Our New Look!

As you know, we are making some property upgrades around here lately. One of the biggest is the construction of our tent pad, which will be covered by a beautiful oceanfront Sail Cloth Tent (one of the only in New England to be available May through October which can host events of up to 300!).  We are thrilled to be making yet another announcement today after months of effort from our marketing team! We’ve completed a redesign of our website and blog, and will  be going live by the end of the week! Below is a sneak  peak at some of the features. We can’t wait for it to show it to you in the full! Stay tuned!

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Read more.. Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Real Maine Wedding: Tory and Jarek

Tory and Jarek’s Real Maine Wedding

August 3, 2013

Last week we showed you the joyous video created by Tory and Jarek’s good friends Virgil and Mirko. Today we are excited to share the videos from this gorgeous event. Tory, the absolutely stunning bride, and her handsome new husband planned a spectacular event complete with grey chevron table runners, mercury glass centerpieces and beautiful white and blue hydrangeas. We loved getting to know this happy couple, and wish them much joy and happiness as the continue their lives together.

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Event Planner: Sarah Ripley, French’s Point
Stationer & Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Hair Services: Hair That Moves
Makeup Services: Joya Beauty
Bridal Party Prep Meal Delivery: The Good Kettle
Transportation:  Country Coach Charter
Officiate: Craig Seymoure (friend of the couple)
Wedding Gown Seamstress: Sandi McKeen
Ceremony, Cocktail & Dinner Entertainment: Phil Amidon
Photography: Sharyn Peavey
Floral & Design: Flaura Fauna
Dinner & Dancing Entertainment: iPod
Read more.. Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Your French’s Point Wedding Planning Timeline: 3-5 Months

Planning a wedding does not need to be stressful because we’re here to help! Enjoy these upcoming months with your fiancé, and see how easy and fun it is to check these items off your “To Do” List!

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5-3 Months Out

◊ Detailing call with FP Event Planner to discuss floor plan, head count submissionescort cards, favors, etc.

◊ Purchase wedding accessories: Champagne glasses, favors, ring bearer pillow, guest book, cake knife, welcome bags etc.

◊ Make honeymoon arrangements

Dress fitting appointments. Also, pick out additional attire accessories such as veil
or other head piece, jewelry, shoes, etc.

Send out invitations.

◊ Meet with your officiate to discuss ceremony vision.

◊ Compile RSVP’s

◊ Finalize your ceremony music and preferred song list for DJ or band.

Head count is due to French’s Point 60 days prior to the wedding (however you can add guests up to 24 hours prior to the event).

◊ Purchase wedding party gifts.

Read more.. Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Tory and Jarek’s Wedding Video

Tory and Jarek were married here at French’s Point in a beautiful coastal destination wedding on August 3, 2013.  Their good friends Virgil and Mirko, who were guests at the wedding, decided to try their hand at a wedding video for the newlyweds, who were thrilled with the result! We loved it so much we asked them if we could post it on our blog, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the video with you today!

Read more.. Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Your French’s Point Wedding Planning Timeline: 8-6 Months

Planning a wedding does not need to be stressful because we’re here to help! Enjoy these upcoming months with your fiancé, and see how easy and fun it is to check these items off your “To Do” List!

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8-6 Months Out

Detail call with FP event planner. At this point your preferences and vision come to life. We will discuss things such as first look photos, guest book, ceremony music, bouquet and garter toss, toasts and speeches, first dance, cake cutting, etc. These calls are as frequent as needed and your schedule allows.

◊ Discuss accommodation preferences with family. FP event planner will help to check rates, availability and block off rooms where available.

Hair and Make-up Trial. Don’t leave this until the last minute; the best vendors in this category are limited

Cake/Dessert Tasting. For some this is the best part of wedding planning!

Book your vendors and discuss pertinent deadlines. Send contracts to FP event
planner for review before signing.

  • Photographer
  • Officiate
  • DJ/Band
  • Videographer (optional)
  • Florist/Designer
  • Transportation (optional)
  • Ceremony/Cocktail Musician (optional)
  • Cake or Dessert provider
  • Make-up and Hair provider

Register

Engagement photo session

Send out Save the Dates and launch Wedding Website, complete with
accommodation options, transportation information, and any additional weekend
gatherings.

◊ Send engagement photo and announcement to local newspaper.

◊ Shop for your wedding bands

◊ Pick out groom and groomsmen attire.

Read more.. Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Vintage & Antique Shopping for Design Props

You’ve fallen in love with vintage inspired weddings. And you’ve spent months pinning your favorite details: picture frames, wooden chairs, bird cages and antique mirrors. And you know exactly what you want your wedding to look like.

