French’s Point Availability for 2020 & 2021

French’s Point 2019, 2020 & 2021 availability by the numbers…

There are 26 weekends May-October. We only host one celebration a weekend to allow each client and their guests ample time for memory-making. As a result, our calendar fills faster than venues that host multiple weddings a weekend.

2019

We are booked!

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2020

Prime Season

When our sail cloth tent is available, we have only April 25 & May 23, 2020 weekends remaining available!

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Winter Season

We do have November and December 2020 dates available for events with up to 125 guests

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2021

We are booking now & expect most prime dates to fill before the end of this summer!

Numbers don’t lie, the time to book is now!

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Spring Wedding Weekend Itinerary

Spring Wedding Itinerary at French's Point - Danielle Brady Photography

Thursday

12:00PM Get your marriage license from the Stockton Springs Town Office between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. to make it official! The Stockton Springs Town Office is not open on Friday.

1:00PM Check in to French’s Point. Settle into your room and soak in the sweet smell of lilacs and beach roses in bloom.

6:00PM Fire up the barbecue grill on the Barbecue Lawn behind the Farm House and enjoy time with your family and friends as they roll into town to join you for the weekend.

8:00PM Cuddle up fireside and reconnect around one of the many fire pits at the estate. Enjoy the warm, gooey delight of s’mores fresh off the fire.

Friday

8:00AM Start the day off with a morning yoga session for the wedding party and family lead by a local instructor in the sun-filled Conservatory at Retreat House where you can take in the morning fog as it rises off the water.

9:00AM Enjoy freshly baked strawberry muffins and coffee awaiting you in the parlor at the Farm House.

10:00AM Choose your own Maine adventure! Excursions to the top of the tallest bridge observatory in the Northeast at Penobscot Narrows Observatory for spectacular views, and Fort Knox Historic Site, check out the local shops & galleries, ride a bike or hike one of the many trail systems at the surrounding State parks, or brave the white water for a refreshing Springtime adventure!

4:00PM Ceremony rehearsal. Gather your wedding party, family and anyone else participating in the ceremony for a rehearsal at your chosen setting to work out the jitters so everyone can relax on the big day.

5:00PM Sip a Mint Julep and enjoy an al fresco dinner on the terrace and enjoy the fragrant gardens.

7:00PM Take in the sherbet-like Spring sunset over the bay.

8:00PM Cap off the night in front of the fire pit on the terrace reconnecting with your friends.

10:00PM Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

Saturday

8:00AM Rise and shine, it’s your wedding day! Take a walk through the lush family gardens and take in the scent of lilacs, beach roses, salt water and pine and the sound of the loons calling over the water.

9:00AM Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked quiche, and fruit with your family at the Farm House before you freshen up.

10:00AM Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparation at the Retreat House.

11:00AM Pampering time begins for you and your wedding party with hair and make-up sessions with your chosen provider in the Top Level Apartment Parlor of the Retreat House. Ladies relax in your gift of floral robes so appropriate for the season. Sit back and enjoy the hours leading up to your ceremony surrounding by the ones you love.

12:00PM Wedding party lunch delivered with fresh goat cheese and strawberry salads & mimosas of course! The groom’s party and family enjoy a casual lunch on the barbecue lawn after enjoying some healthy competition with a game of volley ball on the Recreation Lawn at the Farm.

2:00PM The groom’s party arrives at the Recreation Room at Retreat House to work out those nerves with a game of pool, poker, or watch the game on the TV. Don’t forget those wedding rings! Bridal party gets dressed and has pre-ceremony photos taken on the balcony overlooking the estate.

3:00PM A brass band sets the mood as guests arrive by trolley to mingle and enjoy strawberry lemonade, mint iced tea, and cucumber water on the terrace.

3:30PM The ceremony bell rings out over the bay and calls your guests to the ceremony location of your choosing: the Gazebo with the promenade lined with blooming lilacs and beach roses, the Oceanfront Lawn or East Overlook Terrace. Rain doubles your luck. Embrace the elements with colorful rain boots.

