How Many Chairs Do I Order For My Wedding Ceremony?

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When you select a blank canvas wedding venue, like French’s Point, you will need to work alongside a rental provider to streamline all your wedding weekend rentals. One of the rental items you will need to place on your order form is your ceremony chairs.

Select Your Chair Style

First, you will need to select the kind of chair that best fits the aesthetic of your venue and style of your wedding. We have found that 90% of our couples rent the White Resin Folding Garden Chairs from Wallace Events.

Choose Your Ceremony Location

Second, you will need to know which location you wish to get married at. French’s Point offers 8 different ceremony settings for you to tie the knot! Choose from the below:

        The Retreat Gazebo – Seating Capacity 200+
        The Retreat Oceanfront Lawn – Seating Capacity 200+
        The Retreat Cobblestone Terrace – Seating Capacity 200+
        The Retreat Conservatory – Seating Capacity 180
        The Farm Gazebo – Seating Capacity 40
        The Farm East Terrace – Seating Capacity 80
        The Farm Private Beach – Seating Capacity 200+

Add Extra Chairs

Once you have chosen your ideal ceremony setting for your celebration, and chosen the chairs that best fit your space, you will want to consider the number of guests attending your celebration. If you are estimating 100 guests, you will want to reserve around 20 extra chairs on your rental order. This way you have those chairs reserved to your name in case your guest count skyrockets. You don’t want anyone to be chair-less!

Count Your RSVPs

As the wedding day draws near, and you have all your RSVPs returned to you, you will want to round up an extra 10 chairs and round to the nearest even number. When your planner sets up your ceremony chairs, you will want both sides of the isle to have an even number of chairs. We also tell you to round up, because believe it or not, your guests never want to fill in every seat in the row! Some families have an uneven number attending.

A Helpful Tip:

To better fill every seat, we recommend assigning an usher to direct guests to the nearest open seat available when they arrive at the ceremony location.

Don’t Forget Your Ceremony Participants!

Now, if you have an officiant, singer, speaker, musician, or any special ceremonial tradition in your service, you will want to ask those who are participating if they will want a chair to sit in. Maybe you will need to sit during the reading or song, then you will want to add two or more chairs to your order, depending on the response from your ceremony personnel.

If You Chose the Gazebo at French’s Point

Lastly, if you have chosen to get married at the Gazebo at French’s Point, you not only want an even number of chairs, but you will want to keep in mind that the promenade on the right-hand side of the Gazebo can only fit 6 chairs across, and the promenade on the left-hand side of the Gazebo can fit anywhere from 6 to 10 comfortably. If you have a small guest count, we recommend 6 across on each side, if you have more than 120 guests attending, we recommend 8-10 chairs on the left-hand side of the promenade, and 6 on the right-hand side to move guests closer to the Gazebo for visual and sound reasons.

Fall Weekend Wedding Itinerary

Real French's Point oceanfront Maine wedding | Chris Bennett Photography

Here in Maine, Fall wedding celebrations have become increasingly common, and now rival the summer season for the most sought-after wedding dates. We’re seeing the same trends here at French’s Point. Our seaside location makes us the perfect spot to take in the crisp salt air and brilliant fall foliage that autumn in Maine offers.

According to The Knot, the traditionally popular month of June still attracts a sizeable 13% of annual US wedding celebrations with its lush, vibrant florals and beautiful weather and comfortable temperatures.  But the Month of October now comes in third, hosting 12% of all weddings annually with it bright foliage and lovely weather.  November is also rising in popularity here at French’s Point for the same reason.

It’s easy to see why so many couples choose a fall event. Steaming mugs of hot apple cider, cozy conversations by the bonfire, impromptu games of flag football, and hay wagon rides evoke their favorite and memorable fall experiences. A long, fall weekend makes for a relaxed, unhurried celebration. It’s no wonder couples are choosing to get married in Maine at this time of year.

