Important Wedding Day Items

Undertaking the planning of a wedding can be an absolutely monumental task and one that demands a well-developed ability to pay attention to the details. But even the most carefully planned events tend to leave one or two of the vitals off of the list—if they ever even make it to the list at all. Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers has been a part of hundreds of weddings in the DC, MD, and VA areas, and here are the top important wedding day items we see many miss.

Clear Directions for Guests

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Nothing will exclude guests from having a good time more than not even being able to get to your venue in the first place. We highly recommend providing detailed directions for guests and ideally ones that offer clear landmarks and alternative routes—the latter for those that may get lost. To save on unnecessary costs, we recommend that you provide directions for guests that have confirmed attendance.

Be sure to include clear directions to the exact ceremony location as well! If you are having an outdoor wedding or a camping wedding in particular, make sure clear signs are laid out for the grand entrance, reception area, restrooms, bar, and dancing floor. It wouldn’t do to have the event put on hold to organize a search party.

A Diverse Menu

important wedding day items, foodThe quality of your catering can make or break the event and so can the diversity of the menu. It doesn’t matter as much that the pork is excellent if you have many guests that can’t stand the stuff. Be sure to add as much diversity as possible to your menu so that all guests are taken care of equally. Take particular care to ensure none of your guests have a food allergy or intolerance. If they do, plan to accommodate this properly.

Appropriate Emergency Kits

Accidents happen, even at a wedding. You don’t want an injury to spell the end of your event, so be certain to include care kits that will include all that may be needed to treat an unexpected issue. Painkillers, allergy medications, bandages, and insect bite ointments are of particular value and importance.

Adequate Amenities

Even the most luxurious and stunning weddings can be brought down a peg or two when guests feel the call of nature only to be met with a meager number of standard portable toilets. To make your outdoor luxury wedding complete, consider the advantages of renting mobile restroom trailers to add a little more pizazz and class to the experience.

Disabled Access

Speaking of amenities, take care to remember those of your guests that may have difficulty traversing the more challenging parts of your venue’s terrain. Be sure to include ramps and accessible seating and, if applicable, it may be wise to enlist a sign-language capable professional if many of your guests are hearing impaired.

An Alternative Plan for Bad Weather

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In the MD, VA, and DC areas, our weather can span from far too hot to exceptionally chilly—and we’re no strangers to storms. Take care to check the annual weather averages near your venue—if there’s any risk of rain or foul weather, have a backup plan ready.

Take Care of Your Wedding Day Guests with Blue Ribbon

Blue Ribbon offers gorgeous, sanitary, and luxurious portable restrooms. Whether you’re just getting started with your Maryland or Virginia wedding plans or you’re finalizing the details, reach out to us to find out more about our portable restroom trailers.

Contact us online now to reserve your restroom trailer, or call 888-498-6982 to discuss your needs with our team today!

When Nature Calls: Planning a Camping Wedding That’s a Wild Success

One of the biggest perks that comes with being part of our clients’ wedding festivities is seeing the creative ways couples bend the traditional wedding rules. Did you catch our recent top 10 list of unexpected wedding venues? We’re continuing this theme here with tips for planning a camping wedding.

Why have a traditional wedding ceremony and reception when you can turn your entire wedding weekend into an epic celebration? Many couples who love to throw a great party find that planning a camping wedding is a reasonably affordable option for their guests, while also being relatively easy on their own bank accounts.

But if you’re tempted to jump on this trend, be warned: you’ve got some serious planning to do to make it truly unforgettable. So, before you spear those marshmallows, let’s discuss how to pull off a fabulous camping wedding.

1. Choose a long holiday weekend.

Among the things that could spell disaster for your epic weekend-long party is planning a camping wedding for a weekend when most of your guests can’t make it. Naturally, choosing a long holiday weekend, along with giving your family and friends plenty of notice, increases the odds of most guests showing up. Get those save the date cards out early!

Scheduling your wedding for a long holiday weekend also provides an excellent opportunity for getting the gang together again for years to come. Talk about creating your own wedding tradition! Even if you don’t want to have your actual ceremony outside, you could reserve part of a campground for afterward to provide an area for socializing and camping after the wedding!

Do keep in mind, though, a weekend is a big commitment and you will probably also have some on your guest list who aren’t too keen on camping out. So, make accommodations for those who want to drive in just for the ceremony and afterparty, or find a hotel or other traditional lodging option nearby for those who’d like traditional accommodations.

