For your wedding, we always recommend ordering table linens that flow all the way to the ground. This way the tables appear more formal and elegant, the legs of the folding tables are not showing, and the linens have a lesser chance of blowing away in the sea-breeze.
Here is a quick reference guide to help find the right size linen for each of your tables:
8’ Table (96” x 30” Folding Table) = 156” x 90” Linen
Our dear friend, Maria Northcott, the owner of A Sweet Start, travels the State of Maine as the most wonderful wedding officiate. She provides her couples with meaningful, customized, worry-free wedding ceremonies, that are full of love! We adore collaborating with Maria. She is a pro with a huge heart for her clients and the team of wedding vendors that bring their celebrations to life, and it really shows.
Maria and I recently created a list of 5 Things That Take More Time Than You Think On Your Wedding Day. Ask your wedding planner to include these surprisingly time-consuming elements in your wedding day timeline to ensure the festivities flow with ease. Allowing time for them in your day and avoiding the surprise is essential to make sure the day runs smoothly.
To maximize the enjoyment of your stay, we suggest you and your guests bring the following provisions:
Dress in Layers (Maine weather tends to change over the course of the day)
Wedge Heels or Flats
Rain Coat/Umbrella & Boots
Bed Linens, Pillows & Duvets
TVs & Roku Sticks with Hulu Live
Chalkboard Signs with Guest Names on Suite Doors
Note: We are not responsible if your guests do not log out of their personal accounts on our Roku sticks. Any charges that are made on the Roku will be charged to the client.
1 Hair Dryer in Each Suite
Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths & Makeup Wash Cloths
Bathroom Baskets or Welcome Bags
General Cleaning Supplies: Cleaner, Vacuum, Mop, Broom
Dishware & Silverware
Pots & Pans
Standard Small Appliances
Coffee Maker, Keurig & Tea Kettle
Disposable Dishware & Cutlery
Food, Snacks & Beverages
Coffee, Tea & K-Cups
Note: The kitchens have residential-size refrigerators, so we suggest that guests store beverages on ice in coolers on the decks/porches. A list of local grocery stores & farmer’s markets can be found in our Area Resource Guide.
If you would like to have prepared food delivered during your stay, contact your caterer or reach out to Eileen at Creative Catering at 207-567-3563. This service requires advance reservation.
Grill & 1 Propane Tank
6 Picnic Tables
Charcoal (we do not provide any charcoal)
Disposable Tin Pans/Platters
Note: There is one of each of the above in each Coffee Station in the Retreat House & in one each Residential Kitchen
Disposable Coffee Cups (with covers)
Map of the Property
Area Resource Guide
Guest Room Assignments
Weekend Timeline Printout
Weekend Contact List Printout
Grounds & Leisure Activities:
5 Fire Pits
Access to 100 Acres of Walking Trails
Kayaks, Life Jacket, Paddle Board, Golf Clubs, Bike, Helmet
As a newly engaged couple, you have many vendors to book for your wedding day and one of the key professionals is the photographer. This might be the first time you’ve ever hired a professional photographer and not sure where to being your search.
Before you begin the search for the photographer that is perfect for you, you need to know that there are few distinct types of photography: photojournalism, fine art, editorial, traditional… I will talk about two defined styles that are very popular and that primarily describe my own photography style:
Focused on creating works of art with each shot, and usually refers to film photography. It’s all about creating visual art, that is authentic, simple and beautiful.
This type of photography requires the photographer to be more deliberate with each shot, in order to create those heirloom portraits that will appreciate in value with each passing year. This is the style of photography that I love when it comes to bride + groom portraits and the details of a wedding.
This style is generally characterized by an unposed and organic way of documenting the day as it unfolds. If you hire a photographer, who specializes in the photojournalistic style of wedding photography, you are most likely get the most beautiful, emotional photos. Most of the time your photographer will be ‘invisible” so they can allow the beautiful moments happen organically and capture them as they happen. For assistant photographers, I always choose to work with those, who are great at documenting these type of photos, while I am photographing the bride + groom, bridal party, and family portraits. They love receiving these images that helots preserve the most precious memories.
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 feeling, 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.
You might not know this, but before French’s Point owner, Jessika Brooks Brewer, took on the stewardship of this incredible waterfront wedding venue, she was a wedding planner. Her long years of experience means she’s pretty much seen it all. In this post, she’s going to highlight the pros and cons of using seating charts, escort cards or open seating to help your guests find their seats at your French’s Point wedding reception. She’ll also offer tips for using each one, so you can make an informed decision that not only works with the flow of your wedding, but reflects your creativity and decor.
Escort cards are the most common reception seating choice.
Typically, escort cards are arranged on a table or board alphabetically by last name to guide guests or “escort” them to their assigned table. Once at the table, the specific seats can be unassigned, or there can be a preset place card designating the guest’s specific seat at the table.
