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!

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!

Save Your Big Day by Avoiding These 5 Wedding Disasters

Your wedding day should be one of the greatest days of your life. However, without the right planning, a wedding can quickly turn into a disaster that will be remembered forever for all the wrong reasons. Before you say “I do,” plan for these potential snafus to keep everything running smoothly:

  • Lost Guests


If you’ve ever been to a wedding where a family member or group of wedding guests is mysteriously missing, you’ll know how stressful it can be to worry about everyone’s travel plans. Provide guests with easy to follow directions to the wedding venue. This is especially important if the wedding ceremony and reception are going to be held at different locations. Keep guests from getting lost by encouraging them to car pool, follow each other in multiple cars, or better yet, renting a shuttle bus to transport everyone.

If someone does get lost, know who will go looking for them or how you’ll handle the possibility of needing to delay your nuptials until they arrive. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress on the big day if you’ve run through these scenarios in advance, especially if the venue you’ve chosen has a strict schedule policy.

  • Running out of Food

It’s a major faux pas to leave guests hungry at your wedding. Ensure you won’t run out of food by coordinating the catering menu ahead of time to allow for plenty of food. If guests aren’t fed, they’re less likely to stick around through the whole event, which can bring your celebration to a premature end. Remember, it’s always better to have too much food than run out. This is especially true at longer events because guests will likely be expecting to be fed more than once (typically at a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre hour and at the formal meal itself). Providing an open bar without also having enough food can be a dangerous combination, which is why it’s important to plan for enough food. Extra food can always be donated or sent home with guests.

  • Long Lines for the Bathroom

People want to gather together to enjoy your in your special day eating, drinking, dancing, and chatting, not standing in line for the bathroom. Not having enough restrooms means that guests (especially those with children) may spend much of the day waiting to use the facilities. Eliminate this annoyance by ensuring that your venue has enough bathrooms. If there doesn’t seem to be plenty for the size event that you’re planning, bring in your own restrooms to supplement what’s already onsite. Luxury portable restroom trailers are perfect for weddings because they boast the same elegance of indoor bathroom options with the added flexibility of being able to be placed wherever you’d like.

  • Schedule Confusion

Tell guests what to expect at your wedding. Provide a schedule with relevant information. The last thing you want is for guests to leave before getting to experience planned items like the reception, after party, a bonfire, evening fireworks, or anything else that you’re including. Without a written timeline of what to expect, guests can easily get confused and miss out on the fun.

This schedule can be customized for members of the wedding party to tell them where they need to be at certain times and provide important details like what they should be wearing or what kinds of responsibilities they’ll have to attend to during those times. For instance, groomsmen may be responsible for ushering guests into the venue while the bridesmaids are taking pictures. Write everything down so that no one gets confused.

  • Wardrobe Malfunction

Don’t let a wardrobe issue ruin the pictures on your big day. Have backup outfits and accessories to complete your look and ensure that everyone in the wedding party will stay looking nice. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, consider having more casual outfits for everyone to change into after the wedding ceremony to allow everyone to be a little more comfortable and enjoy themselves while still looking uniform enough to allow for lovely pictures.

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!

4 Reasons Experienced Event Planners Always Choose Kerkstra

Looking for a portable restroom supplier for your next event? Look no further! There’s a reason that the area’s top event planners choose Kerkstra for their outdoor functions. Actually, there are four reasons:

  • Customizable Options

Our wide variety of porta potty and portable restroom options allow for effective customization. Choose as many or as few as you’d like and save on your rental by scaling up your rental needs. We have elegant luxury restroom trailers that range in size from 2-stall to 10-stall varieties to suit any size event. Mix and match to get the right combination for your needs. We can deliver multiple trailers and types of toilets to accommodate specific needs. For instance, for a local half and full-marathon race we delivered a bank of standard porta potty units, several accessible units, and a couple luxury restroom trailers. General spectators could use the portable toilets while the top ranked runners were given access to the restroom trailers to get changed and gear up for the race.

  • Availability

Our large fleet of portable toilet solutions enables us to have better availability than other suppliers even during the busy summer months. This means that you won’t have to compromise on getting the right units for your event or consider moving the date. We can deliver and service the units you want when you want them. And if you reserve a trailer with us and something unforeseen happens, we’ll make it right to provide the best possible customer service.

  • Timely Delivery

You won’t have to guess when your units will show up (or if they’ll show up at all). When you rent with Kerkstra, our experienced restroom pros will get your units there on time. When the portable toilets or trailers you rented show up, they will be clean, well-maintained, and fully stocked. This means you won’t have to wait for our team to show up to get your event underway.

  • Professionalism

Timely delivery is only one of the factors that makes up our professionalism. We show up on time and do our job with a smile. We love the work we do because it means that we get to be a part of wonderful events and meet great people. We take pride in our work and will make it our mission to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch. Find out why we get so much repeat business from event planners.

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!

When Is the Best Time to Get Married?

December is by far the most popular month to get engaged, but as we all know, it’s not the most popular month for a wedding. From year to year the most common month to get married can change, but just because a month is popular for weddings doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best month for nuptials. Each season has its pros and cons, so let’s take a look at what makes them great and the challenges they present:

Spring

Spring brings the symbol of a new start, which is perfect for newlyweds. This symbolism makes it desirable to many engaged couples. You combine that with the first opportunity to get outdoors after a long, cold winter and it’s easy to see why it’s an exciting time of the year to plan a wedding.

Because weddings are more common in the summer and fall, some venues may be cheaper and have more availability in spring months. This is appealing to couples who don’t want long engagements because some popular venues have multi-year waiting lists.

Unfortunately, the weather is really unpredictable, which makes planning difficult. Temperature swings combined with the likelihood of rain makes outdoor spring weddings a gamble. You will likely need a backup plan if you’re going to have a spring wedding in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Summer

We love summer weddings because they’re so versatile. You can have an outdoor wedding at a variety of locations to enjoy the beautiful sights of a Michigan summer. Tying in with the summer’s favorite activities like camping, going to the lake, or visiting the farm with your venue is a wonderful way to enjoy the season while celebrating your big day. Barn settings and lakeside venues make for some of the most picturesque weddings in our opinion.

The sunny, hot weather also minimizes the need for additional expenses like heaters, which may make it more affordable than planning an outdoor wedding for a less convenient time of the year like spring or fall. Depending on your location and the size of your guests list, you may even be able to find an unconventional wedding venue like a public park to suit your needs, providing more date flexibility.

Fall

Autumn is another great choice for a wedding! Outdoor fall weddings in Michigan provide a gorgeous backdrop for nuptials with their vivid color palettes. No matter which colors the wedding party wears, they’re sure to look great surrounded by fall leaves.

Additionally, in the fall it gets darker earlier, which gives the feel of a nighttime wedding without requiring that the event go late into the night. This is convenient for families attending with you kids and older generations that may not want to stay out as late.

Cozy autumn comfort foods are another wonderful aspect of fall weddings. The scents and flavors of the fall can be incorporated into food and drinks to give weddings a memorable homey feel. These items can help warm up a chilly outdoor fall affair when paired with fires or heaters to keep guests warm outdoors.

Winter

While the winter creates a wonderfully cozy indoor opportunity for weddings, we love being outdoors. You can look for an indoor venue, but remember that planning a wedding during the winter means competing with private and corporate holiday parties. As a result, finding the right venue can be a challenge. This is one reason some engaged couples opt for an outdoor wedding inside a heated tent instead.

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 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!