How Many Porta Potties is Too Many?

“How many portable toilets will I need?” We get this question a lot, which is why we developed a handy guide to help you estimate how many porta potties you’ll need.

Generally speaking, you’ll need one portable toilet for every 50 guests for every 3 hours, which sounds simple enough. However, the math can get a bit tricky depending on the details of your event. As a result, you may be left wondering how many porta potties is too many.

The simple answer is, you can never have too many porta johns! Okay… if you have more toilets than people at your event, that might be too many!

But seriously, when it comes to portable restrooms, more is always better because it results in:

  • Shorter Lines

More bathrooms equal shorter lines. That means that your guests get to spend more time enjoying your event, which is even more important at special events like weddings.

Shorter lines also result in greater guest satisfaction, which is crucial when you’re charging for admission or fundraising.

  • More Options

Just like waiting in line, having to walk a long way to find a bathroom takes away from guests’ enjoyment of your event as well. (It can also be a recipe for disaster at family-friendly events where there are many younger children.)

Events that are held over a wide geographic area should offer plenty of bathroom options for guests that are close to their location no matter where they are. This convenience is something that guests really appreciate because it means that they don’t all have to stay clustered in one area or walk a long way back to the bathrooms.

  • Cleaner Units

When your guests have fewer toilets to use, each one gets used more often. That results in messiness and unpleasant smells accumulating faster because the tanks get filled up more quickly with toilet paper and waste. Conversely, when your guests have more units to choose from, they get filled up more slowly. This probably won’t matter much if your event is just a few hours long. However, if you’re planning an all-day event, this can make a real difference by the end of your event.

  • Greater Accessibility

Typically, event planners will only rent one ADA-compliant unit for every 5-20 standard units. These bigger units are not only easier for people with mobility issues to use, they’re also great for families that need to get multiple children and/or strollers inside. The more total units you rent, the more likely you are to rent additional handicapped accessible units. This improves the accessibility for your event overall, which is always a great thing!

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!

How to Avoid a Scheduling Conflict with Your Large Event

Here at Kerkstra we’ve definitely seen our share of large events delivering portable toilets and luxury restroom trailers all across Michigan, which is why we know that the worst thing that can happen is a low turnout. If you’re planning a large event, you want to make sure that your hard work pays off by attracting lots of attendees (especially if it’s a paid event). Whether you’re planning a community gathering, a music festival, a big wedding, or any other get together, these tips will help you avoid a scheduling conflict:

Consult Key Guests

If you have a way to communicate with your VIP guests, ask them which dates and times work best for their schedules in advance. You can email executive employees for corporate events, poll existing customers for in-store events, and set up an online survey for local community events to determine when to have your gathering. This will give you a better chance of getting more of them in attendance and will put your event on their radar so that they can schedule accordingly.

Check Community Event Calendars

The last thing you want to do is plan your event for the same day as another popular event in your area. Making your event compete for attendees with other big local happenings means that you’ll lose at least some people that would otherwise have been in attendance. It also means that any advertising that you do leading up to the event may end up being overshadowed if the other event organizer has a bigger marketing budget.

Respect Holiday Plans

Holding events on major holidays or over holiday weekends only works if the event has something to do with the holiday (like a Fourth of July picnic and fireworks show or Turkey Trot run). Otherwise, your event will conflict with people’s normal celebration of the holiday with friends and family. This is why wedding planners often advise against scheduling a wedding on a major holiday to respect guests’ plans.

Consider Your Target Audience

Think about who you want to come to your event and then pick a date and time that works well for them as a demographic. For instance, if you want to attract families with young kids, don’t have your event start too late or run for too short of a period of time, otherwise it may conflict with bedtimes or nap schedules, limiting attendance.

Use Past Dates

If the event that you’re planning is an annual event, lean on when you’ve had it before. For instance, if you typically have your event on the first Saturday in December, assume that your guests are expecting your event to take place at that time again this year and don’t stray too far from that normal date. This gives regular attendees the opportunity to plan well in advance so that they can come out to your event again.

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!