4:00PM Congrats to the happy couple! Take your first photos as husband and wife, with your wedding party and family. Your guests will mix and mingle while they enjoy cocktail hour with delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace, take a stroll on the bluff path, take in the commanding view of the bay from our signature Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs, or play a rousing game of croquette on the oceanfront lawn.

4:55PM Before the dinner reception begins, gather your guests and snap some group photos on the cobblestone terrace. This is a beautiful record of the guests who were able to join you for your big day.

5:00PM Guests are ushered inside the beautiful Retreat House Dining Room or the Sailcloth Tent for the reception with tables set with all the details you imagined.

5:20PM Introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple! Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice.

5:40PM Official cake cutting.

6:30PM Enjoy your first dance as a married couple. It’s time to boogie!

7:00PM Cake and coffee are served.

8:00PM Catch the beautiful sunset with your new spouse and photographer. We offer a variety of locations to capture this splendid light of the setting sun with Western views.

9:45PM One last call from the bar.

9:55PM Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!

10:00PM Move the gathering inside the Retreat House to enjoy an unplugged after party with a laid-back vibe. Snuggle up in front of the fire as you recount the adventures of the day.

12:00PM Bid your guests farewell and retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect on this magical day. Vendors begin preparing for the next day’s gathering.

Sunday

8:00AM Enjoy your first cup of coffee as a married couple as you enjoy the view from your private balcony. The caterer arrives to prepare for the farewell brunch.

9:00AM Your guests can stop by the Retreat House Dining Room one last time to enjoy a lovely farewell brunch with a garden party feel and a Spring-inspired menu before heading home.

12:00PM Sit in the Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs on the Bluff Path one last time to soak it all in.

1:00PM Check out time. Off to your next adventure!

 

Photography by Danielle Brady Photography

Check Out Information

Check Out of French's Point - Family Maine Vacation Home - Destination Wedding Venue - Photography by the Light & Color

If you are hosting a stay at French’s Point, we want you and your family to have a smooth check out without surprises. As the host of of a reservation at French’s Point, in preparation for your stay at French’s Point, there are a few things we want share with you before you depart to ensure a wonderful experience:

  1. Check out is at 1:00pm on Sunday. Late departures will result in overtime charges that will be deducted from your damage deposit. We suggest you advise your guests to depart by noon to allow time for final packing.
  2. We suggest you enlist the assistance of your wedding planner with the check-out process.
  3. Please be sure your guests return room keys back to the proper key hole prior to their departure and leave chalkboard signs on the hooks of their doors. Lost keys will result in a $50/key deduction from your damage deposit. Lost chalk board signs will result in a $25/board deduction from your damage deposit.
  4. Please return all furnishings, lawn games and French’s Point equipment used by your party during your stay to the original location.
  5. Please ensure all rentals are placed in the designated pick up location and are picked up by the rental provider before the end of your rental term.
  6. Please ensure all dishes are washed and put away in all kitchens.
  7. Please remove all trash, recycling and redeemables from the buildings, tent and event areas and place in the dumpster located in the white enclosure in the parking lot near the tent.
  8. Please be sure you remove all food and alcohol from the coolers and kitchen.

Should you need assistance, please contact us during office house (9am-4pm) by calling 207-567-3650.  We occupy an office located on the lower level of the Retreat House near the commercial kitchen.

Photography by The Light & Color

Real Review: Heaven. Just Heaven.

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Jessica & Zachary

Married on October 13th, 2018

Our October wedding at French’s Point was simply amazing. Back in the planning stages, we had plans to tour six or seven other venues, but we canceled all our other tours after we toured French’s Point because we knew we’d just seen something special and that it wouldn’t get any better.

We were right. Everything about the estate is amazing–the location, the view, the estate house itself. It’s warm, welcoming, and elegant. The staff is sweet, encouraging, communicative, and helpful. They provided us with suggestions and inspiration that made our day unique and fun.

“Everything about the estate is amazing–the location, the view, the estate house itself. It’s warm, welcoming, and elegant.” – Jessica

If you book the venue, you should also consider booking the adjacent farmhouse for your family and wedding party. It’s a quaint, cozy, and adorable place to stay, but it’s also incredibly handy to have the wedding party within walking distance of the venue. We were so happy we made the choice to book the farmhouse too!

