Resolving Wedding Guest List Disagreements

Finalizing a guest list is one of the biggest sources of wedding-related arguments (probably second only to agreeing on finances)!
Working with as many brides and grooms-to-be as we do, we’ve heard it all. So, if you and your fiancé are fighting over who to invite, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled some common sticking points that we’ve seen couples wrestle with during the planning stage, as well as some tips for compromising.

These are the most controversial issues when it comes to your guest list:

  • An Appropriate Number

How many is too many guests? This question may seem straight-forward, especially because many couples are limited by their choice of venue. However, this question gets more complicated when you consider the fact that not everyone you invite will be able to attend. So, if you’d like to target 100 guests, does that mean you should only invite 100 people in case they all RSVP yes, or does that mean you can actually invite 120 people? This gets complicated when couples feel obligated to invite family members and acquaintances that they don’t really want to come but don’t want to run the risk of offending.

Even couples that don’t have to worry about exceeding their venue’s capacity still struggle with this question when each person has a different vision of what the wedding should look like. Sometimes one person wants a smaller wedding while the other wants a big shindig. (And, let’s be honest, the more people you invite, the more gifts you’ll receive even if they don’t all attend!)

The best way to deal with this contentious issue to be honest about your desires while still respecting the fact that the wedding should be what both people want. If one person wants a 500-person wedding and the other would prefer a small ceremony with just close friends and parents, neither one will be happy giving in to the desires of the other. Instead, aim to meet somewhere in the middle. Does the person that wants the big wedding really need to invite that many guests? Probably not. Can the person that wants the small wedding still be happy with some extended family and a wider circle of friends? Probably.

Don’t focus on the number itself as much as the actual people you’re inviting and then come to an agreement about who you really want there.

  • Balance

Fans of the classic TV show Friends will remember the episode where Chandler realizes that their wedding guest list is almost entirely made up of Monica’s family. It upsets him that he’s not going to be equally represented and begins trying to recruit her guests to his side so that it’s more balanced.

While this may seem silly in principle, it’s a common complaint (especially if the guest list is capped by the venue). While there really isn’t a good solution to balance the guest list if one person has more family or friends than the other, you can work on shifting focus away from the imbalance. Typically, the person who has fewer guests attending worries that he/she will have less of a say in the wedding as a result. To overcome this concern, ensure that both people get their say in the planning process. Be willing to compromise on things like colors, time of day, cake flavors, food and drink choices, favors, centerpieces, and so on to let your fiancé know that the wedding truly represents both of you.

  • Inviting Exes

Ex-boyfriends or girlfriends that have become close family friends pose a problem because sometimes their presence makes the groom or bride-to-be feel uncomfortable. This gets complicated when other guests expect to see this person in attendance or the ex might be hurt by not being invited.

The only compromise here is to exclude exes from the guest list if there’s any possibility that it will upset the bride or groom-to-be because it’s too special of a day to have it tainted by awkwardness or feelings of jealousy.

  • Allowing Kids

Whether or not to allow children at your wedding is sometimes dictated by the time of day and other times is just a result of personal preference. If both people agree on this issue, that’s great! However, sometimes there’s disagreement because couples understand that certain guests will only attend if their kids are welcome as well. This is where it gets dicey.

Unfortunately, there’s not really much middle-ground here – either kids are allowed, or they aren’t. Some couples may choose to have children at the ceremony but not the reception but typically the rules for one apply to both. If you don’t want to restrict attendance too much, you can set an age requirement (like ages 10+ only).

Remember, even couples that love kids may choose to have an adults-only wedding. Not allowing little ones at your wedding doesn’t make any sort of statement about how you feel about kids in general, it’s just a decision to be made for your celebration.

Some people decide it’s best to have an adults-only celebration if the cost to include children is too high or the setting isn’t appropriate for kids. Whatever you choose, make your preferences clear in the wedding invitation or speak to any couples with kids individually to explain your expectations.

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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!

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Planning a Rustic Winter Wedding

Pinterest and Instagram are filled with great winter wedding ideas, some of which are more attainable than others. We’ve serviced so many weddings across throughout the years with our luxury restroom trailers, that we’re pretty much experts when it comes to weighing in on seasonal wedding trends. We know what looks great and impresses guests without blowing your budget or causing needless stress.

