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

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!

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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

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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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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

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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

Meet the Family: Bob Brooks

Meet the Family…

French’s Point is a beautiful property. But even more beautiful is the family behind the facilities. In this blog series, we will introduce you the members of the Brooks/Brewer Family that made it a mission to share this property with special clients seeking a private and beautiful location for their events and also create a legacy business for future generations at French’s Point, all because love has tied this family to this land for almost 100 years.

Meet Grandfather Robert Brooks

Today is an appropriate day to be talking about my father and business partner, Bob Brooks. My grandfather and my father’s father, Bill Brooks passed away on this day in 1976 at age 62. It is because of Grandfather that my father spent his childhood summers growing up here on the beautiful shores of Sandy Point and French’s Point. My grandparents began a legacy of sharing this magical place with their family so many years ago. The time spent together wove a fabric of family for my father’s generation and mine, which is so strongly tied to this place, it is truly part of who we are.

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My parents purchased my grandparents’ cottage from them to make it their own for their growing family. This cottage is a mere 1,000 feet from our properties at FP. My childhood summers were full of family construction and renovation projects, all of which are part of how our character was developed. We spent all of our summers and weekends at this cottage, which in 2000, became my parents full time home.

In 2002, I got a call from my father while living in Florida saying that he had a “project” for me. I moved home, and together as a family, we began the painstaking work of restoring the Point and giving it new life. The past 12 years have been full of long days and blessings. We have worked hard and invested ourselves fully in this place we love, and no one more so than my father, who has a work ethic to be envied. He is strong and determined-perseverance is his personal life code.

But again, this place is a part of who we are. So, working on the property  is truly like giving of yourself for yourself.  We all work to ensure the future of our family and loved ones, who will have this place to love for years to come. The time spent shoulder to shoulder with my dad building this business has been the gift of a lifetime. I could not be more proud that he is my father.

Read more.. Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

A Look Back at 2013

We could not be more thankful for 2013.  We enjoyed so many weekends full of beautiful brides, handsome grooms, love, laughter and an incredible amount of fun.  Each and every couple that walked our cobblestone aisle holds a very special place in our hearts.  We would like to thank everyone for making 2013 such a spectacular success, and wish all of our couples lifetimes of joy and happiness.

As we reflect, we are also looking forward.  2014 will bring about some big changes here at French’s Point, starting with our brand new tent pad for all Summer and early Fall 2014 couples! We have a lot in store, so keep checking back here for real wedding photos, fun stories and news about everything that’s happening at French’s Point. Happy New Year!!

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Read more.. Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

We're Featured in WellWed Magazine!

We are thrilled to have been chosen as one of Maine and New Hampshire’s Finest Celebration Sites in WellWed Magazine! We love this magazine, and could not feel more honored to be in such good company with these other amazing venues.

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Read more.. Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Wedding Planning: Parent Gifts

Choosing what to give your parents as a gift for prior as a thank you for your wedding can be a daunting task.  Afterall, how do you thank the people that not only gave you life, but also most likely contributed, whether financially or emotionally (or both!) to the best day of your life (so far)? Of course there are always framed photos of you and your fiance from your wedding day and the ever-popular custom embroidered handkerchief, but if you’re more of an “outside the box” type of thinker, we’ve got some ideas for you.

1. A handwritten (pretty handwriting a plus) letter of thanks- Sure this might seem simple, but we guarantee your parents will appreciate hearing how much their support means to you and how far it has gone to make this a special time in your life.

2. Missing pieces from their own china set- Chances are your parents have been lusting after your registry list, and wouldn’t mind replacing some of the china they’ve lost over the years.  Replacements.com offers a huge inventory of china patterns, whether from back in the day or the present.  If they don’t have your parents pattern in their inventory, you can contact them to find it for you!

3. A Family Style Dinner, in or out- Let’s face it, the thing your parents really want is more time with you! Throw a relaxed post-wedding dinner party (after you’ve wound down from all the wedding excitement, of course) or take your parents out to a nice dinner to show them your appreciation and get some much needed immediate family time.  Catch up on the gossip from the wedding and let them ask you about the possibility of grandkids in their future–we promise those moments will mean a lot more to them than any material gift.

4. Cooking class at Maine’s own Stonewall Kitchen- If more time with you is in your parents heart, but dinner as a family isn’t in the cards, why not take advantage of Stonewall’s Kitchen Cooking School schedule, and learn how to cook a new cuisine together? Stonewall offers everything from dinner party menu planning to learning how to cook authentic Indian cuisine, meaning theirs an option for every taste bud and skill level.

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Read more.. Thursday, December 19th, 2013

French’s Point Maine Wedding: Your Summer Weekend Itinerary

Stepping outside lately into the  bitter cold Maine winter makes it feel like summer is a lifetime away.  The truth is, however, it will be here before we know it, and we’re already getting pretty excited.  Not only will we have our new tent pad installed, but we also have so many wonderful couples coming to celebrate their weddings with us in the coming months that we can hardly wait for wedding season! With that in mind, we’ve been thinking about all of the amazing things to do around here in the summer, not only on site, but also right around the corner from here.  So, what’s our ideal wedding weekend itinerary look like?

First, we’d start with a Friday morning arrival in Stockton Springs.  After checking into your accommodations, head over to French’s Point for a leisurely stroll around the property and down to the beautiful beach.  From there, the bridesmaids can head into downtown Belfast for manis and pedis at Glow.  While the ladies are getting pampered, the men can sneak in a round of golf at the Samoset Golf Course.

Rendezvous back at French’s Point for your wedding rehearsal. After you’ve got your ducks in a row ceremony-wise, head out to our waterfront terraces for a lobster bake overlooking the ocean! Your friends and family will be blown away by this completely “Maine” experience.

Photo: Mr. Haack

Wake up feeling refreshed, and take a big gulp of Maine ocean air.  Nothing quite soothes the pre-wedding jitters like looking out over the perfect Maine coast. While the bride and her maids are in hair and makeup preparation for the main event in the bridal boudoir at French’s Point Estate, the groom and his men can enjoy friendly competition with a game of bocce ball or volleyball on our expansive Recreation Lawn.

In the afternoon, it’s time to say your “I do’s”.  Our beautiful Gazebo is the perfect place to gather your guests for your ceremony.  Make your walk down the aisle along our stone pathway, and share your first kiss as husband and wife against nature’s most stunning backdrop – the Atlantic Ocean!

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Enjoy cocktail on the vast terrace while your guests soak in the views and then share with your guests a wonderful dining experience inside of our beautiful Estate.

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Continue the celebration as you dance under the stars in our new sail cloth tent. After the last song, head into downtown Belfast to enjoy the scene at a local pub like 3 Tides or Rollie’s.

Wake up Sunday morning as newlyweds, and enjoy a brunch with friends and family. After seeing them off, enjoy a mini-moon of a lifetime at West Street Hotel in Bar Harbor! Enjoy coffee on your balcony each morning and dinner in the midcoast’s finest restaurants in the evenings as you two slowly settle in to life together.

Sounds pretty incredible, right? Don’t miss out on your chance for major savings and to make this weekend a reality. Contact us today!

Read more.. Tuesday, December 17th, 2013