Sample Fall Maine Wedding Weekend Itinerary

Here’s one sample itinerary that will keep your guests well fed, comfortably cozy, and thoroughly entertained while they enjoy all the quintessential elements of fall in New England:

Thursday

  • 12:00 p.m. 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 Town Office is not open on Friday.
  • 1:00 p.m. Check in to French’s Point! Settle into your room and soak in the salt air and scenery.
  • 6:00 p.m. Fire up the barbecue grill and enjoy burgers and brats and sample fall-inspired local beers like Marshall Wharf Brewing Company’s Danny McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout, Geary’s Autumn Ale and Shipyard Pumpkinhead with your family and friends as they roll into town to join you for the weekend.
  • 8:00 p.m. 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

  • 7:00 a.m. 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 The Retreat House where you can take in the foliage views of the bay.
  • 8:00 a.m. Enjoy a breakfast of freshly baked apple spice muffins and hearty oatmeal awaiting you in the parlor at The Farm House.
  • 10:00a.m. Choose your own Maine adventure! Excursions to the top of the tallest bridge observatory in the Northeast at Penobscot Narrows Observatory for spectacular leaf peeping with tours of the nearby Fort Knox historic site.  Enjoy a tour of one of the many local wineries and breweries.  Explore a pumpkin patch or pick-your-own apple farms.
  • 3:00 p.m. 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.
  • 4:00 p.m. Sip Autumn-inspired cocktails on the terrace and enjoy sunset hayrides through the fields and orchard with your guests.
  • 6:00 p.m. Host a family style harvest dinner on long farm tables, with wood-fired cuisine, prepared by your chosen catering partner in the Retreat House Dining Room in front of the fireplace.
  • 8:00 p.m. Cap off the night with hot toddies and warm apple cider enjoyed in front of the fireplace in The Retreat House Lounge.
  • 10:00 p.m. Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

Saturday

  • 7:00 a.m. Rise and shine, it’s your wedding day! Take a walk through the trails in the Sandy Point State Park and enjoy the beautiful foliage and smell of salt water and pine.
  • 8:00 a.m. Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked quiche, and fruit with your family at The Farm at French’s Point before you freshen up.
  • 9:00 a.m. Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparations at The Retreat at French’s Point.
  • 10:00 a.m. 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. Sit back and enjoy the hours leading up to your ceremony surrounded by the ones you love.
  • 12:00 p.m. Wedding party lunch delivered with curried pumpkin soup and apple salads. The groom’s party and family can enjoy a casual lunch on the barbecue lawn after enjoying some healthy competition with a game of flag football on the recreation lawn at The Farm.
  • 2:00 p.m. The groom’s party arrives at the Recreation Room at The Retreat to work out those nerves with a game of pool or darts, or watch the game of the TV. Don’t forget those wedding rings! Bridal party gets dressed and has pre-ceremony photos taken on the balcony overlooking the estate.
  • 3:00 p.m. A bluegrass band sets the mood as guests arrive by trolley to mingle and enjoy hot mulled cider on the terrace.
  • 3:30 p.m. The ceremony bell rings out over the bay and calls your guests to the ceremony location of your choosing: the Gazebo, the Oceanfront Lawn, Lower Level Terrace or East Overlook Terrace. Offer locally made wraps to keep them cozy while you say your vows.
  • 4:00 p.m. 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 foliage on the shores of the bay from our signature Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs, or play a rousing game of cornhole on the oceanfront lawn.
  • 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.
  • 5:00 p.m. Guests are ushered inside the beautiful and cozy Retreat House Dining Room or the Sailcloth Tent Structure for the reception with tables set with all the details you imagined.
  • 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 and rising Harvest Moon.
  • 5:20 p.m. Before dinner, introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple!
  • 5:40 p.m.  Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice.
  • 6:30 p.m.  Official cake cutting. Enjoy your first dance as a married couple. It’s time to boogie!
  • 7:00 p.m. Cake and coffee are served.
  • 9:55 p.m. Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!
  • 10:00 p.m. Move the party to The Retreat House to enjoy an unplugged after party with a laid-back vibe.  Fuel the fun with delicious late-night wood-fired pizza with fall flavors like roasted butternut squash and ricotta, and spicy sausage and apple. Snuggle in front of the fire as you recount the adventures of the day.
  • 12:00 a.m. Bid your guests farewell and retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect and celebrate this magical day. Vendors begin preparing for the next day’s celebrations.

