What Do I Do About Food Between Events?

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!

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 charbroiler/grille

(1) Exhaust hood & Ansel system

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

(1)Type K extinguisher near stove & charbroiler/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 backup supply)

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

The washroom area includes:

(1)Commercial dishwasher

(1)Residential dishwasher

(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.

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.

How Many Chairs Do I Order For My Wedding Ceremony?

When you select a blank canvas wedding venue, like French’s Point, you will need to work alongside a rental provider to streamline all your wedding weekend rentals. One of the rental items you will need to place on your order form is your ceremony chairs.

Select Your Chair Style

First, you will need to select the kind of chair that best fits the aesthetic of your venue and style of your wedding. We have found that 90% of our couples rent the White Resin Folding Garden Chairs from Wallace Events.

Choose Your Ceremony Location

Second, you will need to know which location you wish to get married at. French’s Point offers 8 different ceremony settings for you to tie the knot! Choose from the below:

The Retreat Gazebo – Seating Capacity 200+
The Retreat Oceanfront Lawn – Seating Capacity 200+
The Retreat Cobblestone Terrace – Seating Capacity 200+
The Retreat Conservatory – Seating Capacity 180
The Farm Gazebo – Seating Capacity 40
The Farm East Terrace – Seating Capacity 80
The Farm Private Beach – Seating Capacity 200+

Add Extra Chairs

Once you have chosen your ideal ceremony setting for your celebration, and chosen the chairs that best fit your space, you will want to consider the number of guests attending your celebration. If you are estimating 100 guests, you will want to reserve around 20 extra chairs on your rental order. This way you have those chairs reserved to your name in case your guest count skyrockets. You don’t want anyone to be chair-less!

Count Your RSVPs

As the wedding day draws near, and you have all your RSVPs returned to you, you will want to round up an extra 10 chairs and round to the nearest even number. When your planner sets up your ceremony chairs, you will want both sides of the aisle to have an even number of chairs. We also tell you to round up, because believe it or not, your guests never want to fill in every seat in the row! Some families have an uneven number attending.

A Helpful Tip:

To better fill every seat, we recommend assigning an usher to direct guests to the nearest open seat available when they arrive at the ceremony location.

Don’t Forget Your Ceremony Participants!

Now, if you have an officiant, singer, speaker, musician, or any special ceremonial tradition in your service, you will want to ask those who are participating if they will want a chair to sit in. Maybe you will need to sit during the reading or song, then you will want to add two or more chairs to your order, depending on the response from your ceremony personnel.

If You Chose the Gazebo at French’s Point

Lastly, if you have chosen to get married at the Gazebo at French’s Point, you not only want an even number of chairs, but you will want to keep in mind that the promenade on the right-hand side of the Gazebo can only fit 6 chairs across, and the promenade on the left-hand side of the Gazebo can fit anywhere from 6 to 10 comfortably. If you have a small guest count, we recommend 6 across on each side, if you have more than 120 guests attending, we recommend 8-10 chairs on the left-hand side of the promenade, and 6 on the right-hand side to move guests closer to the Gazebo for visual and sound reasons.

Join Us for a Special Event on November 10th

Are you seeking a waterfront wedding venue for a private weekend celebration? One that feels like vacation and a reunion, with a wedding at the heart of it all. Join us for a special event just for couples who have not yet reserved their date with us, on November 10th. Experience the estate firsthand in the splendor of Fall, cozy up next to the fire pit and take in the foliage views across the bay. Tour French’s Point before your date is booked. We have only a few 2019 remaining available and are actively booking 2020 celebrations now.

Reserve your private tour appointment today.

Contact Us:
207-567-3650
ceo@fpmaine.com
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Real Review: Recommend without Reservation

My husband and I got married here in July, and could not be more thankful we chose French’s Point. From the very beginning to end, the owners and staff were exceptionally professional, organized, and available for suggestions, questions, and concerns. Most importantly, they are genuinely kind-hearted people who don’t just run a business — they clearly find joy in serving their clients.

The venue itself is exactly as pictured — views are breathtaking, the property is beautifully maintained (by the entire family and is overall just… so peaceful.)

We rented both the Farm House & Retreat for the weekend and all our guests couldn’t stop raving about the accommodations, quality of service, and venue as a whole. We recommend it without reservation!

A Little Help From Our (New) Friends

In 2017, we began hosting J1 Visa Work/Travel Exchange Students from Russia. We hosted four sweet, hard-working, dedicated girls. They joined our tiny family team that cares for the grounds and homes here at French’s Point. We had an incredible experience so in 2018, we welcomed 6 young ladies from two different Russian universities for the summer at French’s Point. It provides our family the opportunity to host these brilliant young girls, help them refine their grasp of the English language, experience the culture here on the Maine coast, make friends and see a magical part of the world. We also get to know their lovely souls, understand their world and expose our kiddos to another culture. Without these ladies, our family would not be able to be effective stewards of French’s Point. There just are not enough hours in the day for our family to do all the work that must be done for us to offer these homes to our guests. We are grateful beyond words for the opportunity to be apart of their lives and for their help and care for our family legacy. If you see that girls at French’s Point this summer, please say hello and “Spasiba”!