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!

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!

Potty Like a Rockstar – Music Festival Edition

In this edition of Potty Like a Rockstar, we’re talking about your restroom options when it comes to hosting live music. Whether it’s a single concert, weekend or week-long music festival, or an ongoing concert series, we have the portable toilets needed to give guests an effective place to do their business. While most concert goers simply expect to see a line of porta potties, there are far more options available for concerts! Let’s take a look at how portable bathrooms can benefit your music event:

Keep Musicians Happy


Provide artists with the amenities that they want while performing by using luxury restroom trailers to give them a comfortable place to use the restroom, get ready, and freshen up. While bigger name musicians will likely travel with their own buses, openers and additional performers will rely on the organizer to provide the luxuries that they would have at a traditional indoor venue. Utilizing luxury portable restrooms provides top-flight amenities for artists anywhere where you want them, which is crucial for outdoor music events that have stages spread over a wide area. These units can either supplement artists’ buses or replace them onsite to provide bathroom options.

Give Guests the VIP Experience

Concert planners are always looking for ways to distinguish ticket levels so that they can increase profit margins. Adding unlimited usage of a luxury restroom to the lineup of VIP experience features is a great way to wow ticket holders. These bathrooms are even more spectacular when used in conjunction with VIP lounges or bar areas for guests. Set your event apart by providing the kinds of amenities that will stun attendees who are willing to pay more for an enhanced experience.

Charge Extra for Premium Features

Another way to boost event revenue is to charge for a la carte items like access to shower trailers. These added revenue opportunities are great for music events where attendees are camping. Giving people a way to get clean is an opportunity that many attendees will jump at when given the chance, even for an added fee. Some music venues even find that they make more money on shower access than they do on campsite fees or music access tickets because attendees may use them several times throughout the event.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Potty Like a Rockstar – Bathroom Remodel Edition

If you’ve been following our Potty Like a Rockstar series, you know that we’ve been highlighting reasons to rent luxury restroom trailers. In this edition we’re talking about bathroom remodels.

It might surprise you to learn that the winter is a great time to remodel a bathroom. Tradespeople are typically less busy during the holidays, which means that you can often complete the project faster and for less than you would at other times during the year. While you shouldn’t simply look for the lowest quote possible to do the job, contractors, electricians, and plumbers will sometimes work with you more on labor rates when they have excess capacity. Additionally, since you already have time off around the holidays, you may be able to put in some sweat equity to reduce costs. Determining which improvements you can do yourself is a great way to save money on the remodel. If your work schedule permits, you may even be able to act as the GC (general contractor) yourself to save even more. Either way, being around for part or all of the project and pitching in will make you feel more connected to the end result, like you’ve done something you can be proud of.

Since family and friends usually exchange gifts for the holidays, you can put practical items on your wish list to tie your remodel in with the holidays. Why get gifts you don’t want or need when you can ask for fixtures, flooring, decorations, or other bathroom must-haves instead?

However, if you’re going to undergo a remodel, you’ll need to plan for a backup bathroom for your family regardless of the time of the year. Any temporary bathroom you get better be climate controlled during the winter or you’ll end up with a very grumpy family! A luxury portable restroom fits the bill by offering toilets, sinks, and showers to give your family the same amenities as home with a nice, warm interior. The inside is also aesthetically appealing, providing a cozy and familiar feel for family members. Our master bathroom trailer looks great from the outside as well, which means your neighbors won’t mind seeing it for the duration of the remodel.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

How to Plan an Outdoor Christmas Party

Anyone who has ever been to an outdoor holiday party can tell you that this twist on a traditional favorite is a great way to wow guests. Taking your Christmas party outside is a fun way to mix it up and give attendees something they don’t expect. Getting together at a heated outdoor venue or an indoor party venue like a rustic cabin or barn with planned outdoor activities offers a seasonal take on celebrating with friends, family, and coworkers.

