The Top Trends Wedding Planners Hope to Leave Behind in 2019

If you’re planning your wedding, you’ve likely consulted social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram as well as family and friends to determine which traditions to include, but have you thought to ask a professional? Even brides and grooms-to-be who aren’t considering using a wedding planner for the entire event can benefit from some expert advice here and there.

As a portable toilet supplier, we’ve certainly set up at our share of weddings, which means we’ve seen it all. In talking to the pros, these are the top wedding don’t on their list:

Social Media at The Altar

Pulling out your phone to change your Facebook status from engaged to married at the altar after saying “I do” is just tacky! Wait until later to take selfies and update profiles. Your wedding day should be about celebrating with the people who matter most in your life, not trying to earn a bunch of likes.

Obnoxious Dances

Ask any DJ and he/she will corroborate this one – the funky chicken, macarena, and cha cha slide are just out. In fact, some may even refuse to play them. The only appeal to these songs is that they’re easy to dance to and appropriate for all ages. However, this can easily be accomplished with other (much better) songs too. Get guests on the dance floor with a good mix of fast and slow songs that will appeal to different age groups.

Too Many Flowers

Flowers are a hallmark of weddings, but don’t go overboard. Just because the florist suggests a ton of different places where flowers can be incorporated doesn’t mean that you should take every suggestion. Huge arrangements and sprays to line aisles, block off outdoor spaces, and draw attention to the head table are particularly passé.

The same can be said for too many wearable flowers. Boutonnieres are still fine, but flower crowns and gawdy corsages are a thing of the past. Save your money by skipping these outdated wedding trends.

Inconvenient Favors

Favors for guests should be cutesy, but also desirable. Don’t give guests something that they really don’t want or that will be inconvenient to take home. Remember that some guests may be driving long distances or flying home, so gifting anything fragile will make their trip harder. Skip anything made of glass or too delicate.

Definitely don’t give guests favors that are alive. Succulents might be cute, but guests aren’t going to want to keep them alive. And don’t even get us started on animals like goldfish or baby chicks as favors – that’s just cruel!

Irrelevant Themes

Having a themed wedding is fine, but make sure that the theme means something to you two. Selecting a theme simply because it’s trendy or cool online won’t be as special as expressing yourselves with elements that are meaningful.

Signs for Everything

Signs that welcome guests and direct them to sit on a side. Signs that tell guests where to park. Signs that indicate where the gift table is. Signs that walk guests to the bar. So many signs! Save your sanity and just skip these. People will follow each other to figure out where to go and what to do. Only use signage for things that are important like displaying the bar menu or specifying food selections.

Mismatched Details

Think of your wedding as a brand. You want consistency among all communications and aspects to create a solid brand. Don’t use different fonts on invitations and programs and menus. Select favors that are related to your theme. Create place settings that match the aesthetic of the venue and theme. Otherwise, your wedding will just come off as sloppy.

Non-Cakes

Guests expect cake, so don’t disappoint them by skipping the sugary delicious cake in favor of something savory like cheese or something healthy like fruit. Some couple choose to have cupcakes instead of a cake, but this trend has become really overdone in recent years. Cupcakes can also come off as too immature for a wedding since they are traditionally served at kids birthday parties. Lastly, select cake flavors that will have mass appeal instead of bizarre and obscure flavors that could turn people off.

Over-Complicated Bar

Don’t offer too many cocktail choices. Stick to classic beer and wine choices and if you want to offer cocktails as well, choose one or two signature drinks to offer guests. Otherwise, the bar menu will get too long, slowing service down and leading to long lines. (No one wants to spend the entire event standing in line!) It can also encourage over drinking by tempting guests with lots of combinations to sample before leaving or run the risk of missing out something col and new.

Sneakers

Yes, some formal shoes are uncomfortable. However, this is not an excuse to wear overly casual footwear. Unless your wedding is on a beach and everyone is in flip flops, you should have shoes that match the formality of your attire. Sneakers are meant for the gym – leave them there! Instead, opt for dress shoes that are properly sized to allow maximum comfort. Or, wear insoles if needed. Remember that it’s just one day – your feet will forgive you. And if you really need to don some sneakers, do it for some silly picture ops after the wedding, not during the ceremony or reception.

