How to Choose a Summer Wedding Venue

Finding a venue is one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding! There are so many factors to consider from size and location to aesthetics and amenities. Complicating matters are differing opinions between brides and grooms as well as key family members (especially those that are financing the wedding). But approaching the decision with some strategy in mind can help to make the decision easier.

These are the strategic factors to consider when choosing a summer wedding venue:

Size

The size of a wedding venue is the key limiting factor when it comes to planning a wedding. Obviously, a small venue cannot accommodate a large guest list and a large wedding venue will feel empty with a small guest list, but there are many other nuances in size to consider. Some venues can accommodate more people sitting and eating or dancing or parking but maxing them out puts a strain on other areas like restrooms, access to bartenders, and other areas. While you may be able to bring in your own portable restrooms to accommodate your guests, you may not want to do the work to make your venue to fit your needs.

Inquire not only about a venue’s maximum numbers, but their average numbers. Ask your contact at each venue how events usually run and how many guests they typically serve to clarify your expectations. If possible, ask to see photographs and video from pervious weddings to assess whether the venue will be right for your big day.

Location

Venues that can host both the wedding ceremony and reception are convenient and preferred by guests. If you have a church or other venue in mind for the ceremony, aim to choose a reception venue that’s close. You don’t want to force guests to travel too far between venues because driving is inconvenient and increases the risk of losing directionally challenged guests along the way.

If your ideal venues are a distance apart, consider renting a shuttle or bus to transport people between locations. Providing a travel solution reassures guests and gives them a safe way to travel if they’ve been drinking.

Aesthetics

While you may want an ornate indoor venue with columns and crown molding, your fiancé may want a simple outdoor venue on the water. Find a way to compromise on the aesthetics by choosing a venue that checks all the boxes. You can typically dress up outdoor spaces to make them as elegant as you’d like without compromising the beauty of the outdoors. Head to places like Pinterest to find decorative touches that you can use to make your outdoor wedding as special as any indoor wedding you could ever envision.

Amenities

While traditional wedding venues provide lots of amenities, outdoor venues are catching up quickly. Hiring the right vendors will allow you to outfit your outdoor space with all the same amenities that you’d find indoors. Look online for ideas on how you can incorporate rental items like enclosed tents and luxury restrooms to spruce up your special 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!

Construction Restroom Options Explained

Construction portable toilets are different than regular porta potties because they have a lot of custom features that make them ideal for the jobsite. These options are sure to provide the restroom options that your construction site needs:

Standard Portable Toilet

A regular portable toilet has basic functionality that makes it a versatile toilet solution for any location. These units can be found everywhere from trails and parks to carnivals and festivals to roadside and long-term construction sites. It contains a standard toilet basin setup, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump. These units are transported by trailer and, as such, can be delivered to anywhere where a truck can go.

Crane Rack Portable Toilet

A crane rack portable toilet has the same setup inside. However, outside the unit has an attached arm that can be raised or lowered. It also has attached legs for secure lifting and level placement. This design allows for easy mobility on construction sites onto different levels. A crane can move the unit quickly from one location to another to support workers on different levels of construction sites. Additionally, the ease of moving these types of units makes them regularly serviceable regardless of primary location.

Roller Portable Toilet

A roller portable toilet unit is more transportable than a standard unit, but not as portable as a crane rack unit. As the name would suggest, these units have wheels with locking casters. This addition allows them to be rolled by employees to different locations. While this is a more portable solution than a regular porta potty, it requires that the infrastructure be in place at a construction site to allow for movement of the unit. In buildings under construction, elevators must be functional and easily accessible to transport units to different levels. That being said, they are a great option for high-rise buildings later on in the construction life cycle when spaces are enclosed.

The layout differences between crane rack units and roller units make roller portable toilets a handy solution. They feature a toilet on the inside and a urinal on the back for quicker 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!

All About Luxury Restroom Trailers

If you’ve never seen a luxury portable toilet trailer first-hand, you’re probably wondering what makes them so special and whether they’re actually luxurious. Well, you’ve come to the right place!

