The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
French's Point in Stockton Springs, Maine is a beautiful, private and unforgettable venue for couples who enjoy tranquility. Located near the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this luxurious venue is available for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Found on an eight-acre blueberry field, the venue provides you and your guests with natural scenery to take photographs. A private beach provides a unique environment to host your reception. French's Point provides the following spaces to celebrate your special day.
The Estate Grounds. The grounds accommodates 150 seated guests and is tented upon request to protect your guests against the scorching sun. It is supported by strong metal stands and equipped with comfortable chairs for your guests.
The Estate House. Established in 1885, this venue offers an artistic design of woodwork and opens to a cobblestone terrace. It easily handles 250 guests and provides ample space for dancing after the ceremony.
The Gazebo. Fitted with colorful flags at the top, the gazebo offers a sense of style to your wedding. String lights are set up inside the gazebo. Couples don’t have to worry if they have large guest lists, as this venue comfortably accommodates 300 guests.
What You Should Know
French's Point provides affordable wedding packages and options to make your wedding day worth remembering. An event coordinator is provided to supervise all the day's activities. Expertly designed chiavari chairs are offered to you and your guests. For outdoor weddings, the events must conclude by 10 p.m., while indoor celebrations must end at midnight. Early morning arrangements can be made to start at 9 a.m.
The site offers reasonable rental fees for the venue and a security deposit is required. Catering services are not provided at the venue and neither is alcohol. Guests don't have to worry about where to park their cars as the venue has a large parking lot. Pets such as dogs are allowed. French's Point offers a coat check room to the couple together with a dressing area.
Confetti and rice are not allowed at the venue in contrast to balloons and enclosed candles, which are highly encouraged. Outside catering is allowed. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. The site provides professional staff members to set up the venue together with enhanced outdoor lighting to keep the celebration ongoing even after sunset.
French's Point offers a complimentary bridal suite for the couple. To set a romantic mood, a piano is available to play all your favorite songs to your spouse-to-be. Guests can enjoy beach bonfire access and kitchen facilities all through the day. For a particular fee, a firework show is allowed to mark this unforgettable day.
From the Vendor
An Exceptional Estate for Extraordinary Events
For couples seeking a waterfront wedding venue that’s private, scenic, unforgettable and provides an excellent value, French’s Point is the ideal choice. French’s Point Estate offers sweeping 280-degree views of Penobscot Bay from a beautiful mission style ballroom inside the Estate House. The Estate also offers multitude of outdoor, waterfront event spaces to take in the beautiful views such as the oceanfront gazebo, oceanfront lawn, cobblestone cocktail terrace & our nautically inspired sailcloth tent. We offer French’s Point Estate to one client exclusively to ensure privacy for celebrations from 30 to 300 guests. Our couples have the opportunity to create memorable, meaningful, personalized events and select their own team of vendors for their event to suit their vision and budget.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Waterfront, Estate, Historic Venue, Tented
Destination Weddings, Planning, Service Staff
The Best Decision We MadeReviewed on 3/24/2014 Kristin C
I don't even know where to start - French's Point was everything we could've asked for and more. I found them in a Destination Wedding magazine, went to the website, and fell in love. We took a lot of scary steps, planning a wedding from Texas and signing our contract "site unseen" but every risk we took was rewarded with an amazing experience from start to finish. The staff are warm, friendly, and very attentive. I felt like we had become friends by the end of our experience, and I miss our weekly email exchanges!! Who can say that about their wedding venue contacts?!?! We did almost all our communications via email, which were always prompt and thorough. They were also great about planning conference calls to keep me on target with all the little details. Since we didn't live in Maine, they also gave excellent vendor recommendations, and every single vendor was fantastic. The site itself is stunning - and we also took advantage of renting Beach Rose Farm for Wednesday - Sunday. This was one of my favorite parts of our destination weekend - walking around the farmhouse watching all our closest friends hanging out, playing games, and enjoying each other's company - and enjoying Maine as well (a first time visit for almost everyone attending our wedding)!! During the ceremony the staff kept everything running smoothly and I didn't have to worry about a thing. The service staff were super attentive and friendly. I had guests tell me it was the best service they've experienced EVER. And the food - it was not "just your typical wedding food" - it was amazing. We did the buffet and there was more than enough for everyone and plenty of variety for those of our guests with specific food requests/issues. We ended the night with the s'mores fire pit and it was a huge hit! All in all, French's Point was the best decision we made for our wedding celebration weekend.