It’s Not Too Early to Start Planning Your Next Outdoor Event

The temperatures have fallen and snow is on the ground, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning your spring or summer event. In fact, now is when you should start putting the details together for your warm weather outdoor event to ensure that everything will run smoothly. Whether you’re planning a wedding, large community event, fundraiser, neighborhood party, or anything else, you’ll need to take four important steps well in advance of the big event:

  1. Vision Board
  2. The first step in planning a great event is visualizing what that event will look like. Put together a vision board that highlights who will be at the event, what kind of food will be served, which decorative touches you’ll use, how you’ll organize your venue, etc. Having visual examples of what you want to accomplish will

  3. Check Event Calendars
  4. For big events, always check local public calendars to ensure that your event won’t have to compete against any other popular happenings. You want to give your event the best chance of succeeding by not dividing your audience.
    For smaller events, check the personal calendars of key guests to find a date that’s suitable for everyone that you want in attendance. Don’t make people choose between your event and other important things going on in their lives.

  5. Generate a Guest List
  6. Decide who you’ll invite and start creating invitations or event announcements to get people invested in your event early on. The more buy-in you get for your event at the beginning, the more interest you’ll generate and the more help you’ll have planning the event later on.

  7. Secure Popular Vendors in Advance
  8. The hardest part of planning any event is finding the right vendors. Whether it’s a caterer or portable restroom service, be sure that you can book the best vendors for your event. Call in advance to research rates and put down a deposit to hold your date.

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!

How to Plan the Best Tailgate Ever

Football season is here, which means it’s also tailgating season! If you love celebrating your favorite team the way we do, you’re probably a tailgating pro by now. But before you plan your next tailgate, here are some tips to help you throw the best one yet:

Set Expectations

People just want to know what they should expect beforehand, so if you want people to bring something, be sure to let them know ahead of time so that everyone can plan accordingly. There’s nothing worse than showing up at a tailgate without something that you were responsible for having. Or, if you plan on having all of the food, drinks, chairs, and everything else that people will need, let them know that as well. (If this is the case, you’ll likely be everyone’s favorite tailgating pal!)

Have Plenty of Everything

Find out who is planning on coming beforehand and then make sure that you bring plenty of extra food and beverages. You don’t want to run out during the tailgate and have to try to send someone out for more of whatever you need… or worse yet, just go without it. Tailgates tend to draw in plenty of extra guests and last minute RSVPs, which means that you need to be prepared. People also tend to eat and drink more when they’re with good friends, so you should plan for bigger appetites anyways.

Prepare for the Unexpected

Let people know if there are any contingency plans for things like if it rains or if you can’t get into your preferred location. Then keep your phone with you at all times so that people can call or text if they have any questions. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page.
You may want to consider erecting a tent or bringing ponchos so that you can stay dry no matter what happens. Also, don’t forget both the sunscreen and also the sweatshirts and hats because depending on how long you’ll be tailgating and what time the game is, you may find yourself battling both sun and also cold overnight temps.

Keep People Comfortable

Having things like folding chairs, tables for food, lawn games, and luxury restrooms will make people feel totally comfortable at your tailgate. If you want your event to be legendary, these are the things that great tailgates are made of! You basically want to recreate the feel of getting pumped up for the game at home, but outdoors amidst tons of other fans. Having your own places to sit and use the bathroom truly make a party great and will keep people talking about your tailgate all season long!

Make Clean Up Easy

Use disposable items as much as possible to make clean up a breeze when it’s time to put everything away and go into the game. This allows you to have fun for as long as possible leading up to the big event. Trust us, you won’t want to be packing up messy stuff to wash off later no matter what the outcome of the game is, but this is especially brutal if your team ends up losing.

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!

Don’t Forget These Items for Your Outdoor Black Tie Event!