Sunday

  • 8:00 a.m.  Enjoy your first cup of coffee as a married couple as you enjoy the sunrise over the bay from your private balcony. The caterer arrives to prepare for the farewell brunch.
  • 9:00 a.m- 11a.m. Your guests can stop by The Retreat Dining Room one last time to say goodbye and enjoy a farewell brunch before heading home. Enjoy a beautiful, hearty buffet for a more formal affair, or offer portable food and coffee to-go so guests can get on the road after they bid you farewell.
  • 12:00 p.m. Sit in the Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs on the Bluff Path one last time to soak it all in.
  • 1:00 p.m. Check out time. Pack up your gifts, snap one last picture to immortalize the experience, and hit the road. It’s time for your next adventure!

*Due to the Coast Guard sound ordinance and zoning restrictions, all amplified music must cease at 10:00 p.m and exterior lights extinguish at midnight.

Featured Photo by Chris Bennett Photography

Tour French’s Point

Tour French's Point - Family Vacation Home Rental Property - Coastal Maine Destination Wedding Venue- Greta Tucker Photography

Are you ready to visit French’s Point to see if it is a good fit for your gathering? To ensure privacy for our guests and families while they vacation here at French’s Point, we close the estate to tours when it is occupied. You will enjoy this same privacy during your stay with us. The best times to schedule a visit are typically Sunday after 1pm through Wednesday during our business hours (9am-4pm daily). There are some exceptions to this because our guests can extend their reservations by a night or two. This is most common over the long weekends. Sunday afternoon tour times fill quickly due to the limited weekend availability. The estate is closed to tours for national holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day when we are typically enjoying our own family time together at French’s Point.

Visit Us!

If you are planning a trip to visit French’s Point, please contact us in advance to confirm our availability and schedule a tour. We would love to pencil your appointment in and show you what makes French’s Point so special to the families that choose to celebrate here.  

Can’t visit now? Check out our Virtual Tours and our Videos.

Visit:

246 Hersey Retreat Road

Stockton Springs, Maine

Email:

[email protected]

Call:

207.567.3650

Supplies for Your Stay

Farm House at French's Point - What to pack for your stay

To maximize the enjoyment of your stay, we suggest you and your guests bring the following provisions:

 

Attire:

We suggest:  

  • Dress in Layers (Maine weather tends to change over the course of the day)
  • Wedge Heels or Flats
  • Sneakers
  • Rain Coat/Umbrella & Boots
  • Wind Breaker
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

Suites:

Bedrooms:

We Provide:

  • Bed Linens, Pillows & Duvets
  • Air Conditioning
  • TVs & Roku Sticks with Hulu Live
  • Chalkboard Signs with Guest Names on Suite Doors
  • 5 Hangers

We Suggest:

  • Welcome Letters
  • Welcome Baskets

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.

