A few years ago, we served crepes at a wedding in the Cotswolds (in Oxfordshire) which was held in the autumn and began at around 4pm. It was held in an old barn (farm weddings are becoming more popular now, but back then it was a little unusual) and the bride had decided to have lots and lots of candles for lighting. In fact all the illumination was provided entirely by candle.
There were no flowers on tables, just candles, and with flowers being quite expensive, it’s very likely that she saved money as well as creating a very unique, romantic atmosphere. It provided the wedding with a vintage, old-fashioned feel. The venue had quite a lot of character and along with the windy weather, the dark night and late start (and late finish!) the bride had managed to create a sort of pre-Victorian, antique atmosphere. As I recall, the wedding dress complimented the rest of the overall feel, along with the groom and groomsmen wearing old-fashioned tails and waistcoats.
It was quite interesting for us to make crepes at this particualr wedding, as we are used to working in natural or the more usual types of artifical light. When the bride told us that there would be candlight only, we had considered wearing some kind of LED headtorch, but we thought it might spoil the atmosphere somewhat, so decided against it! As it turned out, we were able to serve crepes as the wedding breakfast dessert quite comfortably, so all was well as far as we were concerned.
The candle option is quite a good idea which is worth exploring. It might not be permissible everywhere (marquee or tipi wedings are almost certainly excluded!) but in stone-built barns or similar, then it is worth exploring. Different coloured candles could be an interesting way to help decorate tables or the venue in general. Large candelabras might help your wedding look extra classy (though merely inviting Original Crepes along usually ticks that box!) Scented candles have obvious benefits, but do consider the potential for the aroma clinging to the food. Even strong flavours on your crepes such as sugar cinnamon or rum and chocolate might struggle to resist absorbing the aroma of lillies from a nearby candle!
Lastly, you could also consider getting a selection of multi-coloured “dripping” candles, placed in old wine bottles located around the venue. The wax formations can look very beautiful on the side of a distinctively-shaped bottle and would give your guests something to look at whilst waiting to be served at our mobile crepe cart!