Too Rustic

Having your wedding outdoors is a great way to find a natural beautiful venue that your guests will love. And barn weddings have been all the rage for the last five years or so. However, guests will still expect modern accommodations even when outdoors. This means that there better basic necessities like running water, shade in the summer, and heaters in the winter. Oh, and bathrooms! Your guests will not pee in the woods, nor do they want to walk a mile back to the farm to use the bathroom. Equip your venue with luxury restrooms to provide aesthetics that are in keeping with a wedding no matter where you have the ceremony and reception. Bathroom trailers bring climate-controlled peace of mind to weddings by offering the flushing toilets and running hot/cold water that guests expect. They also double as a place for members of the wedding party to get ready before the event or freshen up during the event. As a bonus, they can be used year-round, which means that you don’t have to be limited by the calendar.

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!

Potty Like a Rockstar – Wedding Edition

Here at Kerkstra Portable Restrooms, we #PottyLikeARockstar all year long!
In this edition of our Potty Like a Rockstar series, we’re going to be focused on weddings. Whether you’re getting married in the spring, summer, or fall, you can count on Kerkstra to supply your event with quality portable restroom options.

Find out how we can delight your guests to make it a day to remember.

Luxury Restroom Trailers

If you’ve never checked out luxury restrooms from the inside, they can’t be missed. The elegant interiors mimic those found inside dedicated wedding venues like hotels, resorts, and country clubs. The accommodations can include:

  • Climate-controlled interiors
  • Flushing toilets
  • Running hot/cold water
  • Recessed lighting
  • Wooden cabinetry
  • Rugs
  • Faux flowers
  • Hanging wall art
  • Spacious countertops
  • Large mirrors
  • Low-level exterior lighting

Renting luxury restroom trailers for guests will give them all the comforts of the indoors without sacrificing the beauty of the outdoors. With 2-10 stall options available, there are plenty of options to accommodate events of all sizes, ranging from small, family-only gatherings of less than 50 people to large, impressive events of up to 1,000 people.

Many people also choose to rent a separate smaller trailer for the wedding party’s exclusive use. This gives them a separate private space to get ready, get changed into new outfits before the reception, and use the facilities during the event without having to wait in line. This is the ultimate in luxury for the most important attendees at the wedding to ensure that photo shoots will go smoothly.

Accessible Restrooms

Handicapped accessible porta potties are another great addition to any outdoor wedding. These supplement standard portable toilet rentals to provide guests with more spacious restroom accommodations. Accessible units are not only ADA-compliant, they also provide options for families with children. Wide enough to allow a stroller, or multiple family members to enter at once, accessible restrooms are family-friendly for wedding guests of all ages.

Additionally, accessible portable bathrooms give guests in wheelchairs or with walkers plenty of room to enter, turn around, use, and exit. These are an important addition to ensure that all guests, regardless of capabilities, can use the facilities with ease.

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!

An Outdoor Fall Wedding – It Can Be Done!

Nothing is better than an outdoor Michigan wedding, but many brides and grooms-to-be assume that they can only take advantage of Michigan’s splendor in the spring and summer months. If your dream is to have an outdoor autumn wedding, these are the most essential items to include:

  1. Tent
  2. While a tent may be an optional item at an outdoor wedding in the warmer months, it is a staple for fall weddings. Tents bring people together and protect them from the elements in all seasons, but they are even more useful in the fall. A tent is crucial to define the area of the wedding for guests so that you only need to heat and light a small area. Additionally, the unpredictability of autumn weather makes cover from cold rain essential.

  3. Heaters
  4. Autumn temperatures are typically cold and crisp, which makes heaters crucial for guests to keep warm. This is especially important for evening wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. Make guests comfortable to keep them enjoying the wedding late into the afternoon or evening. Rent plenty of heaters so that you can space them out to give attendees enough room to socialize. The last thing you want is everyone trying to huddle around a limited number of heat sources.