Pros: Escort cards allow you to get super creative (think tiny jars of strawberry jam for a summer wedding, or fresh peaches or figs for a fall fete) with the guests’ names and table numbers of them. They can double duty as wedding favors, too! Escort cards also take very little time for your guests to locate, which moves the seating process along swiftly; a good option if you have a large guest list.
Cons: Escort cards can be time consuming to make, especially if you are into DIY wedding projects! In our experience, they’re also often left behind by guests after a wedding, which can feel like a waste of your time, energy, and money. (Unless of course you make the escort card edible, like a Clementine orange, or chocolate bar or drinkable, like a mini-champagne bottle!)
Tips: Arrange the escort cards alphabetically (by last name then first name) in advance of your arrival well in advance of your wedding day. Compare this layout to your seating chart one last time to be sure they match up and that no one has been left off the list!
Seating charts are the most formal of seating designation options.
A seating chart is a large board that lists all of the tables and which guest is setting at which table. We’ve seen creative seating charts on elegant mirrors, antique windows, and even a map of Maine! Our friend El, from El’s Cards makes gorgeous custom watercolor seating charts.
Pros: Unlike escort cards, a seating chart is only one sign (or two if you have a large number of guests) that you or your wedding planner need to design and execute. This can provide a more cost-effective alternative to escort cards. It also allows you maximum control over social orchestration of the day to ensure guests mingle, meet new people and enjoy the company of the people at their table.
Cons: Once you’ve designed and printed the chart, changes may result in either completely redoing the chart. If a guest cannot attend after sending in their RSVP and after you’ve created your masterpiece seating chart, you either have to re-do the sign or leave open seats. Also, long lines of guests can form at seating charts, while each person is looking for their table, which can slow the seating process down.
Tips: If you go this route, consider providing more than one chart to speed up the seating process and eliminate long lines. Also, arrange names on the chart by last name then first alphabetically, rather than by table number. If you go this route with your seating, be sure to have a full name for each of your guests.
Open seating plans are the most casual way to offer seating to your guests.
Open seating at your wedding is just like it sounds: you provide tables and your guests can choose any seat they like.
Pros: This seating style tends to set the most relaxed tone because guests who know each other will naturally sit together. It also requires less planning on your part!
Cons: This seating style often results in some tables with no guests seated at them and some tables with more than the ideal number of guests seated at it, as guests define where they wish to sit and sometimes pull up extra chairs from other tables. With this seating style, you have to limit your meal style options to buffet/stations, or family style dishes for guests to choose from at the table. A seated meal of this style can be costly due to additional waste and cost because the caterer has to prepare more food than needed.
Tips: If you choose this seating style for your event, opt for buffet or stations meal format. It furthers the causal vibe and reduces cost at the same time.
In the end, the choice is really yours for your special day! Which seating option do you think you’ll choose? Leave your response in the comment below. Have more questions about your French’s Point wedding, give us a call (207) 567-3650 or shoot us an email!
No matter how extensively you plan, you’ll always be left with one Mother (Nature) of a variable – the weather. If you get married in the spring or summer in Maine, rain is a possibility. The good news is in Hindu tradition, rain, and a lot of it, is considered great luck. That’s because a wet knot is tougher to untie than a dry one (getting married is sometimes referred to as “tying the knot”) and so rain on a wedding day foretells a long, happy, and financially secure marriage.
How to plan for bad weather
The simplest way to ensure a comfortable, successful wedding in spite of rain is to host the ceremony inside. For minimal disruption and maximum enjoyment, choose a venue whose inside option is aesthetically pleasing and is located near the reception space. At French’s Point, we can easily host ceremonies in the conservatory of the estate, which provides broad views of the bay.
If you’re set on staying outside, make sure you have the ceremony area covered and enclosed. At French’s Point, if your ceremony is planned for the ocean front lawn and raindrops threaten, we can easily host your ceremony inside our beautiful sail cloth tent on a full floor, ensuring your guests comfort and zero distraction from the rain drops.
Finally, if there’s a good chance of rain in the forecast, consider embracing it by wearing some fun galoshes and providing umbrellas whose color matches the ceremony aesthetic or have clear tops so they don’t block the view of guests seated in the rear.
make it fun, splash around if you want, take pictures in the rain
Rain has a way of altering the wedding mood and there’s that critical moment where everyone watches the wedding party to see whether the unexpected effect will swing the vibe glass-half-empty or half-full. So make it fun, splash around if you want, take pictures in the rain. Enjoy the weather and all the good luck it brings your love knot.
When planning a wedding, money matters. So, let’s talk about money.
I tell all of my clients that before they begin planning their dream wedding, they need to have a common vision of their wedding and a common understanding of their budget. Most couples need to sit down, first and foremost, and talk about how they imagine the celebration down to the details both large and small.
