CEO Corner : Jessika Brooks on Setting a Wedding Budget

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Setting a wedding budget may not be the most romantic part of the big day, but it’s an essential component of the planning process. Couples who come to us are curious about the ocean views and immaculate grounds, but they also want to learn about costs and the bottom line.

We know how overwhelming all those wedding packages out there can be…(my fireman husband suggests it is much like taking a drink from a fire hose), with the many different structures and fees and the variety of venues available making it very hard to process. A great deal of effort must be made to make an apples-to-apples to comparison. I liken it more to apples, oranges, lemons, and an occasional pomegranate. In awareness of this reality, we try to keep things simple. Rather than confuse clients with numerous fees, we pride ourselves on providing an honest, complete estimate right up front. You won’t see any cake-cutting fees here… or our favorite we have seen to date, the “Incidental Fee.”

At French’s Point, the primary costs break down into two categories: the Estate Fee and the Event Service, Cuisine and Beverage Fee. I’ll get into some specifics, but they’re really just a starting point for a fuller conversation about each couple’s needs. Every event is provided with tailored services, menus and pricing.

The Estate Fee includes exclusive use of the property, including the luxury bridal suite, a six-hour event, tables and chairs, as well as linens, china and stemware.  We get requests regularly for weddings just months away, we can plan wonderful celebrations in as little as 6 weeks! We customize our events around a variety of budgets, adding or trimming our way to each couple’s vision.

Something that makes French’s Point truly unique is that French’s Point Brides and Grooms-to-be enjoy the services of our on-site event planning staff, who assist with everything from vendor selection to budget setting, and of course, event management for the time you are here. You are provided with so much more than the standard site planner or sales manager found at other venues who is there to be certain that the venue’s interests are protected above all else. Full Event Coordination Services are provided as part of the second fee, for Event Service, Cuisine & Beverage. Our options provide a focus on creativity and personal touches. Perhaps it’s an open bar of wine and Maine microbrews with a three-station buffet featuring international flavors. Or a full hosted bar with a formal, four-course seated dinner of lobster ravioli or filet mignon. Depending on which route couples take, costs can range for Event Service, Cuisine & Beverage Fees from less than $150 per person to $200 or more.

In addition to the event itself, many clients also take advantage of our accommodations at Beach Rose Farm at French’s Point for a great setting for wedding weekend activities. With 11 rooms and 6 baths, the Farm can comfortably sleep groups of 30-35 guests. We are also partnered with area accommodations, from neighboring rental cottages, B&Bs, hotels and resorts as well as Luxury Inns. There is something perfect for each of your guests nearby.

The figures and details above are just a jumping off point in your planning process for your French’s Point Wedding. Numbers are one thing – making them work with each couple’s dream for their event is quite another.

Jessika Brooks Brewer

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Read more.. Tuesday, July 19th, 2011