    For more rustic weddings, forgo the heaters and opt for a campfire or bonfire instead. If you’re bucking tradition, you can also consider doing s’mores instead of a regular cake. (Just be sure to let the toasted marshmallows cool before smooshing them in each other’s faces!)

  5. Lights
  6. Autumn months mean shorter days, which makes lights a necessity. Set the right ambiance by using lower level mood lighting on tables, around the dance floor, and near the bar. The right lighting will not only illuminate the event but also create beautiful pictures for the wedding party and guests. Twinkling string lights, pendants, and Edison bulbs are gorgeous selections for the intimacy and romance of an outdoor autumn wedding.

  7. Restroom Trailers
  8. Provide guests with the ultimate in luxury – a portable restroom trailer. These bathroom options will allow you to have a fancy bathroom no matter where your wedding is held. Luxury portable toilets provide guests with functionality combined with aesthetics to create a memorable wedding-worthy experience. They also give members of the wedding party a spacious, climate-controlled location to change.

  9. Comfort Food
  10. Feed guests the flavors of the fall to create a true autumn experience. Incorporate fun, flavorful items like pressed apple cider and fresh pumpkin spice donuts to give the feel of cozy fall experience. Make main entrees warm, homey comfort foods that guests will remember.

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 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!

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!

How to Keep Guests from Leaving Your Wedding Early

With all the time and effort (not to mention money) that goes into planning a wedding, the last thing you want is for people to get bored and leave early. If you’re worried that your wedding reception is going to be a snooze-fest instead of a great party, follow this time-tested advice:

    • Feed Them

People think with their stomachs. If there’s great food, they’ll stick around. If the food is sub-par or if there isn’t enough of it, people will leave to go find something on their own. This is especially true for families with children, who are trying to avoid meltdowns.

Hopefully the food served on your big day will live up to what you experienced during your taste-test with the caterer and will suit your guests’ dietary preferences. Try to ensure that there will be something for everyone to love when you select your menu – choosing different types of foods and flavors to cater to all palates.

If your wedding reception is scheduled during a mealtime (like mid-day or early evening), guests will expect to be fed. If you don’t intend on serving a meal, mention that in the invitation to manage attendee expectations. However, just know that even if you give everyone plenty of notice, it may not discourage people from leaving to go in search of something to eat.

    • Get them Dancing

When people are dancing and having a good time, leaving won’t even cross their mind. Ensure your DJ or band is up for the task by checking references and settling on music preferences before the big day. If you notice that the party is getting a little stale during your reception, don’t be afraid to ask the music provider to mix it up to get people on their feet. The best DJs can sense the pulse of the room and adapt their selections accordingly, but less experienced professionals may need a little nudge.

    • Encourage Conversation

Group guests into tables that will encourage conversation and connection. Helping guests that don’t know anyone else at the wedding to connect with others that share similar personalities or are in the same life stages can get the ball rolling. Don’t overwhelm an individual guest or a couple by putting them at a table where they are the odd ones out because everyone else already knows each other.

For tables with family members, take relationship dynamics into account to avoid grouping people who may not get along. The last thing you want is the drama of family bickering at your wedding.

    • Provide Necessary Accommodations

Cater to guests’ needs by providing ample restrooms as well as climate-controlled areas to keep them comfortable. Nothing kills a wedding reception faster than making guests uncomfortable! Don’t make guests wait in long lines because you skimped on restroom rentals or force them to walk too far to use the bathroom. Using a luxury portable restroom supplier will ensure that you have enough bathrooms for everyone in places that are convenient.

If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, ensure that you provide shaded areas for guests to hang out and cool off. This is especially important for children and the elderly, who may be more sensitive to sun and heat than other guests. If you’re having an outdoor spring or fall wedding, plan for cold weather and provide the heaters to keep guests cozy and warm.

    • Thank Them

Genuine thankfulness goes a long way with guests! Remember that your guests sacrificed their time to come to your wedding and thank them for being willing to participate in your big day. This is especially important for out of town guests, who likely also incurred substantial travel and accommodation costs to attend. When guests feel valued, they’ll stay for the duration of the wedding.

