My partner and I are looking into venues for a blended ceremony (possibly two brief ceremonies) and a reception. The ceremony will include some Hindu traditions along with a few secular wedding elements. I've noticed that most non-hotel venues restrict open flames, which makes our venue options very limited if we choose to include the seven steps.
Does anyone know if venues are open to negotiations to make exceptions for open flame use that is a religious or cultural custom? Perhaps obtaining a fire permit and hiring a fire marshal would allow us to include the flame. I'll of course inquire when I contact venues, but I'm curious what the odds are from those who have gone through this.