 

Toiletries:

We Provide:

  • 1 Hair Dryer in Each Suite
  • Shampoo/Bodywash
  • Conditioner
  • Handsoap
  • Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths & Makeup Wash Cloths

We Suggest:

  • Sun Screen
  • Bug Spray
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Bathroom Baskets or Welcome Bags

 

Laundry/Cleaning:

We Provide:

  • Detergent
  • Dryer Balls
  • Bleach Cubes
  • Stain Remover
  • Iron/Board
  • General Cleaning Supplies: Cleaner, Vacuum, Mop, Broom
  • Trash Bags

We Suggest:

  • Steamers
  • Sewing Kit

 

Food/Pantry:

We Provide:

  • Dishware & Silverware
  • Pots & Pans
  • Standard Small Appliances
  • Coffee Maker, Keurig & Tea Kettle
  • Dish Soap
  • Detergent Cubes
  • Drying Towels

We Suggest:

  • Disposable Dishware & Cutlery
  • Food, Snacks & Beverages
  • Food Supplies
  • Coffee, Tea & K-Cups
  • Paper Towels

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/BBQ Lawn:

We Provide:

  • Grill & 1 Propane Tank
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Lobster Boiler
  • Grill Utensils
  • 6 Picnic Tables

We Suggest:

  • Charcoal (we do not provide any charcoal)
  • Disposable Tin Pans/Platters

 

Coffee Stations:

We Provide:

  • Coffee Maker
  • Keurig
  • Tea Kettle
  • Mini Fridge
  • Note: There is one of each of the above in each Coffee Station in the Retreat House & in one each Residential Kitchen

We Suggest:

  • Disposable Coffee Cups (with covers)
  • Stir Sticks
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Creamer
  • Sweetener

 

Entryway/Welcome Center:

We Provide:

  • Floor Plans
  • Map of the Property
  • Area Resource Guide
  • Bulletin Board
  • Guest Room Assignments

We Suggest:

  • Weekend Timeline Printout
  • Weekend Contact List Printout

 

Grounds & Leisure Activities:

We Provide:

  • 3 Bikes
  • 3 Helmets
  • 5 Fire Pits
  • Corn Hole
  • Giant Jenga
  • Croquet
  • Bocce Ball
  • Badminton
  • Volley Ball
  • Spike Ball
  • Horseshoes
  • Access to 100 Acres of Walking Trails

We Suggest:

  • Kayaks, Life Jacket, Paddle Board, Golf Clubs, Bike, Helmet
  • S’mores Supplies & Sticks
  • Camera, Journal, Book or Magazine
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Beach Towel
  • Cooler for Beverages
  • Umbrella
  • Flash Light/Lanterns/Head Lamp
  • Bug spray & Sunscreen

A Sweet Summer Wedding in June

French's Point June Summer Wedding

Carolyn & TJ

Saturday, June 10, 2017

As we begin to shift our focus to the year ahead and another wedding season of hosting beautiful milestone celebrations for our guests here at French’s Point, we can’t help but reminisce on some of the beautiful weekends and guests we hosted here on the shores of Penobscot Bay this past season.

The early-summer wedding of Carolyn and TJ remains a highlight of the summer for our tiny team. This elegant wedding included a guests list of kind, loving and thoughtful family and friends that traveled from near and far to celebrate with the happy couple.  The weather that day could not have been more blessed.

In short, it was the ideal summer day for a wedding; perfectly suited to this wonderful duo. Carolyn and TJ, with help from their wedding planner, Kristin, at Beehive Creative worked to ensure the details of the event came together seamlessly and with the help of Trillium Catering, guests were well fed, always had a drink in hand, and a smile on their face. I recall being struck by the laughter and revelry which floated on the breeze along with the sweet smell of beach rose.

“I recall being struck by the laughter and revelry which floated on the breeze along with the sweet smell of beach rose.” – Jessika Brooks-Brewer

We are excited to see what the future brings this wonderful couple and were beyond honored to host and serve them here at French’s Point where they got their start in life as a married couple.