The Reality Inside the Dream
Once you have the reality inside the dream sorted out, you can create a list sorted by priority of the elements and ideas you want to include on wedding day. For some couples, their priority is catering and the wedding venue, for others its entertainment and photography, and still others may prioritize the rentals and florals. It’s totally up to you, but it’s really important to discuss this with your sweetie because you may have different opinions. In fact, you most likely will have different priorities, so it’s a good idea to talk it through and decide together on what matters most to you. Be prepared to compromise!
You can then use this list as you tinker with your budget. I always suggest this list because people are so emotionally inspired when they imagine their dream wedding that it’s sometimes hard to get past that emotion to the nitty-gritty of what you can actually afford. The priorities list allows you to honor your emotions and dreams but also be practical about scale. As you plan your wedding, you can rely heavily on this list to address each item in priority-order and within the budget.
Regarding the Size of the Budget
Regarding the size of the budget, you’ll need to know quite early on who is contributing money to the wedding. Is it all being paid for by you? Or are you getting money from, for example, parents and grandparents? To figure this out, I suggest you sit down with family members over dinner to celebrate the engagement and also to talk about their overall vision and what the family members see as their role in the wedding. Usually from this conversation comes clarity on the relatives’ ability to contribute or not. Now is actually a great time to have that conversation because families are convening for the holidays.
Avoid Budget Sprawl
Finally, to avoid budget sprawl, you should work with worst-case-scenario figures. That means the highest possible cost of the preferred vendor, the highest possible guest count — basically the most everything you are pursuing could cost you. It’s much nicer to have money left over at the end, because then you can apply it towards your honeymoon or put it in a bank to purchase a house.
The Wedding You Love and Can Afford
Your budget will ultimately be determined by your priorities, who’s chipping in, and the vision of your wedding celebration. The best advice I can give is to plan the wedding celebration that you will love and can afford!
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 Sugarbabies Band performed at French’s Point for the first time back in 2011 and I couldn’t wait to have them back because they were so much fun! They’re so good and so popular that if you have a preferred date less than two years away you better contact them right away. In order to keep up with demand, bandleader, Eytan Nicholson, formed three other bands, one of which is the Goodwill and Them Apples Band. When they performed at French’s Point in 2013, they completely blew us away! Sugarbabies came back to French’s Point in 2014 for Dana and Brian’s wedding and we hope they return again and again. We are happy to be one of their “favorite venues” because they are one of our favorite bands! Meet Eytan and the Sugarbabies Band.
How long have you been operating your business?
We’ve been operating since 2010
What makes your band unique?
Our bands are made up of highly talented young performers from the Berklee College community. We deliver what’s called “Concert Style” performances, which are high energy shows with lots of audience interaction and versatile song styles.
I started the company as my senior project at Berklee. The idea was to build a small live music company that solved some industry problems. We recognized that bands struggle to keep quality year after year as members change, so we put together a unique recruitments and training process to solve that problem.
I originally had a wedding band in France and toured Europe playing different types of events – so doing more weddings in New England was a no brainer. It’s fun to perform for happy people and help make their celebration epic!
How much time should couples schedule for music on wedding day?
My suggested timing would be:
1 hour for Ceremony – 30min Prelude 30min Ceremony
1-1.5 hours Cocktails – at French’s Point an extended cocktail hour can really make the most of the beautiful location
4-5 hours for Reception. The goal is to have 1-2 hours for dinner/formalities and 2-3 hours for dancing.
30 minutes -1 hour “Post-Cocktail” or soft-ending. Low-key music, camp fire/smores, giving guests a chance to say their goodbye and take a final selfie.
What do you need for space and staging?
We usually ask for 10’x20’ for band staging, but we can use bigger and smaller spaces as well.
How many members are in your band?
We have a few groups. Our bands are usually 7-8 members; I think that’s the perfect size!
We put a lot of effort into helping our clients discover the perfect flow and entertainment choices for their wedding and we take responsibility for the impact of our services. Our performances should be fun for the crowd and the band – Win/Win!
Will you be using a wedding hashtag for your Maine wedding? If you don’t have one yet or if you’re not exactly sure why you need one, then keep reading. This post will help you through the process of understanding the value of a wedding hashtag and then how to create one.
A hashtag is a way to categorize images on whichever platform they are posted, be it Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Some of you already know this, but the way a hashtag works is you use the # symbol before the word(s) you’re using to categorize the image. For example, our hashtags are #fpmaine and #frenchspointweddings. When we search Instagram by one of these hashtags, we’ll be able to see all the images posted that were given the hashtag. It can work the same way for your wedding hashtag. If you choose a custom wedding hashtag then you’ll be able to see all the images that were posted of your wedding! And the best part is, you get to see your wedding from the perspective of your guests.
How to Create a Custom Wedding Hashtag
So, how do you go about creating a custom wedding hashtag? There are a few ways to do this.
Use your imagination and come up with something creative and fun.
The sky is really the limit and you can be as creative as you want. It’s fun to play off of your names or the date or the venue location. Here are some things to think about when creating your wedding hashtag: