A Sweet Summer Wedding in June

French's Point June Summer Wedding

Carolyn & TJ

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

The early-summer wedding of Carolyn and TJ remains a highlight of the summer for our tiny team. This elegant wedding included a guests list of kind, loving and thoughtful family and friends that traveled from near and far to celebrate with the happy couple.  The weather that day could not have been more blessed.

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.

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  • Bar Services: Trillium Catering
  • Catering: Trillium Catering
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Unknown
  • Ceremony Venue: French’s Point Waterfront Gazebo
  • Design and Styling: N/A
  • Dessert: Trillium Catering
  • Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: Double Platinum Celebrations
  • DJ: DJ Chris – Double Platinum Celebrations
  • Month of Coordinator: Beehive Creative
  • Favors: N/A
  • Fireworks: N/A
  • Floral Design: Broadturn Farm
  • Hair: Glow Salon – Kim
  • Makeup: Glow Salon – Katie
  • Officiant: Kat Logan – Friend of the Couple
  • Photo Booth: Maine to Boston Photo Booth Rental
  • Photography: Ramble Free Photo Co. – Hannah
  • Reception Venue: French’s Point Sailcloth Tent
  • Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals and  French’s Point
  • Transportation: Bo Mar Transportation and Field of Greens (Limo)
  • Videography: N/A

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Maine Wedding Liquor Laws

Signature cocktail recipes for coastal Maine weddings | Danielle Brady Photography

We asked our friends at The Bar Association to help us help you better understand the Maine liquor license laws as they relate to weddings. They addressed some key questions below that relate to having liquor at your wedding. You want to be very careful about providing and serving alcohol for your wedding festivities (including the rehearsal dinner and after-parties). Please read the Q&A below, provided by The Bar Association, to help you manage your liability, because nothing ruins a wedding faster than a big, huge, messy liability issue.

Q: French’s Point: What is a Class 1 Liquor License? And why does a caterer need one?

A: The Bar Association: A Class 1 Liquor License is something that allows caterers (for food and/or beverage), like The Bar Association, the ability to purchase and sell alcohol to our clients. With this license, we are able to accommodate most of our client’s budgetary needs. For example, a couple that is looking to keep costs low and wants to have an open bar for their cocktail hour but then turn it over to a cash bar for the remainder of the reception, is able to do so with our company due to this license. Other bar catering companies without a license are not able to purchase the alcohol AND not able to sell it.

Bar catering companies without a license are not able to purchase the alcohol AND not able to sell it.

Q: FP: Why can’t a couple just get a licensed bartender to provide service for their events?

A: TBA: Something that has come up in conversation time and time again from clients, wedding planners, venues, etc. is, “well, can’t we just get a licensed bartender?”

The answer is “No.” Unfortunately there is no such thing as a “licensed bartender” in the State of Maine. Licenses are issued to the entity, not the person. No bartender is licensed on their own. The license comes and goes with the business that carries it.

Therefore, a bartender hired for “service-only” whom, as discussed, cannot be licensed (but can be insured), leaves any venue they are working at exposed to increased liability.

Anyone claiming to be a “licensed and insured bartender” that works off-premise, can only be licensed and insured if they are serving the alcohol they have provided or brought on site AND this alcohol has been purchased with a license issued by the State of Maine.

There is no such thing as a “licensed bartender” in the State of Maine.

Q: FP: So, what the bottom line?

A: TBA: So, the bottom line is this: since our business has a Class One Liquor License, our employees have to be Serve Safe TIPS certified and they have to be W-2 employees (nothing under the table). In addition, we cover our employees with both a Workmen’s Compensation policy, Event Liability Insurance policy, and additional Venue Liability Insurance, providing extra coverage specific for compensating the venue, which is something that surpasses any non-licensed service.

Q: FP: Where can couples learn more?

A: TBA: You can either contact The Bar Association or contact the State of Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverage and Lottery Operations directly. You can always check out our list of preferred vendors for bar service companies we recommend.

