Sample Winter Wedding Weekend Itinerary

At French’s Point, no matter the season, each wedding hosted here is a reflection of our couples and their vision for the experience they wish to share with their family and friends. We LOVE these weddings! But we love nothing more than a winter weekend wedding at French’s Point. It brings back memories of my own winter wedding 10 years ago. Winter weddings possess a magic and beauty all their own, simply not found in any other season. Perhaps I am biased. I do think that French’s Point was made for weddings, particularly this time of year. If you are considering a winter wedding, I thought I would share a sample winter wedding weekend itinerary with you for inspiration. Put your own touches on this and make the weekend your own!

“Winter weddings possess a magic and beauty all their own, simply not found in any other season.” – Jessika, Owner of French’s Point

FRIDAY

1:00PM Check in to French’s Point! Settle into your room and take a deep breath. A festive weekend lies ahead.

2:00PM Kick off the comradery and memory-making with a snowman making contest, some epic sledding down the West slope behind The Farm or a horse drawn sleigh ride around the estate grounds.

3:00PM Freshly bake snickerdoodle cookies and hot coffee make your guests feel at home.

4:00PM Gather your wedding party, family and everyone participating in the ceremony for a rehearsal at your chosen setting to work out the jitters so everyone  can relax on the big day. Choose from a cozy setting inside the Conservatory with broad views of the bay or a refreshing location at the Gazebo for a ceremony no one will soon forget!

4:30PM Meet at the bar at The Retreat for a cocktail party and welcome your guests to your rehearsal dinner.

5:30PM Enjoy a delicious rehearsal dinner of wood-fired pizza with seasonally-inspired flavors in the Retreat House Conservatory.

7:00PM Cuddle up around the fire pit on the Cobblestone Terrace in a cozy blanket and reconnect with family and friends while you enjoy  in cozy blanket and reconnect with family and friends while you enjoy s’mores fresh off the fire and a hot cocoa bar. 

10:00PM Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

 

SATURDAY

8:00AM Rise and shine, it’s your wedding day! Snowshoe the trails and along the shore in Sandy Point State Park or enjoy a morning yoga session for the wedding party and family lead by a local instructor inside the sun-filled Conservatory.

9:00AM Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, quiche, and fruit with your family at The Farm before you freshen up.

11:00AM Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparation at The Retreat. Pampering time begins for you and your wedding party with hair and make-up sessions with your chosen provider in front of the fireplace at The Farm House Parlor. Your ladies snuggle up in front of the fire in the beautiful, locally-made blanket wraps you gifted them for the occasion. Sit back and enjoy the hours leading up to your ceremony with those nearest and dearest to your heart.

12:00PM The wedding party lunch delivered with popovers, warm butternut squash soup & bellinis! 

1:00PM The grooms party enjoys the game on the TV in the Recreation Room at The Retreat while they begin preparing and dressing for the festivities. Don’t forget those wedding rings!

2:00PM Here comes the bride! The Bridal Party moves to the Retreat House and has pre-ceremony photos taken on the balcony overlooking the estate. Don’y forget your wrap! 

The groom’s party enjoys the distraction of a game of poker or pool while awaiting pre-ceremony photos.

3:30PM The ceremony bell rings out over the bay and calls your guests to the ceremony location of your choosing: the breath-taking Gazebo or inside our stunning Conservatory inside the Retreat House. The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! Your ceremony will commence with that storied stroll toward your beloved.

4:00PM Congratulations to the happy couple! Take your first photos as husband and wife, with your wedding party and family. Head outside to catch the beautiful sunset with your new spouse and photographer. We offer a variety of locations to capture this splendid light.

Your guests will warm up with soup and grilled-cheese passed apps in the Lounge by the roaring fire, while they mix, mingle and enjoy cocktail hour with delicious stationary and passed hors d’oeuvres. 

5:00PM Before the dinner reception begins, gather your guests in the foyer and snap some group photos from the balcony. This is a beautiful record of the guests who were able to join you for your big day.

5:15PM Guests are ushered into the beautiful Retreat House Dining Room appointed with beautiful farm tables set for family style service and appointed with all the details you imagined for the reception.

5:30PM Before dinner, introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple!

5:45PM Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice. A harvest-inspired menu of port wine poached pear salad with a fresh goat cheese, roasted turkey & pork with cranberry chutney served with locally sourced vegetables. 

6:15PM Official cake cutting. Enjoy your first dance as a married couple in the Conservatory. It’s time to boogie!

6:45PM Cake and coffee are served.

One last call from the bar. Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!

9:50PM The Unplugged After Party begins with a laid-back vibe while guest remove their shoes and relax by the fireplace in the Lounge. Fuel the fun with delicious late-night treats with the arrival of a vintage food truck serving sausage subs, pizza, or warm cookies and milk! Take in the silent night and the view of the moonlight dancing on the water and the snow-covered fields. 