Planning an elegant black tie event this summer that you want people to remember for years to come? These are the top must-haves that will put your event over the top:

Gourmet Locally Sourced Food & Beverages

The number one thing that people remember about an event after the fact is the food! This is why having delicious gourmet food and beverages is so important! It’s not enough to just have a few food options and an open bar. You have to provide a variety of succulent foods to tease the palates of all of your guests’ various food preferences as well as beverages that pair well with the food. This doesn’t just refer to alcoholic drinks either. Sure, you’ll want to have a good selection of wine, craft beer, and top shelf spirits, but providing fancy non-alcoholic beverages is important as well. You can consider craft sodas, blended fruit drinks, high end sparkling waters, and so on. The absolute best way to check these items off of your list is to find locally sourced ingredients and beverage options to wow guests! This will also ensure that you’re catering to local tastes – helping you to put together a rave-worthy menu lineup.

Servers

Food buffets or food stations are an easy way to serve guests (especially at large events), but they’re not very elegant. Instead, hire servers to go around and deliver food to guests. The added presentation is sure to highlight the food itself, adding to the overall experience and your guests’ enjoyment. You can also have servers take around champagne or signature cocktails to avoid having guests waiting in line at the bar. Again, having drinks brought around makes attendees feel more special, like they are honored guests.

Experienced Bartenders

Everyone knows that bartenders can vary greatly in skill and finesse when it comes to creating drinks. Cater to your guests’ discerning plates and high expectations by having experienced bartenders that can create cocktails to remember. This is especially important if your black tie event is a benefit or fundraiser, where guests are coming ready to make contributions and expect top-notch service in exchange.

Luxury Restrooms

Can your rented bathrooms really be luxurious? Absolutely! Having luxury portable restroom trailers will make guests forget that they’re even at an outdoor event. Once they step inside, they’ll see the décor and furnishings that they’ve come to expect at fancy events. Guests may not remember your swanky restroom selections after the event, but you can bet that if you’re serving caviar and champagne and then providing guests with bright blue porta johns, they’ll remember that in a very negative way!

Top Name Entertainment

Having great entertainment for your event is a great way to keep guests engaged and sticking around. This is where bringing in a top name comes in handy! Whether it’s a band, solo performer, or musical ensemble, getting guests listening and moving is key to capping off your event!

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!

The Top 5 Must-Haves for Any Event

We service a lot of different types of events here at Kerkstra, but one thing that we’ve noticed is that a lot of the most successful events share a few of the same qualities. Whether it’s an annual community marathon, music festival, employee appreciation event, or even a seasonal clam bake the best events follow the same script. If you want your upcoming event to be a smash success, you need to nail down these 5 must-haves for any event:

  1. A Location with “The Wow Factor”
  2. A location can make or break an event (and sometimes a location is the very cause for the event). When selecting the right location for your event, consider the amenities offered and ensure that they fit the overall objective for your event. Now, there may be times when the location is basically chosen for you. For instance, if you’re planning a sporting event, you may not have too many options to host your game or race; but if you’re planning a seasonal or corporate event you’ll have a lot more locations to choose from. Ensure that the location you book has enough space for all of your guests, favorable hosting policies if you plan on bringing in entertainment, plenty of luxury restrooms to accommodate everyone, and enough of a draw to entice people to attend.

    In West Michigan, some of the most popular event locations include:

    • Scenic lakeshore areas
    • Breweries and vineyards
    • Botanical gardens and art parks
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Parks and nature preserves
    • Farms and rural settings

    Hopefully those provide you with some inspiration for your event!

  3. A Great Guest List
  4. The guest list is essential when it comes to shaping an event and, therefore, is crucial to it being successful. Inviting the right people ensures that your event will be filled with the right audience for whatever you’re hosting. Send invites to anyone who needs to be in attendance as well as anyone who may contribute to the success of the event. For instance, for non-profit organizations this means inviting the founders, current contributors, and other interested supporters who may contribute in the future. For community events and other functions where guests are not invited individually, the more the merrier! Invite people to come out and get location news and radio stations to hype your event for maximum exposure.