    • Be Respectful

Your wedding reception should be a fun party to celebrate your new union, but that doesn’t mean you need to go wild. If your guests are more conservative, or if you have lots of families in attendance, they will likely be turned off by a reception that turns into a rager reminiscent of a college frat party. Keep the reception G or PG-rated to respect guests beliefs and opinions.

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 Do’s and Don’ts of Themed Weddings

Having a themed wedding can be a fun way to add some unique flair to your big day. Many couples with special interests and hobbies choose to integrate them into their wedding ceremonies and receptions. However, we’ve all heard stories of themed weddings gone bad! A themed wedding can go downhill fast if you’re not careful, resulting in embarrassment and memories you’d sooner forget than relive year after year.

Use these tips to figure out how to throw a themed wedding that guests will love as much as you do:

Do:

  • Choose Something Wedding-Appropriate

Some hobbies and interests just aren’t wedding-appropriate. While most themes can be adapted for a wedding, some simply don’t fit. Keep your theme G-rated, staying away from anything too violent, dark, sexual, or aggressive. (Halloween weddings typically must walk this fine line because while ghosts and zombies may be perfectly normal Halloween costumes when going trick-or-treating, they don’t really fit the marriage theme.)

Keep your theme tasteful and upbeat to embrace the spirit of the day and celebrate your love for each other. Relating your theme back to the ideas of love and commitment will ensure that your theme makes sense to guests. For instance, if you both enjoy fishing, you can incorporate fish décor into the reception and have favors that say cute things like “hooked on you.”

  • Make it Personal

Weddings are not middle school dances – they don’t have to have a theme. If you choose a theme for your big day, do so because it has personal significance not just because you think it looks cool. Many couples get caught up in trending wedding themes on social media and get swayed by their popularity even though they don’t have any real connection to them. The next thing you know, you’re planning a nautical wedding when you’ve never even seen the ocean or don’t particularly enjoy going swimming.

  • Have Fun with It

Don’t forget that your wedding should be fun! And yes, this includes the planning stage. Incorporate your theme as much or as little as you’d like into your wedding celebration. Don’t feel pressured to make every element of your wedding relate back to your theme and stress out about the whole thing. You can go big or little – just have fun with it! Want to have a 4-foot tall cake replica of the Eiffel Tower and tablecloths custom printed with a map of the Paris metro-system for your Parisian-themed wedding? Great. Want to just include some French entrées? That’s great too.

Don’t:

  • Alienate Guests

You might love your theme, but you’re not the only ones attending your wedding. Sure, you’re the most important people at your own wedding, but that doesn’t mean that you should ignore the feelings of the rest of your guests (especially if guests like parents are the ones paying for your wedding). Don’t scare people off by hitting them over the head with your theme at every turn. If you make people feel uncomfortable, they won’t have a good time at your wedding and probably won’t stick around very long. Make sure that if your guests aren’t familiar with your theme that they’ll still get a lot out of your big day. Don’t leave them wondering why your vows are incomprehensible because you chose to do them in Klingon or what a glass orb geode has to do with your wedding because you chose to use your favorite video game’s magical life source as inspiration for your centerpieces.

  • Choose Too Many

Generally, picking one theme and sticking to it is the way to go. But, if you really can’t decide, you can select two themes if they combine well. But don’t just turn your reception into a scrapbook of everything you both love. Using too many themes clutters the wedding experience and confuses guests. It can also make the whole event seem disjoint and silly.

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!

Lessons Learned from Four Weddings

Four Weddings is a TV show where four real brides attend each other’s weddings and rate them across a variety of factors to determine who had the best wedding. The winner gets an extravagant once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon for herself and her new spouse. Despite the premise, the show isn’t catty and isn’t in any way scripted, which means you get all the feel-good fun of the weddings without the drama. The result is just a strangely addictive show, which is why it’s drawn such a loyal fan base!

