Are Outdoor Wedding Luxuries Really Worth the Cost?

Outdoor weddings can be simple or elaborate, making them either a low-cost rustic option or an elegant engaging affair. If you’ve ever been to an upscale outdoor wedding, you’ve likely seen the kind of luxury that couples can bring into their big day. However, this luxury clearly comes at a price. Find out which items are worth the cost!

Luxury Restroom Trailers

Providing guests with adequate restrooms is essential. While porta potties can serve the basic function of providing bathrooms, luxury restroom trailers are so much nicer. These upscale units look nice from the outside and spectacular on the inside! Boasting flushing toilets, running hot/cold water, climate-controlled interiors, and elegant finishes, these bathrooms are the ultimate in outdoor event luxury.

The big question is, are they worth it? Absolutely! Luxury portable restroom trailers offer the kind of aesthetic that is expected at outdoor special events while giving guests of all ages a comfortable, spacious place to get ready, use the bathroom, and freshen up. These are a luxury you do not want to skip!

Event Tent

To tent or not to tent, that is the question. Many engaged couples end up fighting over whether to rent a tent for their outdoor function. No one wants to pay for something that they don’t need, which is why some couples opt to forgo the tent altogether.

So, is it worth it? The question you need to ask yourself is “What will happen if we don’t have a tent and we end up needing one?” If you are renting a tent to keep guests dry in the case of rain or to keep guests cool in the case of bright sun and hot temperatures, consider what your backup plan will be if you don’t have tent. If there won’t be anywhere else suitable for guests to take cover from the elements, you probably need a tent. The last thing you want is your big day getting rained out or guests getting overheated and sunburnt. Either of these scenarios will likely cause people to leave early, ruining your big day. Renting a tent ensures that guests will be able to stay comfortable throughout the duration of your event.

Patio Heaters

Much like a tent, heaters aim to keep guests comfortable if the weather doesn’t cooperate. However, unlike a tent, which can be necessary even with a small amount of rain, heaters are only important when it gets significantly colder than expected. Guests can typically deal with slight fluctuations in temperature because many people will bring a sweater or jacket to an outdoor wedding in case of such instances.

Are heaters worth the cost? Typically, no. Many times, engaged couples will plan for the worst, renting heaters in case of cold weather, only to not need them on the big day. Unless you are having an evening wedding or an outdoor wedding during the off-peak season (early spring or fall), you can probably forgo the cost of patio heaters. Additionally, heater rentals do not typically book up as far in advance as tent rentals (they also don’t take as long to set up), which means that you can wait until shortly before the event, when more reliable weather forecasts are available, to reserve them. For smaller weddings, you may even be able to borrow them from friends and family instead of splurging for the costs of commercial rentals.

Additional Entertainment

Some couples choose to have extra entertainment at their wedding receptions. This can range from live music to children’s entertainment (petting zoo, bounce house, etc.) to a photo booth, and everything in between. Typically, couples will choose to include entertainment for one of two reasons: to keep guests happy who aren’t as into the traditional wedding stuff like first dances, or because they can get a discount through the wedding venue or wedding planner that they’re using.

In our experience, this is typically a bad idea because it shifts the focus away from the newlyweds. If guests don’t want to be a part of the usual wedding details, they will probably just skip the wedding, instead of going and hoping that there will be something else to do. Also, unless these other activities have some sort of connection to the wedding couple, they usually come off as cheesy and confusing. Don’t spend money on things that may or may not be appealing to guests, instead focus on the things that have meaning for you and your spouse to-be.

Signature Cocktail

Offering a special cocktail is a fun way to personalize your wedding menu. Couples that select a signature cocktail usually pick a drink that they both love or maybe the first drink that they shared together. However, this drink usually carries a higher price tag than just offering beer or wine for guests. Is this added cost worth it?

While a special drink is a neat addition, there’s no guarantee that guests will enjoy it as much as the newlyweds, so you may end up paying for something that other people don’t want. In short, it’s definitely skippable. Instead, opt for some fancy cocktails on the honeymoon and keep the open bar options simple to reduce costs.

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 GAP Compliant Restrooms

As West Michigan’s premier portable toilet supplier, we rent GAP compliant restrooms to area farms. Our agricultural port a potties come fully stocked with everything your farming operation needs to ensure GAP practices are being followed. Find out more:

What is GAP?

 

GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices, and as the name would imply, it outlines a set of best practices for growers and handlers to minimize food contamination. These practices include following sanitation protocols after eating or using the bathroom, as well as other measures.

While GAP specifications can vary by state or by crop, all regulations are centered around the idea of preventing food contamination to keep consumers safe. Preventing the contamination in the first place is much cheaper and more effective than trying to remove contaminants later.
These practices also try to improve resource use on farms, enhance crop quality, and improve conditions for workers.

GAP-Specific Portable Restrooms

Our portable restrooms prepare farms for GAP inspections by documenting emergency spill response plans, including signage in English and Spanish, and keeping a detailed service record. All units are stocked with unscented soap, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. The units are routinely maintained to keep them clean and safe for use by employees.

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 Planning 101 – Traditional or Modern?

Choosing an aesthetic for your wedding is one of the hardest things to decide on with your spouse-to-be. Selecting colors, a font, and even a theme can set the tone of the wedding. However, the most important element is choosing the style of the wedding venue. Will you go modern or traditional with your venue? This choice will set the stage for the rest of the design elements that you two choose.

Traditional Event Space

Dedicated wedding venues, churches, or hotel event spaces all serve as traditional wedding settings. From a logistics perspective, you can’t go wrong with these choices because they are meant for hosting weddings. Each of these likely also has an in-house event coordinator to work with that will ensure that your big day is as special as you’ve imagined.

However, if you’re looking for something unique with a little more character, you may want to think outside the box. Some couples prefer to get married in a less conventional space though to give guests a different experience and find something more reflective of their own personal styles.

Trendy Wedding Venue

Funky wedding venues like museums, restaurants, and coffee shops are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to trendy wedding venues. Really anywhere you can imagine gathering with friends can serve as a wedding venue if your guests will fit inside.

For the right price, you can typically choose someplace to host your wedding that wouldn’t normally host private events as well. The result is a character-filled, ultra-unique event that can wow friends and family.
However, if these modern ideas are a little too zany for you, you can opt for a venue that bridges the gap between traditional and modern. There are trendy wedding venue options that embody a more traditional feel as well.

Outdoor Weddings

Outdoor weddings are the perfect mix of traditional and modern to please even the most discerning couple. Locations like parks, farms, and family homes serve as a lovely backdrop for weddings while incorporating outdoor scenic beauty. Barn weddings are another popular way to combine wedding aesthetics, bringing together rustic traditional elements with a modern trendy location. You may have to coordinate more details, like finding caterers, bartenders, and portable bathroom providers, but the result is something that will please traditionalists and trendsetters alike.

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!