Here at French’s Point we allow couples to purchase their own alcohol and hire a bar tending service to serve it. To do so, you must obtain host liquor liability insurance for $1,000,000 of coverage, which can be done online at The Event Helper (if it is not offered through your caterer). For the safety of your guests and to protect you from liability, you need to hire a professional bartending service for your event or engage your caterer to provide bartending service. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us!

Featured photo by Danielle Brady Photography

 

Vendor Spotlight: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott

French's Point Vendor Spotlight: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott | Sharyn Peavey Photography

French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are French’s Point Estate are the stuff of which dreams are made!

Jessica of Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott, is one of the most talented pastry chefs in my region. Her desserts are beautiful confections, artfully displayed and they taste like heaven! Jessica is also one of the strongest female business owners I have come to know as well. Her business has grown and evolved tremendously since I met her when she first embarked on this journey. If you are seeking a wedding day confection artist, consider my friend Jessica and her edible art!

How long have you been operating your business?

We have been creating wedding cakes, desserts, and specialty cakes for 8 years

How would you describe your products and service?

We specialize in wedding cakes, dessert tablescapes and spreads, specialty cakes, shaped cakes, and everything in between.  We are a small, family oriented business where the bakers meet with the clients.

Can you accommodate food allergies?

Yes, we can accommodate most all food allergies – nut free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan

What’s the average cost per person for your product?

It depends on the item or items (either it be wedding cake or dessert tables) pricing can be anywhere between $3.50 – $15 per person.

Describe your range of design style.

We love to be able to accommodate all styles and design preference but flourish with designs inspired by our beautiful coastal location incorporating anything classic, nautical feels, vintage, and barn inspired.  But we always love anything with pretty flowers, bright colors, and a touch of whimsy.  It is dessert, it should be fun.

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

Any where that takes me to a beach with ice cream.

Jessica Parrott-Robitaille
Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott
Dana Warp Mill
90 Bridge Street
Suite 255
Westbrook, Maine 04092
(207)899-1088
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www.nothingbakeslikeaparrott.com

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Photo Credit: Featured photo Sharyn Peavey Photography; below: Maine Photo Company, Mr. Haack Photography, and last three by Cuppa Photography

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Maine Wedding Cooperative Harvest Dinner

This fall I was blessed to be surrounded by some very special people at an event I co-hosted at one of my favorite wedding venues, William Allen Farm in Pownal, Maine owned by Heidi and Al Curry. The event was an opportunity for the members of the Maine Wedding Cooperative (MWC) to come together to enjoy a harvest dinner produced by some of Maine’s most talented, hardworking, kind and generous souls in the wedding industry. The Maine Wedding Cooperative is currently made up of the members of the Maine Wedding Venue Cooperative and the Maine Wedding Planner Cooperative. I founded both entities last year in a collaborative effort to strengthen our Maine wedding vendor community and help promote excellent customer service, professionalism, and camaraderie among our peers, in an effort to provide a better experience for couples getting married in Maine.

During this year’s Harvest Dinner event, I reconnected with some wonderful industry friends for the first time in many months after a very busy season. I was so grateful for the time they spent with me and the rest of our beautiful community.

The sponsor team produced a beautiful celebration! This event was a gift of love and gratitude from the incredible team of sponsors from my community for whom I could not be more grateful or adore any more:

I am feeling blessed and energized as I head into the “off-season.” Thank you to all my friends who took the time to attend. Thank you to the many amazing people who helped this event come together in more ways than I ever dreamed. If ever any one needs the very best wedding team, just talk to me.

-Jessika Brooks-Brewer, French’s Point Owner and Founder of the Maine Wedding Cooperative

Photo credit to the wonderful Jamie Mercurio of Jamie Mercurio Photography.

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Vendor Spotlight: The Bar Association

French's Point Vendor Spotlight: The Bar Association

French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue our series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are French’s Point Estate are the stuff of which dreams are made!