2. Choose attire appropriate for the outdoors.

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Having an outdoor wedding doesn’t mean you have to choose a certain kind of “camping wedding dress”—pick whatever style you’ve always dreamed of! What’s more important is that you have shoes and accessories appropriate for spending an extended amount of time outdoors. Make sure you, your bridal party, and your guests are all dressed for the weather—whether that means having sweaters and blankets on hand for chilly temperatures or just opting for sneakers instead of fancy heels or sandals.

If it looks like it’ll be cold on the day of your ceremony and you can afford to do so, it’s wise to rent propane heaters and space them out so you and your guests stay cozy.

3. Make memories with food.

When planning a camping wedding, you have the opportunity to use food to make memories. In addition to whatever you’re planning for the day of the ceremony, you will potentially have another day or two of creative menu options. This doesn’t mean your guests will expect you to provide food for everyone for the entire weekend, but it’s a good reminder to make your intentions around meals known.

In general, it’s smart to keep camping wedding food casual and simple since you’ll likely be without all the bells and whistles that a catering kitchen might offer at a traditional venue. Plus, choosing simple items will keep your costs down and let you focus on other parts of the weekend.

One way to involve your guests in a special way is to ask them to contribute family recipes. You could do a dessert table, for example, with a collection of desserts that played an important role in each of your childhoods. Don’t forget the s’mores!

4. Don’t try to upstage nature.

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One huge perk of having your wedding outdoors at a campground, state park, or even in a large backyard is that nature provides an epic backdrop that’s tough to beat. Go ahead and plan that sunset ceremony with mountains in the background overlooking a breathtaking valley, then dance the night away to the beat of crickets, surrounded by fireflies, under a canopy of stars.

Rather than carting in a ton of decorations, incorporate natural elements wherever you can. Some lanterns, twinkle lights, and simple rustic components to complement what is already there will go a long way. Remember: less is more.

Of course, there’s one area where upstaging nature is an absolute requirement and that’s when it comes to showering regularly. No matter how much your guests are into communing with nature, they’ll probably be happier to attend your camping wedding knowing they’ll be able to take a hot shower after they dance the night away under the stars. Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers has you covered with our shower trailer rentals.

5. Get to know your camping wedding venue.

The idea of having your wedding outdoors might sound less stressful than booking a traditional venue, but there are many things to consider with an outdoor, off-the-grid location. Wondering how to have a campground wedding that you and your guests will love? Know your venue!

Just a few things to consider:

  • Is there power available at your ceremony and reception location, or will you need to bring in generators for lights and charging stations?
  • Are the restroom facilities sufficient for the number of guests you have? If not, you might consider renting a restroom trailer for a better experience.
  • Are your guests staying all weekend? If so, they’ll likely want to shower at some point. You can rent portable shower trailers for your wedding, too!
  • Is there a fire ban in place? Make sure you check on this before building a fire for s’mores!
  • What is the alcohol policy at your wedding location? Do you need to get a permit to provide alcohol to your guests?

6. Don’t forget about music.

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If you’re having a camping wedding, live music is a great choice. Your guests can dance the night away to bluegrass, folk, or whatever music you prefer. Remember to check on local sound ordinances and the noise policy at the campground or outdoor location you’re considering. And, again, make sure you know the electrical situation ahead of time so you have adequate power for microphones, amplifiers or speakers, and whatever instruments your band will be playing (or for your DJ’s equipment!).

7. Show your appreciation with a customized welcome kit.

Say “thank you” to your guests for making the trek to your chosen destination by providing them with a bag of goodies that will make their stay more enjoyable. What you opt to include should depend on how long they are staying and what type of amenities are available for their use. Ideas include:

  • A detailed map of the campsite
  • A list of local attractions complete with directions
  • Bug spray
  • Bottled water
  • Campfire treats such as a mini s’mores kit
  • Local goodies
  • Daily itineraries

In addition to your welcome bags, ensure your guests have all the creature comforts of home by stocking up on extra toothbrushes and travel-sizes items such as soap and shampoo. Be sure to have a first aid kit on hand complete with allergy medication, pain relievers, and ice packs; in the event of a minor injury or allergic reaction to an insect bite or foliage, your guests will appreciate not having to endure a lengthy car ride to find relief!

8. Have plans for happily ever after (the wedding).

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After you say “I do,” you can keep your guests entertained by offering up a variety of games and activities for the duration of their stay. The goal isn’t to fill each minute of every day but rather to strike a comfortable balance between recreation and relaxation to enhance the experience and help make long-lasting memories. The types of activities you choose should be based on the number of guests, location, and range of age groups that will be in attendance and may include a variety of options such as:


Scout out the campsite in advance to determine if they have a recreational area with amenities such as a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, baseball diamonds, and more, and bring the necessary equipment with you to the venue. 