  5. The Right Entertainment
  6. The right entertainment for your event can vary from a live band to a clown or caricaturist to a giant outdoor movie screen. Ensure that whoever (or whatever) you bring to your event to entertain your guests is appropriate for your demographic. Nothing ruins an event faster than having entertainment that doesn’t appeal to your audience. Encourage people to stick around by properly spacing out the timing of different entertainment offerings and give people a variety of options to choose from to ensure there will be something fun for everyone.

  7. Ways to Capture the Memories
  8. Having a professional photographer capture your event or offering a photo booth is a great way to allow guests to remember the fun they had at your event. You can also encourage guests to share pictures and memories on social media with a dedicated page or hashtag so that people can appreciate others’ memories as well. However you decide to it, helping guests to capture memories of the event gives them a palpable way to hold onto the fun that they had, which is key to hosting a great event.

  9. Staying Power
  10. For annual or recurring functions, you’ll want your event to have staying power. This means getting guests excited about the next occurrence of your event. Tease them with what your planning for next year (or better yet, allow them to contribute ideas for next year’s event). For paid events, offer discounts or gifts if they purchase tickets for next year in advance. Encourage guests to rate your event on specific topics and then use the feedback you got from this year’s event to make next year even better!

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!

Winter Celebrations and Your Restroom Needs

The winter may seem like an odd time to need a portable bathroom, but the reality is that there are lots of events during colder months that may require luxury restroom trailers! Outdoor winter community events like an ice festival, holiday parade, polar bear plunge, or other cold-weather tradition will bring out crowds of people, requiring public restrooms for use. Private events like bonfires, holiday soirees, or Christmas tree burning parties may require outdoor restrooms for guests as well for convenience. And there are also times when a portable toilet supplier is needed in an emergency situation, like when pipes freeze at a church or school.

No matter why you need a portable bathroom, you can be sure that the unit(s) that you get from Kerkstra will be the right fit for your winter celebration for the following reasons:

Heated Units

Our luxury restrooms are upscale bathroom trailers that are climate controlled, which means that your attendees will have a nice warm place to use the bathroom. This is a big step up from old-fashioned outhouses or standard porta potties. The restroom trailers all have countertops around sinks as well for attendees to place mittens and hats on while using the facilities and mirrors for them to re-applied before going back out in the cold.

Adequate Lighting

With the sun going down so early during the winter it’s important to ensure that any bathrooms you provide have adequate light to allow them to be used safely. You don’t want someone falling and hurting themselves. Luxury portable toilets have enough lighting inside for people to feel comfortable using them even in the dark. Properly illuminating bathrooms also speeds up use by letting people get in and out efficiently, which means less waiting in line.

Convenient Location

Sometimes there are restrooms available for people to use that aren’t conveniently located for attendees. This is especially problematic in the cold weather because it can mean walking in snow and ice to get to and from facilities. By having a portable restroom service bring trailers to supplement the existing facilities, you can offer attendees a more suitable restroom solution.

Dependable Service

Even during the winter, you can expect the same reliable service as always from Kerkstra. We have many years of experience battling the weather to provide dependable service to our customers! Count on Kerkstra today!

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Will My Wedding Guests Want to Use Portable Restrooms?

We could answer this question very simply with a definitive “Yes!” But don’t take our word for it, decide for yourself!
There are multiple options when it comes to wedding restrooms, so we’ll break down your choices. We won’t bore you with all of the specifics because if you’re planning a wedding, you probably have more important things to worry about (like bridesmaid dresses and centerpieces), but here’s the general overview to help you make a decision about which types of bathrooms you’ll need for your wedding:

Portable Toilets

Regular portable toilets (also called porta potties, porta johns, and porta janes) are the typical portable bathrooms that you have seen outdoors everywhere from public parks to summer carnivals to construction sites. These tend to be pretty average as far as portable bathrooms go. They usually house a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer dispenser. More decked out versions (like our Elite units) may actually have flushing toilets, a small sink with hand soap, a tiny mirror and shelves for personal belongings. From the outside these units tend to have that easily recognizable porta potty look and typically appear in colors like blue, green or orange.