The team from The Bar Association is one of my favorite “go-to” bar service providers in Maine. They provide trained professional bartenders with all required permits. They are fully licensed and insured in the State of Maine, ensuring your event goes off without a hitch…legally. Their goal is to provide exceptional service to their clients and their clients’ guests by serving custom cocktails, craft beer and specialized wine selections. They don’t just pour drinks, they provide a customized bar package that reflects their clients vision of their perfect evening. The Bar Association offers a huge array of bar service styles that are personally suited to meet your needs and budget. The knowledgeable and friendly staff serve with the enjoyment, safety and well-being of your guests in mind. With over 50 years of experience in the hospitality and customer service realms, they are well equipped to provide an outstanding experience. The Bar Association will manage all of your bar service needs, so this aspect of your celebration will be effortless, seamless and fun! I am pleased to introduce you to my friends at The Bar Association.

How long have you been operating your business?

The Bar Association has been in operation for three years.

Please describe your services.

The Bar Association is first and foremost interested in sharing the talent and gifts that Maine artisans have to offer its fellow Mainers and folks “from away.”  We bring local quality and integrity to our catered bartending service and enjoy learning about the incredible things created by or brought to our attention by our Maine friends and most especially enjoy sharing these gifts with our clients.

We specialize in Maine beers, a thoughtful wine selection, and custom hand-crafted cocktails, and we aim to add a personal, unique, and memorable atmosphere to any social event.  In addition to using high-quality ingredients, we provide a staff of charming and professional bartenders and a creatively rustic aesthetic.

Do you help your clients create signature cocktails?

Yes, we do help our clients with creating signature cocktails. It is actually the most treasured part of working with our clients. There is nothing more rewarding than making something personal and unique for our clients, as it is typically their wedding day, which is a unique, special, and memorable union.  That’s how we feel about signature cocktails, it’s a union. We take the theme of our clients’ wedding, their personalities, and their likes and dislikes, and do our best to make a signature cocktail that is exceptional and particular to their shared “fingerprint.”

If so, what is your favorite cocktail to date?

We created something we penned the “Lavenderby” for one of our weddings last year. The Lavenderby was a concoction that starts with lavender and honey made into a simple syrup. Other ingredients include lemon juice, grapefruit juice, bourbon, thyme and lavender flowers. We also enjoy toying with recipes to create our own twist on the more well-known drinks. For example, the French 76, for this one, we opted to use gin as the base, instead of vodka, and added pink peppercorns to our simple syrup. It makes it unique to us AND our clients!

How many hours of open bar service do you feel is reasonable and safe to provide at a wedding event?

We often recommend five hours of service as a reasonable and safe amount of time for weddings. We have found time and time again, that if the service is longer than five hours, things start to unravel.

Can you provide customized bar packages?

We specialize in providing customized bar packages. We want to make sure our clients’ day is unique to them, so we do our very best to create the best package that matches their unique needs, wants, desires and capabilities. We typically start out by sharing our standard brochure with our clients, this helps them understand our basic price points and services offered. Because we have a Class 1 Liquor License, which not all bar services do, we are able to make every event customizable for them. We are able to incorporate full open bars and/or full cash bars into the event, whatever helps the client make their budget. Some clients want an open bar for the first hour and a cash bar for the remainder of the event, because of our license, we are able to do that for them.

What is a Class 1 Liquor License?

Catherine Caswell
The Bar Association
120 Whitney Road
Gray, ME 04039
(207) 650-0481
www.thebarassociation.me
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Drafting Your Best Wedding Vendor Team

Drafting Your Wedding Vendor Team | Photo by Greta Tucker Photography, Catering by Bar Harbor Catering

Planning a wedding is like picking players for an epic game of dodge ball. Did you know that couples will engage six to 18 wedding vendors for their wedding? So, if you are planning a wedding in Maine, you will need to find on average 12 providers for your event. Some of these services are:

  • Venue
  • Catering/Bar
  • Cake/Dessert
  • Wedding Coordinator
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Floral/Event Design
  • Stationary/Paper Goods
  • Ceremony & Reception Entertainment
  • Officiant
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Attire

Here are the key steps to follow to draft a kick @#% wedding vendor team:

Game Plan

Discuss and define your priorities for your wedding with your intended. My advice is to sit down with a bottle of wine, an open mind, and a stack of index cards. Create two sets of cards with a vendor from the list above written on each card. Independently, rate the vendor categories in order of importance. Place the index cards in order of highest to lowest priority on the table or floor (depending on how much wine you consume during this process). Then share them with your love and discuss. The items that you mutually rank the highest would have the greatest value. These items become your top priority. The remaining items get a value that is determined based on a mutual agreement of priority. Once you have determined your game plan, you can move on to step two.