10:00PM Vendors begin preparing for the next day’s gathering. 

11:00PM Bid your guests farewell & return to your cozy room & watch the moon sparkle over the freshly fallen snow.  

12:00AM Retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect and celebrate this magical experience.

 

SUNDAY

8:00AM The caterer arrives to prepare for the farewell brunch. Begin your first day as husband and wife!

9:00AM Your guests stop by The Retreat House Dining Room one last time to say goodbye and enjoy a farewell brunch before heading home. Enjoy a beautiful, hearty buffet, or offer portable food and coffee to-go so guests can get on the road after they bid you farewell.

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What Do I Do About Food Between Events?

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When planning a destination wedding, and your guests are all staying on site, there’s always the question; What do I do about food in between events? Do I have to provide every meal- breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Or can I just provide the meals for events?

Here are a few options that will help your guests understand what is provided, what is not provided, and how to provide meals for the whole duration of your stay: 

Create a Weekend Itinerary

Talk with your stationer about creating a weekend itinerary that you can send along to all your weekend guests. You can inform them of the meal times and your event times so there are no questions! Send the itinerary in your invitations or post them on your wedding website. When you arrive at French’s Point, post your itinerary in our Welcome Center in each home so your guests can reference it at Check In and during their stay! 

Post the Expectations on Your Wedding Website

Make it clear to guests the meals that you are providing during their stay and inform them of the food that will be available for them in the nearest residential kitchen. 

Streamline Your Weekend Caterer

Throughout your stay, hire the same caterer to create meals, formal and informal, and even drop-off meals to you and your guests! Many caterers will not only design your wedding day meal, but drop off breakfast, brunch, lunch, and late night treats to your guests throughout your stay! Working with one provider streamlines the communication and helps ensure you aren’t missing any key mealtimes!

Don’t Forget to Provide Coffee in the Morning

You can order coffee from your breakfast caterer, or leave supplies and coffee grounds at each coffee maker for the guests to enjoy for themselves!

Hire a Personal Chef

Some catering companies offer a personal chef to cook meals for you and your guests within the home you are staying in! They will become a member of the family in no-time as they prepare all your favorite eats right in the heart of the home- the kitchen!

Hire Brunch Service

If you have multiple meal providers during your weekend stay, contact Eileen of Creative Catering or JoJo of Bell the Cat to drop off breakfast for your guests, they have everything from brunch/lunch platters to warm, home-cooked breakfasts. They will drop off at both homes, and pick up the platters as soon as you’re done! 

Or a Food Truck!

If a donut truck is more your style, contact Eight 8 Donut Cafe about coming and parking in front of the Retreat House any morning during your stay! They provide fun-filled and uniquely decorated donuts, warm out of the fryer, and locally roasted coffee! It’s all you can eat so invite all your guests staying down Hersey Retreat Road to join you for your early morning treat! The Salt Box Café  is another great breakfast, brunch or lunch option. They provide creative breakfast and lunch sandwiches of your choosing and cook it fresh off the truck!

How To Plan Your Transportation: Uber, Lyft, & Taxis

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French’s Point is a Destination Wedding Venue on the Coast of Maine and a Vacation Home Rental Property. We are privately located at a quiet spot on the coast, with uninterrupted views of the ocean and the Maine landscape. The nearest city or downtown area is 15 minutes from French’s Point and the nearest airport is in the City of Bangor, 40 minutes down Route 1A. Uber and Lyft are great resources in Southern Maine, but once you head up the coastal region and into the midcoast or central regions of Maine, finding an Uber or Lyft is a rarity. We don’t recommend relying on these resources when traveling to French’s Point for a wedding or vacation.

Car Rentals

We recommend renting your own vehicle for the duration of your stay so you can explore all the wonders and attractions this wonderful region has to offer.

Taxi Service

If you must use a cab or taxi, there is one resource in Belfast, Maine, 15 minutes down the road. Please call Bay Taxi at (207) 338-1993. They have a limited number of vehicles.

Event Transportation

If you are the host of an event at French’s Point, please secure a bus, trolley, shuttle or form or transportation service for your guests staying offsite for your events to ensure their safety and enjoyment.

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Photos by Kelci Alane Photography

The Sound System at French’s Point

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The Sound System at French’s Point is offered to our guests during their planned events. The Sound System is a property operated piece of equipment.  Guests have access to the sound system from 9am-10pm with the site managers permission. Sound System will be locked at 10:00PM or at the end of your event before the site manager’s departure.

