What Do I Do About Food Between Events?

French's Point - Wedding Weekend Planning - Weekend Catering

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

         Chap Stick 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

         Mini Pads

         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

         Chap Stick 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

Spring Wedding Weekend Itinerary

Spring Wedding Itinerary at French's Point - Danielle Brady Photography

Thursday

12:00PM 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 Stockton Springs Town Office is not open on Friday.

1:00PM Check in to French’s Point. Settle into your room and soak in the sweet smell of lilacs and beach roses in bloom.

6:00PM Fire up the barbecue grill on the Barbecue Lawn behind the Farm House and enjoy time with your family and friends as they roll into town to join you for the weekend.

8:00PM 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

8:00AM 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 Retreat House where you can take in the morning fog as it rises off the water.

9:00AM Enjoy freshly baked strawberry muffins and coffee awaiting you in the parlor at the Farm House.

10:00AM Choose your own Maine adventure! Excursions to the top of the tallest bridge observatory in the Northeast at Penobscot Narrows Observatory for spectacular views, and Fort Knox Historic Site, check out the local shops & galleries, ride a bike or hike one of the many trail systems at the surrounding State parks, or brave the white water for a refreshing Springtime adventure!

4:00PM 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.

5:00PM Sip a Mint Julep and enjoy an al fresco dinner on the terrace and enjoy the fragrant gardens.

7:00PM Take in the sherbet-like Spring sunset over the bay.

8:00PM Cap off the night in front of the fire pit on the terrace reconnecting with your friends.

10:00PM Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

Saturday

8:00AM Rise and shine, it’s your wedding day! Take a walk through the lush family gardens and take in the scent of lilacs, beach roses, salt water and pine and the sound of the loons calling over the water.

9:00AM Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked quiche, and fruit with your family at the Farm House before you freshen up.

10:00AM Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparation at the Retreat House.

11:00AM 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. Ladies relax in your gift of floral robes so appropriate for the season. Sit back and enjoy the hours leading up to your ceremony surrounding by the ones you love.

12:00PM Wedding party lunch delivered with fresh goat cheese and strawberry salads & mimosas of course! The groom’s party and family enjoy a casual lunch on the barbecue lawn after enjoying some healthy competition with a game of volley ball on the Recreation Lawn at the Farm.

2:00PM The groom’s party arrives at the Recreation Room at Retreat House to work out those nerves with a game of pool, poker, or watch the game on the TV. Don’t forget those wedding rings! Bridal party gets dressed and has pre-ceremony photos taken on the balcony overlooking the estate.

3:00PM A brass band sets the mood as guests arrive by trolley to mingle and enjoy strawberry lemonade, mint iced tea, and cucumber water on the terrace.

3:30PM The ceremony bell rings out over the bay and calls your guests to the ceremony location of your choosing: the Gazebo with the promenade lined with blooming lilacs and beach roses, the Oceanfront Lawn or East Overlook Terrace. Rain doubles your luck. Embrace the elements with colorful rain boots.

4:00PM 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 bay from our signature Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs, or play a rousing game of croquette on the oceanfront lawn.

4:55PM 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.

5:00PM Guests are ushered inside the beautiful Retreat House Dining Room or the Sailcloth Tent for the reception with tables set with all the details you imagined.

5:20PM Introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple! Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice.

5:40PM Official cake cutting.

6:30PM Enjoy your first dance as a married couple. It’s time to boogie!

7:00PM Cake and coffee are served.

8:00PM 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 with Western views.

9:45PM One last call from the bar.

9:55PM Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!

10:00PM Move the gathering inside the Retreat House to enjoy an unplugged after party with a laid-back vibe. Snuggle up in front of the fire as you recount the adventures of the day.

12:00PM Bid your guests farewell and retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect on this magical day. Vendors begin preparing for the next day’s gathering.

Sunday

8:00AM Enjoy your first cup of coffee as a married couple as you enjoy the view from your private balcony. The caterer arrives to prepare for the farewell brunch.

9:00AM Your guests can stop by the Retreat House Dining Room one last time to enjoy a lovely farewell brunch with a garden party feel and a Spring-inspired menu before heading home.

12:00PM Sit in the Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs on the Bluff Path one last time to soak it all in.