I can’t thank Jessika and Nicole enough; they were amazing, and I get misty just thinking about what a wonderful day they helped us create. I loved everything about it! We even battled a little rain and couldn’t get married outside at the gazebo like we planned, but it didn’t for one second feel like a compromise to get married in the lovely estate. This place is just heaven!

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Jessica & Zachary’s Vendor Team:

Bar Services: Harvest Moon

Catering: Harvest Moon

Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Dionne Entertainment

Ceremony Venue: The Gazebo at French’s Point

Cocktail Hour Venue: The Cobblestone Terrace at French’s Point

Design & Styling: DIY

Dessert: The Front Porch Bakery

DJ Dinner & Dancing Entertainment: Dionne Entertainment

Event Planner: Nicole Dearing at French’s Point

Favors: Whoopi Pies

Floral Design: Flowers by Hoboken 

Hair & Makeup: Glow Salon

Officiant: Friend

Photo booth: DIY by Jessica’s Father

Photography: McCoy Photography & Artwork

Reception Venue: The Retreat House Dining Room at French’s Point

Rentals: Wallace Events

Videography: NA

Real Review: Stunning Venue, Friendly Team!

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Melanie & Cornelius

Married on May 26th, 2018

I didn’t know a lot about what I wanted for my wedding but I knew I wanted to be married on the water, but not on sand, because heels and sand don’t mix. Well after searching around, my husband found the perfect wedding venue to fit that criteria, French’s Point in Stockton Springs, Maine. My mom went to go and tour it since we live out on the west coast, and immediately they said that this was the perfect place for us. With gorgeous panoramic views of the bay, and the secluded private event feel, it gave us a breathtaking wedding that we both always desired. From their many fire-pits, to amazing tent, to cozy farmhouse rentals, the property gave us everything and more.

“With gorgeous panoramic views of the bay, and the secluded private event feel, it gave us a breathtaking wedding that we both always desired.” – Melanie

There were a few challenges during the planning period as the venue was going through some major changes at the time and has since altered the way they book the events but the team was very responsive and helpful through many scheduling phone calls. They were patient and understanding of our cross country communication, as we live in CA. Come wedding weekend, we were able to sit back and truly relax as family and friends the way we desired and the team was attentive to all our needs. And when the actual day came, Nicole was there to make sure everything ran smoothly, and hopefully enjoyed the fun times we had during our photo shoot. I would definitely recommend French’s Point as the best authentic Maine wedding destination!

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Melanie & Cornelius’ Vendor Team:

Bar Services: Bar Harbor Catering Company

Bar Services: Bar Harbor Catering Company

Catering: Bar Harbor Catering Company 

Ceremony Venue: French’s Point Waterfront Gazebo 

Design and Styling: Emily Herzig Floral Studio 

Dessert: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrot  

Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: Beantown Band 

Floral Design: Emily Herzig Floral Studio 

Hair: Heather and Jocelyn

Lighting: Griffin & Griffin 

Makeup: Heather and Jocelyn 

Officiant: Catherine – Family Friend 

Photography: The Light & Color  

Reception Venue: The Sail Cloth Tent at French’s Point 

Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals  

Transportation: Country Coach Charters 

Videography: Creative Edge Arts

Real Review: Recommend Without Reservation

Abbey & Jacob_an MacLellan and Emma Scudder Photography - Real Review of French's Point_Coastal Maine Wedding Venue

My husband and I got married here in July, and could not be more thankful we chose French’s Point. From the very beginning to end, the owners and staff were exceptionally professional, organized, and available for suggestions, questions, and concerns. Most importantly, they are genuinely kind-hearted people who don’t just run a business — they clearly find joy in serving their clients.

The venue itself is exactly as pictured — views are breathtaking, property is beautifully maintained (by the entire family  and is overall just… so peaceful.

We rented the both the Farm House & Retreat for the weekend and all our guests couldn’t stop raving about the accommodations, quality of service, and venue as a whole. We recommend without reservation!