But actually finding the vintage props and decor accents is much more intensive than it may seem on Pinterest. Luckily, getting married in midcoast Maine means you are in the mecca of flea markets and antique stores. It’s likely that shopping for your wedding is as fun and adventurous and the big day itself.

We spend a lot of time in the summer cruising up and down Route 1 or Route 3 with a truck large enough to take home any piece that catches our eye. But you have to know where to go to find the most spectacular and affordable vintage props to make your wedding come together and make your Pinterest page come to life.

Frenchs Point Vintage theme maine wedding inspirationPhotos: Victoria Millesime DesignMustard Seed PhotoAnna Delores Photography,Lindsey Lane PhotographyThe Ebury CollectionRyan Garvin PhotographyLindsey Thorne Photography

1. Montsweag Flea Market

This outdoor flea market is always my first stop since it is the most eclectic and affordable. The perfect place to find little things like mercury vases and centerpiece accessories. You’re likely to find Maine’s best florists and wedding planners looking for the same things, so get there early! There is always great food and the sellers are quick to make friends (and deals).

Located at the corner of State Rt. 1 and Mountain Road. Hours 6:30am-5pm. WED, Friday-Sunday

2. Avalon Antiques Market

This large space is the perfect place to stop since they offer such a variety of goods. From furniture to books and small unique pieces. It’s a large multi-dealer shop right on Route 1 in Wiscasset and we have  had great luck finding exactly what we are looking for here without breaking the bank.

536 Bath Road, US Route 1, Wiscasset ME Hours: 9am – 7pm 7 Monday-Sunday

3. Searsport Antique Mall

This huge market is a must-stop but can be more expensive than some of the other off-the-beaten-path options. Searsport is a destination antique-ing spot so be prepared to elbow some of the veteran shoppers to get the items you fall in love with. And you will fall in love. They carry some of the most unique and stunning decor pieces in the State.

149 East Main St. Searsport, ME Hours: 10am-5pm Monday-Sunday

4. Liberty Tool Company

This is hands down our favorite place to shop in Maine. While it’s easy to find chairs and vases and mirrors at most antique stores, finding unique pieces with a masculine touch is key to great wedding decor. This place actually has hundreds of vintage skeleton keys, which could be great for escort cards or used to create a  vintage necklace as gifts for your bridesmaids. Old barn goods and machinery add a rustic touch to balance the elegance of your wedding decor.

57 Main St. Liberty, ME Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Sunday

Visit our post on a Maine vintage themed wedding here!

Read more.. Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Incorporating Local Beers, Wines and Spirits Into Your Wedding

Maine offers beautiful scenery to host the perfect wedding celebration, but how do you create the full “Maine” experience for your guests? Consider asking your venue to feature beers, wines and spirits made in Maine and inspired by Maine flavors.

Maine is home to a number of breweries from Southern to Northern Maine. Shipyard Brewery, based out of Portland, is the 15th largest microbrewery in the United States and features popular selections like Export Ale and seasonal microbrews like Summer and Winter Ale. Some of our other favorite microbrews at French’s Point include Belfast Bay Lobster Ale and Seadog Blueberry. With a wide variety of breweries, you are sure to find something to appeal to all of your guests providing them with a true “Maine” experience. To round out your weekend, consider a stop along the Maine Beer Trail. For a downloadable map, visit www.mainebrewersguild.org.

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To appeal to the guests who prefer wine, consider featuring a selection of Maine wines. They are made locally with Maine produce such as locally grown apples and wild Maine blueberries, some along with imported grapes from other parts of the country. If carefully selected, these wines appeal to even the most critical wine connoisseurs on your guest list.  Maine also offers meads for those who wish to explore a more novel wine-like offering such as Honey Maker Mead. Another way to enjoy the wines Maine has to offer is to consider hosting your rehearsal dinner or farewell brunch at a nearby winery, such as the Cellardoor Winery. A complete list of Maine wineries is available at www.mainewines.com. Like its beer counterpart, there is also an established Maine Wine Trail from the Maine Winery Guild which offers a vast number of wineries to explore right here in the midcoast!

A Sweet Start

If spirits like vodka and gin are popular amongst your guests, consider featuring the Cold River line up. Located in Freeport, Maine, Cold River Distilleries uses potatoes grown on their farm to produce one of the top Vodka and Gin selections in the world. Create a signature “Maine” cocktail for your guests using Cold River Blueberry Vodka. A popular beverage among French’s Point clients is our “Maine Lemonade”, which features Cold River Blueberry Vodka, fresh squeezed lemons and wild Maine blueberries.

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From beer to spirits and everything in between, local Maine businesses can help complete your Maine destination wedding and leave your guests talking about your celebration for months!