Wedding Weekend BlissReviewed on 11/09/2013 Emily
We could not be happier with our decision to host both our wedding and reception at French's Point! They were there every step of the way, answering questions, providing guidance, and soothing nerves. You will find no finer people and no finer location. Being able to stay in their farmhouse and spend time with our family and friends prior to the wedding was the icing on the cake to an absolutely beautiful ceremony and reception. It was the first and BEST decision we made in our wedding planning process.
The Best Weekend EverReviewed on 10/30/2013 Jessica H
My husband and I used French’s Point Estate for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding day events. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect location for everything. The grounds and building are so well maintained there wasn’t a thing out of place. The service both during our long planning process and on the weekend of was absolutely impeccable. I felt like royalty and all of our guests did too. Most importantly to me, with Jessika, Eric & Sarah in charge I was able to relax and truly enjoy the day; which is everything I had wished for. I never imagined I would get so many complements on our wedding, the location and service but thanks to FP we haven’t stopped hearing about it.
Highly recommend!Reviewed on 9/17/2015 Jessica L
French's Point is an incredibly beautiful venue with a helpful, courteous, and professional staff. Their on-site wedding planner, Christina, was immensely helpful to us when it came to finding vendors and organizing all of the details. When my wedding day rolled around, I was worry-free because I knew I was in good hands. Located on the beautiful coast of Maine, French's Point is the ideal location for your wedding!
Falling in love is easy, planning a wedding is not, but French's Point will far surpass all your expectations, I promise! Getting married here was more than a wedding, it was an experience and provided ourselves and our guests with a lifetime of memories to walk away with. Our entire experience with French's Point was amazing, as a result, our wedding was spectacular! From the very beginning when my husband emailed them to inquire about wedding packages and availability to the day after out wedding our we were greeted with true wedding professionalism and highly experienced staff. Our planner, Christina, was a gem to work with, she was always so calm, efficient, kind, and really cares about making your experience exactly what you want it to be! I had my heart set on a winter wedding but we decided to marry in October instead and it turned out to be a beautiful day. We were able to get married outside and the reception was held inside the Estate and was nothing short of fabulous. I cannot tell you how many of our guests told us that our wedding was the best wedding they had ever been to and how many of guests complimented the wait staff and bar staff noting how attentive and professional they all were. One of my friends stated that she felt so special because the servers were so good! We also still have guests raving about how good the food was! Then there is the Beach Rose Farm House, oh the Farm House! I highly recommended renting the Farm House, not only can you have a amazing wedding day with French's Point, you have the option to make it an amazing long weekend! Everyone that stayed with us at the Farm House stated that it was one of the best weekend's of their lives! It was so much fun to get to spend the days leading up to our wedding with our most favorite people! If you want a quintessential, classic, coastal Maine wedding, I guarantee you this place will not disappoint! The grounds at the Estate are breathtaking and all your wedding photos can be right there without having to drive all over the place to find the perfect spot. I can assuredly say that our wedding day was everything I ever dreamed of and more, French's Point will always have a special place in my heart.
Phenomenal Venue!Reviewed on 10/02/2014 Lesley S
We had an excellent experience with French's Point. They had excellent customer service from our very first tour of the property all the way till the wedding day and beyond. The planners and all staff take their job very seriously and really excelled at every detail. We could not have been happier with the outcome! And since they take care of so much of the planning, I was a very relaxed bride which made the day that much more enjoyable. I still have guests raving about their experience. Thanks a ton!
Perfect Wedding VenueReviewed on 7/28/2014 Samantha D
My wedding at French's Point was absolutely perfect, every one of our guests raved that it was the best wedding they've ever been to. Worth every penny, we rented Beach Rose Farm in addition to the venue for the immediate family and bridal party, such a great experience!
