Will Your Outdoor Concert Draw a Large Crowd?

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Spring is rapidly approaching, which means that outdoor summer concerts are right around the corner. If you’re a concert-goer, all you have to do is stock up on sunscreen and download the latest ticketing app to your smartphone. However, if you’re a concert planner, you have a lot of work ahead of you to make a great show. Planning an epic concert is no easy task, but if you have these four must-haves, it’s a surefire recipe for success:

Top Talent

Booking top talent is the most important part of putting on a great concert. Audience members will forgive a lot of other things, but having crummy opening acts or a stale lead band is a concert killer. Get top bands and you’re sure to have a solid show and keep attendees coming back season after season.

Food & Beverage

Not providing food and water for concert-goers during the hot summer months can lead to fatigue and heat stroke, which is reason enough to have food vending at your event. But on top of just meeting people’s physical needs, offering items for purchase gives people reason to stick around longer. This keeps crowds at your concert, increasing positive publicity and boosting your chances for having subsequent successful concerts.

Plentiful Sitting/Standing Room

People don’t like being crammed into venues for concerts, especially when it’s hot out. Provide enough space for people to stand or sit comfortably. If you’re going to allow people to bring in chairs, coolers, and umbrellas, put restrictions on sizes so that there’s enough room for everyone.

Enough Restrooms

Failing to provide enough restrooms for an outdoor concert can lead to people using the bathroom wherever they’d like, which is the last thing you want to encourage. Keep the location of your concert sanitary and the event dignified by having plenty of bathrooms for attendees. Talk to your portable toilet supplier to determine how many units you’ll need for your event, and then rent a few extra just in case.

If you’re planning a weekend or week long music festival, you may also want to provide shower trailers so that attendees can get cleaned up. These are especially popular for events where people are camping in conjunction with the festival. You have a lot of options when it comes to offering these types of amenities – you can price their rental cost into ticket prices and make them available to everyone, offer them as a part of an upgraded premium package, or have them available on a pay-per-use basis for attendees.

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!

10 Ways to Save on Your Wedding Venue

Your wedding should be one of the most special events in your life, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost a fortune! The venue is one of the biggest wedding expenses you’ll incur, which means it provides an excellent opportunity to reduce the overall cost if you can make smart decisions. If you’re looking to have an amazing event on a budget, here are some great tips to help you save money when selecting a wedding venue:

  1. Don’t Get Married on Saturday
  2. Saturday is the most popular day of the week to get married, which means that prices are much higher on Saturdays. But if you get married on a Friday or Sunday instead, venues are typically about 50% less expensive. It might not be traditional, but it’ll save you a boatload of money. Plus, if your guests are mostly local, it really won’t be much of an inconvenience.

  3. Choose an All-in-One Venue
  4. It’s more expensive to get married at one location and then have your reception at another venue because you end up paying to use both. Instead, choose an all-in-one venue to save on rental fees. Guests typically prefer not having to travel between venues, so it’s really a win-win.

  5. Buy a Package
  6. Many venues offer complete packages where the wedding cake, bartending, catering, photography, and flowers are provided as part of the cost. Because these venues are using the same providers over and over, they’re able to negotiate the best rates, which means that it can be less expensive (not to mention less stressful) than finding individual vendors on your own. Price out the packages and then get rates on your own for comparison’s sake.

  7. Use a Non-Traditional Venue
  8. You don’t have to select a dedicated wedding venue for your big day. Think outside of the box when it comes to choosing your venue! Places like coffee shops, art museums, parks, and restaurants can often accommodate weddings and will typically offer better prices because they’re glad to have the high-volume exposure. Newly opened venues can often give you a price break as well because they want to attract the business.

  9. Pre-Pay
  10. It might seem a little scary, but if you can manage to pay in advance for your wedding, you’ll often get a price break for doing so. Inquire about what kind of discount you can get for pre-paying for part or all of your wedding.

  11. Scale Back the Guest List
  12. Obviously smaller wedding receptions are less expensive than larger ones (especially if you’re having a full sit-down meal). To save some money, you can make your wedding reception family-only and then have a separate unofficial party for your friends later. Alternatively, you can just cross everyone off the list that you’re inviting because you feel obligated to invite but don’t actually care about coming.

  13. Shorten the Reception
  14. Reducing the length of your reception by an hour or two will save you a lot of money on the venue rental and, also, the photographer, videographer, and DJ/band.

  15. Skip the Bar
  16. If your wedding venue will let you BYOB, that’s a great way to save money because venues add on a huge upcharge for drinks. If they won’t let you do so, opt for a cash bar instead of an open bar to cut costs. (This is an especially great option if your guests are lighter drinkers, because it means you won’t pay for something that you’re not actually using.) If this is out of the question, you can always have a limited bar and just offer beer and wine instead of spirits. A limited bar is often less expensive to have than a full bar.

  17. Book Well in Advance
  18. The further out you book your wedding, the less expensive it will be. As you get closer to the big day, your options become more limited, which means that you won’t be able to shop around as much as if you had planned in advance.

