Published September 29th, 2011

When people think of “destination weddings,” exotic locales like Fiji or Florence often come to mind. But a “destination” doesn’t have to involve the familiar trappings of a long flight, tropical weather or a pocket translation dictionary.

For so many couples who tie the knot at French’s Point, Maine holds all the allure of a true destination without the hassles of foreign travel. Many of our brides and grooms have already spent time in the state, giving their weddings a unique combination of new discoveries and cherished history.

“Often couples bring their guests to Maine because they’re looking to provide that nostalgic experience that made the couple fall in love with Maine,” says Jessika Brooks, on-site event planner for French’s Point.

A few pointers for planning your destination wedding in coastal Maine:
Consider a multiple-day event so you and your guests have time to enjoy all the scenery and activities Maine has to offer.

Don’t rule out the off-season, when rates are more affordable and dates more available. We’ve hosted enough winter weddings to know that fireside toasts and sleigh rides can be just as lovely as garden cocktails and schooner rides.
Maine wedding vendors often are accustomed to traveling, so don’t nix your dream photographer or cake bakery based on distance alone. It’s always worth checking first.

Select a venue that’s developed relationships with area vendors but also welcomes new ones. Here at French’s Point, we introduce out-of-town couples to our network of trusted vendors, as well as invite new vendors to tour the property ahead of the wedding.

Similarly, choose a venue that’s informed of area amenities. The planning staff at our estate is just as adept at arranging activities for you and your guests as we are at hosting the wedding itself.