10 Reasons to Reserve a Winter Wedding at French’s Point

Winter weddings at French’s Point are unlike those in any other season. The beauty & tranquility of the season mixed the cozy interiors of our homes makes for the perfect combination for a winter wedding weekend retreat.

1. Our Three Homes

Reserve only our Retreat House with 6 suites with lodging for up to 18, or add the Farm House with 12 suites & lodging for up to 28 guests, & the Beach House with 8 suites and lodging for up to 16 guests.

Winter at French's Point

2. One Venue

The three homes can offer space for all your event gatherings all weekend. There’s no need to travel from your hotel to your ceremony then to your reception. You can plan all your weekend events in one location. From your Welcome Gathering to your Rehearsal Dinner, to your Ceremony, Reception and Farewell Brunch. You never have to leave the comfort of your weekend home.

French's Point - Winter Wedding Venue in Maine - Coastal Destination Wedding Venue - Holiday Home Rental - Weekend Timeline - Greta Tucker Photography

3. Fireplaces & Fire Pits

Cozy up fireside & reconnect with your family & friends. We have four fire pits across our grounds. There are fire places in all three homes: Four in the Retreat House, 5 in the Farm House & four in the Beach House.

French's Point Winter Wedding

4. Winter Wonderland Fun

There are endless outdoor activities for your guests to enjoy, but snowshoeing is a must! There are 100 acres of walking trails located behind the Farm House, in the Sandy Point State Park Trail System. Rent snowshoes or bring your own to enjoy the sweet smell of Maine Pine Trees as you crunch through the glistening white snow. The Farm House offers an epic sledding hill, perfect for fun for all ages. Some of our most memorable winter weekends included snowman making contests.

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5. Indoor & Outdoor Ceremony Spaces

You are welcome to get married inside our Retreat House Conservatory, with its beautiful three-sided ocean views, or adventure to our outdoor Gazebo! Just inform your guests of the space of your choosing so they can dress appropriately! Add some patio heaters, offer rolled lap blankets to keep guests comfortable, & have hot coffee, mulled cider or hot cocoa ready when they move inside after the ceremony.

French's Point Gazebo

6. Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride

As you exit your ceremony as a newlywed, hop on a horse-drawn sleigh ride to take in that special moment together and ride over the oceanfront lawn overlooking the snow-filled bay! Your guests join in during cocktail hour.

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7. Reception Space

With an open floor plan to include a double-sided bar, grand piano, Nine 12ft long farm tables, one sweetheart table, one buffet table, two large fireplaces, 100 chairs, dinnerware for 100, and a lounge, you have everything you need for your reception setup.  The space is set for 100 guests, but can be expanded with additional rentals, to accommodate up to 150 guests. Style the space as little or as much as you would like.

French's Point Winter

8. Weekend Itinerary

Review our sample Winter Wedding Weekend Itinerary for inspiration for what your Winter Wedding at French’s Point might be like & make it your own with your special touches.

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9. Conveniently Located

French’s Point is located just 40 minutes from the country’s longest heated runway. No matter the weather, your guests will be able to fly into Bangor International Airport to enjoy your weekend celebration.

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10. Affordable & Memorable

In the Winter season (the fourth weekend in October- third weekend in April), we offer the estate a much reduced rate & we do offer the individual homes independently or collectively in this season only. Contact our office for Winter Wedding Pricing.

French's Point Winter Wedding

Photography by Greta Tucker 

Retreat House Catering Kitchen

Our 1,200 sq. ft. catering kitchen is located on the lower level of the Retreat House and is available to licensed and insured caterers approved by our office for meal preparation for events and cooking classes. Use of the kitchen and equipment is offered at no additional cost.

Available Equipment

The preparation area of the kitchen includes:

(1)8 burner gas stove with double convection ovens

(1)36″ propane charbroiler/grille

(1) Exhaust hood & Ansel system

(2) Standard fire extinguishers (located near exit & near prep area)

(1)Type K extinguisher near stove & charbroiler/grille

(1)Kitchen dedicated 8′ x 10′ walk-in cooler with storage shelves

(1)Rolling ice bin with granite cutting board

(1)Proofer/Warmer (electric, full size 120 volt; holds sheet pans)

(1)Upright freezer

(1) Upright refrigerator

(2) Electric steam tables

(8)Stainless steel work tables

(2)Pre-lined 20-gallon trash cans

(1) Food prep sink

(2) Speed racks for sheet pans

(1)500lb. Ice machine (This unit cannot provide sufficient ice quantity for the demands of an event, but is available to the caterer as a backup supply)

(100)Place settings in the butlers’ pantry of dinnerware, silverware, glassware and napkins

The washroom area includes:

(1)Commercial dishwasher

(1)Residential dishwasher

(1)3 well pot sink

(3)Drying racks

(1)Mop sink

(1)Trash can

Note: French’s Point does not offer towels or small wares of any kind. Please bring or rent all implements required for service.

Catering Kitchen Regulations

For your safety, if you choose to host an event, guests are not permitted in the commercial kitchen. Fryolators are not permitted for use inside at any time. Before the end of the rental term, the kitchen must be returned to its original condition, cleaned before departure and trash & recycling removed to the dumpster area on the west side of the property.

Wi-Fi at French’s Point

For your convenience, there is guest Wi-Fi at French’s Point that extends throughout all four levels of the Retreat House and all three Levels of the Farm House. The Wi-Fi extends outside on the Retreat House Cocktail Terrace and halfway to the Gazebo and is spotty down towards the Tent. Wi-Fi does not extend down to the beaches or Recreation Lawn. Please do not rely on Wi-Fi for your reception music or sound in the tent or ceremony at the Gazebo or Oceanfront Lawn. We suggest you request a system from Wallace Events, your band, or DJ.

What’s Included In The Gathering Fee?

The amenities that are included in the Gathering Fee are quite vast and provide an incredible value you will not find at any other venue. The Gathering Fee includes the following amenities detailed in the Gathering Guide:

The Retreat House

Excluding Lodging in the Guest Suites, See Lodging Guide for Details

Page 10-13 of the Gathering Guide

The Custom Sail Cloth Tent Package

Page 14 of the Gathering Guide

The Farm House

Excluding the Lodging in the Guest Suites. See Lodging Guide for Details

Page 15 of the Gathering Guide

Eight Ceremony Settings

Page 16 of the Gathering Guide

Fourteen Gathering Spaces

Page 17 of the Gathering Guide

Retreat House Butler’s Pantry

Page 18 of the Gathering Guide

Retreat House Tables & Chairs

Page 19 of the Gathering Guide

Retreat House Catering Kitchen

Page 20 of the Gathering Guide

Four Retreat House Public Restrooms

Page 11 + 12 of the Gathering Guide

Two Residential Kitchens

Located in the Farm House Main Level & Retreat House Top Level

Walk-In Cooler

For Bar Supplies, Flowers & Cake

Page 12 of the Gathering Guide

On-Site Event Parking for Vendors & Guests

Site Manager & Team

Planning Resources

Preferred Vendor Guide

Nightly Lodging Guide

House Rental Guide

Area Resource Guide

Real Review: Heaven. Just Heaven.

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!

Jessica & Zachary’s Vendor Team:

Bar Services: Harvest Moon

Catering: Harvest Moon

Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Dionne Entertainment

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Venue: The Gazebo 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

Photobooth: 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