Regular viewers of the Four Weddings show on TLC will notice some recurring trends. Brides-to-be, take note: here is what to do (and not to do) on your big day if you want guests to rate your wedding among the top events they’ve attended:

  • Incorporate Meaningful Special Touches

Some weddings include special elements that reflect the bride and groom’s personalities or tell part of the story of how they’ve met. These are almost always well-received because they provide a sweet personalized dimension to the wedding. (In fact, the only time we’ve seen this backfire was when a couple decided to get married at a venue across from a major airport because they met while traveling for work, and the venue itself wasn’t very inspiring because it was just a floor of an office building.) By including personal elements, it makes the wedding feel less “cookie cutter” and more meaningful.

So, if the bride and groom have a favorite hobby or activity, feel free to include references to it in the wedding cake, favors, or toasts. Similarly, don’t be bashful about telling your story through the place settings, centerpieces, or music. The more of your lives that you can incorporate, the better! After all, it is your day!

  • Don’t Skimp on Food

Guests expect to be awed by the food (or at least not repulsed). So instead of choosing the same old chicken, beef, and vegetarian plates that every wedding venue offers, think outside the box to find a delectable lineup that will have guests’ mouths watering.

Choose scrumptious appetizers, irresistible entrees, and a fun dessert menu that will keep them talking. (That doesn’t mean offer the craziest thing you can think of however, as off-the-wall selections are usually received as poorly as dry chicken.) The same goes for drinks if you plan to have a set cocktail menu – give guests a few choices of truly signature beverages. Consider the style and location of the wedding and select food and drinks that will fit.

No matter what you choose to serve though, always avoid the cardinal sin of not having enough food! The absolute worst thing you can do is leave guests hungry. It’s tacky and it makes attendees (especially children) ornery. If you don’t plan to serve a full meal due to budget or logistical constraints, make that clear in the invitation so guests know what to expect and can plan appropriately.

  • Cover Guests’ Necessities

Food is not the only necessity that guests have. They also need water, shade, and bathrooms.
Weddings that have long lines for the bar even to get water and non-alcoholic drinks always score lower than weddings where the basics are taken care of. The same is true of shade. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, provide guests with a place to cool down and get out of the sun. This is especially important for children and the elderly, who are more sensitive to sunlight.

Bathrooms are a must-have at any event, but especially at outdoor events where the on-site facilities may be minimal. Renting luxury portable toilets is a great way to keep the elegance of your wedding while also giving guests the restrooms they need! With a wide variety of size options, there is a portable restroom trailer that’s sure to fit your needs.

  • Carefully Consider Timing

Weddings that start too early or go too late are inconvenient for guests. Just because you’re a morning person doesn’t mean that all your guests want to get up, get ready, and drive to an 8am wedding ceremony. Similarly, if you’re a night owl, you may want the party to go late, but your guests may want to go to bed or need to get home to relieve the babysitter.

Having an “off-time” wedding is usually a score killer (especially when it’s accompanied by serving an unusually timed meal). The most flagrant example of this was an evening wedding on the show where dinner wasn’t served until sometime after 10pm and the reception went past midnight. You’ll be hard pressed to find a venue that will accommodate an odd timing request like this, but even if you can, don’t do it! Stick to the traditional late morning wedding with a lunch reception, afternoon wedding with a dinner reception, or evening wedding with a dinner reception format to please 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!

Keep Your Black-Tie Event Classy with Luxury Restroom Trailers

Whether you’re planning an elegant outdoor wedding, swanky charity function, upscale fundraiser, or some other black-tie event, every detail matters! It’s the sum of all the small items that adds up to the overall ambiance of the event. Functions that have inadequate facilities, sub-par food, poor transportation considerations, and other oversights are sure to disappoint attendees, which is why it’s so important to provide stunning restroom options for guests.

Luxury portable restrooms will give guests the feeling that they’re using the bathroom at a 5-star hotel or restaurant instead of an outdoor event. These high-end features are the reason event planners across Michigan rent luxury restroom trailers for black-tie events of all sizes:

  • Comfortable Interiors
  • Unlike the space-saving design of traditional porta potties, restroom trailers off spacious interiors. The extra space gives guests plenty of room to comfortably move around without feeling cramped, which is a must-have when dressed nicely. It’s also conducive to primping, which is something that wedding guests and guests in formal attire appreciate. The countertops and large mirrors provide an area that’s suitable for grooming activities like fixing hair and touching up make-up.

