Gone are the days of boring taper candles on reception tables. Today's brides are experimenting with votives by suspending them from tree branches and hanging plants as well as nestling them in large ensemble flower arrangements and centerpieces. Depending on your theme and flower selection, a few well-placed candles can illuminate your stylish design choices and enhance the romantic atmosphere of your wedding (especially if you're having nighttime nuptials).
A word of advice about open flames: Poorly placed candles can send your ceremony up in smoke. You want to be walking down the aisle, not running out the back door, so be careful! If you want the whole venue aglow with votives, use a florist who's successfully executed candle-centric décor schemes. And make sure to have an extra fire extinguisher or two on hand, just in case.