Floral Maine June Summer Wedding Garden

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June Summer Maine Wedding Ceremony

French's Point Estate June Summer Wedding

Garden June Summer Wedding Trees

Ocean Seaside Maine June Summer WeddingCoastal Maine June Summer Wedding Oceanfront SunsetCarolyn & TJ’s Vendor Team:

  • Bar Services: Trillium Catering
  • Catering: Trillium Catering
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Unknown
  • Ceremony Venue: French’s Point Waterfront Gazebo
  • Design and Styling: N/A
  • Dessert: Trillium Catering
  • Dinner and Dancing Entertainment: Double Platinum Celebrations
  • DJ: DJ Chris – Double Platinum Celebrations
  • Month of Coordinator: Beehive Creative
  • Favors: N/A
  • Fireworks: N/A
  • Floral Design: Broadturn Farm
  • Hair: Glow Salon – Kim
  • Makeup: Glow Salon – Katie
  • Officiant: Kat Logan – Friend of the Couple
  • Photo Booth: Maine to Boston Photo Booth Rental
  • Photography: Ramble Free Photo Co. – Hannah
  • Reception Venue: French’s Point Sailcloth Tent
  • Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals and  French’s Point
  • Transportation: Bo Mar Transportation and Field of Greens (Limo)
  • Videography: N/A

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Do I Need Wedding Insurance?

Do I need wedding insurance? Jessika from Maine wedding venue French's Point has the answer. Ashley & Sierra Photography

Insurance… not one of the most exciting details one discusses when planning a wedding, but I would argue, it is one of the most important components of protecting your investment and offering you peace of mind as you plan your special celebration. I know it’s a lot to read, but take some time to carefully read this post and then talk to your insurance broker about your options, you’ll be so glad you did.

Wedding Insurance comes in two forms

  1. To protect the purchaser or related providers from exposure to general/liquor liability resulting from wedding activities.
  2. To protect the purchaser or related parties from financial exposure resulting from contracted services engaged for the wedding event.

General Liability

First Exposure

Most venues, including French’s Point, require clients to obtain general liability insurance.  This liability insurance covers you (up to a limit) if something is damaged or someone gets injured as a result of the celebration or any activities related to it. In liability exposure, the provider of the related service that caused injury (the bartender, the caterer, band/DJ, or the fireworks provider) is the first in line for exposure.

Second Exposure

At French’s Point, we require all providers on your wedding team to provide proof of liability protection for this reason. As long as the provider has this insurance, you as the client of that service, are now second in line for exposure.  This is why it is critical that not only do your vendors have liability insurance, but that you have liability insurance, too.

… it is critical that not only do your vendors have liability insurance but that you have liability insurance, too.

If the insurance claim exceeds the value of coverage in the providers liability policy, you are now exposed for the balance of the claim and your liability insurance will cover that exposure up to your chosen limit. This will protect you from personal exposure.

Third Exposure

After you, your venue is third in line for liability exposure resulting from a claim.  French’s Point has liability protection, but we want to limit our exposure as much as possible, as should you. You can obtain general and liquor liability protection from many sources.  You can often get it as a rider on an existing homeowners or renters policy or you can get it from Event Helper. You can also obtain this coverage from our insurance partner United Insurance.

Liquor Liability Insurance

As is the case with many venues, if you are serving alcohol at your French’s Point wedding, you must obtain Host Liquor Liability Insurance for $1,000,000 of coverage for each day of your reservation. This type of insurance covers you (again, up to a limit) if someone is injured or something gets damaged due to alcohol consumption or activities related to it. For your French’s Point celebration, you must provide proof of liability insurance coverage during the service periods selected for your events to the site manager no later than 14 days prior to the events date.

General Wedding Insurance

I strongly encourage all couples to purchase a general wedding insurance policy to cover the cost of contracts resulting from cancellation, postponement, or to provide relief from unanticipated costs should you need to replace a contracted vendor because they cannot perform.

Unfortunately, two couples called off their wedding celebrations just shy of a month prior to their reserved dates this year (fortunately a rare occurrence for us), and neither of them had purchased wedding insurance to protect the substantial financial investment they had made into their events in the case of cancellation.  It is heart-breaking to go through a break up when you are so close to getting married, but what is even more upsetting is the fact that all the money lost could be avoided with fairly inexpensive investment in wedding insurance.