  19. Get Married Outdoors
  20. These tips are all great, but they all involve at least some measure of sacrifice. So, if you want to have the wedding of your dreams without having to get married on an off-peak day, or shorten the wedding reception, or pare down the guest list, having your wedding outside is your best bet! You can choose to have your event at an established outdoor wedding venue, or you can opt for an off-the-beaten path alternative. No matter where you choose to have it, you can always bring in a fancy tent, gourmet food, and luxury portable toilets to make guests feel like they’re at a well-appointed venue.

    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!

Toilets That Do What?! – The Most Surprising Features in Portable Restrooms

Every day our luxury portable toilets surprise people who are expecting the same old porta johns that they’ve seen a million times before. We asked around, and these are the most surprising features that our toilets boast:

  • Elegant Appearance
  • Our luxury restrooms are just that – luxurious! They include stylish décor like wooden cabinetry, accent rugs, faux flowers, and hanging pictures, as well as functional upgrades like large glass mirrors. The insides are so well-appointed that you’ll probably forget that you’re even in a portable bathroom.

  • Climate Controlled Interiors
  • Air conditioning and heat options are available in our luxury portable restrooms to provide comfortable use in all weather. This ensures that they can be used for events year-round day or night.

  • Flushing Toilets
  • The trademark of the standard porta potty is an open toilet filled with blue liquid where waste just sits until it’s pumped out. It’s sanitary, but it’s not always the most pleasant thing to see after other people have used them. Restroom trailers, on the other hand, have flushable toilets to make the whole experience of using them even more enjoyable.

  • Sinks with Running Water
  • Forget the typical hand sanitizer pumps – portable toilet trailers have sinks with running hot and cold water! People can wash their hands as they would in any normal bathroom with a comfortable water temperature and soap. The spacious counters that surround each sink provide plenty of room to rest your belongings while using the facilities and getting cleaned up.

  • Lighting
  • Luxury portable toilets have low level exterior lighting as well as interior lighting to make them functional in the dark. This means that your event doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down! The proper lighting makes them safe, clean, and convenient for people of all ages 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!

5 Ways Not Having Enough Bathrooms Will Ruin Your Event

What’s the worst thing that can happen at your event? Not having enough bathrooms!

We deal with corporate event planners, party planners, engaged couples, and tons of other people every year who are looking for portable restroom rentals for their upcoming events and we tell them all the same thing: you can’t have too many bathrooms! The reason for this is simple – skimping on the bathrooms for your event can ruin it even if everything else goes perfectly. Sometimes people are skeptical and think that we’re just trying to sell them on getting more units or trailers than they’ll actually need, but that’s not the case at all. Don’t believe us? Here are 5 ways that not having enough restrooms can ruin the success of your event now and in the future:

  1. Unsatisfied Attendees
  2. A great way to frustrate people at your event is to make them wait in long lines. But while people tend to wait in lines for food, beverages, and merchandise without much complaining, bathroom lines always make people angry because having to hold it when you really need to use the facilities isn’t comfortable.

    A lot of people head for the bathrooms when they first arrive at an event and/or just before leaving, which means that long bathroom lines may be the first and/or last thing that they experience at your event. Don’t start off your event on the wrong foot by frustrating people when they first get there, and don’t end your event by having a bad experience be the last thing that event attendees remember. Instead, rent enough units from your local portable toilet supplier to accommodate all your guests comfortably and ensure that they’re clean and well-maintained.

  3. Reduced Length of Visits
  4. People won’t stay at your event for as long if they have to leave to use the bathroom. If you’re hosting an event where you want people to stick around to make it successful (to make purchases, participate in activities, create a packed vibe, etc.), this can be a real killer. Get attendees to stay for the duration of your event by providing for their basic needs (bathrooms, food, shade, places to sit, etc.) to make them comfortable.

  5. Fewer Families
  6. Families and bathrooms go together like peanut butter and jelly – they’re meant to be. Parents instinctively look for larger bathrooms to accommodate an adult and multiple children (or a child in a stroller) all at once to make bathroom trips easier. Not having handicapped stall-sized bathrooms or enough bathrooms to get people in and out quickly is a big turn off for parents and other caregivers. If you don’t have enough bathrooms, the word will spread quickly and it’ll cause families to stay away because people with children don’t want to hear their kids whine and cry when they must wait in long bathroom lines (or worse yet, clean up after accidents occur).

  7. Unsanitary Conditions
  8. If you’re serving food at your event, having enough bathrooms is an absolute must-have! Aside from just the inconvenience of having to wait to use the restroom, trying to have too many people use too few toilets can cause the units to run out of hand sanitizer/soap. The last thing you want is people to use the bathrooms and then be handling and consuming food without an adequate way to wash their hands and kill germs. This makes a foodborne illness outbreak more likely, which can make people seriously sick and get your public event shut down.

  9. Decreased Long-Term Attendance
  10. Recurring annual or seasonal events hinge on providing a good experience for attendees so that they’ll want to return in the future. We already covered how not having enough portable toilets can irritate attendees and cause them to cut their time at your event short, but the long-term implication is that they may not return in the future either. Worse yet, they may share their bad experience with other people who are interested in your event and dissuade them from wanting to go the next time you put it on.

    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!