What Do I Do About Food Between Events?

When planning a destination wedding, and your guests are all staying on-site, there’s always the question; What do I do about food in between events? Do I have to provide every meal- breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Or can I just provide the meals for events?

Here are a few options that will help your guests understand what is provided, what is not provided, and how to provide meals for the whole duration of your stay:

Create a Weekend Itinerary

Talk with your stationer about creating a weekend itinerary that you can send along to all your weekend guests. You can inform them of the meal times and your event times so there are no questions! Send the itinerary in your invitations or post them on your wedding website. When you arrive at French’s Point, post your itinerary in our Welcome Center in each home so your guests can reference it at Check In and during their stay!

Post the Expectations on Your Wedding Website

Make it clear to guests the meals that you are providing during their stay and inform them of the food that will be available for them in the nearest residential kitchen.

Streamline Your Weekend Caterer

Throughout your stay, hire the same caterer to create meals, formal and informal, and even drop-off meals to you and your guests! Many caterers will not only design your wedding day meal, but drop off breakfast, brunch, lunch, and late-night treats to your guests throughout your stay! Working with one provider streamlines the communication and helps ensure you aren’t missing any key mealtimes!

Don’t Forget to Provide Coffee in the Morning

You can order coffee from your breakfast caterer, or leave supplies and coffee grounds at each coffee maker for the guests to enjoy for themselves!

Hire a Personal Chef

Some catering companies offer a personal chef to cook meals for you and your guests within the home you are staying in! They will become a member of the family in no-time as they prepare all your favorite eats right in the heart of the home- the kitchen!

Hire Brunch Service

If you have multiple meal providers during your weekend stay, contact Eileen of Creative Catering or JoJo of Bell the Cat to drop off breakfast for your guests, they have everything from brunch/lunch platters to warm, home-cooked breakfasts. They will drop off at both homes, and pick up the platters as soon as you’re done!

Or a Food Truck!

If a donut truck is more your style, contact Eight 8 Donut Cafe about coming and parking in front of the Retreat House any morning during your stay! They provide fun-filled and uniquely decorated donuts, warm out of the fryer, and locally roasted coffee! It’s all you can eat so invite all your guests staying down Hersey Retreat Road to join you for your early morning treat! The Salt Box Café  is another great breakfast, brunch or lunch option. They provide creative breakfast and lunch sandwiches of your choosing and cook it fresh off the truck!

What to Include in Your Bathroom Baskets

To better serve your guests and help take care of them during their time here, here are some items we think are perfect to include in your bathroom baskets! At French’s Point, there are 4 common guest restrooms, two on the main level and 2 on the lower level of the Retreat House. Please keep in mind if you are a host at French’s Point, you will need two of each of the below:

Women’s Bathroom Baskets:

Straight Edged Basket

Mints

Tic Tacs

Cough Drops

Toothpicks

Floss

Mini Disposable Tooth Brushers

Women’s Deodorant

Perfume

Bug Spray Wipes

Sunscreen

Aloe

Lotion

Tide-To-Go

ChapStick Tubes

Lint Rollers

Q-Tips

Mini Tissue Packs

Nail File

Mini Sewing Kits

Safety Pins

Mini Hair Combs

Contact Solution

Contact Cases

Tums

Band-Aids

Triple Antibiotic Cream

Ibuprofen / Advil

Sanitary Pads

Tampons – All Sizes

Hairspray

Dry Shampoo

Makeup Remover

Hair Ties

Bobby Pins

Grass Heel Stoppers

Men’s Bathroom Baskets:

Straight Edged Basket

Mints

Tic Tacs

Cough Drops

Toothpicks

Floss

Mini Disposable Tooth Brushers

Men’s Deodorant

Cologne

Bug Spray Wipes

Sunscreen

Aloe

Lotion

Tide-To-Go

ChapStick Tubes

Lint Rollers

Q-Tips

Mini Tissue Packs

Nail File

Mini Sewing Kits

Safety Pins

Mini Hair Combs

Contact Solution

Contact Cases

Tums

Band-Aids

Triple Antibiotic Cream

Ibuprofen / Advil

The Best Wedding Rain Plan!

Rain on your wedding day does not have to be the end-all of your wedding day excitement! Here are some fun rainy-day features you can bring to life during your wedding weekend in case the rain intimidates you just a little bit!

Clear Umbrellas!

In the chance of rain, order some clear umbrellas for your wedding party to take around the property! Have your first look under a shared rain-drop-coated umbrella. Make sure to get one for your photographer and videographer as well!

Colorful Boots!

Skip the heels and transition your bridesmaids into a colorful rain-booty that matches their gowns! Rain boots are the perfect wedding gift for your bridesmaids and you should treat yourself to a pair too!

Indoor Ceremony!