Not sure where to get started? Follow these four steps to plan a perfect outdoor holiday event:

Find a Venue

Farms are a great place to start looking for venues to host your event. Many farms are appreciative to have the business in the off-season and will be more accommodating to preferred dates than typical venues. Also, they’re more likely to have the basis for fun outdoor winter events like a horse-drawn or tractor-drawn trailer ride for guests.
Parks and other public areas are also more likely to have availability (even at the last minute). Depending on the venue though, you may not be able to guarantee that it’ll be private because some parks and outdoor venues don’t allow exclusive reservations.

Seasonal attractions like skating rinks and light show displays can typically be rented for functions as well. Start calling early to find the right venue for your event. You want to ensure that the venue will fit the size of the event you’re planning as well as provide the added amenities that you’ll need for your event.

Rent Heaters or a Heated Tent

Outdoor winter beauty is spectacular, but it can also be quite chilly! Plan to keep guests warm by renting heaters or a heated tent. Attendees will stay longer and have a better time if they don’t have to be bundled up rubbing numb fingers to get feeling back into them. Fire pits and bonfires can also serve this function, although they aren’t as safe for children.

Rent Heated Portable Restroom Trailers

Never make your guests use an outhouse in the winter for an outdoor event! Instead, rent <a href=”http://kerkstraservices.com/portable-restrooms/event-restroom-trailers/”>heated bathroom trailers</a> for guests to use. They come equipped with interior and exterior lighting as well as hot/cold running water for comfortable use in the winter.

Plan Appropriate Food and Beverages

Plan hearty food and warm drinks for guests. Comfort food is always a good choice for outdoor winter events whether you’re just planning on serving appetizers or a full meal. Things like chili, mac and cheese, and soup are wintertime favorite foods among guests. Drinks like hot chocolate, hot cider, and coffee are always appreciated as well. As a bonus, many of these food and beverage items are kid-favorites too!

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Potty Like a Rockstar – Neighborhood Party Edition

If you’ve been following our Party Like a Rockstar blog series, you’ll know that we’ve been covering different events that portable toilets can be used for to have a great time outdoors. In this edition, we’re talking about neighborhood parties.

The goal of every party is to get people together to have fun. However, depending on how many neighbors you have, you may not want that much togetherness. Having everyone come inside to eat and drink and use the bathroom can be a pain. Instead, keep kids and adults outside by serving food out there and providing portable toilets nearby for everyone to use. This can be a real time-saver after the party is over because it eliminates extensive cleanup.

While regular portable toilets will do the trick, you may want to provide something nicer for guests to use to mimic the homey feel of a neighborhood party. (And depending on neighborhood ordinances and owner association rules, standard units may not be allowed anyways.) Instead, check out these great alternatives:

Elite Units

A step up from regular portable toilets, Elite Units have more spacious interiors as well as features like foot pump flushable toilets and fresh water sinks. Additionally, they come stocked with supplies like soap and hand towels to use. They also have handy extras like mirrors, shelves, coat hooks, and hand sanitizer. These additional items make the Elite Unit visually inviting, highly accommodating, and a great choice for neighborhood parties.

Luxury Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers take portable restrooms to a whole new level. With large, climate-controlled interiors, they can be used year-round in all weather to give guests a luxurious place to use the restroom. In fact, these trailers are so nice that they are the top choice for weddings, black tie fundraisers, and other fancy events.

Restroom trailers have functional amenities like flushing toilets, sinks with hot/cold water, and well-lit interiors. However, their amenities don’t end there! Depending on the trailer, they can also have wooden cabinetry, wide vanities, large mirrors, hanging wall art, accent rugs, faux flowers, and exterior lighting.

They are also available in many different configurations to suit events of various sizes. With everything from 2-stall to 10-stall options, they can accommodate parties for up to 1,000 attendees, which means your neighborhood party will be a breeze.

