A warm welcome to L’épicurienne International!
I am so very thankful you found your way to my website! My name is Candy, and I am the owner of L’épicurienne International as well as the sole International Weddings & Events Consultant. My journey as a small business owner started back in January 2018. I knew I could better serve my clients using a more unique & personable approach to weddings & events. I always strive to go above & beyond my client’s expectations with added touches here & there. I am very passionate about my work! And I would not expect anything less for myself if I was trusting someone else with my wedding or event… just like they say, “Do what you love & you’ll never work a day in your life”.
I have to say this year has not been easy and did come with challenges that none of us would have even imagined seeing happening in our lifetime. Most weddings & events had to be postponed or cancelled and believe me when I say my heart breaks with all of you who had to deal with all the rescheduling, the anxiety of losing deposits, maybe having to deal with mal practise within the weddings & events industry. I heard so many different stories during this time that sometimes I could not believe what I was hearing. I am just SO grateful for the suppliers, venues, caterers and of course my wonderful clients for their flexibility and for allowing me to support them during this time.
As the world starts lifting restrictions very slowly, we can now start refocusing our attention on the planning, the decorating, the happy memories we will be able to make in the near future whether you are getting married or you are planning on proposing or celebrating a milestone or anything else that you heart desires.
Even though, there is still some uncertainty about a lot of things, weddings are already starting to happen in the USA. The UK is not quite there yet, but we are all keeping an eye on July when restaurants are re-opening & we are hoping for a max. of 50 guests being allowed to gather then. In France, things are re-opening as of July 1st & weddings & events are allowed from a max. of 10 guests in public spaces such as Registrar Offices, but up to 100 guests in private spaces (so private venues).
I have seen a tendency to get wed first, so very intimate ceremonies surrounded by close family & friends. The big celebration is usually postponed until later once we think it will be safe enough to meet with larger crowds. I know I might be biased in saying this, but I really think more and more of these intimate gatherings & celebrations will be happening.
Health & Safety wise, measures that have been suggested really depend on where you are from. We might see more outdoors ceremonies which in the UK is not usually the case as only indoors are the norm here. In France, only 10 guests will be allowed for the time being in Registrar Offices (called “Mairies”), no religious ceremony is to be held yet. The USA are usually more open with the options which is great for all of you living there.
I read somewhere that standing ceremonies & socially distanced seats would probably be the new way. In the UK, clusters of the same household members would be allowed to seat near each other.
One of the venues I worked closely with here in the UK has hand sanitiser stations throughout the whole venue. Wearing PPE (i.e. gloves & masks) will be left up to the guests but socially distancing has to be abided by. We hope to see a new distance in place by July which would be 1 metre (circa 1 foot).
In regard to food menu choices, well, a buffet style would not necessarily be recommended initially, but if a serve-yourself-style is preferred, stations would be smaller and spread around the chosen space. Plated would be the way forward. Outdoor eating would also be the way forward.
When it comes to the celebration post-dining, dancing will still be a part of weddings & events, but clients can explore the concept of “satellite dance floors & bars”. The idea is to have more than 1 space to dance & drink. This is a great idea as you could chose different entertainment ways for your guests to explore. (source: Business Wire)
I know this is a lot to think about & take in… especially since we still do not know with certainty what will happen. But I remain hopefully that these are only precautions we all need to follow so that we will see a way out of this pandemic. And be able to celebrate again soon with our loved ones!