Do you have Boosters/Sponsors?

Before you are able to start looking for your wedding vendors, do your homework and determine your budget. Typically, there are two budget numbers to identify:

  1. What are you able to spend (your maximum available)?
  2. What are you comfortable spending (what you feel is an acceptable value for the service)?

Likely you and your sweetheart may not agree on both of these numbers, but it’s important that you find common ground. Talk with your partner and look at your finances and discuss what resources you are able and willing to invest in this celebration. If family will be contributing, find out what elements they will pay for and how much they are willing to spend. Occasionally we have had an over-eager family member say “I will pay for the flowers” until they come to understand that, unlike their intimate 80-guest wedding, you plan to have 10 wedding attendants and 250 guests at your event and need bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces for all. Ultimately, this will help you save time by ruling out vendors that are not within your means.

Huddle Up

Talk to your family and friends about their own wedding planning experiences. Their wealth of knowledge may help you avoid some pitfalls along the way as you choose your vendors for your event.

Hire a wedding planner that understands your budget and priorities who can refer trusted and experienced professionals. I can’t express how helpful this is!

Talk to your wedding venue. In many cases the venue has a preferred vendor list filled with qualified professionals whom they trust. Just be sure to ask if you are required to use these vendors or if there are any other restrictions from the venue about the vendors your hire.

So, what players have you picked for your wedding day team? If you need help finding wedding vendors, check out our list of preferred wedding vendors who we have worked with and trust or contact us. We’re always happy to help!

Featured photo by Greta Tucker Photography; Catering, cake and bar in photo by Bar Harbor Catering Company; Floral design by Flora Fauna

Vendor Spotlight: Russell Caron Wedding Photography

French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue a new series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are French’s Point Estate are the stuff of which dreams are made!

I met Russ several years ago when he made the shift to focus full time on his growing wedding photography business. He made the time to come sit down and meet with me, and I was immediately appreciative that he was part of my community. In the passing years, Russ has established himself as a calm, attentive, professional, active-voice within the Maine wedding industry. Russ always has his eyes on the future and is constantly working toward not only improving himself professionally (which he certainly has done… he was named Maine Wedding Photographer of the Year for 2016 by the Maine Professional Photographers Association), but also helping to raise the bar of the Maine wedding photography community and wedding industry in Maine as a whole. His communication style is kind, patient, engaging and responsive. Those are four of my favorite traits in a wedding vendor!   His partner in life and business, Liz, is a wonderful, calming voice on wedding day and she creates beautiful work as well. Individually, Russ and Liz are both talented and kind professionals. Together, they are an amazing team!

How long have you been operating your business?

We’ve been wedding photographers for more than 20 years and full-time wedding photographers for 10 years.

How would you describe your style?

Our style is that perfect blend of journalistic, artistic, and editorial, and is comprised of several “signature” shots for which we’re well-known. Part of our style is the comfort we lend to our couples, their families, and friends through our calm demeanor, experience, and personalities. We love removing the apprehensions people may have about being photographed for the course of a day. We also are very proud of how our detail planning ahead, and managing expectations, with our couples makes for very smooth-running wedding days with everything flowing effortlessly.

What lead you to photograph weddings?

Russ: years ago, just after high school, I had a camera and a co-worker needed her wedding photographed. That led to many more, and it led to my realizing I loved everything about photographing the memories of a wedding day.

Liz: I met Russ in 2012, and he introduced me to photography. I was instantly hooked on weddings!

