You invite all of your nearest and dearest to celebrate your wedding festivities, have you considered including your four-legged pet friends as well?
We are pet-friendly at French’s Point and would love for you to bring them along to be a part of your Maine wedding! Dogs are always a welcomed addition to the big day, and many times they play an important role in the wedding party: carrying a sign or acting as an usher or ring bearer.
Things to Think About When Including Your Pets
First of all, make sure your venue allows pets – French’s Point allows well-behaved pets that are current on their immunizations, are crated when left alone in our lodgings, and have a handler.
Then consider how you want your pet to participate in your ceremony. Do you want him to have a central role? As in walking down the aisle as a flower-bearer? Or do you want her in the audience with other family?
Once you’ve figured out what role you want your pet to play, you need to find someone to be in charge of him. This person will walk him where he needs to go, hold onto his leash during the ceremony, and, most importantly, take him elsewhere to discretely do his business if nature calls. Keep in mind that a guest who acts as your pet-wrangler won’t be able to really relax and enjoy your wedding, so consider hiring a pet sitter.
When deciding whether to include a pet, you and your partner should be honest about the risks. Dogs bark, cats can cower or hiss, pigs snort, and as I’ve already mentioned, any pet could make a mess at the worst, possible time.
Still, with a little planning and some practice, a well-behaved pet can make a memorable and adorable addition to the ceremony. And for plenty of pet-lovers, it’s not a question of whether or not to include your best friend in your wedding, it’s simply a matter of how best to make it happen!
“For plenty of pet-lovers, it’s not a question of whether or not to include your best friend in your wedding, it’s simply a matter of how best to make it happen!” – French’s Point
As we begin to shift our focus to the year ahead and another wedding season of hosting beautiful milestone celebrations for our guests here at French’s Point, we can’t help but reminisce on some of the beautiful weekends and guests we hosted here on the shores of Penobscot Bay this past season.
In short, it was the ideal summer day for a wedding; perfectly suited to this wonderful duo. Carolyn and TJ, with help from their wedding planner, Kristin, at Beehive Creative worked to ensure the details of the event came together seamlessly and with the help of Trillium Catering, guests were well fed, always had a drink in hand, and a smile on their face. I recall being struck by the laughter and revelry which floated on the breeze along with the sweet smell of beach rose.
“I recall being struck by the laughter and revelry which floated on the breeze along with the sweet smell of beach rose.” – Jessika Brooks-Brewer
We are excited to see what the future brings this wonderful couple and were beyond honored to host and serve them here at French’s Point where they got their start in life as a married couple.
Our clients choose French’s Point for their Maine wedding because the estate feels like their home. Surrounded by their family and friends here, the exclusive and private property creates the warm and welcoming experience of a “family wedding.” We don’t get the opportunity to host many of our own family members’ weddings here and, when we do, it’s a special treat!
We were blessed to host such a wedding. Hannah, the nanny to our four small children (ages 2, 4, 6 and 8 years old) for the past five years, married her sweetheart Mitch on the most beautiful June day in front of family and friends in the waterfront gazebo here at the Estate. To me, Hannah is a sister, a friend and a confidant. She has been one of my life’s greatest gifts. We adore her and Mitch’s families and we were honored to be a part of their celebration. Bailey, our oldest child, proudly served as the flower girl. The experience was so surreal for me, but it reminded me why French’s Point is so special, not only to me, but also to the people who choose to celebrate their love here with us. Congratulations love birds, we love you!
French’s Point is lucky enough to have been awarded WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice venue in 2014! We are beyond thrilled at the honor, and have only our beautiful brides and grooms to thank. In this new blog series, we’ll be posting some of the reviews from both WeddingWire as well as The Knot to give future couples a sense of what we at French’s Point can offer for your upcoming celebration.
From the Bride: When Marc and I set about finding a location for our wedding ceremony and reception we knew we wanted waterfront and we wanted to be in Maine, preferably not far from where we live, which is on Mount Desert Island. One of my bridesmaids recommended we tour French’s Point. So we called and they gave us the bridal suite for a night!
We didn’t know what to expect, and when you drive up to the Estate we were filled with anticipation. The Point is breathtaking. It is a family run business and Jessika’s mother is in charge of the gardening. The grounds are lovingly cared for by her. On our actual wedding day it was the summer solstice and the lilacs and wild roses were in flower. As soon as you walked onto the property the air was filled with their perfume. It is a scent that will always take me back to our wedding day.
As soon as you walked onto the property the air was filled with the perfume [of lilacs and wild roses].
Marc and I rented Beach Rose farm, and we had all our immediate family and wedding party stay there. This was the perfect choice for us as we run a vacation rental business. So it just made sense for us to rent the farm, and other cottages on the point. We wanted people to feel like it was a wedding within a holiday, and it was great to have everyone enjoy their trip to Maine without rushing.
Our rehearsal dinner was on the beach and we had a traditional Maine lobster bake. The caters were the same people that do all of the catering for the weddings at French’s Point and it was delicious. There are several fire pits, grills, gorgeous overlooks over the water, swings etc. There is not one area that makes French’s Point special, every part is given the same thought and care. And they keep improving.
We planned our wedding for two years and in that time, they made many improvements and renovations, adding a new sail cloth tent, renovating rooms at the farm, adding gardens etc.