Here are out top favorite rustic winter wedding ideas:

  • Wood

Shiplap and wooden board signs have been a very hot trend over the past few years and they’re gaining more popularity all the time!

Decorative wooden signs add more than just rustic statement pieces, they’re also functional – directing guests to important areas like the bar, bathroom, gift table, and so on! Due to their durable nature, they can also be used outside to help cue guests into where to park and how to get to the main entrance of your venue.

Barn wedding venues and other rustic locales typically already have these types of signs for you to use.

  • Outdoor Seasonal Accents

Bringing the outside in is a common theme across all seasons! Many engaged couples choose to incorporate outdoor touches in bouquets, centerpiece arrangements, and more. If you’re planning a winter wedding, you can accomplish this by using ice, pinecones, pine tree boughs, and bare branches. Whether you bring in a large ice sculpture and full-sized Christmas tree, or just use small accents throughout the venue, guests will notice these fun elements.

  • Antique Lighting

The beauty of winter weddings really shines in the use of lighting choices to set a cozy ambiance. Light sources like Edison bulbs, lanterns, and candles act as a rustic throwback while creating an inviting and warm feel to any wedding!

  • Creative Dessert Ideas

The hottest wedding trend right now is skipping the wedding cake in favor of more creative dessert choices. Having s’mores for guests or offering a hot chocolate bar with mason jars is a great way to add some flair to your winter wedding while keeping the rustic feel. If you want to go a little more traditional, you can opt for a variety of beautiful homemade pies.

Guests come to a wedding with the expectation of receiving cake, so surprising them with another option is a surefire way to excite them!

  • Cozy Mismatches

Pairing different patterns and colors is a great way to add a mismatched rustic touch to your décor. You can also experiment with different textures like fur and suede to give your winter wedding a unique look that your guests will remember.

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DIY Winter Wedding Centerpieces

Winter weddings provide the backdrop for some of the most romantic nuptials and elegant celebrations of any time of the year. Capture the magic of the season in your big day with your own easy (and inexpensive) winter-themed centerpieces. Going DIY allows you to put your own stamp on your wedding reception while saving money. And, if you’re naturally creative, you’ll probably have a lot of fun doing it as well! (If you’re not that creative or crafty, you can always recruit family and friends to help!)

Here are some of the best centerpiece ideas we’ve seen at winter weddings in years past:

Candles

Nothing captures the romance of the season by bringing candlelight into your celebration. We’ve seen couples integrate candles in the marriage ceremony, during the cocktail hour, and at the reception as well. The great part about using candles is that they’re affordable when bought in bulk and can be used basically anywhere.

Whether you choose to use pillar candles, tealights, or a combination of the two, you can place candles on gift tables, the cake table, the head table, and guest tables. An assortment of candle heights and colors is a simple way to create beautiful centerpieces on your tables. It also sets the mood by creating a soft ambiance if you keep the rest of the lighting low.

A word of caution though, check with your wedding venue to ensure that they’ll let you use real candles. Some venues don’t allow open flames because their insurance policy prohibits it. In these cases, you can buy or rent flameless candles. If you plan far enough in advance, you can even order LED candles that are customized with the date and the couple’s name and then let guests take them home as favors. That checks two items off your to-do list!

Branches

Using vases with decorative branches is a neat way to bring the feeling of nature into your wedding reception while keeping it elegant. You can either use artificial branches or get some real branches and spray paint them to match your wedding colors.

Branches create statement pieces that will immediately draw attention and delight guests. These tall centerpiece ideas are a good way to add height and dimension to your celebration without preventing guests from being able to see each other on opposite sides of the table.

Metallic and Sparkles

Metallic colors, and sparkles are a more feminine touch, but they add a lot of shimmer to any wedding. You can choose to use shades of silver, gold, or bronze exclusively, or combine them to create a lavish look across your entire venue. Depending on the size of your venue and the hues you choose, you may want to offset them with some candlelight or floral elements to balance the boldness of your metallic accents.

Icy Accents

Bringing in ice sculptures often isn’t practical from a budget standpoint, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create the striking look of ice for less. Using icy accents like translucent glass centerpieces or silver-blue ribbon to adorn your tables is a great way to create an icy look on a budget. Additionally, using water gives the illusion of ice and is easy to set up and clean up. If you want to combine effects, you can always fill elegant glass containers with water and light floating candles on top. If candles aren’t your thing, you can float other items like cranberries, pinecones, or colored beads.

