A Spring Garden Wedding in Maine

Arielle & Josh had their Maine destination wedding weekend on June 1, 2019 at our French’s Point estate. The couple celebrated with loved ones traveling from all around the world! During their wedding weekend (Thursday through Sunday) they gathered their friends & family at multiple locations around our estate to make the most of our property. Gatherings they enjoyed included but were not limited to:

Their weekend events were designed & executed flawlessly by Heidi of She Luxe Wed.

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!

Vendor Spotlight: Pinch Me Planning

“Whatever the occasion is, Pinch Me Planning is here to help with all the details. From day-of coordination down to table design and envelope stuffing, Pinch Me Planning wants to make the entire process easier.” – Pinch Me Planning

How long have you been operating your business?

Since 2016

How would you describe your services?

From day-of coordination to full planning and design, Pinch Me Planning offers any service that allows couples to check their to-do boxes with ease and efficiency!

What makes your work unique?

Our background is in merchandising and design for large corporations. This has given us a skillset that balances the art and the science of planning weddings.  We’re organized, but also know how to create a beautiful day from a couple’s vision!

How would you describe your style?

Our tagline is “elevated events with an edge”. We like to create weddings that are timeless but not predictable.

How would you describe your ideal client?

A couple who is excited to hand off the reins, so they can be present on their special day. They are willing to take some chances with the design to create special details unique to their wedding weekend.

What is your favorite moment on the wedding day?

The moment the couple sees the reception space for the first time. The transformation from bare-bones to thoughtful beauty is always exciting to witness.

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

I love going up to Wiscasset for the day.  They have some really cute shops and great places to grab a bite.

Owner Name: Christina Padavano

Business Name:  Pinch Me Planning

Address: 6 Classical Ln

City/State/Zip: Scarborough, ME 04074

Phone: 207.671.5457

Email: hello@pinchmeplanning.com

Website: www.pinchmeplanning.com

Facebook: @pinchmeplanning

Instagram: @pinchmeplanning

Real Review: The Venue Is Out Of A Dream

Julianna & Cody

October 6th, 2018

There will never be enough words to describe how happy and satisfied we were with French’s Point (and Jessika & Nicole)! We found French’s Point in a magazine and just knew we had to set up a tour. From the second we walked into the venue we fell in love with it and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Jessika and Nicole were incredible to work with, they always made time to answer our questions, give us suggestions, and help turn our dream wedding into a reality. Nicole was our wedding coordinator and we cherished and valued the relationship – Nicole was attentive, polite, professional, accommodating, timely, and understanding.

We had both our rehearsal dinner and wedding at French’s Point. The venue is out of a dream – an exquisite estate right on the water. Our guests stayed at Beach Rose Farm House for the weekend, which was equally as beautiful. Our extended family members stayed at other houses located on or near the property, which was very convenient as everything was in walking distance once our guests arrived.

Our wedding day is one we want to relive over and over again, in large part because of the location. We are so happy we chose French’s Point – beautiful, timeless and classy. It is unlike any other wedding venue. Every guest was blown away by the sheer and unique beauty and we continue to receive compliments daily!

Vendor Team:

Venue: French’s Point

Rehearsal Dinner Bar & Catering: Rita’s Catering

Bar & Catering: 111Maine

Rentals: Wallace Events

Photography: Patrick McNamara

Videography: Nick Eaton of Life in Focus

Officiant: Liam Anderson (Cody’s Friend)

Ceremony & Reception Music: Mike Davis

Hair & Makeup: The Blushing Bride  

Floral Design: Mother of the Groom

Transportation: Country Coach Charters

Other Overnight Accommodations: Belfast Harbor Inn, Yankee Clipper & Hersey Retreat Road Cottages

Patio Heaters: Grand Central Station

The Retreat House Suite 4: The Brewer Family Suite

The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. Suite 4- The Brewer Family Suite, offers a two-bedroom configuration with a queen in each room with an adjoining bath. Our family LOVES this space and we hope other families do too. When I had my first and second babies, we lived in these suites for a time. I love thinking back to those times rocking my sweet little ones with the moon shining in the window.

We will share the details of the other Retreat House enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.

Photography by Greta Tucker

Sail Cloth Tent

Our brand-new sail cloth tent is up and gleaming in the spring sunshine today… pennants waving in the breeze. I can see many happy celebrations enjoyed in the shade of this beauty. Thank you to our friends at Wallace Events for ensuring that our tent is always clean and secure and our guests are comfortable.