1:00PM Check out time. Off to your next adventure!

 

Photography by Danielle Brady Photography

Vendor Spotlight: Heather of Bar Harbor Catering Company

Studio MSV Photography - Bar Harbor Catering Company at French's Point - Wedding Planning Service - Coastal Maine Catering

“At Bar Harbor Catering Company, we’re foodies with an extreme case of wanderlust. Our mission is to produce extraordinary events with legendary customer service and modern Maine cuisine, created by happy people.” – Bar Harbor Catering Company

 

How long have you been operating your business?

2009 – we’re celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year!

 

How would you describe your services?

BHCC has grown into a full-service catering and event planning company focusing on the client and their overall experience, not only on the event day but in the months and even years leading up to an event. BHCC’s team spends time getting to know each client and then creates unique experiences based on their dreams and expectations. In the kitchen, our commitment to quality ingredients is essential. We utilize local organic produce whenever possible and source sustainable ingredients from local farms.

 

What makes your work unique?

We live by the saying “good enough is not enough.” This reaches beyond the dining experience at events. From the initial planning process and venue site visits to how we train and develop each of our team members to event design and creation, we never settle for mediocrity.

  • Woman-owned and run
  • Specialize in one-on-one style service
  • Offer ​additional substantial benefits​ to booking our services
  • Community involvement
  • Locally sourced ingredients, work with farms to bring farm to table style offerings
  • Compost and recycling program, ​Sustainable Business Pledge
  • Different is the new normal
  • Gaining popularity, our private event chefs serve restaurant quality food in small, unique settings

 

How would you describe your style?

We pride ourselves on forging our own path, taking cues from the old, new, textured, traditional, nontraditional, unconventional, and everything in between. We also look to where we live for A LOT of our style inspiration. Extra touches, which are above and beyond the expected, make each event even more special and unique. We go where each client’s event goes – be that at a campground, an estate perched on a cliff, a rustic farmhouse, or anywhere in between.

For anyone planning a wedding or major event, one of the most alluring qualities of this place is the beautiful backdrops. The evergreen forests hugging the cragged shores, the fields full of lupines that, at night, dance beneath one of the darkest night skies you’ll ever see, and the way the sea, lakes, rivers, streams, mountains, and wide open spaces all come together in one place. It’s simply magical. The natural, authentic rugged elegance of Maine is one of BHCC’s specialties.

We also do a lot of travel worldwide to keep the seasons of our craft fresh and growing!

 

How would you describe your ideal client?

Any client is our ideal client. As cheesy as that sounds, we love working with clients, no matter whether they have any ideas about their event or none at all – getting to know them is one of our favorite parts of the planning process! Although, a love of food is a must! If great food (and service) isn’t a priority for a particular couple, we likely won’t be a good fit for their event.

 

What is your favorite moment on the wedding day?

I’m a total sucker for when the couple sees one another for the first time. The raw emotional beauty of that unveiling is so wondrous. My second favorite, which is a close second, is that moment when the couple looks around in awe and just basks in the love of having their family and friends gathered in one place to celebrate their marriage. Because, there’s always that moment – when they’re sitting down to listen to toasts or when they’ve finished eating a bite to eat and they look around at everyone gathered…I always feel truly honored to witness that moment.

 

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

One of my go-to ways to relax is to head into the woods for a long walk or hike. Living so close to Acadia National Park, this is certainly easy enough to do, but I love to escape to a more remote location. Moosehead Lake has been a very special spot for me for nearly 25 years. Whether I’m exploring the woods, kayaking on the lake, or laying on the beach staring up at the stars, it’s where I always feel the most at peace.

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Owner Name: Mandy Fountaine

Planner Name: Heather Anderson

Business Name: Bar Harbor Catering Company

Address: PO Box 748

City/State/Zip: Bar Harbor, ME 04609 Phone: 207.801.9382

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.bhcaterco.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhcaterco/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhcaterco

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bhcaterco/

 

Photography by Jenny Smith & Co

Vendor Spotlight: Pinch Me Planning

Frenchs Point Maine Wedding - Still 55 Photography - Pinch Me Wedding Planning

“Whatever the occasion is, Pinch Me Planning is here to help with all the details. From day-of coordination down to table design and envelope stuffing, Pinch Me Planning wants to make the entire process easier.” – Pinch Me Planning

How long have you been operating your business?