The ultimate private, secluded, romantic waterfront venue!Reviewed on 7/08/2014 victoria p
When Marc and I set about finding a location for our wedding ceremony and reception we knew we wanted waterfront and we wanted to be in Maine, preferably not far from where we live, which is on Mount Desert Island. One of my bridesmaids recommended we tour French's Point. So we called and they gave us the bridal suite for a night! We didn't know what to expect, and when you drive up to the Estate we were filled with anticipation. The Point is breathtaking. It is a family run business and Jessika's mother is in charge of the gardening. The grounds are lovingly cared for by her. On our actual wedding day it was the summer solstice and the lilacs and wild roses were in flower. As soon as you walked onto the property the air was filled with their perfume. It is a scent that will always take me back to our wedding day. Marc and I rented Beach Rose farm, and we had all our immediate family and wedding party stay there. This was the perfect choice for us as we run a vacation rental business. So it just made sense for us to rent the farm, and other cottages on the point. We wanted people to feel like it was a wedding within a holiday, and it was great to have everyone enjoy their trip to Maine without rushing. Our rehearsal dinner was on the beach and we had a traditional Maine lobster bake. The caters were the same people that do all of the catering for the weddings at French's Point and it was delicious. There are several fire pits, grills, gorgeous overlooks over the water, swings etc. There is not one area that makes French's Point special, every part is given the same thought and care. And they keep improving. We planned our wedding for two years and in that time, they made many improvements and renovations, adding a new sail cloth tent, renovating rooms at the farm, adding gardens etc. However, above all, it is Jessika and her trusty team, Christina and Sarah that make this place special and stand out from the rest. After planning a wedding I know how stressful it can be, and how important it is to have a good relationship with your vendors. The most frustrating thing can be is not hearing back from someone promptly. I never had this problem with French's Point. Everyone listens and gives great advice. And on the day they are calming and sensitive to every need and know how to keep the day on track. I can't say enough good things about the FP family. If you are dithering between here and somewhere else, look no further. You have found the ultimate private, secluded, romantic spot on earth.
Best Day of My Life!Reviewed on 8/14/2013 Marissa Z
French's Point is the a picturesque spot to get married but what really makes it wonderful is the service and the staff. They really work with you to make sure you get your vision, they are accommodating to different meals, and they really make you feel like you are the only bride that they are working with. The accommodations at the neighboring farm house are perfect for a wedding party or family gathering prior to the big event. They have an on-site boudoir suite where all of the ladies and I got ready beforehand making it a perfect and relaxing morning. They also make sure all of the VIP guests are served, get appetizers, cocktails, and are in good hands. It was such a magical experience and the staff and venue were a big part of it!
Amazing Location and ServiceReviewed on 10/28/2012 Anna M
French's Point was run by a wonderful group of people who worked hard and did an amazing job with my wedding. They were helpful, organized, accommodating, and did everything to the highest level of class.
Gorgeous Location, Excellent ServiceReviewed on 10/12/2010 Annie G
The first thing you notice when you arrive at French’s Point is the ocean. The views are breathtakingly beautiful, especially on a sunny day. Once you have taken in your natural surrounding you start to notice the beauty of everything else. The landscaping at French’s Point is immaculate. Over the course of my engagement I visited French’s Point several times during three of the four seasons. Each time I visited the seasonal flower variety only added to the natural beauty of the location. The interior of French’s Point is almost as beautiful as the outside. The large windows allow guests access to the view while enjoying dinner and dancing. We had 150 guests at our September 17th, 2010 wedding which was a perfect fit for this location. All of our guests comfortably fit into the dinner room and left plenty of room for dancing and visiting in the other rooms. Because the weather cooperated we were able to enjoy a cocktail hour on the patio. An additional bar was set-up outside for the cocktail hour to better serve the guests. We have and continue to receive raving reviews about the French’s Point venue, including a friend’s mother saying “my son is definitely getting married here”. My grandfather, who is not quick to give out compliments, said “this is the best location and venue I have ever seen for a wedding.” The bridal suite upstairs was the perfect place for me and my bridal party to get ready. We were able to have our hair and makeup done onsite while enjoying the beautiful views and the ocean breeze. The service while we were getting ready was also excellent. There was always someone checking in to see if how everything was going and if we needed anything. Jessika was also a pleasure to work with. She is very profession and is an excellent wedding planner. The French’s Point website is also offers a wealth of knowledge on local vendors and things to do while in the area. I referenced and referred it constantly during the wedding planning process. Overall, the venue was gorgeous and the service was excellent.