Spring Itinerary

Visualize Your Spring Experience

Outdoor weddings can be absolutely gorgeous, especially in Maine, where we are blessed to experience the four seasons, each with its own charm and beauty. Spring weddings, combined with the smell of fresh flowers and signs of new life, set the perfect stage to begin a new chapter of your life. Spring is considered “off-season” in Maine and is the perfect time for those who want to avoid the crowded summer wedding season. An off-season wedding sometimes means you’ll have your choice of the best of the best wedding vendors Maine has to offer. With the right planning and the following planning tips, you can set the foundation for a comfortable and charming wedding experience for your guests to talk about for years to come!

THURSDAY

12:00 P.M. 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.
1:00 P.M. Check in to French’s Point. Settle into your room and soak in the sweet smell of lilacs and beach roses in bloom.
6:00 P.M. 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.
8:00 P.M. 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.
French's Point Farm House
Tent Wedding

FRIDAY

8:00 A.M. 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.
9:00 A.M. Enjoy freshly baked strawberry muffins and coffee awaiting you in the parlor at the Farm House.
10:00 A.M. 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!
4:00 P.M. 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.
5:00 P.M. Sip a Mint Julep and enjoy an al fresco dinner on the terrace and enjoy the fragrant gardens.
7:00 P.M. Take in the sherbet-like Spring sunset over the bay.
8:00 P.M. Cap off the night in front of the fire pit on the terrace reconnecting with your friends.
10:00 P.M. Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.
Wedding Flowers

SATURDAY

8:00 A.M. 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.
9:00 A.M. Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked quiche, and fruit with your family at the Farm House before you freshen up.
10:00 A.M. Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparation at the Retreat House.
11:00 A.M. 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.
12:00 P.M. 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.
2:00 P.M. 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.
3:00 P.M. 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.
3:30 P.M. 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.
4:00 P.M. 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.
4:55 P.M. 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
5:00 P.M. 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.
5:20 P.M. Introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple!
5:40 P.M. Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice.
6:30 P.M. Official cake cutting. Enjoy your first dance as a married couple. It’s time to boogie!
7:00 P.M. Cake and coffee are served.
8:00 P.M. 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
9:45 P.M. One last call from the bar
9:55 P.M. Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!
10:00 P.M. Guests move inside the Retreat House to await their shuttle as vendors begin preparing for the next day’s gathering.
11:00 P.M. Bid the last of your guests farewell & retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect on this magical experience
12:00 A.M. Vendor departure & lights out.
Bridal Party

SUNDAY

8:00 A.M. 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.
9:00 A.M. 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.
10:00 A.M. Sit in the Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs on the Bluff Path one last time to soak it all in.
12:00 P.M. Check out time. Off to your next adventure
Bride and Groom