Arts and Crafts

Keep children entertained with age-appropriate craft materials to unleash their creativity and alleviate boredom during periods of downtime or inclement weather. 


Rent an inflatable screen to show movies during the evening if the campground policies allow, provided there is an adequate power supply to operate the equipment. 

Board Games

Engage the competitive spirit of your guests with an assortment of board games and cards they can use to play around the campfire, picnic table, or inside a tent or cabin. 

9. Embrace the inevitable hiccups.

Finally, when you’re planning a camping wedding and on your wedding day, make sure you know how to roll with the punches. It helps to anticipate and accept that there are variables that will be out of your control. Trust that your epic wedding experience will not be ruined by the inevitable hiccup.

Yes, the weekend could be a total washout. It’s smart to rent a tent in advance just in case—it can also provide shade on a sunny afternoon! And yes, there could be a fire ban in the campground because of an unprecedented drought—so much for your s’more roasting dreams. Rather than setting your sights on perfection, focus on the love that surrounds you. If you are determined to make your wedding a smashing success despite any potential mishaps, it will be!

10. Savor the little moments.

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After you’ve planned your big event, don’t forget to savor the little moments. You want this event to be unforgettable for your guests, but you also want it to be memorable for you. If you steal quiet moments to be present, you’re more likely to remember the sights, sounds, smells, and little moments, like the first time you lock eyes with your husband- or wife-to-be during the ceremony. Otherwise, the day and weekend will get away from you.

Being out in nature definitely heightens the senses. So, take it all in and you’ll have vivid mental details for years to come. Priceless!

Here’s a fun suggestion: tie a string around your finger so that whenever you look down, you’re reminded to take a breath and be present in the moment.

Planning a Camping Wedding? Let Blue Ribbon Help!

There’s just something about being in the great outdoors, enjoying a relaxed, family vibe, and extending the biggest day of your life to a long weekend that makes for an epic wedding experience. If you are up for the challenge, planning a camping wedding could be the perfect way to start your married lives together.

When nature calls, Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers is ready. We are honored to help our clients pull off unforgettable outdoor weddings and events. Is nature calling you? Contact us today for a free quote on luxury restroom trailer or shower trailer rentals.

8 Outdoor Wedding Tips to Make Your Big Day Memorable for All the Right Reasons

We all can recall a wedding that didn’t go exactly according to plan—the officiant showed up late, the ring bearer wouldn’t stop crying, someone got a little too “jiggy with it” and knocked over the cake. Unfortunately, you can’t control everything. But these outdoor wedding tips will make it more likely that your wedding will be one to remember for good reasons.

Let’s face it, pulling off the perfect, storybook wedding is not easy. There are just so many variables, especially if you opt for an outdoor wedding. For best results, arm yourself with the following outdoor wedding tips and a healthy, easy-going aoutdoor wedding tipsttitude.

1. Consider the pros and cons of each venue location

Before you choose the perfect setting, carefully weigh the pros and cons of each locale.

  • The beach: Pros: Close your eyes and listen to the calming sound of the waves crashing. What could be more romantic? Cons: Beaches tend to be windy, so make sure the decor (and your hair) is extra secure. You’ll also have to pay to bring in everything, besides the view.
  • The mountains: Pros: Ah! Mother Nature provides a beautiful backdrop for your nuptials. Fresh breeze and rolling hills make for a picture-perfect setting. Cons: Guests will likely have to walk a bit over rough terrain to get from their cars to the celebration. Consider making things easier with golf carts to escort guests.
  • The backyard: Pros: No additional site cost required and the sentimental value is priceless. Cons: While you’ll save on site fees, you will have to pay additional fees for permits, liability insurance, and other rentals. Also, residential areas often have noise restrictions that you’ll have to pay attention to.

2. Prepare for extras

Once you’ve chosen the perfect venue, consider other outdoor wedding tips. For instance, be prepared for extra fees. Just because you opt to get married in a public park or other area that is free for public use, doesn’t mean you can use it as your wedding venue for free. Figure out if there is a site fee or “suggested donation” well ahead of time to avoid surprises. Also, keep in mind that you may incur additional delivery fees from some vendors if your locale is remote.

Do you need to provide sanitation services? Almost nothing leaves guests with an unhappy memory of an event like the condition of the restrooms and we all know that restrooms in public parks are not usually the cleanest spaces. Our high-end restroom trailers can really save your outdoor wedding event. Show your guests how much you care by providing beautiful restrooms for their comfort.