What is your favorite moment to photograph throughout the whole wedding day?

Russ: The environmental artistic set, where we incorporate our couple into the beautiful landscape.

Liz: Moments such as when a dad presents his daughter to the groom at the ceremony.

Do you suggest having a second shooter if they are having a French’s Point wedding?

We photograph weddings (and engagements sessions!) as a team, virtually all of the time. Our clients get the benefit of having two pairs of eyes on them during every phase of their wedding day. As we like to say, a wedding consists of two key people and each deserves their own photographer, especially during first looks and the exchange of vows.

How many hours of coverage do you suggest for a French’s Point wedding?

Hours of coverage will depend on several factors. Is the couple having a first look? Does the bride and groom have a large wedding party? How many immediate family members will there be to photograph in the family formals? What is the size of the guest list? An important goal for us is to never make a bride feel hurried or stressed on her wedding day. We make sure there is time for all aspects of getting ready, bridal portraits, first look, bridesmaids photos. Plus we build in down time before the ceremony so that our brides have time to freshen up, have a snack, and relax before they walk down the aisle. Having said that, almost all of our French’s Point couples buy our 10 hour package, which allows them day-start to day-end coverage without having to rush anything to fit in.

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

Russ: I love visiting Belfast. It’s picturesque, alive with activity, and has some of the best restaurants and bakeries in Maine. It’s a perfect day trip from almost anywhere in Maine.

Liz: I have so many favorites! One of my current favorites is Kittery Foreside, especially Wallingford Square. Fantastic restaurants, an amazing bakery, wonderful shops, and so picturesque! The fact that it’s less than an hour away is a huge bonus!

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Russell Caron Photography
2 Main Street
Biddeford, ME 04005
www.wed-pix.com
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Vendor Spotlight: Flora Fauna

We at French’s Point Estate, here in Stockton Springs, Maine, are thrilled to kick off a new series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings here at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from the vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients:

  • Be Responsive
  • Be Kind
  • Provide Excellent Customer Service
  • Provide the Very Best Product/Service

Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here at French’s Point Estate are the stuff of which dreams are made!

We would love to introduce our first preferred wedding vendor, Judy Bourgeois of Flora Fauna Floral + Event Design. Judy specializes in floral and event design with unique vintage rentals, custom linens, furniture, props and other design elements. She is a prized industry friend that has been by our side since French’s Point had the opportunity to collaborate with her on an event produced for Grace Ormonde Magazine years ago. Judy and I both ventured into the wedding industry about the same time, and we immediately hit it off. We bonded over the love and care we both put into our clients… we invest in them and their happiness. You can see that level of attention to detail and absolute perfection in Judy’s designs. I trusted her with my own 2008 winter wedding with only six weeks to plan, and she brought my dreams to life and exceeded them in every way. We can always recommend Flora Fauna with confidence to any French’s Point couple. Here’s what you need to know about Judy…

How long have you been operating your business?

I have been in business since 2004. I began selling my home-grown flowers at a local flower market on Saturday mornings as a way to supplement our family income while I was raising my 2 small, baby boys. One Saturday, a person asked if I did weddings, and I said yes. Well, the rest is history and it snowballed into a full floral design business.

How would you describe your style? 

My style is eclectic, colorful and lush. I embrace the material in an organic way and work with my flowers to create full, fluffy and textural designs. I love color and love mixing colors that are unexpected together to create unique designs. And yes white and blush are colors! I have a keen eye for bringing an event together to create a cohesive design. My biggest compliment from my clients is when they say things like…”you truly understood me”, “you got what was in my head and brought it to life”, “it’s exactly what I had hoped for”, or simply “WOW!”

How would you describe the range of your services? i.e. florist, event design, etc

First and foremost, I am a florist. I am also a designer. I love to collaborate with clients and other vendors involved in the event to help bring the overall event design together to create a cohesive event that truly flows and looks seamless. I really take my clients’ lead as to what they need and want. Some events I simply provide the flowers. Some events, I work with other vendors to collaborate on the overall design. And other events, I do the design, soup to nuts.