Since 2016

 

How would you describe your services?

From day-of coordination to full planning and design, Pinch Me Planning offers any service that allows couples to check their to-do boxes with ease and efficiency!

 

What makes your work unique?

Our background is in merchandising and design for large corporations.  This has given us a skillset that balances the art and the science of planning weddings.  We’re organized, but also know how to create a beautiful day from a couple’s vision!

 

How would you describe your style?

Our tagline is “elevated events with an edge”.  We like to create weddings that are timeless but not predictable.

 

How would you describe your ideal client?

A couple who is excited to hand off the reins, so they can be present in their special day.  They are willing to take some chances with the design to create special details unique to their wedding weekend.

 

What is your favorite moment on the wedding day?

The moment the couple sees the reception space for the first time.  The transformation from bare bones to thoughtful beauty is always exciting to witness.

 

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

I love going up to Wiscasset for the day.  They have some really cute shops and great places to grab a bite.

 

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Owner Name: Christina Padavano

Business Name:  Pinch Me Planning

Address: 6 Classical Ln

City/State/Zip: Scarborough, ME 04074

Phone: 207.671.5457

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.pinchmeplanning.com

Facebook: @pinchmeplanning

Twitter: N/A

Instagram: @pinchmeplanning

What Size Table Linen Should I Order?

How to order table linens for a wedding or event - French's Point Wedding Venue - Wedding Planning Advice - Greta Tucker Photography

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.

Join Us for a Special Event on November 10th

French's Point - Tour October 27th - Coastal Maine Destination Wedding Venue

Are you seeking a waterfront wedding venue for a private weekend celebration? One that feels like vacation and a reunion, with a wedding at the heart of it all. Join us for a special event just for couples who have not yet reserved their date with us, on November 10th. Experience the estate firsthand in the splendor of Fall, cozy up next to the fire pit and take in the foliage views across the bay. Tour French’s Point before your date is booked. We have only a few 2019 remaining available and are actively booking 2020 celebrations now.

Reserve your private tour appointment today.

 

Contact Us:

207-567-3650

[email protected]

fpmaine.com 

 

 

5 Things That Take More Time Than You Think

5 Things that Take More Time Than You Think - Wedding Planning Tips - Creating a Wedding Day Timeline - By Maria Northcott from A Sweet Start & Jessika Brewer from French's Point

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

9 Things To Do After You’re Engaged

Just Engaged Tips - Maine Weddings

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.

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.

How Early Should I Book My Wedding Venue?

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Couples often ask me how early they should book their wedding venue. Of course, this all depends on a number of factors:

  1. How long would you like the engagement period to be?
  2. Do you have life commitments (school, work, vacation, moving, home purchase) that need to be factored in to your timing?
  3. Do you have a preferred season or special date on which you wish to be wed?
  4. And related to the date, what kind of experience are you looking to offer your guests attending your wedding and what seasonal aesthetic are you seeking for your celebration?

Once you have decided on these factors, consider this timeline before you book your wedding venue and set the date for your French’s Point wedding.

Before You Choose Your Wedding Date

Planning a wedding takes a lot of time. First, you and your fiancé need to agree on your priorities and wedding budget. Then the bulk of active wedding planning can be achieved within three to four-months of the wedding with the guidance from an experienced, professional wedding planner. Additional time for planning can be necessary for guests traveling to your destination wedding, to arrange flights, travel and lodging. So, considering how much time it takes to plan the wedding, may determine how far in advance you reserve your wedding venue.

Dates from June to October fill quickly, so…reserve your wedding venue as soon as you [can]!

Dates from June to October fill quickly, so if you are committed to one specific date or dates in this window, you would be best suited to reserve your wedding venue as soon as you know your date works for all the key parties for your celebration. Our typical clients book on average between two years to nine months before the wedding, with most booking 14 months prior to their date. As you can see, they booked their wedding venue quite early on in the planning process.

If you want to know if your wedding date is available at French’s Point, give me a call at (207) 567-3650 or send me an email at [email protected]!

Featured photo by Sharyn Peavey Photography.

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