Repurposed Holiday Decorations

The winter is best known for the holidays like Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s, which makes using holiday decorations an obvious choice for your wedding. Repurpose decorations by using them in unexpected ways like stacking them in pyramid shapes, attaching them to rustic barn wood, or using them functionally on tables. We’ve seen creative ideas like using Christmas ornament hooks as napkin holders with little baubles attached to them and filling champagne glasses with tinsel. The sky’s the limit when it comes to repurposing your favorite holiday decorations!

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Selecting the Perfect Fall Wedding Color Palate

Deciding on colors for your wedding is a very exciting first step! However, if you’ve been planning your wedding for a long time, you may have trouble narrowing your color choice down to just a few main colors and accents. There are so many wonderful colors to choose from, and your palate is only limited by your imagination!

If you need some inspiration, you can always look at wedding invitation sites for ideas on colors that work well together. Going this route an easy way to ensure that your invitations, thank you cards, and other correspondence match your colors. This strategy may also help you to think creatively!

The autumn is a lovely time for a wedding because there are so many beautiful colors to choose from to set the stage. We service outdoor weddings across the state with our luxury restrooms, which means that we’ve seen thousands of color combinations across all four seasons. Here are some of our fall favorites:

Metallic

Gold and silver make for wonderful autumn colors, especially for evening weddings. Metallic colors add a touch of elegance, making weddings feel lavish and indulgent. Some couples choose to stick with either gold or silver, while others combine them together with whites and creams to create an extravagant, yet tasteful, look.

Cranberry

Deep reds, dark oranges, and rich browns come together beautifully, especially when paired with leaves, cranberries, and rustic wooden décor. This is a popular color palate for barn weddings in Michigan, making it a classic autumn choice.

Foliage

Bringing the colors of leaves into your big day using vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. These bright colors found in nature ensure that your wedding won’t end up looking too drab. It also serves as a reminder of the season even when the celebration moves indoors. Remember, you don’t have to use each color equally, you can choose or two main colors, and use other foliage-inspired hues as accents to keep it from becoming an assault on the eyes.

End of Summer

Fall isn’t simply the start of a new season, it’s also the end of another. If you’re looking for a unique color palate just as the seasons are changing, you can select fruity summer-end colors like mango, peach, and cream to give your wedding a playful softness. (You may even get some deals on these types of colors as retailers close out their selection in these hues for the season.)

Halloween

It takes the right couple to pull off a Halloween color scheme, but black and orange can be a fun way to celebrate the throughout the fall months with your wedding. A daytime or evening wedding with the right amount of orange and black can create a fun family-friendly vibe. (We’ve even seen couples ask guests to come in costume to their Halloween-themed wedding, but that’s entirely up to you!)

Dramatic

Typical autumn colors of red, orange, and yellow with a contrast of very dark blue or bright purple can set your wedding apart from other seasonal celebrations. Using an “off script” color like blue or purple for larger areas like tablecloths will give your autumn colors opportunity to shine against a, unexpected backdrop.

Monochromatic with a Twist

Gray gradients and monochromatic color schemes are a sophisticated choice for weddings year-round, but using too much black and white can create a feeling that’s too somber. That’s why you’ll want to add a pop of color like yellow to round out your color choice. Going monochromatic with a twist is a great way to give your wedding a touch of fun amidst the elegance of stronger colors. It also personalizes your choice by adding a more custom feel to a standard color palate.

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Wedding Bathroom Rentals – Find the Right Units for Your Event

Finding portable restrooms for a wedding is a task that no bride or groom-to-be enjoys undertaking. However, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, it’s one of the most important details you can finalize! Securing enough units from the right vendor may take some planning and research, but it doesn’t have to be painful. Here’s everything you need to know:

Luxury Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers are undoubtedly the best restroom solution for weddings because of their aesthetic appearance and amenities. Restroom trailers are luxurious on both the inside and outside – making them a good match for fancy affairs like weddings and black-tie events. Inside, they boast features like flushing toilets, running water, air conditioning/heat, and large mirrors that make guests comfortable. Additionally, their high-end amenities like wooden cabinetry, accent rugs, recessed lighting, hanging wall art, and faux flowers add a glamorous touch to something that would otherwise just be functional.