    Luxury portable toilet units are also climate controlled, providing cool air-conditioned insides on hot summer days as well as warm toasty interiors on chilly fall or winter days. Your guests will feel comfortable using the restroom in any season, and this consideration on your part will go a long way in making them feel valued.

  • Flushable Toilets
  • The hallmark of any porta potty is the large holding tank of standing blue water that collects waste and paper. Luxury portable bathrooms, however, have flushing toilets to keep improve aesthetics, comfort, and odors. This makes restroom trailers like the plumbing you’d find in an indoor bathroom, making them more familiar to guests.

  • Functional Sinks
  • Bathroom trailers have sinks with running hot and cold water to make hand washing convenient and comfortable. Many guests prefer traditional sinks over hand sanitizer pumps because they provide a batter clean. Improve the sanitation at your event by renting bathrooms that have built-in sinks for easy handwashing.

  • Décor
  • The most pleasantly surprising feature of luxury restroom, trailers is their aesthetic appeal. Unlike the utilitarian interiors of porta johns, luxury restrooms have elegant décor to invite guests in and set them at ease while inside. Accent rugs, recessed lighting, hanging wall art, faux plants, and other decorative touches give the essence of a high-end restroom. While it may seem odd to discuss the ambiance of a bathroom, you want impress guests with luxury and comfort across every space at your event.

  • Safety Lighting
  • Low-level exterior lighting makes restroom trailers safe and convenient to use even after the sun has set. At night, this light illuminates the location of restrooms in a way that’s not overpowering. It also makes going up and down the stairs safer for guests of all ages.

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 the Top 10 Wedding-Related Arguments

Weddings are a beautiful celebration of love, but they’re also a source of conflict. Time and again, brides and grooms-to-be along with their families seem to find a million and one things to fight about before (and even on) the big day. Leading up to your pending nuptials, avoid these common fights:

  1. Budget
  2. Money is the top cause of arguments among married couples, so it’s not surprising that couples fight about money before the wedding too. Often times, fighting is more likely to occur if one side is solely paying for the wedding because it creates a perceived imbalance of power. For instance, a groom may not feel he has much say in what the wedding will be like if the bride’s parents are paying for it. While other couples fight over the budget when they’re paying for it themselves and one wants a lavish affair while the other would rather save the money or spend it on the honeymoon.

    Save yourself the arguing by setting a budget, regardless of who is paying for it, and sticking to it. It’s a wise idea to build in a contingency fund for unexpected emergencies but agree in advance on what constitutes an emergency and don’t spend that extra money unless it’s absolutely necessary. Include both people in the decision-making as much as they’d like to be involved, taking input from both sides fairly to ensure everyone’s ideas are considered.

  3. Location
  4. The choice of venue is highly personal for many engaged couples, especially if they’ve been planning or imagining their dream wedding for many years. Some couples find conflict because their picture-perfect wedding setting are very different. She wants an evening wedding at a fancy hotel and he wants a day wedding by the lake. There’s conflict and both people feel like they’ll miss out on their perfect day if they have to compromise.

    One great exercise to avoid conflict is to brainstorm venues together. Each person can suggest 5 wedding venues and then you can work together to find overlap that might make you both happy. You may find that you share a second or third choice venue after all!

    If you and your spouse-to-be are still at odds about where to have the wedding, consider non-traditional ways to appease both sides. Perhaps you can have the wedding ceremony at one place and the reception elsewhere. Or maybe you can have the big formal wedding reception with family at one location and then a separate more intimate party with just friends at a different location the following weekend. Don’t feel like you have to stick with the traditional format just to satisfy your families.

  5. Guest List
  6. How many people will you invite? Who will you invite? Does crazy Aunt Edna get an invite too just because she might be offended if she doesn’t? Should coworkers be included? Is it okay if one side has significantly more guests than the other? The guest list can be dangerous territory!

    As the guest list is being developed, give both people veto power to exercise if one person doesn’t feel comfortable with someone being invited. Then pledge to respect this power no questions asked. The fallout from not inviting someone is always going to be better than inviting someone who will ruin the big day.