Featured Partner: Kristyn Plamondon of Square Deal

Featured Partner: Kristin from a Square Deal - Maine Refinished Furniture - French's Point Coastal Maine Destination Wedding Venue - Vacation Home Rental

As a proud property owner in Maine, there is nothing more important to me than family. But right after my family, comes the priority of partnering with and supporting small, family-owned businesses in Maine that help us ensure our guests enjoy the best of what the state has to offer. When we renovated the Retreat House this past winter, we teamed up with some of my favorite Maine makers. I wanted to shared these special people with you, because without them, the Retreat House project would not have been successful.

When we decided to renovate the Retreat House this winter, we wanted knew we needed to add furnishings to the home. I wanted to update some furnishings we had and blend them with old pieces we found and some new pieces we loved. I am really pleased with the outcome. We refurbished 14 rooms in the Retreat House alone, so this was a major task. I reached out to my friend Kristyn Plamondon for help. Kristyn is a dear, childhood friend. I consider her my sister because our shared family history. Kristyn and I have some uncanny shared personality traits (God Bless Our Husbands) for two people that do not share any genetic material. We both love nothing more than to complete a task and move right on to the next one. We love to find the history in things and find beauty in what has been cast aside.   

Kristyn is an artist, photographer, and lover of all things with a story. She jumped in to this project in spite of her very full life to help me. Kristyn refurbished the two church pews we had that had been left inside the Retreat House from when the church owned the property. She turned them into the perfect seating benches for the conservatory. She refurbished my father’s brass-end hatch top table from one of the WWII Liberty Ships for our Lounge. She refinished a family desk for the Lounge and my grandmother’s pedestal table that used to sit in her cottage here. It now graces the parlor in the top floor apartment. She found and refurbished a total of four small side tables (many of which I thought were beyond repair) thanks to some help from her husband Josh. He’s one of my favorite people too, by the way.  Mostly because he’s so good to Kris, but also because he so good to everyone else. Kristyn found and refurbished two dressers and a beautiful armoire for the bedrooms in suite 1. They suite this space perfectly in proportion and detail. It is like she was in my head.

Kristyn sees the beauty in things people have cast aside and forgotten. She has the skills and knowledge to bring them back and give them new life and purpose. She is the keeper of her family and artifacts. She loves to find the story behind the piece. Kristyn’s furniture refurbishing business is called A Square Deal, after a store that her grandparents had reselling treasures. 

You can visit A Square Deal on Facebook. Tell Kristyn that Jesse sent you! 

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Photography by Rachael Anderson

Kristin from A Square Deal:

Kristin from A Square Deal - Artist, Photographer and Refinished Furniture - Local Maine Business

Virtual Tour of The Retreat House at French’s Point

As we do almost every year, this past winter season was spent completing a number of major maintenance and repair projects to keep our beautiful buildings and grounds in top working order. We completed major renovations to the bedroom suites on the second and third floors of the Retreat House, and refurbished the main and lower levels as well. Explore these new renovations in our new virtual tour of the Retreat House in the below video. We especially want to thank of trusted friend, Josh Swan of Media Northeast for creating this gorgeous video, that captures the essence of French’s Point.

Video Page

You can check out the Video page of our website for the Farm House Virtual Tour, the French’s Point Promotional Video, and loads of beautiful real French’s Point wedding videos from our talented film maker friends, of our wonderful couples.

Tour French’s Point

We know these videos are helpful in many ways, whether you are booking French’s Point site-unseen, you are the host re-touring the spaces to assign guest rooms in advance of your stay, or just relive your memories made here.

 

A Little Help From Our (New) Friends

French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students

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 this 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”!  

French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students

French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students & House Keeping & Landscaping Crew
Cassie & Katelyn
French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students & House Keeping & Landscaping Crew
“Sasha” Aleksandra & Daiana

 

French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students & House Keeping & Landscaping Crew
Iana & Iuliia
French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students & House Keeping & Landscaping Crew
Daiana & Olga

French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students & House Keeping & Landscaping Crew