to your celebration without preventing guests from being able to see each other on opposite sides of the table.

Metallic and Sparkles

Metallic colors, and sparkles are a more feminine touch, but they add a lot of shimmer to any wedding. You can choose to use shades of silver, gold, or bronze exclusively, or combine them to create a lavish look across your entire venue. Depending on the size of your venue and the hues you choose, you may want to offset them with some candlelight or floral elements to balance the boldness of your metallic accents.

Icy Accents

Bringing in ice sculptures often isn’t practical from a budget standpoint, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create the striking look of ice for less. Using icy accents like translucent glass centerpieces or silver-blue ribbon to adorn your tables is a great way to create an icy look on a budget. Additionally, using water gives the illusion of ice and is easy to set up and clean up. If you want to combine effects, you can always fill elegant glass containers with water and light floating candles on top. If candles aren’t your thing, you can float other items like cranberries, pinecones, or colored beads.

Repurposed Holiday Decorations

The winter is best known for the holidays like Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s, which makes using holiday decorations an obvious choice for your wedding. Repurpose decorations by using them in unexpected ways like stacking them in pyramid shapes, attaching them to rustic barn wood, or using them functionally on tables. We’ve seen creative ideas like using Christmas ornament hooks as napkin holders with little baubles attached to them and filling champagne glasses with tinsel. The sky’s the limit when it comes to repurposing your favorite holiday decorations!

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!

Saying Hello to our Favorite Outdoor Fall Events

Goodbye summer, hello fall!

It seems like just yesterday that we were kicking off our busy summer season with weddings, community races, parties by the lake, and those outdoor food and craft beer festivals that Michiganders love so much! But the summer has flown by and now we’re headed into autumn at record pace. Don’t let that get you down though! The fall has some of our favorite outdoor events.

Apple Picking and Cider Making

There’s nothing better in the fall than picking your own apples and making some fresh cider. When you bring the family to your local orchard, expect to see portable restrooms there for your convenience and sanitary use. Many farms rent portable toilets to supplement the bathrooms that they have on site in their gift barns or elsewhere on the premises. Farms with large u-pick businesses may have portable restrooms spread out across their orchards to give guests plenty of options when they need to use the bathroom. (In fact, some of the bigger farms may even be featuring luxury restroom trailers to wow guests. Either way though, apple picking is an awesome way to spend a nice Saturday outdoors!

Foliage Festivals

Fall is all about the colorful foliage! Many small towns across the state will have autumn kickoff parties where they celebrate the foliage as well as the tastes of fall. Often, local businesses will be included so that they can showcase their offerings during the change of seasons to encourage local purchases. Our favorite fall festivals typically include chili cook offs and bonfires, but that’s just our personal preference!

Game Day Tailgating

Football season means tailgating season! Good food and plenty of bathrooms makes game day tailgating an awesome way to spend a Saturday or Sunday with friends and family as you cheer on your favorite team. If you’re going to charge for your tailgate, you want to make sure to have plenty of upscale amenities like luxury portable restrooms to wow everyone you invite. If you bring in a restroom trailer, you’ll solidify your position as the supreme tailgate master! In fact, we guarantee that it will be something that people will talk about for the rest of the season!

Outdoor Music Concerts

Fun outdoor concerts don’t end when temperatures start to drop. Some of our favorite concerts happen in the fall, and bring with them the cozy feeling of bundling up with your closest friends to camp out and hear some great music. If you’re organizing a music festival, don’t forget the shower trailers in addition to the regular porta potties. (Just because it’s not hot our anymore, doesn’t mean that fans won’t end up stinky if you don’t give them a place to get clean over the weekend.)

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!

Event Planning – How Many Portable Toilets Will I Need?

The most common question we get in this business is “How many toilets will I need?”

We get asked this by regular people planning private events as well as seasoned event planning pros alike, so we wanted to take the opportunity to break it down for you.

Regardless of the size of your event, having enough bathrooms is crucial in ensuring that guests will be able to enjoy themselves. No one wants to have their guests waiting in long lines (or leaving) to use the bathroom! That’s why it’s so critical to get it right from the outset of your event!

(Trust us, you don’t want to be the guy calling frantically asking to have more porta potties delivered mid-event!)

Use Our Planning Chart

We have a helpful chart to help estimate how many units you’ll need for your event. It’s a grid that simply multiplies the number of hours for your event by the number guests expected. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect that one porta potty unit can service up to 50 guests for up to 3 hours. For events where the number of attendees is unknown, you should round your estimates up to prevent finding yourself in a situation where there aren’t enough bathrooms for all the families and individuals that show up.

Consult the Pros

Our planning chart provides an estimated number of units that you’ll need, but if you want a more customized recommendation based on the type of event and the geographic size of the event, you can always give us a call at 888-320-9992 and we’d be happy to help you out!

