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!

Spring Wedding Weekend Itinerary

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, saltwater 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 volleyball 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! The 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