5 Must-Haves for Outdoor Winter Events

If you’re planning an outdoor event in the next few months, you’ve probably secured all the big stuff like the venue, food, and entertainment. But, if you’ve forgotten about these cold-weather essentials, it’s time to go back to the planning board. Here are 5 must-haves for any outdoor winter event:

  1. Hot Beverages
  2. Nothing warms people up quite like a hot beverage. Be it coffee, cocoa, cider, or chocolate, warm drinks make people feel cozy and warm on the inside. If you’re offering any paid concessions or complimentary food/drinks, find a way to offer some hot beverages as well. This is especially important for events where people may be outdoors for long stretches of time, because it will give them a chance to warm up while still enjoying the event. Everyone will thank you!

  3. Ways to Warm Hands and Feet
  4. Hot beverages make faces and stomachs feel warm, but they don’t do much to warm up the extremities. Unless you want people returning to their cars or going home to warm up, give them a way to thaw out their whole bodies at your event as well.

    Getting inside a heated building is the best way to take the chill off, but if your event is more remote, that may not be a possibility. Consider handing out hand and feet warmers that people can place in their gloves and shoes for warmth in even the most remote locations.

    Another option is a bonfire! This has the dual purpose of warming people up and adding ambiance to the event. (People love bonfires and are sure to remember this romantic feature.) Just remember that every location may not approve of a large fire, so it’s important to check first.

  5. Heated Portable Bathrooms
  6. Any outdoor event will need portable restrooms, but winter events should have heated portable restroom trailers to provide a good experience for attendees. Luxury restroom trailers will take your event to the next level by giving guests a place to go to the bathroom in comfort. Say goodbye to freezing legs (and um… other body parts) while doing your business!

    Restroom trailers have heated interiors as well as hot and cold running water and flushable toilets to make them comparable to using an indoor restroom. (In fact, depending on your venue, luxury portable restrooms may be far nicer than the existing on-site options!)

  7. A Place to Take Cover
  8. Snow at an outdoor winter event is playful and fun. Rain, on the other hand, is downright miserable! Provide shelter for attendees in case there’s inclement weather. Having a tent or indoor location where guests can go if the weather gets too bad is both a comfort and a safety measure in case rain is accompanied by thunder and lightning.
    Not having a place where people can take cover means that in the event of bad weather, people will just leave. It can also deter people from coming that would have arrived later if they get word that the event isn’t properly equipped to handle the weather.

  9. Parking Assistance
  10. In snowy winter conditions, parking lines can be impossible to spot, which can result in people parking over the line or making up their own parking patterns. This can spell disaster if you’re planning a large event or an event where the venue has limited parking. Instead of leaving attendees to fend for themselves, hire parking attendants (or valets if the event is fancy) to assist with parking. Have staff place cars exactly where they want them to ensure that people are parking close enough together to allow room for everyone.

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!

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.

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!

Where Can I Find Portable Restrooms in West Michigan?

Looking for portable bathroom rentals in Michigan? You’ve come to the right place! Check out our portable restrooms page to find out more about our porta potty units and luxury restrooms. We rent restrooms for weddings, parties, community events, charity events, sports tournaments, festivals, outdoor concerts, tailgating, parks, trails, and anything else you can image!
Here’s what you need to know about us:

  • We do poo! We rent portable toilets and pump septic tanks across Michigan. We’re the experts!
  • We have 4 locations – Hudsonville, Ionia, Muskegon, and Big Rapids to serve your needs.
  • We pride ourselves on a few simple principles – cleanliness, customer service, and dependability. You can trust us with your event.
  • Your satisfaction is the most important thing to us. We’ll show up with a smile and do a great job that will wow you and your attendees.
  • We do weekend and special event rentals of porta potties, flushable restrooms, standalone sinks, and luxury portable toilet trailers
  • We offer specialty units for construction sites (high capacity waste holding tanks, fresh water systems, crane racks, and roller units)
  • We rent agricultural units that are all GAP compliant (ground units and trailer units)
  • We offer RV and house boat pumping services

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!

Saying Hello to our Favorite Outdoor Fall Events

Goodbye summer, hello fall!

It seems like just yesterday that we were kicking off our busy summer season with weddings, community races, parties by the lake, and those outdoor food and craft beer festivals that Michiganders love so much! But the summer has flown by and now we’re headed into autumn at record pace. Don’t let that get you down though! The fall has some of our favorite outdoor events.

Apple Picking and Cider Making

There’s nothing better in the fall than picking your own apples and making some fresh cider. When you bring the family to your local orchard, expect to see portable restrooms there for your convenience and sanitary use. Many farms rent portable toilets to supplement the bathrooms that they have on site in their gift barns or elsewhere on the premises. Farms with large u-pick businesses may have portable restrooms spread out across their orchards to give guests plenty of options when they need to use the bathroom. (In fact, some of the bigger farms may even be featuring luxury restroom trailers to wow guests. Either way though, apple picking is an awesome way to spend a nice Saturday outdoors!

Foliage Festivals

Fall is all about the colorful foliage! Many small towns across the state will have autumn kickoff parties where they celebrate the foliage as well as the tastes of fall. Often, local businesses will be included so that they can showcase their offerings during the change of seasons to encourage local purchases. Our favorite fall festivals typically include chili cook offs and bonfires, but that’s just our personal preference!

Game Day Tailgating

Football season means tailgating season! Good food and plenty of bathrooms makes game day tailgating an awesome way to spend a Saturday or Sunday with friends and family as you cheer on your favorite team. If you’re going to charge for your tailgate, you want to make sure to have plenty of upscale amenities like luxury portable restrooms to wow everyone you invite. If you bring in a restroom trailer, you’ll solidify your position as the supreme tailgate master! In fact, we guarantee that it will be something that people will talk about for the rest of the season!

Outdoor Music Concerts

Fun outdoor concerts don’t end when temperatures start to drop. Some of our favorite concerts happen in the fall, and bring with them the cozy feeling of bundling up with your closest friends to camp out and hear some great music. If you’re organizing a music festival, don’t forget the shower trailers in addition to the regular porta potties. (Just because it’s not hot our anymore, doesn’t mean that fans won’t end up stinky if you don’t give them a place to get clean over the weekend.)

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 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.

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 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!

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!

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!