As professionals, we have many years of experience in the portable restroom business, which means that we know best when it comes to rental toilets. We know when to recommend luxury restroom trailers versus standard porta potties, and we have all of the add-ons that you’ll need to keep your event sanitary!

Scale Up or Down

If the event you’re planning has been held before, you can scale up or down based on your previous experience. Typically this means learning from past mistakes and getting more toilets and trailers than you’ve had in previous years to better accommodate guests.

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!

Selecting the Perfect Fall Wedding Color Palate

Deciding on colors for your wedding is a very exciting first step! However, if you’ve been planning your wedding for a long time, you may have trouble narrowing your color choice down to just a few main colors and accents. There are so many wonderful colors to choose from, and your palate is only limited by your imagination!

If you need some inspiration, you can always look at wedding invitation sites for ideas on colors that work well together. Going this route an easy way to ensure that your invitations, thank you cards, and other correspondence match your colors. This strategy may also help you to think creatively!

The autumn is a lovely time for a wedding because there are so many beautiful colors to choose from to set the stage. We service outdoor weddings across the state with our luxury restrooms, which means that we’ve seen thousands of color combinations across all four seasons. Here are some of our fall favorites:

Metallic

Gold and silver make for wonderful autumn colors, especially for evening weddings. Metallic colors add a touch of elegance, making weddings feel lavish and indulgent. Some couples choose to stick with either gold or silver, while others combine them together with whites and creams to create an extravagant, yet tasteful, look.

Cranberry

Deep reds, dark oranges, and rich browns come together beautifully, especially when paired with leaves, cranberries, and rustic wooden décor. This is a popular color palate for barn weddings in Michigan, making it a classic autumn choice.

Foliage

Bringing the colors of leaves into your big day using vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. These bright colors found in nature ensure that your wedding won’t end up looking too drab. It also serves as a reminder of the season even when the celebration moves indoors. Remember, you don’t have to use each color equally, you can choose or two main colors, and use other foliage-inspired hues as accents to keep it from becoming an assault on the eyes.

End of Summer

Fall isn’t simply the start of a new season, it’s also the end of another. If you’re looking for a unique color palate just as the seasons are changing, you can select fruity summer-end colors like mango, peach, and cream to give your wedding a playful softness. (You may even get some deals on these types of colors as retailers close out their selection in these hues for the season.)

Halloween

It takes the right couple to pull off a Halloween color scheme, but black and orange can be a fun way to celebrate the throughout the fall months with your wedding. A daytime or evening wedding with the right amount of orange and black can create a fun family-friendly vibe. (We’ve even seen couples ask guests to come in costume to their Halloween-themed wedding, but that’s entirely up to you!)

Dramatic

Typical autumn colors of red, orange, and yellow with a contrast of very dark blue or bright purple can set your wedding apart from other seasonal celebrations. Using an “off script” color like blue or purple for larger areas like tablecloths will give your autumn colors opportunity to shine against a, unexpected backdrop.

Monochromatic with a Twist

Gray gradients and monochromatic color schemes are a sophisticated choice for weddings year-round, but using too much black and white can create a feeling that’s too somber. That’s why you’ll want to add a pop of color like yellow to round out your color choice. Going monochromatic with a twist is a great way to give your wedding a touch of fun amidst the elegance of stronger colors. It also personalizes your choice by adding a more custom feel to a standard color palate.

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!

Wedding Bathroom Rentals – Find the Right Units for Your Event

Finding portable restrooms for a wedding is a task that no bride or groom-to-be enjoys undertaking. However, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, it’s one of the most important details you can finalize! Securing enough units from the right vendor may take some planning and research, but it doesn’t have to be painful. Here’s everything you need to know:

Luxury Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers are undoubtedly the best restroom solution for weddings because of their aesthetic appearance and amenities. Restroom trailers are luxurious on both the inside and outside – making them a good match for fancy affairs like weddings and black-tie events. Inside, they boast features like flushing toilets, running water, air conditioning/heat, and large mirrors that make guests comfortable. Additionally, their high-end amenities like wooden cabinetry, accent rugs, recessed lighting, hanging wall art, and faux flowers add a glamorous touch to something that would otherwise just be functional.

Restroom trailers come in a variety of sizes from 2-stall to 10-stall options to suit any size guest list. One of the most popular rentals is the Shanty 2-Stall Trailer because of its rustic chic barn interior. This look compliments a Michigan barn wedding nicely and can be used as a changing room for the wedding party in addition to a restroom option for guests.

Porta Potties

If your budget is limited, you may want to opt for porta potties instead of a restroom trailer. Basic units are the most affordable portable restroom options that you’ll find. These offer the basic toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump combination and can be rented in any number combination that you need. In addition to standard portable toilet units, ”>Elite Portable Toilets are also an option. These offer some upgraded features (extra space, flushing toilet, small sink with soap and hand towels, mirror, and shelves for belongings) from your standard porta john to better accommodate wedding guests.

