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”!
Maybe you’re newly engaged, or perhaps you expect your special someone might pop the question any time. Here’s what to do after you say “Yes!”
1) You’re Engaged, Soak It In
Take the time to soak in the moment and revel in the love and joy of this special moment. This is the only time you’re going to experience being engaged, so savor every second.
2) Share The News
Make the time to share the big news about your engagement with your nearest and dearest over a phone call, FaceTime or Skype. To avoid hurt feelings, don’t share the news on your social streams until you’ve told those closest to you.
3) Get Engagement Ring Insurance
Get insurance for that beautiful engagement ring.
4) Set Priorities
Sit down with your beloved over coffee or cocktails and discuss the vision of your wedding experience. Determine your mutual priorities before you start scheduling tours or making plans. Place the things you agree on at the top of the list and come to an agreement of the placement of the other items on the list. You will be so glad you did.
5) Define a Wedding Budget
Talk with the members of your tribe that may be contributing financially to the celebration and define the level of investment you are comfortable making in this experience. This will allow you to shop more effectively for wedding day partners and save you lots of time as you go.
6) Draft Your Guest List
7) Set the Date
Identify your availability, preferred season, and dates to celebrate.
8) Book Your Venue
Once you have considered your options and confirmed they are within budget, it’s time to reserve your venue.
9) Hire a Wedding Planner!
Hire an experienced wedding professional to bring your wedding vendor team together and bring your vision to life.
Featured photo by Cuppa Photography.
Couples often ask me how early they should book their wedding venue. Of course, this all depends on a number of factors:
- How long would you like the engagement period to be?
- Do you have life commitments (school, work, vacation, moving, home purchase) that need to be factored in to your timing?
- Do you have a preferred season or special date on which you wish to be wed?
- And related to the date, what kind of experience are you looking to offer your guests attending your wedding and what seasonal aesthetic are you seeking for your celebration?
Once you have decided on these factors, consider this timeline before you book your wedding venue and set the date for your French’s Point wedding.
Before You Choose Your Wedding Date
Planning a wedding takes a lot of time. First, you and your fiancé need to agree on your priorities and wedding budget. Then the bulk of active wedding planning can be achieved within three to four months of the wedding with the guidance from an experienced, professional wedding planner. Additional time for planning can be necessary for guests traveling to your destination wedding, to arrange flights, travel and lodging. So, considering how much time it takes to plan the wedding, may determine how far in advance you reserve your wedding venue.
Dates from June to October fill quickly, so…reserve your wedding venue as soon as you [can]!
Dates from June to October fill quickly, so if you are committed to one specific date or dates in this window, you would be best suited to reserve your wedding venue as soon as you know your date works for all the key parties for your celebration. Our typical clients book on average between two years to nine months before the wedding, with most booking 14 months prior to their date. As you can see, they booked their wedding venue quite early on in the planning process.
Here at French’s Point, our main goal is to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams. This isn’t just something we say, we actively work to ensure that you have everything you need to organize and produce a wedding celebration that your guests will enjoy and that ultimately reflects who you are as a couple. To that end, we’ve created this detailed resource guide with 25 pages packed with useful area resources for your enjoyment and information.
25 Pages of Midcoast Maine Resources
In our Resource Guide for French’s Point Couples, you’ll find the following.
- Family entertainment
- Schooner and sailing adventures
- State Parks
- Golf courses
- Ferry services
- Art galleries and museums
- Chambers of Commerce
- Beer and wine tasting rooms
- Nature centers
- Outdoor recreational activities like: biking, canoeing, and kayaking
- Other recreational activities like: zip lining, climbing, whitewater rafting, and yoga
- Horse stables and carriage rides
- Spas and salons
- Transportation services like: limos, busses, taxis and rental cars
- Moorings and yacht clubs
- Farmers’ Markets and grocery stores
We’ve tried to anticipate all of your needs and have gathered all of that information into a downloadable resource guide. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to make your French’s Point wedding amazing!