3. Have a good Plan B

We get it—planning one wedding is hard enough, let alone planning two. But worse-case scenarios happen. And of all the outdoor wedding tips here, ignoring this one is sure to tempt fate (or some serious day-of meltdowns). When bad weather pops up, you’ll need to spring into action quickly. If there’s no easy indoor option available at your venue, rent a tent, just in case.

And if you wake up to light rain, don’t wait until the last minute to put your Plan B into action. Check the radar and make the call. Have a plan to alert the guests to any schedule changes and make sure everything is ready to go.

4. Keep guests dry

A slight drizzle or quick afternoon rain shower may not be enough to move everything indoors, but your guests might get wet. So have a stash of umbrellas ready to hand out and put some fresh, fluffy towels in the restrooms in case of a downpour. May we suggest upgrading to our VIP package? You can enhance your luxury restroom trailers with fresh flowers, hand lotion, and other courtesy items to keep them comfortable rain or shine.

5. Keep guests cool

In the hot summer months it is especially important to keep your guests cool. Shade is key when you’re hosting an outdoor wedding. If there is not a lot of shade available at your venue, consider setting up tents with a variety of cool drinks and adding large umbrellas over guest tables. Offer fans and floppy hats to keep the sun at bay during the ceremony. Even a few minutes in direct sunlight during a short ceremony can make guests start to wilt.

6. Keep guests warm

As hot as it can get during the middle of the day, in some locations, there can be as much as a 20 degree temperature drop once the sun goes down. Space heaters in tents can do the trick to keep guests warm. Also, consider making pashminas available for the ladies as a fun way to stay warm. They can double as favors too.

7. Bug and wind-proof your venue

When choosing flowers, keep in mind that some hold up to the elements better than others. Hardy varieties including roses, zinnias, and dahlias stand up to a stiff breeze better than more delicate blooms. Also, keep in mind that some varieties attract more insects, for example, baby’s breath, peonies, and gardenias. To deter insects, incorporate natural pesticides into your bouquets and centerpieces including rosemary, lavender, mint, and thyme.

If your wedding is near water, you’ll need something more powerful like citronella candles and you may want to have natural insect repellant on hand for guests in the restrooms. Mosquitos are worst right before sunset, so plan the flow of your event around this time.

8. Keep your cake looking as good as it tastes

Fluffy buttercream frosting will melt and turn gooey in warm weather. Opt for fondant instead if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Caterers’ outdoor wedding tips include not displaying your cake outside if it is warmer than 75 degrees. If you absolutely must show off your cake, put it in a screened-in area to keep it safe from the scorching sun and insects. For best results, ask the caterer to bring it out from the cooler just before slicing.

The experts at Blue Ribbon Restrooms hope these outdoor wedding tips leave your guests with nothing but great memories. We are here to help make your day go as smoothly as possible. Get a quote today. And may the odds be ever in your favor!

6 Key Wedding Planner Questions to Ask Before You Say “I Do”

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Planner, wedding planner questionsSo, you’ve got the ring and the date. All you need now is a plan. At first, you blissfully thumb through wedding magazines and furiously pin web pages. Then, suddenly, it hits you like an avalanche—the sheer volume of decisions that need to be made.

Before you panic, make one decision that will immediately condense your to-do list: hire a wedding planner. Of course, you’ll want to hire the right person for the job. To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of wedding planner questions that will give you a good place to start.

Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

Before we get to the questions, let’s consider why you might decide to hire someone to fill this role. Yes, a wedding planner is an added expense. But a good one can save you money, time, and—most important—stress along the way.

And you don’t have to double your wedding budget to find the support you need. Depending on how much you have to spend, there are several options.

You could contract:

  • A full-service wedding planner to arrange every detail.
  • Someone to assist in choosing your wedding location and vendors only.
  • A day-of (which really means 30 days) wedding coordinator.

Whatever type of contract you choose, you’ll need to ask the right wedding planner questions to make sure your expectations are clear and everyone is on the same page ahead of time.

Wedding Planner Questions:

1. Are you available on my wedding date?

This is the first and most important question to ask. If you are looking to hire someone to oversee your event on the big day, you don’t want to waste time working with someone who can’t be there. On the other hand, if your date is still flexible and you know you want to work with a planner who is in high demand, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a few available date options.