Top Tips

  • Be sure to reserve your rentals well in advance of your wedding date, because they get booked up during peak season.
  • Don’t be afraid to communicate your budget to your portable toilet supplier. They’ll be able to provide you with different options that suit your needs.
  • Using a local portable restroom company will help you to save money because they typically offer more competitive prices than the national companies.

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!

Meet Our Most Popular Portable Toilet Units

One of the most common questions we hear from prospective customers is “What are your most popular units?” So, we’ve decided to spotlight the units that are in highest demand across Michigan year-round. Here are our top portable toilets:

Elite Portable Toilet Unit

The Elite unit is an upgraded version of the standard porta potty that you’re accustomed to seeing at public events, in parks, along trails, and on construction sites. Unlike regular porta johns that just have the basics (a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer dispenser), Elite units also boast premium features. A foot pedal flushes the toilet inside while a fresh water sink provides running water for handwashing. Additionally, a coat hook and shelves allow users to stow their belongings securely while doing their business.

 

 

“Shanty” 2-Stall Trailer

This trailer is one of our newest luxury restroom trailers and has been an instant hit for outdoor weddings and barn weddings. Its rustic charm combines old world styling with modern conveniences for the perfect mix of old and new. The 2-stall size makes it a lovely choice for smaller, more intimate weddings and functions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Bath Trailer

Our Master Bath trailer is a simple, clean version of your home’s master bathroom… multiplied by three. Each of the three private stalls have a toilet, sink, and shower, allowing people the same conveniences of home out in nature. This unit is ideally suited for multi-day outdoor events where guests will need to get clean (music festivals, retreats, camping excursions, etc.). The Master Bath trailer unit can also be used for homeowners that are doing major renovations, which compromise their existing bathrooms.

 

ADA Compliant Trailer

People typically assume that the Hydra ADA trailer is only for public events where handicapped accessibility is required. However, this handicapped stall equipped trailer is a great addition to any family-friendly event because it also provides stroller access for families with young children. Its versatility makes it a popular choice for all sorts of events from weddings and black-tie events to sporting events, public festivals, and community gatherings.

 

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!

Selecting the Perfect Groom’s Gifts and Bride’s Gifts

It’s a timeless custom for the bride and groom to exchange gifts for their wedding. In past generations, these gifts were elaborate statements of their love for each other – romantic keepsakes that they would exchange publicly. In recent years, however, these gifts have taken a decidedly modern twist. There is more freedom around what these gifts should look like and what their purpose should be. Essentially, they’ve gotten more fun and creative over the years. If you’re looking for the perfect groom’s gift or bride’s gift, these are all awesome ideas!

Groom’s Gifts

Brides typically plan most of the wedding details, which makes it easy to forget about the all-important groom’s gift. But before you let this one slip, here are some great gift ideas for grooms:

  • Watch or Cufflinks – Fine jewelry like watches and cufflinks are classic groom’s gifts because they can be worn at the wedding, and make great sentimental pieces to hand down through generations.
  • Sunglasses – Designer sunglasses are a chic modern spin on the traditional jewelry favorites. They’re an especially popular choice when planning an outdoor wedding!
  • Drinkware – Engraved tumblers, wine glasses, growlers, and flasks are a sophisticated gift for the beer, wine, or liquor connoisseur.
  • Fancy Bottle of Liquor – Gifting your man a bottle of his favorite spirit is a gift that he can enjoy with his groomsmen at the bachelor party or at the wedding reception.
  • Cigars – Cigars aren’t just popular for a baby’s birth! They’re also a showpiece at wedding receptions among men to unite new family members in an old tradition.
  • Electric Razor – A razor is a practical gift that your fiancé will love because it means he won’t have to buy it for himself. (It’s also a subtle reminder that he should be clean shaved for the wedding day – hint hint.)
  • Cologne – Want to make your main man even more dapper? Get him a bottle of designer cologne to make him smell as good as he looks on your big day together.
  • Toiletry Kit – If your guy already has the personal hygiene items that he needs, you can always get him a nice leather toiletry kit to hold them all when you go on your honeymoon.
  • Tickets – Want a gift you can enjoy together? Get him tickets to a concert or to see his favorite sports team. This is a gift for grooms that they’ll surely love!
  • Photo Album or Scrap Book – If you’re looking for an inexpensive groom’s gift idea, a scrap book or photo album that highlights your good times together is a great option. You can incorporate ticket stubs and other small mementos to give it an extra-special personal touch.
  • A Love Note – A hand-written note telling your soon-to-be husband how much he means to you and how excited you are about your life together is a wonderful classic gift. You can use elegant stationary to give that extra-special feel.

