A Spring Garden Wedding in Maine

Arielle & Josh had their Maine destination wedding weekend on June 1, 2019 at our French’s Point estate. The couple celebrated with loved ones traveling from all around the world! During their wedding weekend (Thursday through Sunday) they gathered their friends & family at multiple locations around our estate to make the most of our property. Gatherings they enjoyed included but were not limited to:

Their weekend events were designed & executed flawlessly by Heidi of She Luxe Wed.

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

French’s Point Availability for 2020 & 2021

French’s Point 2019, 2020 & 2021 availability by the numbers…

There are 26 weekends May-October. We only host one celebration a weekend to allow each client and their guests ample time for memory-making. As a result, our calendar fills faster than venues that host multiple weddings a weekend.

2019

We are booked!

2020

Prime Season

When our sail cloth tent is available, we have only April 25 & May 23, 2020 weekends remaining available!

Winter Season

We do have November and December 2020 dates available for events with up to 125 guests

2021

We are booking now & expect most prime dates to fill before the end of this summer!

Numbers don’t lie, the time to book is now!

FAQ: How Do I Reserve French’s Point?

When you determine French’s Point is the right choice of venue for your gathering, securing your weekend is quite simple:

  1. Request your reservation for your date via email or phone.
  2. A virtual contract will be emailed to you and your fiancé for your signature. Once the virtual contract is executed, your date will be held for 5 days until the reservation retainer is received by our office.
  3. Send your $10,000 reservation retainer, paid via check or by wire transfer.
  4. Please confirm with our office which payment method you have selected to pay the reservation retainer and when it has been sent or initiated.
  5. Once we confirm receipt of the reservation retainer and the dually executed reservation contract, our office will confirm that your reservation is official.