We’re the top portable toilet supplier in Michigan, which means we’re the foremost authority on fancy bathroom trailers. Here’s all the info you need to really understand these elegant restroom options:

Spacious Versatility

With far more interior space than your average portable toilet, luxury restrooms allow users to comfortably do their business as well as apply makeup, change clothes, and share the space with children and other family members that require assistance. This makes them a wonderful choice for weddings and black-tie affairs.

Well-Appointed Amenities

Flushable toilets, running hot and cold water, and climate-controlled interiors are just the basics. Luxury portable restrooms also boast wooden cabinetry, recessed lighting, large mirrors, decorative rugs, faux flowers, and hanging wall art to make users feel at home. In fact, people frequently tell us that they remind them more of a hotel lobby than they do a portable toilet. (And we’re very proud of that compliment!)

True Luxury

When people are looking for something extra special for their event, we have the right unit for job! Our fleet of luxury portable toilets come in combinations of 2-10 stalls, accommodating 50-1,000 people for a 6-hour event. Furthermore, we have specialty bathroom trailers with interiors designed to mimic everything from a modern farmhouse washroom to a shabby chic rustic barn. Finding an elegant unit for your event has never been easier.

Practical Usability

Most luxury portable restrooms run off a 20-amp outlet and standard garden hose hookup, making them capable of being hooked up to a house or garage. This makes them very versatile and allows them to be used in a variety of outdoor locations.

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!

Top West Michigan Wedding Trends

With as many weddings as we service year-round, we’re privy to emerging wedding trends across Michigan. So, if you want to know which elements are hot right now, we can give you some first-hand insight. We’ve seen everything (and we do mean everything), but we’ve put together a list of the biggest trends and our favorite items that we think are going to continue be big this year. If you need some wedding inspiration, look no further!

The top wedding trends in West Michigan that we’ve been seeing are:

  • Barn Weddings

Barn weddings are sweeping the nation, and with all the beautiful outdoor space and rural areas in Michigan, this trend has caught on here faster than many other areas. In fact, barn weddings have become so common that they’re even dominating the scene in the spring and fall, which is surprising since they were initially just a summer wedding trend when weather was most ideal for being outside.

Farmers have been turning barns into rustic elegant wedding venues in record fashion to capitalize on this trend, which is good news for wedding planners and brides and grooms-to-be because it provides more options for the big day. This budget-friendly and guest-favorite option is a win-win for everyone attending. (It’s also a Pinterest favorite, which means it’s going to have significant staying power.) Don’t expect this trend to go away anytime soon!

  • Lakefront Weddings

With Michigan’s many lakes and lengthy Great Lakes shoreline lakefront weddings have been popular for a long time. This isn’t a new trend but that doesn’t make it any less wonderful. Lakeside weddings are picturesque and elegant in a way that other wedding venues just can’t mimic. If you’re looking for an outdoor wedding venue with a lot of charm to impress guests, look no further than a Michigan lakefront setting.

  • Repurposing Sports Venues

In West Michigan we love our sports teams – everything from minor league baseball to hockey. Many sports venues double as wedding reception venues for fun-loving couples that want a unique setting with lots of amenities. Using a venue that’s capable of hosting lots of guests and providing catering makes planning very easy because you don’t have to cut down your guests list or worry about bringing in your own food and beverage vendors.

  • Craft Beer Bar

Gone are the days of traditional bar offerings at weddings! In West Michigan we know (and love) our craft beer. Instead of offering guests wine and spirits, consider hiring a local brewery to stock the bar with the unique flavors of their beer lineup. If you plan far enough in advance, you may even be able to have a special personalized brew made for your big day that incorporates your favorite flavors!

  • Non-Traditional Cakes

Cupcakes, strawberry shortcake, cherry pie, apple strudel – these all make wonderful cake substitutions. Using local produce is a great way to bring the West Michigan spirit into your big day in a way that’s sure to impress guests. If you’re planning a summer wedding, these lighter seasonal favorites are a great way to embrace the season.