2. What services do you offer?

It’s not always obvious from a planner’s website what kind of services they offer. Will they help you come up with a vision or is executing your vision their specialty? Do they offer full-service event planning, day-of coordination, or a la carte services?

3. How many weddings will you be working on at the same time?

On the day of your wedding, it will be important to know that you are receiving your wedding coordinator’s full attention, so make sure they won’t be juggling several events on your big day. But keep in mind that it is entirely realistic for your planner to be working on other weddings and events during the whole process.

Whether they can successfully plan several events, including yours, depends on the size of their team and whether the other weddings are local or far away—so don’t be shy about asking for these details.

4. Do you handle professional service contracts and payment processing?

When it comes to contracts and payments, it’s crucial to figure out how your planner prefers to work: some prefer a lump sum from which they will hire professionals to take care of the details; others will ask you to cut the check for the pros yourself. Some planners have vendors they prefer to partner with; others will shop around to find the right pros within your budget.

The beauty of working with a great wedding planner is that they can help you remember details that may not immediately occur to you. At Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers, we partner with several wedding planners to offer their clients premium restroom services at affordable prices. We are happy to work with your wedding planner to streamline your process.

5. Do you deal with rentals?

Again, day-of details need to be clearly spelled out ahead of time. The last thing you need on the morning of your wedding is a call from your photographer, florist, musicians, or caterer asking for someone to come and unlock your venue so they can set up.

We know how crazy it can be to coordinate various vendors and rental teams on the day of your big event. That’s why our Blue Ribbon pros call or email our clients the week of your event to schedule a two-hour window for placement of their luxury bathroom trailers.

Normally, we arrange an install on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for a Saturday wedding. For a small fee, we will visit your venue ahead of time to walk through the space with you and your wedding planner to figure out the best placement of your trailers.

6. What is the biggest mishap you’ve experienced and how did you deal with it?

We’ve saved the best of the wedding planner questions for last. You will want to figure out how your potential wedding planner deals with pressure. Having them explain a wedding mishap and what they did to remedy the situation will tell you a lot. Also, ask them what organization plans they have in place to avoid problems in the first place. The best planners do everything within their power to make sure things go smoothly and have a solid Plan B for when something goes wrong despite their best efforts.

When you get down to it, choosing the right professional to plan and coordinate the best day of your life is all about asking the right wedding planner questions ahead of time. Your wedding planner’s most important job is to make sure that no detail goes unnoticed.

At Blue Ribbon, details are our specialty. Have your wedding planner contact us to get a quote on luxury restroom trailers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, or Washington, DC!

Your Outdoor Wedding Reception Survival Kit: Top 10 Often Overlooked Items

When it comes to planning your big day, it can seem like there are a million big things to remember, especially if you’re having an outdoor wedding reception. While it’s fairly easy to make a list of the big things—ordering enough food, finding the perfect flowers, making sure there’s enough seating, renting the tent, etc.—it’s also fairly easy to let some of the smaller items slip through the cracks.

outdoor weddingRemembering these small, but essential items can really make or break your special event. Along these lines, one creative and highly appreciated gift that bridesmaids often give to the bride-to-be on her wedding day is a wedding day survival kit. The kit includes things like her favorite lipstick, safety pins, tissues, and tweezers.

You can think of this blog post as your outdoor wedding reception survival kit. We’ve scoured the web for the best advice from brides who have been there and put together a checklist of 10 often overlooked to-do’s. So without further ado, let’s dive in.

Outdoor Wedding Reception Survival Kit:


1. Designate a clean-up team.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that your caterer, venue staff, or other vendors will pitch in and help clean up after the reception. You’ll need to specify that as a service you want ahead of time and make sure it’s in the contract.

You may need to hire a separate cleaning crew or designate members of your wedding party for the task. If your wedding party will be helping out, remind them to bring comfortable clothing, so that they aren’t doing dishes in their dresses and tuxes until 3am (been there!).

2. Make a list of take-away items.

Every bride and groom remember to make a list of things they need the wedding party to bring to the wedding site to be set up before the wedding. But very few think to make a list of things to bring back after it’s over.

This list of take-aways is important because at the end of the night, you will be too occupied with guests and each other to direct the tear-down of your reception. Anything you leave behind at the venue will likely be tossed in the dumpster. So if you want to save that photo backdrop DIY project, make sure it’s on the list.

3. Consider where the wait staff will change.

This is especially important if you are having your outdoor wedding at home. If you have a guestlist of 200 people, there could be 50 or more additional staff people working at your event. How will you make both the staff and guests comfortable? Consider renting coat racks so that staff has a place to hang up their personal items.