Microphone

Our Sound System broadcasts sound on the Main Level of the Retreat House and outside on the Cocktail Terrace. If you have a speech planned during your event, you are welcome to speak with a French’s Point site manager about using a microphone. Please plan to use the microphone only inside the home, as the microphone will lose it’s line-of-sight connection once it leaves the Main Level of the Retreat House.

Piano

If you plan to have a Pianist, please let us know ahead of time so we can set up the microphone to the piano to broadcast outside on the Cocktail Terrace.

Music

In order to play your music selections, you will need a Phone or iPad with an Aux Port or Aux Port Converter. You are also welcome to play CDs. 

 

For any other Sound System questions, please email Nicole at [email protected].

Photos by Lindsey Ocker Photography

 

What to Include in Your Bathroom Baskets

To better serve your guests and help take care of them during their time here, here are some items we think are perfect to include in your bathroom baskets! At French’s Point there are 4 common guest restrooms, two on the main level and 2 on the lower level of the Retreat House. Please keep in mind if you are a host at French’s Point, you will need two of each of the below:

Women’s Bathroom Baskets:

         Straight Edged Basket

         Mints

         Tic Tacs

         Cough Drops

         Toothpicks

         Floss

         Mini Disposable Tooth Brushers

         Women’s Deodorant

         Perfume

         Bug Spray Wipes

         Sunscreen

         Aloe

         Lotion

         Tide-To-Go

         Chap Stick Tubes

         Lint Rollers

         Q-Tips

         Mini Tissue Packs

         Nail File

         Mini Sewing Kits

         Safety Pins

         Mini Hair Combs

         Contact Solution

         Contact Cases

         Tums

         Band-Aids

         Triple Antibiotic Cream

         Ibuprofen

         Advil

         Mini Pads

         Pads

         Tampons – All Sizes

         Hairspray

         Dry Shampoo

         Makeup Remover

         Hair Ties

         Bobby Pins

         Grass Heel Stoppers

 

Men’s Bathroom Baskets

         Straight Edged Basket

         Mints

         Tic Tacs

         Cough Drops

         Toothpicks

         Floss

         Mini Disposable Tooth Brushers

         Men’s Deodorant

         Cologne

        Bug Spray Wipes

         Sunscreen

         Aloe

         Lotion

         Tide-To-Go

         Chap Stick Tubes

         Lint Rollers

         Q-Tips

         Mini Tissue Packs

         Nail File

         Mini Sewing Kits

         Safety Pins

         Mini Hair Combs

         Contact Solution

         Contact Cases

         Tums

         Band-Aids

         Triple Antibiotic Cream

         Ibuprofen

         Advil

FAQ: Do We Have to Clean Up After Our Stay?

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French’s Point is a family vacation home rental property. We ask that you remove all trash, recycling and redeemables to the designated receptacles in the dumpster enclosure, remove your personal effects & food, return furnishings to their original locations and leave the property in the condition in which you received it at check in.

Housekeeping Services

If you would like daily house keeping services during your stay, these services can be arranged in advance with our office. These services are billed at $100/hour. This service requires advanced reservation with our office.

FAQ: What Role Does French’s Point’s Team Play During Our Stay?

French’s Point‘s team provides support related to the venue, in advance of your stay, during your stay, during your events, and during your departure. Our Property Manager, Nicole Lesher, will be your primary point of contact with us once you reserve your stay.

In Advance Of Your Stay

Nicole will offer recommendations on how to make the most of your stay with us and your time at the estate, suggestions on how to best meet your specific goals for your event, offer educational resources through periodic emails, our blog and website to prepare you for your reservation, answer questions that arise from you, your planner, and your vendors.

At Check In

Nicole will greet you and your House Captains, get you oriented to the facilities and amenities, and address questions before you get settled and you begin welcoming the rest of your guests to the estate.

During Your Reservation

We will address facility/utility related issues that may arise, be the facilities point of contact with your planner & vendors, provide traffic direction and security during events larger than 50 guests, set fire pits before use, turn on and off gas lights to set the ambiance for your events. With direction from your planner, we can shuttle elderly and mobility limited guests for photos or the rest room in our golf cart. During your stay, we will keep normal office hours from 9am-4pm daily. We will also be present for your events of more than 50 guests to ensure their safety.

At Departure

We will be sure you know where everything is to help you collect your personal effects before we bid you fair well.

The Best Wedding Rain Plan!

Rain on your wedding day does not have to be the end-all of your wedding day excitement! Here are some fun rainy-day features you can bring to life during your wedding weekend in case the rain intimidates you just a little bit!

Clear Umbrellas!

In the chance of rain, order some clear umbrellas for your wedding party to take around the property! Have your first look under a shared rain-drop-coated umbrella. Make sure to get one for your photographer and videographer as well!