Restroom trailers come in a variety of sizes from 2-stall to 10-stall options to suit any size guest list. One of the most popular rentals is the Shanty 2-Stall Trailer because of its rustic chic barn interior. This look compliments a Michigan barn wedding nicely and can be used as a changing room for the wedding party in addition to a restroom option for guests.

Porta Potties

If your budget is limited, you may want to opt for porta potties instead of a restroom trailer. Basic units are the most affordable portable restroom options that you’ll find. These offer the basic toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump combination and can be rented in any number combination that you need. In addition to standard portable toilet units, ”>Elite Portable Toilets are also an option. These offer some upgraded features (extra space, flushing toilet, small sink with soap and hand towels, mirror, and shelves for belongings) from your standard porta john to better accommodate wedding guests.

Top Tips

  • Be sure to reserve your rentals well in advance of your wedding date, because they get booked up during peak season.
  • Don’t be afraid to communicate your budget to your portable toilet supplier. They’ll be able to provide you with different options that suit your needs.
  • Using a local portable restroom company will help you to save money because they typically offer more competitive prices than the national companies.

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!

Selecting the Perfect Groom’s Gifts and Bride’s Gifts

It’s a timeless custom for the bride and groom to exchange gifts for their wedding. In past generations, these gifts were elaborate statements of their love for each other – romantic keepsakes that they would exchange publicly. In recent years, however, these gifts have taken a decidedly modern twist. There is more freedom around what these gifts should look like and what their purpose should be. Essentially, they’ve gotten more fun and creative over the years. If you’re looking for the perfect groom’s gift or bride’s gift, these are all awesome ideas!

Groom’s Gifts

Brides typically plan most of the wedding details, which makes it easy to forget about the all-important groom’s gift. But before you let this one slip, here are some great gift ideas for grooms:

  • Watch or Cufflinks – Fine jewelry like watches and cufflinks are classic groom’s gifts because they can be worn at the wedding, and make great sentimental pieces to hand down through generations.
  • Sunglasses – Designer sunglasses are a chic modern spin on the traditional jewelry favorites. They’re an especially popular choice when planning an outdoor wedding!
  • Drinkware – Engraved tumblers, wine glasses, growlers, and flasks are a sophisticated gift for the beer, wine, or liquor connoisseur.
  • Fancy Bottle of Liquor – Gifting your man a bottle of his favorite spirit is a gift that he can enjoy with his groomsmen at the bachelor party or at the wedding reception.
  • Cigars – Cigars aren’t just popular for a baby’s birth! They’re also a showpiece at wedding receptions among men to unite new family members in an old tradition.
  • Electric Razor – A razor is a practical gift that your fiancé will love because it means he won’t have to buy it for himself. (It’s also a subtle reminder that he should be clean shaved for the wedding day – hint hint.)
  • Cologne – Want to make your main man even more dapper? Get him a bottle of designer cologne to make him smell as good as he looks on your big day together.
  • Toiletry Kit – If your guy already has the personal hygiene items that he needs, you can always get him a nice leather toiletry kit to hold them all when you go on your honeymoon.
  • Tickets – Want a gift you can enjoy together? Get him tickets to a concert or to see his favorite sports team. This is a gift for grooms that they’ll surely love!
  • Photo Album or Scrap Book – If you’re looking for an inexpensive groom’s gift idea, a scrap book or photo album that highlights your good times together is a great option. You can incorporate ticket stubs and other small mementos to give it an extra-special personal touch.
  • A Love Note – A hand-written note telling your soon-to-be husband how much he means to you and how excited you are about your life together is a wonderful classic gift. You can use elegant stationary to give that extra-special feel.

