Tent Lighting

At French’s Point, we offer our private oceanfront estate with abundant gardens & a variety of settings for weekend festivities, including our beautiful Sail Cloth Tent to host your various weekend festivities (which would cost $40K if you were to rent the same inclusions for your celebration elsewhere).

What lighting is offered as part of the French’s Point Sail Cloth Tent package?

  • Dimmable perimeter lights
  • Dimmable up-casting pole lights that illuminate the canopy 

Do I need to hire a lighting company?

No, you do not. This amenity we offer is plenty of illumination for your celebration. However, some of our couples choose to add event lighting to the tent for the sake of design aesthetics & ambiance.

Who can install event lighting & decor?

Lighting & hanging decor that requires a ladder or lift must be installed by an approved, licensed and insured lighting professional.  We offer options on our Preferred Vendor List.

Our Preferred Lighting Companies

These providers have all worked at our property before, signed our Vendor Code of Conduct & obtains liability insurance. Choosing a lighting provider off our list will make your communications simple & more enjoyable.

Event Lighting Concepts 
Kittery, ME
Contact: Heidi
207-475-2250
elc.eventdesign@gmail.com 
www.eventlightingconcepts.com

Griffin & Griffin 
Scarborough, ME
Contact: Josie
207-835-4769
hello@griffingriffinlighting.com 
www.griffingriffinlighting.com

Maine Event Design & Decor 
Brunswick, ME
Contact: Robyn
207-725-8895
robyn@maineeventdecor.com 
ww.maineventdecor.com

Wallace Events 
Ellsworth & Rockland, ME
Contact: Josh
207-667-6000
jmorren@wallaceevents.com 
www.wallaceevents.com

Installation Time

We kindly ask that your planner schedule your lighting installation & removal within your rental term & confirm this with our office.

Candle Light

We always find that candles are an affordable lighting option if you are looking to add a nice glow to your table design, especially if you are planning to dine during or after sunset. Just remember that per Maine State Fire Marshal Regulations, all open flames must be enclosed in glass and the height of the flame cannot exceed the height of the glass, so candlesticks are not permitted.  Additionally, the breeze passing through the tent would extinguish an unprotected flame.

If you still have questions about lighting at French’s Point, please feel free to email the Property Manager at nicole.frenchspoint@gmail.com.

Photography by Bethany & Dan

French's Point - Tent Lighting

What Size Table Linen Should I Order?

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
  • 5’ Round Table (60”  Round Folding Table) = 120” Round Linen
  • Bar Height Table (36” Round Folding Table) = 120” Round Linen
  • 4’ Round Table ( 48” Round Folding Table) = 108” Round Linen
  • 5.5″ Round Table (66″ Round Folding Table) = 132″ Round Linen
  • 6′ Table (30″ x 72″ Folding Table) = 90″ x 132″ Linen
  • 4′ Table (30″ x 48″ Folding Table) = 90″ x 108″ Linen

These are the tables that are on inventory at French’s Point. Please confirm our table inventory two weeks before you finalize your rentals to ensure you don’t need to add tables to your rental order.

Wedding Day Woes – 5 Things That Take More Time Than You Think

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.

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5 Things That Take More Time Than You Think

2 Different Styles of Wedding Photography

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:

Fine Art

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.

Photojournalistic/Documentary

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 to 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 types 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.

9 Things To Do After You’re Engaged

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

To know if your venue will work within your budget, you will need a solid guest list first. Do this before you begin your venue search.

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.

Do I Have to Assign Seating at my Wedding?

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

Escort cards are the most common reception seating choice.

Typically, escort cards are arranged on a table or board alphabetically by the 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 Chart

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 sitting 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 the 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

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 the 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!

Featured photo by Cuppa Photography.