4. Plan for restrooms.

If there aren’t restrooms at your venue (and even if there are only a few nearby), consider renting portable luxury restrooms for your guests. A good rule of thumb is that you should have one bathroom or stall per 35 guests. Take a look at our restroom trailer options to choose the size that meets your needs.

Each luxury trailer includes flushable toilets, a hot water system, climate control, an oak vanity with marble or Corian sink, skylights, music, lighting, and an automatic fragrance dispenser. For an extra special touch, upgrade to the VIP package (or DIY) and add:

  • Lotion
  • Mouthwash
  • Safety pins
  • Fresh cut flowers
  • Feminine products
  • Individually wrapped mints
  • Topiaries for outside the door
  • Hand-rolled real towels in a basket

5. Don’t leave floral arrangements in the sun.

Live flowers won’t last more than an hour in direct sunlight. So wait as long as possible to put out flowers before guests arrive. Keep them out of the sun and in a cool place until you are ready for them.

6. Make sure the seating cards don’t fly away.

Whether you have your guests pick up their seating cards from a main table as they enter or you have put out individual cards at each place, remember to plan for the wind picking up. There are many creative and elegant ways to weigh down cards on tables—from beautiful polished stones to ribbon tied to a glass or twine around branches.

7. Offer guests cute flip-flops.

No matter how many times you remind your girlfriends to wear comfortable shoes to your outdoor wedding (and do make it clear to all guests in your invitations that the wedding will be outdoors), some of them will still insist on wearing heels. Cute stilettos and soft grass just don’t mix.

8. Put someone in charge of being a photo gatherer.

It’s so wonderful that everyone can take photos with their smartphones and share the best ones on your wedding website or social media. However, guests with the best of intentions might forget to do that last step. One way to make sure you get those photos is to designate a friend as the photo gatherer.

Station this person (and it’s best if he/she is NOT part of the wedding party) near the exit with a computer and a memory stick. Ask him to remind guests to upload their photos before leaving at the end of the night.

9. Remember to thank great vendors publicly.

Wedding vendors often go above and beyond for their brides because they want your day to be perfect. Why not thank them by posting a positive review on popular wedding websites? There is no better thank you gift you could give a wedding vendor.

10. Relax and enjoy your day!

Above all, remember that this day is all about celebrating your love for each other. If you focus on that and on being present throughout the event, you will take home fond memories of the day. So, eat, drink, dance, talk to your guests, and take some time out just to be yourself.
At Blue Ribbon Restrooms, we’re here to take care of the necessities. What better way to show your guests you are thinking about their comfort on your big day than by renting stylish and luxurious mobile restrooms? Contact us to request a quote today!

Enjoy the Glow and the Go: The Guide to Outdoor Wedding Lighting and First Place Restroom Trailers

Outdoor weddings are some of the most memorable events. Theroutdoor wedding lightinge’s just something special about a celebration of true love blending with a beautiful natural space. But of course, hosting an outdoor wedding also comes with a special set of challenges. One big challenge is outdoor wedding lighting.

Before you dance the night away with your guests, be sure to balance safety considerations with setting the right mood. Fortunately, there are many creative ways to make your outdoor wedding lighting picture perfect.

In fact, done right, lighting can be used to transform your space, to make your decor look even more amazing, and to create incredible photo ops (Did someone say sparklers?).

Choosing Your Illumination Expert

When it comes to outdoor wedding lighting, it’s important to consider budget, safety, venue restrictions, and style. Choosing the right experienced lighting professional who can advise you on all of these elements is money well spent.

Ask your contact at the venue for recommendations for lighting pros who have experience with the unique challenges of the space you have chosen. A true professional should be able to show you pictures and offer recommendations in line with your vision.

Visit the site after dark

Once you’ve chosen your professional, walk the site at the same time as your wedding will be happening. This will help you to get a feel for exactly how bright the afternoon sun will be and figure out what types of existing lighting, you have to work with.

Again, plan to visit your site before you get too deep into wedding details. You don’t want to plan your dream wedding and then find out many of the elements you envisioned won’t work in the space you chose. For instance, while you may love the idea of each of your guests holding a candle to illuminate your way down the aisle, your venue might have a strict no open flame policy.

As you walk the site with your outdoor wedding lighting pro, take note of the outdoor outlets available and consider how many extension cords might be required to meet your needs. Also, work with your contact at the venue to figure out whether you will need any permits and ask if they know where you will need to file the paperwork.