Read more.. Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Your French’s Point Wedding Planning Timeline: 12-9 Months

Wedding Planning Timeline | Maine Destination Wedding

We Don’t Joke About Planning!

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Are you ready to start planning? We’ve put together a yearlong timeline that will hopefully ease any nerves you may have. Whether you’re going to school, moving, or even starting a new job (or all the aforementioned!!), planning a wedding does not need to be stressful because we’re here to help! Enjoy these upcoming months with your fiancé, and see how easy and fun it is to check these items off your “To Do” List!

12-9 Months Out

Celebrate your engagement!

◊ Discuss your vision & budget with your fiancé first, then your family.
Sit down with your fiancé and talk about your dreams for your event. It is important to bet on the same page about your event before you allow other interested parties to weigh in. Invite your parents or other financial contributors to dinner once you have agreed to a direction and share with them your hopes. It is important to have a sense of overall budget before the planning begins!

◊ Choose the season and preferred range of dates in which you would like to get
married. This can affect your budget as well.

◊ Create an estimated guest list. This list should include the guests you know won’t be able to come but who you would like to send an invitation to, but your budget should be based on the maximum number of those guest whom may actually attend so you don’t go over your budget.

◊ Research and tour your favorite wedding venues and discuss available dates.

◊ Create a Pinterest account for inspiration. Look for colors and themes that you and
your fiancé enjoy

◊ Choose your wedding party

Dress Shopping! Be sure to pick your venue and date first, as this will factor into what type of dress you choose. Once you’ve found your dress remember to make fitting appointments.

◊ First detailing call with FP event planner. We will discuss your preferences, vision, vendors, budget, wedding insurance, timeline, and review accommodation options.

◊ Begin researching vendors. French’s Point preferred vendor directory is a great resource, and includes only the best!

◊ Begin working on your wedding website, send us the link and we’ll proof it!
Include the web address on your Save the Dates to give guests more details about the wedding.
◊ Look into Save The Dates and Invitations

◊ Begin discussing Rehearsal Dinner plans. French’s Point planner can assist you with venue recommendations.

Tasting at French’s Point to determine your menu, bar format and other delicious
details.

Read more.. Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Morgan and Andrew’s Rehearsal Dinner at French’s Point

A few summers back we were lucky enough to host Morgan and Andrew, a beautiful couple with a beautiful vision for their wedding. In fact, Morgan and Andrew’s wedding photos were eventually featured in Martha Stewart Magazine! However, it wasn’t just their wedding day they planned with great care, they also took time to make their Rehearsal Dinner extra special.  We think this is a wonderful example of how to use all that French’s Point has to offer for your wedding weekend. We hope you will consider having your rehearsal dinner with us too!!

Thank you again to Mr. Haack in Los Angeles for capturing such a special event so beautifully.

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french's point rehearsal dinner

french's point rehearsal dinner

french's point rehearsal dinner

french's point rehearsal dinner

Vendors:

Photography: Mr. Haack | Event Design: Jesi  Haack | Catering: French’s Point

Read more.. Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Good Service vs. Bad Service vs. French’s Point Service

By Scott Broadley- Service Manager at French’s Point

Ryan Graham Photography

There is bad service, there is good service, and then there is “French’s Point” service.
Service is a part of every aspect of your experience with us from planning and preparation, to the time you spend with us in person with your guests. We all know the qualities of bad service and how it leaves an everlasting impression that remains and taints our memory of that time: Waiting 30 minutes to get a drink, servers sighing at a special request, and being served by someone who really only cares about the tip they’re going to receive. That’s b-b-b-bad service, but what truly propels service from good to excellent service? The three characteristics of good service are being attentivefriendly and working well as a team.

Some servers might think hovering is the best way to be attentive (and to get the best
tips) but who really wants someone breathing down their neck? Excellent servers get to know guests’ tendencies and preferences. Timing is everything. Excellent service is anticipating when a guest is going to need another drink without having to wait and watch. It is keeping little ones’ sippy cups full and kiddy snacks supplied. Anyone can paste on a genuine smile. Good service acts cheerful, excellent service is cheerful.

At French’s Point, our excellent service comes from servers, management and owners who care about what they are doing, who truly love to serve, and who know that these interactions with people will impact the lasting memories carried by you and your guests. Excellent service at French’s Point begins from the first call months or years before the big day and continues through until you wave goodbye at the end of your time with us. Guest satisfaction is the highest priority for our team. At the end of the weekend when people are smiling and recounting all the magic from their time with us, we here at French’s Point know that we have provided excellent service.

Read more.. Thursday, January 16th, 2014