All the money lost could be avoided with fairly inexpensive investment in wedding insurance.

Policies for wedding cancelation or lost deposits are priced according to the total wedding budget. They typically start at around $100, according to WedSafe.com. The total wedding investment – how much you spend on the gown, the ring, deposits for the venue and other services, etc. – is essentially your level of risk should something go wrong. The insurance is an affordable way to obtain much more fool-proof protection.

If your wedding investment is equal to or greater than the price of your car, a relatively pricey asset for which you presumably have insurance, I encourage you to explore wedding coverage. In the end, you will likely decide that the financial risk involved justifies the expense.

Jessika Brooks-Brewer French's Point Owner

 

 

Jessika Brooks-Brewer
Owner, French’s Point
Contact

 

Featured photo by Ashley & Sierra Photography.

 

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Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Wedding Day Emergency Kit Items | Photo by Kim Chapman Photography

Let’s start off by saying, we hope everything on your wedding day goes off without a hitch. However, with all of the logistics to think about, the many people participating in the event, the dresses and shoes and undergarments, not to mention the emotions involved in a wedding, it’s best to be ready in case something comes up that needs to be fixed, cleaned, pinned or replaced in a pinch.

That’s why we suggest you have a “Wedding Day Emergency Kit” close at hand. The kit should be filled with solutions for every little thing that can come up on the wedding day. Over the years, we’ve experienced several wedding day emergencies, most of which we solved with items from our trusty kit. Here are a few of the most common issues we’ve solved:

  • Soiled bridesmaids dresses (stain sticks)
  • Broken buttons (small sewing kit)
  • Unruly hair (hair spray + bobby pins)
  • Nerves (alcohol + snacks)
  • Difficult dress buttons (crochet hook)
  • Broken boutonnieres (extra pins + matching ribbon)
  • Broken hem (hem tape/double sided tape)
  • Dead cell phone battery (charger + battery boost)
  • Pet fur/traveling lint (lint roller/brush)
  • Missing vows/speech (send it to us first!)

Complete List of Wedding Day Emergency Kit Items

Here are some of the items you’ll want to stock in your Wedding Day Emergency Kit:

Allergy medicine
Antacid
Baby powder
Baby wipes/antibacterial wipes
Band-Aids
Black shoe polish
Blister treatment
Blotting papers
Bobby pins
Body lotion (for dry elbows)
Body tape to secure straps
Bottles of water
Breath mints
Bug spray
Cash
Chapstick
Clear Deodorant
Clear nail polish (for stocking runs)
Club Soda (For spot remover)
Comb/brush
Corsage pins
Dental floss/toothpicks
Energy drinks or shots
Epi pen
Extension cord and phone charger
Extra earring backs
Extra panty hose
Extra undergarments
Eye drops
Granola bars or other easy-to-eat snacks
Hair pins/ponytail holder
Hair spray
Hand sanitizer
Hand towelettes
Hem tape
Krazy Glue (for nail fixes, shoe heels, decorations, even jewels)
Lighter
Linen handkerchief
Lint roller
Makeup (for touch-ups) including face power or oil remover pads
Makeup remover
Mini first aid kit
Mini sewing kit (with needles, buttons, and white, brown, black, navy, ivory and nude thread)
Mirror
Mouthwash
Nail file
Pain reliever
Pen and paper
Pepto Bismol or Imodium tablets
Perfume
Personal medications for wedding party members
Q-tips
Razor
Safety pins
Scotch tape
Small folding scissors
Smelling salts (while we don’t expect anyone to faint, it has been known to happen)
Spot remover (we love Shout Wipes)
Stain remover pen
Static-cling spray or dryer sheets
Straws (so you can stay hydrated without messing up your lipstick)
Sunblock/sunscreen
Super glue
Tampons/sanitary napkins
Tissues
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Tweezers
Water
White and black duct tape
White chalk (to cover up any last minute smudges or smears on your wedding dress)

The most likely scenario is that you’ll plan for all possible contingencies and then won’t need to dip into your kit at all. In that case, turn your Wedding Day Emergency Kit into your Roadside Emergency Kit or gift it to a frined who is getting married after your big day.