Consider Safety

Identify any problem areas and brainstorm about what you can do to make the area safer. Besides lighting the main areas where the ceremony, dancing, and dining will take place, don’t forget about lighting areas around the main celebration spaces.

Pay special attention to pathways where you expect a lot of foot traffic; for example, between the main reception tent and the stylish, luxury restroom trailer you rented to please dear, sweet Aunt Betty, who wouldn’t dream of stepping into a typical port-o-potty wearing her good shoes.

Wait. You didn’t think to rent a stylish restroom trailer complete with running water, temperature control, interior and exterior lighting, marble sinks, and a lighted mirror? It’s not too late! Contact us today to secure your Blue Ribbon Restroom for your outdoor wedding extravaganza.

Additionally, lighting can potentially use a lot of electricity. If you’re hosting a wedding at home, discuss the capacity of your home’s electrical system with your lighting professional. Remember that the band or DJ will need to plug into your home’s system too. You don’t want to risk blowing a fuse in the middle of the First Dance.

Because of the extra draw on the electricity, it may make sense to bring in a generator to take the pressure off of your home’s standard electrical system (Blue Ribbon also has Whisper Generators available). If you decide to use a generator, make sure to place it well away from guests, out of earshot.

Consider Mood

Once you have safety concerns under control, you can think about the fun stuff—using lighting to make your celebration uniquely yours.

How will lighting enhance your celebration?

The Classic Outdoor Wedding:

Classic weddings are all about the glam. Strategically placed chandeliers or wall sconces can add an elegant feel to any outdoor space. Pair these classic light fixtures with silver candelabras on the tables and pillar candles in hurricane vases to add a warm glow. Anything that reflects light will help to make the space feel bright and warm.

If you’re dancing under the stars, strings of twinkle lights make the moment magical. Spotlights on the happy couple dancing for the first time or illuminating an ice sculpture can add a dramatic flare too. Don’t forget fireworks and sparklers for that grand finale feeling.

The Romantic Outdoor Wedding:

If your style is more romantic than classic, set the mood with twinkle LED’s. You can never have too many of these tiny, sparkly lights winding around tree branches, tent poles, and barn ceilings. Hang strings vertically to create a romantic backdrop for pictures or create a canopy of lights overhead. The possibilities are endless.

Lanterns with candles hanging overhead or lighting pathways also set a nice romantic mood. Use colors, like gold and rose to flood the space with a romantic glow. At the end of the night, have guests release floating candles into a pool or release glowing lanterns into the sky while making a wish.

The Rustic Outdoor Wedding:

Even a rustic outdoor wedding can use a touch of elegance. Choose globe-style lights that are bigger than Christmas lights and offer a bit more light. Line ceremony aisles or stone walkways with luminaries, like bag luminaries, to make a simple statement.

Going for a more eclectic look? Use mason jars in different shapes and sizes hanging at different heights with glowing Edison bulbs. When it comes to that rustic feel, you are really free to mix and match outdoor wedding lighting. You can even use lighting to divide up a large space. Suspend a chandelier made out of a wagon wheel above the dance floor, or create an intimate space with lights at each table. Get creative! It’s your day!

Whatever mood you want to convey with your outdoor wedding lighting, don’t ruin the mood with subpar restroom facilities. At Blue Ribbon we specialize in giving your guests a first-rate experience through and through.

Top Ways to Recycle Wedding Items


The question arises about what to do with all the items you have when your big day is over.  Much like our wedding clients, Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers is very conscious of our environment and the value of recycling.  For those that dislike waste, there are many creative was you can recycle your wedding items. 

1)      RECYCLE WEDDING DRESS After the big day, you may find yourself placing your wedding dress in the closet never to be seen again. While saving it for your daughter to wear at her wedding day is the obvious option, there are many others.  Some of Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailer’s favorite ideas include:

  • donating it to charity
  • creating a pretty pillow
  • creating a new chic dress for a more casual event
  • christening gown
  • baby’s basinet.

wedding dress recycled to baby christening gown

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2)       FLORAL One of the best ways to recycle the flowers from your event is to allow your guests to take arrangements home as a gesture of appreciation.


3)      FOOD Talk with your caterer or venue ahead of time and consider making arrangements to have any leftovers boxed up and given to a local food shelter. It is a great way to make sure there is no wasted food and at the same time help those in need.

We look forward to working with our Brides in 2017 and sharing the same passion for being environmentally friendly.   Recycling can be part of your everyday lives and even on your most special wedding day. It’s easy and takes only a tad of planning ahead with your planner and/or caterer. And what a difference you can make. If you have additional creative ways to recycle your wedding items please share them with us. Make sure to contact us for your wedding restroom trailer needs. Put your event in 1st place with Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers!!!