  • Luxury Bathroom Trailers

Maybe it’s because Michiganders love outdoor weddings and maybe it’s because they’re just plain awesome, but luxury portable restroom trailers are sweeping the wedding scene. These aesthetically appealing portable bathrooms are a great way to keep your event classy while also providing the necessities regardless of where your event is being held.

  • Holiday Dates

Having your wedding over a holiday weekend used to be frowned on because it meant that guests had to choose between their own holiday plans and attending your wedding. However, in recent years it’s become more acceptable to have your wedding over popular holidays like 4th of July or Memorial Day weekend. Couples that choose to have their weddings up north or lakeside can provide guests with an opportunity to get away and have fun with their families before and after the wedding.

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!

7 Things that can Go Bad if You Choose the Wrong Toilet Supplier

If you’re renting toilets for an upcoming event, you might assume that all portable restroom suppliers are the same. After all, they’re just toilets, right? How much of a difference can there be?!

However, choosing the wrong portable restroom service can be a big mistake. You may be able to save a few bucks upfront by going with a company that no one has ever heard of, but beware, it can end up costing you a lot in the long-run!

Always opt for a professional company with lots of years in the industry to ensure that your event won’t be ruined by rental reservation mix-ups, poor-quality units, or other common issues.

Here are the top 7 things that can go bad if you choose the wrong portable restroom supplier:

  • Lost Rental Reservation

There’s nothing worse than planning a large event only to have a vendor fall through at the last moment, leaving you scrambling and ready to pull your hair out. You don’t want to plan the details of your event only to find out in the critical moments leading up to it that your portable toilet supplier has lost your rental reservation. If your event is over a holiday weekend (like Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.) or other popular time, you could be left without any other rental options, crippling your event.

Safeguard yourself against scheduling mix-ups by using a reputable portable restroom company that’s accustomed to handling large volumes of reservations during the busy spring/summer months.

  • Late Delivery

Missing the delivery window is another risk you run when using a fly-by-night toilet rental company. You don’t want your event to begin without bathrooms in place for guests to use from the start, nor do you want your event interrupted by a company delivering porta potties. (This can be both inconvenient and unsafe if you have a lot of attendees or if the event is being held in a small space.) Instead, choose a reliable provider that will get your units delivered and set up on time.

  • Dirty Units

Your event deserves the utmost respect, which means that any units you rent should be cleaned and ready to use upon delivery. The units themselves should also be in good condition and fully stocked with refillable items like toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

If possible, ask to see some sample units before renting and keep an eye out for any signs of disrepair. When porta johns and trailers arrive at your event, inspect them to make sure they’re in keeping with the quality you were promised.

  • The Wrong Units

With so many variations to the standard porta potty, it’s possible that the wrong units could be delivered to your event if your bathroom rental provider didn’t keep good notes regarding your rental details.

Ensure that you have the correct number of units overall as well as the right break down of Elite Units, handicapped accessible units, and restroom trailers. While it may just be a matter of preference at private events, public events may require a certain percentage of bathrooms be ADA-compliant or family-friendly.

  • Missing Add-Ons

Like missing the right kinds of units is the disappointment that results from missing the add-ons you were expecting. If you were renting hand washing stations, hand sanitizer units, or extra capacity holding tanks, those should be delivered dependably along with the porta toilet units you’ve reserved. While missing these isn’t as critical as missing the toilets themselves, not having these add-ons when you were counting on them can throw your event plans off.

  • Poor Placement

Some portable toilet providers will just deliver units wherever is convenient for them to unload them. This may mean that the units aren’t spread out appropriately over the event area, conveniently located for guests, or that they don’t open in the right direction and allow enough room for easy accessibility.

Reputable providers, however, will take the time to analyze the event layout to determine where it’s best to place units. They’ll take your guests’ needs into consideration to find a great location that maximizes accessibility while keeping them from being too obtrusive.

  • Unfriendly Service

Just because they’re in the waste business doesn’t mean that your portable toilet supplier should have a crappy attitude! Using the right company will ensure that you receive quality service with a smile. Just like any other service provider, your restroom provider should work hard to make you happy and earn your repeat business.

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!