What inspires you? 

I am inspired by so many things around me but Mother Nature is really the most magical of them all. The beauty of the natural world around us gives us so much to play with. I did a wedding once on the coast of Maine in the fall and the colors of the blue sky, brown of the grass and sand played a big role in the overall colors and flowers we chose.

As a client, how many months in advance should I meet with you to discuss my vision? 

I have booked clients 2 years before their wedding and also booked clients 6 weeks before their wedding. So really, I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer from my perspective. I will say that I am a small floral design studio. I only book up to 2 events per weekend and prefer to book only 1. So, the early bird definitely gets the worm with me.

What information do you need to know to provide service for your event? 

I don’t need a Pinterest board of everything you want in your wedding. That is very limiting to me as a designer. I would rather get to know you as a person and hear the things you like, the overall feel you want to evoke for the day and what makes your heart sing. I like to know who you are as a person, your style, things you like even if it’s a designer you wear or a place you shop.

What do you love most about Maine weddings? 

I love that all my clients that get married in Maine have a connection to a person, a place…a memory that makes them so happy that they want to get marry the person they love in front of the people they love and create a new memory of their favorite place on earth. Maine is so special in so many ways and I love that couples choose to start their lives together here. We have so many hidden gems to discover here in Maine and I am so glad so many people come to discover them.

Connect with Flora Fauna

Flora Fauna
Judy Bourgeois, Owner/Designer
97 Birchwood Terrace
North Yarmouth, Maine 04097
207-650-3563
www.florafaunaweddings.com
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Tips for Being a Great Wedding Guest

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.

When Things Go Wrong: 4 Tips to Avoid Wedding Disasters

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You may not want to think about what could go wrong on your big day, but we can assure you, it’s better to prepare for the things that could potentially go wrong and create a solid back-up plan.

Also, as emotions run high on your wedding day, things that would normally seem insignificant will seem catastrophic unless you anticipate them and know how you will handle the situation. There are dozens of things you can do in preparation alongside our wedding planners to ensure nothing happens on your big day that will ruin your wedding. Not to say that things won’t go wrong, it is likely that something will happen that you wish you could change, but it is often how you react that is remembered, not the incident itself.

Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, here are a few things you can do to ensure you’re ready to take on any wedding day challenge that comes your way.

1. Accept that things will go wrong

If there is anything that is universal about weddings, it is that something will go awry. Usually it’s something small; the flower girl got nervous walking down the aisle or the groom forgot to do a twirl during your first dance. Other bigger things are also possible and out of your control; the weather doesn’t cooperate, or the best man sleeps through breakfast. Big or small, you need to let these things go. Most often, the mistakes from the day are the stories you laugh about with your friends after the big day. Try to avoid becoming a bridezilla story.

2. Plan Slowly

Like any project, when you rush through the initial planning process you are bound to miss key components and let significant details slip through the cracks. When you are beginning to plan your wedding day, take your time. Plan one aspect at a time to start, and work with your vendors to make sure they are fully equipped to begin the detailed planning and production process.

3. Trust Your Vendors

If you hire experienced wedding vendors with great references, you can relax knowing that they will take care of the details. Make sure to put in the upfront work by getting to know them and building a strong and communicative relationship. Also, read, re-read and negotiate your contract to know that you are covered in the case that something goes wrong on their end. Then you will feel comfortable letting them do what they do best and can focus on having a great time with your partner and family.

4. Get Protection

Wedding insurance may seem like an unnecessary expense when you are breaking down your budget and everything is going great. But you will be able to breathe easy and avoid a lot of stress by knowing that the biggest unforseen disasters are covered. All policies are different, but typically they cover the cancellation or rearrangement of a wedding or reception due to accident, illness or bereavement within the main wedding party, or if a supplier goes out of business. Most policies also cover loss or damage (due to accident, fire or theft) to the main wedding outfits; presents, rings; the cake and flowers; as well as the price of having to retake photographs and video; failure of wedding cars; and personal liability and legal expenses. With a good policy, you can rest easy.