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Outdoor Summer Wedding


  1. mistakesNot providing enough shade for your guests. Whether using umbrellas or tents, providing enough reprieve from the sun can make the difference between guests enjoying themselves or leaving the wedding celebration early.

  2. Choosing the wrong fabrics for the wedding party attire can be a big mistake. Thick and heavy materials will guarantee sweaty faces for your wedding photos.

  3. In the hot summer months it’s best to forgo the portable toilet option and invest in renting a restroom trailer which is equipped with air conditioning and other amenities. The restroom trailer also provides for a cool place for the wedding party to prepare for or refresh after the ceremony.

  4. When sending out wedding invitations make sure to include a note reminding guests that the event will be held outdoors and that heels may not be the best choice if the ground will be soft.

  5. Not providing chair covers for outdoor seating makes for a very hot and uncomfortable sitting experience on sunny days.

  6. Not having a backup plan in case of inclement weather can leave the bride and groom standing at the alter by themselves. Always have a backup plan no matter what type of outdoor event you are planning, especially one as important as a wedding.

  7. Not providing sunscreen and bug spray for your guests can also lead to them leaving the celebration early. You can even order single use sunscreen bottles with a custom label to honor the occasion.

  8. Ordering the wrong kind of wedding cake. Make sure to let your cake provider know that your wedding is going to be outdoors so they can use the right frosting. Fondant is the best type of icing to use, as it won’t melt like other types of frosting.

  9. We all know that alcohol is usually a big part of any wedding. Not providing enough non-alcoholic hydration options can put a cramp in the party and the guest’s side. Providing watermelon, lemonade and plenty of water bottles placed in multiple areas will help keep everyone cool and hydrated.

  10. Planning an afternoon ceremony when the sun is high and strongest is not optimal. Instead push the ceremony time until after 4pm is recommended. This will not only help with the heat it will also make for much better lighting for your wedding photos.

Glamour + Camping = Happy Glamping!


I recently heard the term “glamping” and my ears perked up wondering what in the world this new word meant. After getting a quick explanation that it’s basically glamourous camping, I was excited to dig deeper. So what did I find? Way more than I thought I would since I had never heard of this glamping thing before!

There is a wide range of ways to enjoy glamping from tipi’s, cabins, and tree houses to yurts, hi-end tents and even boat houses. It seems that glamping has become a term to describe enjoying the outdoors while camping without all the hard work of endless packing and broken tent poles. So why am I writing about glamping, you ask? Good question!

Recently the trend has caught on for large event gatherings and even weddings. We have seen an uptick for inquiries regarding bathroom and shower trailer rentals for our wedding clients that are planning to glamp with their wedding guests for their big day/weekend. For the non-traditional wedding couples, I think this is a wonderful idea. When you consider the amount of guests that would be able to forgo booking a hotel or other overnight accommodations to attend your wedding it makes sense to consider the glamping option for many couples. Plus, it would be something to be remembered for all involved and set your wedding celebration apart from all the rest.

If glamping is something you may be interested in for your next event gathering, consider renting a bathroom and shower trailer to provide the glam for even the most discerning or skeptical guests. Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers would be an excellent choice for your glamping event. Our trailers are equipped with recessed ceiling speakers with music playing, automatic shut off faucets, skylight, interior and exterior lighting, air-conditioning or heating, and marble sinks with lighted mirrors. We can provide a whisper generator to quietly run your bathroom and shower trailer and even the water needed if there isn’t any available onsite.

We have recently added a “glamping board” to our Pinterest account to help you get ideas for your first glamping event. Don’t forget to ask about our combo bathroom and shower trailers to provide full scale accommodations for all your happy glampers!

Country Wedding Inspiration

country inspiration

Blue Ribbon Restrooms has had a surge of country wedding clients in the past few years and it isn’t surprising given all the farms in the Mid Atlantic area. Finding inspiration for the country wedding isn’t difficult either! Here are a few pictures taken from Pinterest that we just adore. If you want more ideas click here to view our Country Wedding Pinterest board and get inspired! If the country theme isn’t your thing, we have plenty of other boards for you to find exactly what you are looking for. When you are planning your dream wedding day don’t forget to reserve your bathroom trailer in advance. Porta potties work well for outdoor events but nothing will impress your guests as much as a luxury bathroom trailer from Blue Ribbon Restrooms. I promise for your once in a lifetime event you won’t regret the extra expense.