French’s Point Maine Blueberry Signature Cocktails

Signature cocktail recipes for coastal Maine weddings | Danielle Brady Photography

If you are looking for creative ways to personalize your wedding, one suggestion is featuring one or two “signature cocktails” at the bar.  If you and your sweetie have a special cocktail that you always drink, it’s a fun way to share it with your guests. If you’re hosting a destination wedding, work with your bar service provider to create a signature drink or add a twist to a classic by using locally distilled sprits or garnishes from the region. 

At French’s Point, we’ve seen a selection of great, locally-sourced mixed drinks that capture the flavor of coastal Maine using market-fresh ingredients. With spirits like Allen’s Coffee Brandy, Cold River Vodka or Split Rock Bourbon, your bartenders can create the best drinks to compliment your coastal Maine wedding. Here are the recipes for a couple of fun signature cocktails you might want to serve at your wedding.

Maine Mojito

  • 2 oz Bacardi Limón
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1/6 wedge of lime
  • 2 oz club soda
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 8 Maine blueberries

Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a glass with a squirt of simple syrup, 1 T sugar, 6-8 blueberries, and crushed ice. Add Bacardi Limón and shake. Serve over ice with skewered blueberries as a garnish.

French’s Point Bluebini

  • Splash of Martini & Rossi Rosso Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 ½ oz Cold River Blueberry Vodka
  •  ½ oz Chambord
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 4 – 6 Maine blueberries

Roll a splash of sweet vermouth to coat the glass. Pour vodka into a cocktail shaker half filled with crushed ice. Shake well then strain into a glass. Pour Chambord into the glass (it will settle at the bottom to create a layered effect) and add skewered blueberries for a garnish.

Maine Alcoholic Lemonade

  • 2 oz. Cold River Vodka
  • 1 oz. blueberry simple sugar
  • Lemonade
  • Club soda
  • Fresh Maine blueberries

Combine vodka and lemonade in an ice-filled Collins glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a spoonful of fresh Maine blueberries. Thanks to Jules at Downeast Bartending for this recipe.

Featured photo by Danielle Brady Photography.

How Much Should We Tip Our Wedding Vendors?

How much should we tip our wedding vendors? Tipping advice from a Maine wedding venue with years of experience.

You, and the wedding vendor team that you select, will spend countless hours going over the details of your wedding celebration to be sure everything runs smoothly. Each and every wedding vendor focuses their time and energy on your special day, so while an extra “Thank you!” is optional, it’s always appreciated. Either in the form of a gratuity or a gift, the way you thank you vendors can vary. Many of your Maine wedding vendors are likely small business owners, just like us, so you cannot underestimate the value of a well-deserved and heartfelt “Thanks!”

Tipping can be the kind of thing you don’t want to ask your vendor about directly, but it’s important to be aware of tipping etiquette so everyone feels included. And more importantly, tipping has the potential to affect your budget, so don’t overlook it.

How Much To Tip Your Vendors

Below you’ll see how our French’s Point couples typically show gratitude for their wedding vendors.

Attendants

  • Coat check, bathroom service, valet parking: $1 – $2 per guest/car

Catering

  • Manager/Owner: $200 and/or a personal gift
  • Chef: $100
  • Servers: $25 each

Bartenders

  • 15% – 20% of the total liquor bill to be split between servers (check the contract, thought, because gratuity might already be included)

