Over the past few months we’ve been highlighting the red flags that you should be looking out for when you’re hiring wedding vendors. We’ve seen the good, bad and ugly of weddings– and there is an ugly! Our experience as a destination wedding venue has afforded us the wherewithal to avoid problems before they begin. The brides we work with are typically located outside Maine. They rely on us to find the best vendors for their wedding, and we welcome this responsibility as a privilege. We put all of our vendors through a rigorous vetting process, not just once, but on a yearly basis.
For many brides, choosing a photographer, florist, band or cake purveyor means pouring over websites and intensely studying product images and online testimonials. However, a vendor is more than just a pretty website and newsletter. Vendors are people with incredible talents. While vendors have the ability to make your wedding a stunning event to remember, poor communication and human error of a vendor’s part can cause major issues.
After a great meeting with all of our Maine wedding industry friends earlier this week, we are so excited to kick off our 2013 season. In our discussions about what is working and what we want from this next year we were reminded of some of our favorite weddings.
Working with Daphne and Justin was incredibly rewarding. What a gracious and beautiful couple. These are the couples that make it worth all the hard work. I’m reminding myself of that as things start to get busy!
With spring beginning to bloom, the hundreds of small businesses that support the wedding industry in Maine are getting ready to shake off the winter frost and kickstart the next wedding season.
French’s Point is hosting the 2013 Maine Wedding Summit to do just that. We wanted to bring all of our favorite wedding vendors together to talk about the past season and get the inside scoop on what we can all do to make Maine weddings better than ever. We will be discussing trends, what’s new and changing in national style and how they pertain to our weddings this season, and how we can bring more weddings to our gorgeous state.
The Maine Wedding Summit will be held on April 23rd at French’s Point. For more information- contact Jessika Brooks Brewer.
Too often, weddings can seem stressful, expensive and tough on your relationships. You might start to wonder – what’s the point?
We want to remind all of the brides who are feeling stressed by the details of their upcoming weddings to remember what the end result will be. Your family, friends and the love of your life in one place to celebrate.
We wanted to feature this wedding from last summer as a simple reminder. HAVE FUN!
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kim Chapman , Lisa 2nd shooter
The last installment in our five-part series is crucial to the overall success of your wedding. You’ve finalized your budget, chosen vendors, planned your ceremony and organized a timeline for your wedding day. You have all the pieces that you’ll need. The last step will be to arrange all the chosen elements in a way that serves your vision of your ideal day. With the perfect flow, you will have peace of mind, and your guests will move seamlessly through the events of the wedding without feeling delayed or rushed.
The set-up of your wedding is like the architectural drawing for a new home. We start by asking the same questions as an architect. Where do you spend the most time? Are you an entertainer who needs a large kitchen? Do you work from home and need a spacious office? We need to know where you want to spend your time and energy during your big day. Your priorities will lead the flow from space to space.
Here are 4 of the most common options based on what is most important to many FP couples.
For the Socialites
You love to mingle and you want your guests to get to know each other. This is one of the few times that your friends and family will be in the same place at the same time. What an opportunity to mix your interesting and diverse group of friends! Just imagine; your uncle telling embarrassing stories to your college friends, your families chatting about something other than the wedding colors or the bachelorette party. This is the perfect time to start building relationships that will last the rest of your lives.
For couples who want to focus on the social aspect of the wedding, we suggest a brief ceremony at our gazebo and a scenic walk to the cocktail hour. We can host an extended cocktail hour that allows your guests the freedom to mingle with ease and explore the property. We will serve passed hors d’oeuvres and have an open bar which allows people to mix company easily. Stations dinner service will extend the social atmosphere beyond the cocktail hour throughout dinner. With open seating at varied table options, guests are not anchored to an assigned seat or constrained by dozens of tables.
For the Foodies
You celebrate life by celebrating spectacular food. Many families honor marriage with extravagant dinners, as a delicious rite of passage. Birthdays and holidays are often remembered by the smells and tastes that came out of the kitchen.
We want to facilitate this celebration with a meal that will be unforgettable. This comes down the details of planning and set-up. Our chef is not just a master of taste, but she strives to create a magical experience. During the cocktail hour, we recommend ample stationary food presentations that will draw guests in with impressive displays to delight the eyes. Variety in presentation is offered as well, with tray passed hors d oeuvres. The food becomes a part of the experience and will be a fantastic conversation starter.
Formal plated, multi-course meals will leave guests satiated and impressed. The focus on family and intimate conversation will also give more significance to the speeches and toasts that are often missed during a less structured meal.
For the Celebratory
You want an unforgettable and meaningful ceremony. For couples with strong beliefs and a commitment to the rich traditions of marriage, we offer a variety of ceremonial setting options.
The gazebo is our most popular location, with a gorgeous backdrop for memorable photography and video. But the most obvious choice isn’t always the best option for everyone. People who have fallen in love with the Maine coastline want to host their ceremony on the front lawn with an unobscured view of the ocean. Couples who choose a traditional Jewish wedding also prefer the lawn as a picturesque place to set up our gorgeous Chuppah.
The lower level terrace is our recommended space to host your ceremony if you are accommodating family members with disabilities or those with limited mobility. The transition from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception is much smoother. This is also a great option for weddings with children. The subsequent stages of the event flow quite easily post ceremony in this location.
For Music Lovers
You want to celebrate with great music and lots of dancing. Many couples want to celebrate by throwing the dance party of the year. They want their friends to relax and have a good time. Their focus is on the amazing band setting the soundtrack to the rest of their life.
The key to a great party is keeping the energy up and starting it on time. We move people through a short ceremony, light cocktail hour, and dinner as smoothly as possible. We suggest a 2 course seated meal to save time during dinner. Speeches and toasts are presented with a preset first course. A delicious meal ends with an arranged cake cutting and leads people naturally to the reception. Having arranged seating saves a surprising amount of time as it avoids guests having to make tedious decisions on where, and next to whom, to sit.
We are equipped with everything needed to create an amazing musical experience for your guests. We can host live bands, DJ’s, intimate rock bands, retro styled swing or big band jazz ensembles. We can create the perfect environment for people to get up and let loose. We want this to be an experience of a lifetime for you and your guests.
Just remember, this is your day. Decide what is most important to you, whether it’s the dancing, the ceremony, the conversations or the food. We will make it flow smoothly for an unforgettable experience & great memories.
Planning Your Maine Wedding : Part I : Nailing Down The Budget
Planning Your Maine Wedding : Part II : Vendor Selection
Planning Your Maine Wedding : Part III : The Ceremony
Planning Your Maine Wedding : Part IV : Timeline Management