These toilets can be used for everywhere from farms to construction zones to community events and everyplace in between! Typically for a wedding, you will want to choose one or more Elite units to offer guests a place to set their belongings (like purses, scarves, drinks, etc.) and more room to move around in bulkier attire (like suits, tuxes, long dresses, etc).

Restroom Trailers

Luxury restroom trailers are mobile trailers that are typically white or silver and resemble storage trailers. These trailers are basically high-end bathrooms on wheels. If someone blindfolded you and took you inside and then pulled off the blindfold you might think you were in a hotel or fancy restaurant. Luxury portable restrooms boast elegant décor like wooden cabinetry, hanging artwork, decorative rugs, and large mirrors. And their functionality is equally impressive as well! They include climate controlled and lit interiors, hot and cold running water, and flushable toilets for an experience that will make you forget you’re using a portable bathroom.

These toilets are typically used for outdoor weddings, black-tie occasions, private functions, fundraisers, concerts, and other special events. They are a great choice for weddings because they offer all of the modern conveniences of having an indoor wedding while still allowing your guests to enjoy the great outdoors.

Custom Combination

Using a combination of portable toilets and portable restroom trailers is a good way to provide tiered experiences for guests in many different situations. At a wedding you may want to rent portable toilets for your guests and then have a restroom trailer that is specifically for use by the wedding party so that they have somewhere to get ready before the event and freshen up for pictures. This is a good way to ensure that no one in the wedding party will end up having to wait in line and miss out on key wedding experiences like photo opportunities, celebratory toasts, first dances, throwing the bouquet, etc. Brides in particular enjoy having a private restroom trailer to use because going to the bathroom can be quite an ordeal in a wedding dress, requiring assistance from bridesmaids or the mother-of-the-bride.

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. We provide portable restroom service for construction sites, agricultural applications, events, weddings and much more!

How Many Portable Toilets Will I Need for My Event?

When you’re planning an event, it can be difficult to determine how many bathrooms you’ll need. There’s nothing worse than having too few restrooms to accommodate everyone because long lines will form and people will become disgruntled instead of having fun. However, you also don’t want to spend more money than you need to. So what’s the solution?

You can take a look at our event planner chart and give us a call and we’d be happy to help you out! To do some preliminary prep work, start thinking about the following components:

Number of Units

The number of porta potty units that you need is contingent upon two factors – the number of guests attending and the length of the event. Obviously more units will be needed for larger events or longer events, but for a detailed breakdown of portable toilet recommendations review our portable toilet event planning table. These numbers may need to be altered for events where higher than average usage is expected due to increased food and beverage consumption, but these serve as a general guide for most events.

ADA Compliant Units

ADA compliant restrooms are needed for most events to provide handicapped bathroom accessibility for disabled people. Depending on the nature of your event though, you may want to have more of these bathroom units than the minimum requirement. These larger units are great for families with small children because they allow parents to easily bring their children in with them. Handicapped restrooms are also good for events where people may have to change their clothes because they are more spacious.

Specialty Units and Trailers

Elite units are similar to standard porta potties but they have added features like flushing toilets, small sinks, shelves, and other convenient features. These are great for more upscale events where you want more amenities than a standard bathroom unit would provide.

A step above out Elite units are out Luxury Restroom Trailers, which offer the same bathroom accommodations that you would expect to see in a hotel or other nice establishment. These luxury restrooms are climate controlled, have running water, utilize flushing toilets, and have elegant finishes like wooden cabinetry and well-lit mirrors.

Hand Washing Stations

Standalone hand washing stations allow guests to wash their hands after exiting the restroom units. These stations are great for events where people will be eating because it promotes cleanliness by offering another option in addition to the hand sanitizer pumps located in the individual units. These stations let multiple people wash their hands at once, speeding up lines and letting people get back to the fun.

Hand washing stations also allow people the opportunity to wash their hands with soap and running water without having to use the bathroom if they would like. This is a popular option for outdoor events among guests of all ages, but especially parents who may want to wash off kids’ hands or faces after they are done playing or eating.

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. We provide portable restroom service for construction sites, agricultural applications, events, weddings and much more!