Bride’s Gifts

Grooms-to-be often have a harder time coming up with a great gift idea than their brides. They can’t help it – most men just struggle when it comes to shopping! But guys, as a word of caution, don’t skip the bride’s gift! This is a sure-fire way to get your already stressed bride even more worked up. Here are some women-approved options for gifts:

  • Jewelry – Ladies love jewelry! Buy your bride something that she can wear on her wedding day like a bracelet or necklace. Just make sure she wasn’t planning on wearing family heirlooms or her favorite pieces of jewelry already.
  • Engraved Wedding Band – Getting her wedding band engraved with a personal message is a sweet gift to make something that she’ll already love even better. You can’t go wrong with this one!
  • A Choreographed Dance – Show your bride that you care as much about the wedding as she does by getting your groomsmen or family members to put together a dance for the big day. Then, surprise her by performing it in front of your guests. Remember, you don’t have to be a good dancer to put a smile on her face with your effort.
  • A Jersey with her Married Name – If your bride-to-be is a big sports fan, get her a jersey for her favorite team with her new last name on it.
  • Concert Tickets – Getting tickets for a concert that you both want to attend is a good way to take your mind off the hassle of wedding of planning. Or better yet, treat her to a girls’ night by getting tickets for her and her friends to go to something that they’ll like to see.
  • Monogrammed Home Décor – Monogrammed home décor is in style right now, which means that you can score some major points by putting her new initials on something for your home together.
  • Framed Personal Artwork – If you’re naturally creative, you can create a work of art yourself (painting, sketch, etc.) for your bride and get it framed.
  • A Massage – With the stress of wedding planning in full swing, your bride would probably love to have a relaxing massage to decompress. Buy her a gift card and let her schedule it for a time when she’s free.
  • Champagne and Flowers – A fun wedding day gift is having champagne and flowers delivered to your bride in the morning when you’re supposed to be apart. She’ll love your thoughtfulness amid all the other details that you’re both worried about.
  • A Love Journal – Writing some loving words to your bride is a great way to tell her, in your own words, how much she means to you. If you’re writing your own vows, this can be a similar theme, but with more personal details that you might not want to share in front of your guests.

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!

5 Barn Wedding Must-Haves

Michigan barn weddings are more popular than ever before! Barn weddings provide an intimate setting for your big day that’s absolutely unmatched while also allowing plenty of opportunity to dress up the space to create an elegant look.
If you’re planning to have your ceremony and/or reception in a barn setting, here are your top must-haves:

  1. Rustic Décor
  2. Wedding ceremonies and receptions in barns are the perfect mix of rustic and elegant elements. Incorporating the traditional rustic feel can be done through everything from the centerpieces and place settings to the guest book and gift table.

    Asking the venue for ideas on how you can incorporate rustic chic touches is a great way to leverage the experience of experts and utilize the space effectively. If you’re using a wedding planner he/she can also provide suggestions. Doing your own research and putting together a picture board of what you like will help you to envision how your ideas will work together.

  3. Luxury Restrooms
  4. Farms provide a great backdrop for weddings, but they don’t always have the most modern (or convenient) restroom facilities. There’s nothing worse than having guests waiting in line or trekking to bathrooms that are a distance away instead of enjoying themselves. Give your guests an upscale option exactly where you want it by renting a luxury portable restroom trailer for your wedding. Restroom trailers make outdoor weddings and black-tie events complete by giving guests the same accommodations and amenities that they would have in a permanent venue like a hotel or restaurant.

  5. Seasonal Touches
  6. Incorporating seasonal elements into the tastes, sights, and smells of your wedding is a wonderful way to bring the outdoors into your event. You can include delicious flavors from seasonal fruits and vegetables into your menu and use local flowers in your bouquets and floral arrangements while they’re in bloom. Give your wedding a fresh, natural feel by using seasonally appropriate elements wherever possible.

  7. Glamorous Lighting
  8. String up market lights, paper lanterns, Edison bulbs, or use antique chandeliers to light the barn where you’ll have your reception. These options all create a warm, loving ambiance that’s perfect for any rustic chic wedding. But don’t stop there – you can also use tea light candles (or LED candles if the venue won’t let you have open flames), lanterns, or light up marquees for smaller areas like on the dessert table or head table. Play with different sizes and shapes to create a mix-and-match feel that’s fitting for the space.

  9. Personalized Elements
  10. Monogrammed décor and accents are great for any wedding, but they’re especially romantic in a barn setting. If you don’t want to use your initials, you can also weave personal touches into your wedding reception by have elements that reflect your interests, hobbies, or how you met. Don’t worry about making your personalized elements fit in – the more your unique aspects stand out, the better! After all, it is your day!

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!