The fall wedding season is coming and it’s high time to remember that food is a no less important part of a wedding than decor. If you care about what food to serve to embrace the season, I’ve prepared some ideas you may incorporate into your fall wedding menu. Have a look at these tips with examples and get inspired for your own wedding!
Fall is all about mixing flavors, pairing sweet and savory is one of the best ideas for the fall. If we take appetizers, they are usually small and shouldn’t be too hearty because other food is going to come after, so you may offer your guests pimento cheese crisps topped with candied bacon, a tomato bisque shooter topped with a mini grilled cheese sandwich, or mushroom caps stuffed with sausage and cranberry. Such food is a crowd favorite, which means that most of guests will be pleased including vegetarians.
As for fall entrees, most of guests will crave warm and comforting options but not too heavy ones, as they may leave your guests lethargic and they won’t have fun or be active during the rest of the day. Try red meat or a saucy, cream-based chicken dish, as well as more creative options like salads with gorgonzola and green apples, seared pork topped with blackberry sauce, and butternut squash risotto or pumpkin ravioli. Risotto and ravioli are to please vegetarians, they can be done with pecan and pistachios.
Use fresh ingredients for side dishes: roasted root vegetables, sweet potatoes, candied carrots, garlic herbed mashed potatoes, and green beans as too hearty side dishes will leave your guests too full and uncomfortable – you are already serving comforting meat or ravioli and heavy side dishes aren’t welcome.
When it comes to desserts, you can go for a traditional wedding cake and some sweets or just skip the cake and think about your favorite fall flavors—like pumpkin pie, apple cider, and cranberry sauce — and transform them into a crowd-pleasing dessert. Many couples serve pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies – serve different ones to make everyone happy! Other popular options include spiced wine or cider, bread pudding, crème brulee, pumpkin cakes, warm fig tartlets, donuts, and spice-centric cakes. Pay your attention to various fall-flavored donuts as donut walls are a hot catering trend for weddings.