Bride’s Gifts

Grooms-to-be often have a harder time coming up with a great gift idea than their brides. They can’t help it – most men just struggle when it comes to shopping! But guys, as a word of caution, don’t skip the bride’s gift! This is a sure-fire way to get your already stressed bride even more worked up. Here are some women-approved options for gifts:

  • Jewelry – Ladies love jewelry! Buy your bride something that she can wear on her wedding day like a bracelet or necklace. Just make sure she wasn’t planning on wearing family heirlooms or her favorite pieces of jewelry already.
  • Engraved Wedding Band – Getting her wedding band engraved with a personal message is a sweet gift to make something that she’ll already love even better. You can’t go wrong with this one!
  • A Choreographed Dance – Show your bride that you care as much about the wedding as she does by getting your groomsmen or family members to put together a dance for the big day. Then, surprise her by performing it in front of your guests. Remember, you don’t have to be a good dancer to put a smile on her face with your effort.
  • A Jersey with her Married Name – If your bride-to-be is a big sports fan, get her a jersey for her favorite team with her new last name on it.
  • Concert Tickets – Getting tickets for a concert that you both want to attend is a good way to take your mind off the hassle of wedding of planning. Or better yet, treat her to a girls’ night by getting tickets for her and her friends to go to something that they’ll like to see.
  • Monogrammed Home Décor – Monogrammed home décor is in style right now, which means that you can score some major points by putting her new initials on something for your home together.
  • Framed Personal Artwork – If you’re naturally creative, you can create a work of art yourself (painting, sketch, etc.) for your bride and get it framed.
  • A Massage – With the stress of wedding planning in full swing, your bride would probably love to have a relaxing massage to decompress. Buy her a gift card and let her schedule it for a time when she’s free.
  • Champagne and Flowers – A fun wedding day gift is having champagne and flowers delivered to your bride in the morning when you’re supposed to be apart. She’ll love your thoughtfulness amid all the other details that you’re both worried about.
  • A Love Journal – Writing some loving words to your bride is a great way to tell her, in your own words, how much she means to you. If you’re writing your own vows, this can be a similar theme, but with more personal details that you might not want to share in front of your guests.

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5 Barn Wedding Must-Haves

Michigan barn weddings are more popular than ever before! Barn weddings provide an intimate setting for your big day that’s absolutely unmatched while also allowing plenty of opportunity to dress up the space to create an elegant look.
If you’re planning to have your ceremony and/or reception in a barn setting, here are your top must-haves:

  1. Rustic Décor
  2. Wedding ceremonies and receptions in barns are the perfect mix of rustic and elegant elements. Incorporating the traditional rustic feel can be done through everything from the centerpieces and place settings to the guest book and gift table.

    Asking the venue for ideas on how you can incorporate rustic chic touches is a great way to leverage the experience of experts and utilize the space effectively. If you’re using a wedding planner he/she can also provide suggestions. Doing your own research and putting together a picture board of what you like will help you to envision how your ideas will work together.

  3. Luxury Restrooms
  4. Farms provide a great backdrop for weddings, but they don’t always have the most modern (or convenient) restroom facilities. There’s nothing worse than having guests waiting in line or trekking to bathrooms that are a distance away instead of enjoying themselves. Give your guests an upscale option exactly where you want it by renting a luxury portable restroom trailer for your wedding. Restroom trailers make outdoor weddings and black-tie events complete by giving guests the same accommodations and amenities that they would have in a permanent venue like a hotel or restaurant.

  5. Seasonal Touches
  6. Incorporating seasonal elements into the tastes, sights, and smells of your wedding is a wonderful way to bring the outdoors into your event. You can include delicious flavors from seasonal fruits and vegetables into your menu and use local flowers in your bouquets and floral arrangements while they’re in bloom. Give your wedding a fresh, natural feel by using seasonally appropriate elements wherever possible.

  7. Glamorous Lighting
  8. String up market lights, paper lanterns, Edison bulbs, or use antique chandeliers to light the barn where you’ll have your reception. These options all create a warm, loving ambiance that’s perfect for any rustic chic wedding. But don’t stop there – you can also use tea light candles (or LED candles if the venue won’t let you have open flames), lanterns, or light up marquees for smaller areas like on the dessert table or head table. Play with different sizes and shapes to create a mix-and-match feel that’s fitting for the space.

  9. Personalized Elements
  10. Monogrammed décor and accents are great for any wedding, but they’re especially romantic in a barn setting. If you don’t want to use your initials, you can also weave personal touches into your wedding reception by have elements that reflect your interests, hobbies, or how you met. Don’t worry about making your personalized elements fit in – the more your unique aspects stand out, the better! After all, it is your day!

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