  7. Responsibility
  8. The bride is usually the one complaining that she’s doing all the work, but either person can start to resent the planning process if their spouse-to-be isn’t helping enough. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re drowning in a sea of details that need planning while your spouse-to-be is shirking responsibility.

    Prevent this fight before it starts by agreeing on who will be responsible for which aspects of the wedding. Remember that the maid of honor, best man, and family members can help too! Just be sure to come up with a backup plan in case any of them drop the ball.

  9. Traditions
  10. Some couples share religious and cultural traditions that are important to them that they want incorporated into their wedding day. Other couples, however, run into conflict over traditions that aren’t shared. One spouse-to-be may view the other’s traditions as silly or unnecessary, resulting in an argument over whether they should be part of the big day.

    Unless your fiancé’s traditions are offensive to you, let him/her weave them into your wedding ceremony or celebration. This will ensure that the day includes everything that’s important to you both.

  11. Music
  12. Even couples that share the same music tastes can disagree on what the music at the ceremony and reception should sound like. Add in budget constraints, and this one is sure to produce some disagreement.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to music there’s not often a lot of opportunity to meet in the middle. If he wants a ska band or heavy rock selections being spun by the DJ and she wants a string quartet or harpist, doing both is going to confuse guests and create a strange feel to the wedding celebration. Instead, select something traditional that you know your guests will love. Truth be told, you’re going to be so busy at your wedding that you probably won’t be paying much attention to the music yourselves, which is why it’s best to just select something that you know other people will enjoy.

  13. Dress & Tux
  14. Just like the music, personal style can vary significantly between people. The bride may want a simple white dress while the groom wants something outlandish. Or the bride may want an expensive fancy designer dress while the groom just wants a casual dress coat and khakis.

    Also like the music, letting each person do whatever they want style-wise isn’t really an option because it will throw off the whole look of the wedding and can make the pictures look like an eyesore. Instead of letting each person do whatever they want, find a way to compromise to result in an acceptable solution for both people. If he wants a full camouflage suit but she hates that idea, maybe camo shoes are the way to go. Freedom with accessories is a great way to give a special individualistic flair to your look without overwhelming the entire style of the wedding party.

  15. Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
  16. Some men and women hate the idea of their spouse-to-be going out for a “traditional” bachelor or bachelorette party and the debauchery that may follow. While other men and women eagerly anticipate their stag party as a way to go out and have fun with friends to de-stress before the big day.
    If your husband or wife-to-be is offended by the idea of a bachelorette or bachelor party, find a way to get together that’s more acceptable to them. Go fishing, hiking, skiing, or camping, or plan a spa day, art class, museum outing, or something else gives you a reason to get together with friends without the temptation of a traditional pre-wedding girls’ or guys’ outing.

  17. Prenup
  18. People who are opposed to prenuptial arrangements often cite trust as the main reason that they don’t want to sign them. They feel that their spouse-to-be should trust that their relationship will last. Others say that it feels like they’re planning for a divorce instead of a wedding, which is something depressing during what should be a happy time.
    Regardless of how you feel about a prenup, if your spouse-to-be brings up the subject with you, be responsive to listening and discussing the idea. They may not be asking you to sign one directly, they may just want to know where you stand on the issue in case you want to arrange one.

    If your fiancé asks you to sign a prenup, try to understand where they’re come from to get a better idea of what they’re trying to accomplish. This can be a great gateway to discussing other financial decisions like merging bank accounts, setting up beneficiaries, and adding each other’s name on assets like cars and houses. Having these discussions before marriage is key to understanding each other’s expectations.

  19. Honeymoon
  20. You wouldn’t think that couples would argue over something as great as the honeymoon, but many couples do. Just like fighting over the venue choice for the wedding, each person probably has an idea of what they want their honeymoon to look like.
    Try to find a vacation that incorporates all the things that both people want to do. Cruises are a popular choice among couples that are torn on where to go and what to do for their honeymoon. Going on a cruise is a great way to see lots of different places and have a variety of experiences while also indulging in great food and entertainment, checking boxes on both people’s lists.

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