However, above all, it is Jessika and her trusty team, Christina and Sarah that make this place special and stand out from the rest. After planning a wedding I know how stressful it can be, and how important it is to have a good relationship with your vendors. The most frustrating thing can be is not hearing back from someone promptly. I never had this problem with French’s Point. Everyone listens and gives great advice. And on the day they are calming and sensitive to every need and know how to keep the day on track.
I can’t say enough good things about the FP family. If you are dithering between here and somewhere else, look no further. You have found the ultimate private, secluded, romantic spot on earth.
Maine, and especially the Midcoast region of Maine, is known for having some of the best oysters money can buy. From the beautiful shells to the delicious meat inside, incorporating oysters into your summer wedding at French’s Point can bring about a feel that is quintessentially “Maine”! Julie and Bryan did just that for their French’s Point wedding, and the result was magnificent. Maine Seasons Events, Julie’s wedding planner, incorporated oyster shells in the escort cards and as table decor. During the reception, Little Island Oyster Co provided and shucked to the delight of guests. A huge thank you to Rebecca Arthurs for the stunning photography!
From The Bride:
“To give a bit more context, oysters is one of my biggest passions (see: InAHalfShell.com) and we decided that it would be fun to incorporate them into many aspects of the wedding — including an oyster & champagne toast, chocolate oyster wedding cake toppers, and take-home oyster shell souvenirs. I spent about 2 years collecting the world’s most beautiful oyster shells, hand painting the insides gold, and using them as the escort cards! Overall design direction came from Meagan (Maine Seasons Events) but the actual oyster shells on the table were provided by Judy at Flora Fauna.”
We are excited to give you a sneak peak at last weekend’s French’s Point wedding, which was beyond stunning despite the iffy weather. Christy Murray of ISIS Photography did a wonderful job, and was kind enough to share some early images with us via her Facebook page. We can’t wait to see the rest of the photos, but will swoon over these for now!
There is bad service, there is good service, and then there is “French’s Point” service.
Service is a part of every aspect of your experience with us from planning and preparation, to the time you spend with us in person with your guests. We all know the qualities of bad service and how it leaves an everlasting impression that remains and taints our memory of that time: Waiting 30 minutes to get a drink, servers sighing at a special request, and being served by someone who really only cares about the tip they’re going to receive. That’s b-b-b-bad service, but what truly propels service from good to excellent service? The three characteristics of good service are being attentive, friendly and working well as a team.
Some servers might think hovering is the best way to be attentive (and to get the best
tips) but who really wants someone breathing down their neck? Excellent servers get to know guests’ tendencies and preferences. Timing is everything. Excellent service is anticipating when a guest is going to need another drink without having to wait and watch. It is keeping little ones’ sippy cups full and kiddy snacks supplied. Anyone can paste on a genuine smile. Good service acts cheerful, excellent service is cheerful.
At French’s Point, our excellent service comes from servers, management and owners who care about what they are doing, who truly love to serve, and who know that these interactions with people will impact the lasting memories carried by you and your guests. Excellent service at French’s Point begins from the first call months or years before the big day and continues through until you wave goodbye at the end of your time with us. Guest satisfaction is the highest priority for our team. At the end of the weekend when people are smiling and recounting all the magic from their time with us, we here at French’s Point know that we have provided excellent service.
We could not be more thankful for 2013. We enjoyed so many weekends full of beautiful brides, handsome grooms, love, laughter and an incredible amount of fun. Each and every couple that walked our cobblestone aisle holds a very special place in our hearts. We would like to thank everyone for making 2013 such a spectacular success, and wish all of our couples lifetimes of joy and happiness.
As we reflect, we are also looking forward. 2014 will bring about some big changes here at French’s Point, starting with our brand new tent pad for all Summer and early Fall 2014 couples! We have a lot in store, so keep checking back here for real wedding photos, fun stories and news about everything that’s happening at French’s Point. Happy New Year!!
You may not be a part of the wedding party, or a vendor working at the event, but you’ve still got major responsibilities as a wedding guest. This is a big day for someone in your family or a friend and you want to make sure you hit your mark and make it the greatest day of their life. Here are a few helpful tips to be the greatest wedding guest.
Don’t Wait to RSVP
If you know whether you can attend when you receive your RSVP – fill it out and return it as soon as you can. If you are waiting to finalize travel plans or other logistics, let the couple know so they aren’t waiting anxiously for your reply. They will be able to plan for the correct number of people with caterers, cake makers and other vendors and need an accurate head count. Everyone has lost an RSVP in a giant pile of mail – don’t let it happen to you!
Know where you need to be and when
It would be great if every guest was invited to each part of the wedding: the bachelor/bachelorette party, the arrival brunch, rehearsal dinner, pre-wedding golf match, etc. but it is likely that some guests will not be invited to smaller family gatherings. If you are unsure of where you are supposed to be and when you should arrive, ask a family member of the couple. They will likely be able to get you the answers you need.
Don’t assume you can bring a guest or kids
Weddings can be expensive, especially when every one of the couple’s single friends invites a plus one. Check and double check your invitation to see if you are able to bring a guest. You will likely see a … and Guest” on the address of your invitation.
Respect the couple’s plans
A lot of planning went in to seating arrangements, reception ideas and other carefully coordinated details. Before you grab a chair and pull it up to a different table, or decide to skip the ceremony and show up for cocktails, consider the delicate plans that went into the day and try your best to be an easy guest. The couple (and wedding coordinator) will greatly thank you.