I know what you’re thinking… who wants to get married inside when you can get married outside? The bonus to getting married at French’s Point is that it has the perfect indoor ceremony option. Inside the Conservatory, you and your guests will still have a 280-degree view of the ocean. You can decorate the stairs with greenery, swag and candles. As your wedding party enters through the double doors, you can make your own grand entrance down the estate staircase, only to see the look of your loved one standing in front of the ocean-bay windows.

Dim the Lights!

Rainy days aren’t always darker days, but when they are, it’s the perfect chance to dim all the chandeliers in the Retreat House, turn on the fireplaces, and cozy up around the indoor bar with a specialty cocktail in hand!

Rainy Day Pictures!

With your colorful booties and your double-wide clear umbrella, you can go anywhere! Head down to the beach and take your Oceanside pictures you have been dreaming of! You may think the clouds are a bummer, but trust us, the photographers are so excited about the cloudy-day lighting! No glare, and the perfect white backdrop to your already perfect day! And when the sun sets over the West, take some back-lit, drizzly, nighttime photos! They are always one-of-a-kind!

Ocean Fog!

On the Coast of Maine, when there is precipitation in the sea air, the fog will roll over the bay, in the morning or all day. But when it does, take an opportunity to take photos walking the bluff path! Just look at how amazing the fog looks rolling up behind this couple!

Double Rainbow!

When the rain clears and the sun shines through the clouds, take a moment to look at the double rainbow stemming from North to South on the Penobscot Bay! It’s a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Beautiful Up-do!

If you had plans to wear your hair down, you might want to consider a beautiful up-do if there is rain in the forecast! Work with your hairdresser during your hair and makeup trial to try it both up and down! You will never know it rained if you go with it up!

How Many Chairs Do I Order For My Wedding Ceremony?

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 aisle 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.

Food Trucks at French’s Point

Couples are always looking for ways to make their wedding weekend experience fun, memorable and unique. Because weddings are so trend influenced, the food truck movement has made it’s way into the wedding weekend at French’s Point too. We often get the question “Can we use a food truck for our wedding weekend at French’s Point”. Our answer is, sure you can.  But here are some things to consider first:

Food Truck Logistics

First, food trucks are not caterers in most instances. They do not handle setup or breakdown during events, they do not buss tables, clean up waste, manage rentals, or communicate with the rest of the event team like a caterer would. Therefore, the responsibility of these tasks will then fall to your planner. For this reason, a food truck should certainly be discussed with your planner first before they are hired.

How Many Food Trucks Do I Need?

Secondly, food trucks can put out a large volume of food in a short period of time, but not in the volume needed in the time allowed at a wedding celebration. In our experience, we feel you will need one truck for every fifty guests you are serving, in order to put out the correct volume of food in less than one hour of service time. If you have 150 guests to serve, then three food trucks should be hired. Each food truck is different and some have more wedding event experience than others, so you should discuss this and your timing expectations with the food truck directly.

Our Stand-out Food Truck Providers

Third, not all food trucks have experience in providing service for wedding weekend events or have experience here at French’s Point. Here is our list of stand-out food truck providers:

Urban Sugar

  • Donuts!
  • Great for Breakfast catering or afternoon snacks

Uproot Pie Co.

  • Wood Fired Pizza & Farm Fresh Salad
  • Lunch or Dinner

Saltbox Cafe

  • Gourmet Breakfast Sandwiches & Wraps, and lots of other options for Lunch & Dinner
  • Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Fishin Ships

  • Delicious Fish & Chips, Fish Sandwiches & Fries
  • Lunch or Dinner

Food Truck Locations at French’s Point

Fourth, when you decide to work with a food truck, you need to consider which location at French’s Point you wish to utilize and your poor weather plan for your events:

    • The Farm House Private Beach
    • The Farm House West Slope Lawn(next to the Farm House Gazebo)
    • The Retreat House Portico (direct access to the Main Entrance)
    • The Retreat House West Side Porch (direct access to the Lounge)
    • The Retreat House East Side Porch (direct access to the Dining Room)
    • The Retreat House Sail Cloth Tent

When Should I Have a Food Truck During My Wedding Weekend?

Lastly, food trucks are a great accent to the celebration, but we have found that it is best if they are not the primary caterer for your wedding day.  Here are some examples of where and when a food truck has created a successful & memorable moment at French’s Point:

        • Urban Sugar Donut Truck & Espresso Dave’s parked out near the Retreat House West Side Porch on Saturday morning
        • Uproot Pie Co parked near the gazebo at the Farm House West slope Lawn serving up their delicious pizza for a casual Thursday night welcome dinner after a rousing afternoon of games on the neighboring Farm House Recreation Lawn.
      • Saltbox Café parked out near the Retreat House Portico serving up their amazing breakfast sandwiches & burritos for a Sunday morning Farewell Brunch.
      • Fishin Ships parked down near the Retreat House Sail Cloth Tent for a casual rehearsal dinner on Friday night.

We hope that these details are helpful when you are considering a food truck as part of your wedding festivities.

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.