Hairstylists and Makeup Artists

  • 15% – 20% of total cost and delivered at time of service

Ceremony Musicians

  • 15% – 20% of total cost

Reception Musicians/Wedding Band

  • $25 – $50 per musician

Officiant

  • $50 – $100 or a donation to the religious institution

Transportation

  • Bus driver, limo driver, trolley driver: 15% of total cost and given to driver

Wedding Planner

  • $500, or 15% of their fee and/or a personal gift

Photographer or Videographer

  • $100 – $200 or amount equal to one-hour of their time (don’t forget the second photographer)

Before you sit down to get things in order, check your vendor contracts to see if a gratuity has already been included. If tips aren’t included, put vendor gratuity checks or cash in individual envelops and give to your planner, who will distribute the envelopes as the wedding is coming to a close. You can also designate a trusted friend or close family member to be in charge of giving out the envelopes at the end of the evening. If it’s ok with your vendor, you can ask them to write the tip into their contract so you don’t have to worry about it on your wedding day.

Remember that tipping is optional, but it is a great way to show appreciation after a job well done! Still have questions, give us a call (207) 567-3650 or shoot us an email.

What to Pack for a Destination Maine Wedding

What to Pack for your Maine Wedding | Photo by Rebecca Arthurs Photography

If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.

There’s an old saying in Maine, if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute. The weather here in coastal Maine can range from tank tops to sweater weather in a matter of a few hours. This unpredictable weather makes packing for a wedding in Maine tricky. You’ll need to plan for warm summer days and cool coastal evenings, when the sun goes down. Here are our suggestions for making your trip here a comfortable one. Take a look at this packing list to ensure sure you’re prepared for any kind of New England weather.

Maine Wedding Weekend Packing List

  • Sun Protection – Outdoor receptions on the ocean in Maine are beautiful, but the sun’s reflection off the water can do a number on your skin and eyes, so be sure to pack hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and long sleeves. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to get a sunburn on a cloudy day, so remember to wear sunglasses and sunscreen every day while you’re here. If you plan on being outside, especially during peak exposure hours between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., be sure to don the proper attire. The weekend itinerary will likely involve outdoor activities all weekend and so it’s best to be prepared!
  • Appropriate Clothing – The coast of Maine offers a wide variety of things to do, from hiking in Acadia, sailing on Penobscot Bay, to lazy days at the beach. It’s important to come prepared with the proper attire for days spent exploring and evenings spent enjoying dinner and cocktails with your loved ones. Be sure to pack sneakers, hiking boots, windbreakers and beach gear for the daytime adventures. Of course, you’ll want to pack appropriate attire for the more formal wedding events like the rehearsal dinner and wedding day. Regardless of the dress code at the wedding you’re attending, guys should pack a sport coat or sweater and ladies should bring a light coat or wrap in case there is a chill.
  • Appropriate Footwear – Here at French’s Point we have so many outdoor ammenities: beautiful oceanfront lawn, a gravel bluff walk, a rocky beach path, along with our cobblestone terrace and grassy lawn by the wedding gazebo. You’ll want to bring along appropriate footwear to navigate all of these diverse surfaces.
  • Camera, Go-Pro, Art Supplies, Journal – Whatever your go-tos for preserving memories, be sure to bring them along. Maine offers some of the best natural beauty on the East Coast and your weekend of events is going to create everlasting memories, be ready to capture them!
  • Map/GPS – From secret beaches, to amazing views, to quaint restaurants, you will be surprised at what you will find when you aren’t looking. Maine is a great place to get lost. So bring your map and GPS, but be willing to toss is aside at some point during your visit. If you have time during your vacation, get out and explore Maine!
  • Bike, Kayak/Canoe, Golf Clubs – With hundreds of parks, trails, lakes, courses and miles of coastline, there is plenty to do and see here in Maine. Bring along any of the recreational equipment you use to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re able, add a few days onto the beginning or the end of your visit, so you have plenty of time to experience all Maine has to offer. It’s not often that you get to visit Vacationland, be sure to make the most of it!

We look forward to hosting you here at French’s Point. Give us a call to schedule your tour of our estate.

Featured photo by Rebecca Arthurs Photography.