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

8 Reasons to Choose a Blank Canvas Wedding Venue

Haven Photography - French's Point Retreat House Blank Canvas Wedding Venue Coastal Maine

Wedding venues in Maine are numerous and varied in the settings, amenities, and offerings. There are seaside resorts, rustic mountain top lodges, simple lakeside summer camps, storied social halls, grand historic homes, traditional New England Barns and Farms. The range in formality of these options is VAST! In Maine, couples planning wedding nuptials have the benefit of a large and varied pool of options. That is one of the wonderful things about planning a Maine wedding…. There is a location for any couple that wishes to marry here in Maine!

Traditional Venues like resorts and inns offer their event locations by the day or by a number of hours and may host more than one event or wedding per day unless you buy out the lodging for the weekend. Typically, full service venues require you to use their food and beverage services with a minimum to meet for these services, choose specific vendors for event from their preferred vendor list and may require a room block requirement be met. Weddings at this style of venue tend to afford simple planning because events follow a fairly standard timeline and pace over a single day.

In contrast, Blank Canvas Venues like private homes, barns and camps tend to offer the complete location by the weekend from Thursday-Sunday. The end result of a wedding at a Blank Canvas wedding venue is anything but a cookie cutter celebration. Many of this style of venues have some onsite lodging but not all. Most of these venues offer a preferred vendor list, but you can choose your own vendors. These venues appeal to couples with an independent streak and a desire to craft their own celebration that allows them to share what they love most about Maine with their family and friends.

So how do you know if a blank canvas venue is right for you? There are many reasons why couples choose a blank canvas venue over a traditional venue for their wedding celebration. Each couple that makes this choice in venue style prizes these nine things above all others when they are planning their wedding weekend:

Cuppa Photography - French's Point Blank Canvas Wedding Venue on the Coast of Maine - Vacation Rental and Wedding Venue

Quality Time

With use from Thursday-Sunday, you will have more time to have a quality exchange with your guests that have traveled to join you and celebrate. By creating the opportunity to interact with your guests over several days instead of one 6-10 hour time block, you take pressure off yourself, you immediate family that may be hosting this event with you, and setting ales harried pace for yourself and your loved ones. It is likely that you will not have to run from table to table at the reception to be sure to thank each guest for coming on your wedding day should you choose to go Blank Canvas!

 

Privacy & Intimacy

A wedding at a blank canvas venue where your family, friends and your chosen vendors are the only ones about, really allows a very different level of privacy and intimacy than a resort venue. At a Blank Canvas Venue, you run no risk of bumping into another bride on your wedding day because her wedding is just a few doors away. You will not have random guests watching your wedding ceremony from their lounge chair at the pool in their bikini or speedo.

Emily Delameter Photography - Blank Canvas Wedding Venue in Maine - French's Point Retreat Ceremony and Reception

The Whole Place is Yours!

For that reason, you can typically choose where you host your various wedding weekend events with more freedom than that of a TV. Once you rent the venue, you have access to all the spaces offered at the venue in that given time, so location feels more like your home away from home!

 

Going With Your Own Flow

At a Blank Canvas Venue, there are likely some limits to the hours you can host your event, as is the case with any venue. But you can be certain, that at a BCV you can craft a timeline that suits your flow for the day with more freedom than a Traditional Venue. This allows you to spend the time on the things that matter to you most… You want an hour and a half for cocktail hour so you can partake in this after your wedding photos are complete, you can do it! You want 3 full hours on the dance floor to dance your heart out to your incredible band, you can do that too!

Emily Delameter Photography - Dancing at the Reception at French's Point Tented Estate

Define Your Own Traditions 

Weather you go the traditional route, or wish to forge your own way, you have the choice to decide at a BCV. There is no expectation that you make any traditional moment, part of your wedding.

 

Unique Reflection of You 

At a BCV, you can make the experience you offer your guests specific and meaningful to because each part of the weekend. Not a fan of the bouquet toss or dollar dance, skip them and spend more time chatting around the fire pit enjoying a hand crafted s’more or breaking out your best dance moves.

 

Budgetary Control 

BCV offer the benefit of more control over the wedding budget. With no food or beverage minimum to meet, or 50+ lodging block to buy out as is often the case with a TV. At a BCV you choose the priority of where wish to invest your wedding budget based on your mutual vision. If you want a kick butt band, but are not prioritizing gourmet faire, you can invest your money in the band. If an open bar is a key element in your event, but you are not focused on an over the top floral design, invest in the bar. Obviously, planning a wedding and working within a budget is all about making choices. At a BCV, you have the opportunity to make more choices.

 

Draft Your Own Vendor Team

Maine is blessed with the asset of an incredibly talented, dedicated, abundant wedding vendor community. At a BCV, you can pick a vendor team that suits your priorities, vision and budget that will help you create your vision of the weekend.

A Blank Canvas Venue is going to offer you a very different outcome for your wedding as compared to a Traditional Venue. Almost always, BCV weddings offer hybrid experience with a bit of a wedding, a reunion and a vacation all mixed together, for more fun and more vivid memories for all.

Kelci Alane Photography - French's Point Retreat Estate House on the Ocean in Maine