 

Colorful Boots!

Skip the heels and transition your bridesmaids into a colorful rain-booty that matches their gowns! Rain boots are the perfect wedding gift for your bridesmaids and you should treat yourself to a pair too!

Rain on Your Wedding Day | Hailey Tash Photography

Indoor Ceremony!

I know what you’re thinking… who wants to get married inside when you can get married outside? The bonus to getting married at French’s Point is that it has the perfect indoor ceremony option. Inside the Conservatory, you and your guests will still have a 280 degree view of the ocean. You can decorate the stairs with greenery, swag and candles. As your wedding party enters through the double doors, you can make your own grand entrance down the estate staircase, only to see the look of your loved one standing in front of the ocean-bay windows.

Dim the Lights!

Rainy days aren’t always darker days, but when they are, it’s the perfect chance to dim all the chandeliers in the Retreat House, turn on the fireplaces, and cozy up around the indoor bar with a specialty cocktail in hand!

Rainy Day Pictures!

With your colorful booties and your double-wide clear umbrella, you can go anywhere! Head down to the beach and take your Oceanside pictures you have been dreaming of! You may think the clouds are a bummer, but trust us, the photographers are so excited about the cloudy-day lighting! No glare, and the perfect white backdrop to your already perfect day! And when the sun sets over the West, take some back-lit, drizzly, nighttime photos! They are always a one-of-a-kind!

Ocean Fog!

On the Coast of Maine, when there is precipitation in the sea air, the fog will roll over the bay, in the morning or all day. But when it does, take an opportunity to take photos walking the bluff path! Just look at how amazing the fog looks rolling up behind this couple! 

Greta Tucker Photography

Double Rainbow!

When the rain clears and the sun shines through the clouds, take a moment to look at the double rainbow stemming from North to South on the Penobscot Bay! It’s a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss! 

Rain on your wedding day

Beautiful Up-do!

If you had plans to wear your hair down, you might want to consider a beautiful up-do if there is rain in the forecast! Work with your hair dresser during your hair and makeup trial to try it both up and down! You will never know it rained if you go with it up!

Rain on your wedding day

Photography by:

Rebecca Aurthurs Photography, Greta Tucker Photography, Hailey Tash Photography & Michelle Turner Photography

Retreat House Catering Kitchen

Our 1,200 sq. ft. catering kitchen is located on the lower level of the Retreat House and is available to licensed and insured caterers approved by our office for meal preparation for events and cooking classes. Use of the kitchen and equipment is offered at no additional cost.

Available Equipment

The preparation area of the kitchen includes:

(1)8 burner gas stove with double convection ovens

(1)36″ propane char broiler/grille

(1) Exhaust hood & Ansel system

(2) Standard fire extinguishers (located near exit & near prep area)

(1)Type K extinguisher near stove & char broiler/grille

(1)Kitchen dedicated 8′ x 10′ walk in cooler with storage shelves

(1)Rolling ice bin with granite cutting board

(1)Proofer/Warmer (electric, full size 120 volt; holds sheet pans)

(1)Upright freezer

(1) Upright refrigerator

(2) Electric steam tables

(8)Stainless steel work tables

(2)Pre-lined 20-gallon trash cans

(1) Food prep sink

(2) Speed racks for sheet pans

(1)500lb. Ice machine (This unit cannot provide sufficient ice quantity for the demands of an event, but is available to the caterer as a back up supply)

(100)Place settings in the butlers’ pantry of dinnerware, silverware, glassware and napkins

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The wash room area includes:

(1)Commercial dish washer

(1)Residential dish washer

(1)3 well pot sink

(3)Drying racks

(1)Mop sink

(1)Trash can

Note: French’s Point does not offer towels or small wares of any kind. Please bring or rent all implements required for service.

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Catering Kitchen Regulations

For your safety, if you choose to host an event, guests are not permitted in the commercial kitchen. Fryolators are not permitted for use inside at any time. Before the end of the rental term, the kitchen must be returned to its original condition, cleaned before departure and trash & recycling removed to the dumpster area on the west side of the property.

 

French’s Point Availability for 2020 & 2021

French’s Point 2019, 2020 & 2021 availability by the numbers…

There are 26 weekends May-October. We only host one celebration a weekend to allow each client and their guests ample time for memory-making. As a result, our calendar fills faster than venues that host multiple weddings a weekend.

2019

We are booked!

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2020

Prime Season

When our sail cloth tent is available, we have only April 25 & May 23, 2020 weekends remaining available!

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Winter Season

We do have November and December 2020 dates available for events with up to 125 guests

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2021

We are booking now & expect most prime dates to fill before the end of this summer!

Numbers don’t lie, the time to book is now!

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