Handwashing Stations

This is an often-overlooked accessory, but any party that has food (so basically, every party) can benefit from having a standalone handwashing station! Giving people a convenient place to wash their hands encourages everyone to stay clean. This is especially important for families because it gives parents an opportunity to wash kids’ hands without having to wait in line. The result is a more sanitary gathering, which is crucial when food is being cooked, serviced, and consumed.

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 – Tailgating Edition

Do you #PottyLikeARockstar? Well, we do!
In this edition of our Potty Like a Rockstar series, we’ll tell you what you need to know about renting portable restrooms for tailgating functions. Whether your tailgate is school-wide, just between some friends and family, for your whole neighborhood, or a professional event with paid admission, we’ve been a portable toilet supplier for it all! Here are your rental options for this football season:

Porta Potties

Standard portable toilets are great for two things – renting bathrooms on a budget and spacing out restrooms across a wide area. Regular porta johns are a no-frills solution to give tailgaters and party-goers the basics. Equipped with a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump, these standard units can be strategically placed to give people bathroom options in many different areas, or clustered together to create a giant bank of toilets to minimize lines.

Ensure you’ll have enough porta potties for your tailgate by using our event planning chart.

Depending on the needs of your event, you can also rent elite porta potty units or accessible units to supplement your standard rentals.

Handwashing Stations

Handwashing stations are the most underutilized tailgating element that we typically see. These standalone sinks allow users to wash hands with soap and running water. These are vital to any tailgate because they provide attendees with a way to get hands thoroughly cleaned before indulging in the delicious finger foods like hotdogs, chips, and wings that are a staple of every tailgate.

Hand sanitizer stations are another way to keep tailgaters’ hands clean. While these pumps don’t clean hands in the same way that sinks do, they offer a way to kill bad bacteria on hands quickly. While each porta potty has its own hand sanitizer pump inside, setting up pumps outside bathrooms has a few important benefits:

  • It speeds up lines by offering a place for users to get hands clean after using the bathroom once they’ve exited, which means that they don’t have to take the time to do so in the portable toilet unit itself, freeing it up more quickly for the next user.
  • It uses social pressure to encourage users to clean hands after going to the bathroom. While some people may skip this step inside the privacy of the bathroom, they are less likely to do so out in front of others, especially other people they know.
  • It gives people a place to clean their hands without having to go into the bathroom. This reduces lines and improves sanitization.

Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers are an excellent option for classy tailgates or paid tailgating functions. Give guests something to remember by offering them the best in luxury restrooms. Ticketholders can be reassured that while they’re going to be enjoying pre-game fun, they won’t have to rough it. With climate-controlled interiors, running hot/cold water, and flushing toilets they may even forget that they’re at an outdoor event!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

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!

A Porta Potty Home? You Heard Right!

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TK Devine is the man behind a revolutionary new idea – the porta potty home. In 2012 he lost his job and declared himself “home free,” moving into his car to save money. It was there that he witnessed firsthand the burgeoning homeless population around him.

Over the course of the last 8 years, the homeless population in LA has risen by 75% and TK decided to do something about it. He got the idea of turning a handicapped accessible portable toilet into a fully-fledged home and starting a business to scale this idea to help others living on the streets. With full-time employees and volunteers, he’s begun growing his business and seeking community buy-in.

Each porta potty home that he helps to build includes the bare necessities – a toilet, bed, shower, space for clothes, stove, and running water. His home idea capitalizes on the popularity of tiny homes with the practicality and frugality of a portable toilet unit.

TK’s personal unit also includes furnishings like a potted plant, books, pictures, and a window. These homey touches make his home feel like just that – home sweet home.

So, why porta potties and not another type of easily producible little home? TK explains, “Because creating a functional, sustainable, dignified, and aesthetically pleasing home, out of the last place people would consider a home means we can make a home out of anything.”

While his business would have to expand substantially to make it all the way to Michigan, we applaud his creativity to use porta potties in a unique and exciting way. Props to you, TK, and good luck in your future porta potty endeavors!
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!