Fall weddings are popular for many reasons. Not only does autumn deliver a stunning backdrop of magnificent sunset-like colors, it is also a time of moderate temperatures, mild weather, and delicious seasonal foods. These elements undoubtedly make fall a perfect time for a romantic outdoor wedding, regardless of formality.
If you are planning a fall wedding, whether this year or next, consider some all-time inspirational seasonal catering ideas that you can incorporate into your special occasion!
Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables
In the fall, some of the most admired seasonal foods are pumpkin, fig, sweet potatoes, winter squash, cranberries, persimmons, pears, apples, pomegranate, and beetroot. Also included are some of the classics, like zucchini, Brussels, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, and potatoes. Even more include onions, leeks, radishes, kale, arugula, and chili peppers. When planning you autumn wedding catering menu, consider incorporating these seasonal foods into appetizers, main courses, desserts, and drinks, for a truly authentic and time-honoring occasion!
Hors D’oeuvres are a popular feature at moderately formal to formal weddings. For less formal weddings, these are simply referred to as appetizers. The difference is usually the style and quantity in which they are served. Whichever style of pre-course catering you choose, think about adding in some seasonal elements.
For passed hors D’oeuvres, many have enjoyed persimmon bruschetta, pumpkin chickpea croquettes, butternut squash bacon bites, or figs stuffed with goat cheese. For appetizer trays, you can try a seasonal fruit spread, or a rustic bread selection with seasonal jams, preserves, honey, and apple butter. Platters of deviled eggs, glazed meatballs, eggplant dips, and more are also great.
Main courses are fun to create because you have so much to choose from in terms of seasonal flavors. Baked eggplants and squashes are always a hit, along with stuffed pumpkins or pumpkin soups, candied sweet potatoes, roasted seasonal veggies, succulent cuts of pork or beef, and much more. Have fun with the main course, and don’t shy away from turkey and cranberry sauce either!
Drinks and Desserts
Beverages, whether alcoholic or not, are easy to build based on seasonal flavors like pumpkin, pomegranate, fig, beetroot, and even chili peppers! Be creative and use quality mixers like apple cider, heavy cream, bourbon, and syrups. As for desserts, caramel apples and baked pear cobblers are classic favorites that incorporate well in wedding catering. Elaborate fruit platters are also a wonderful after-course cuisine to serve, since it both aids in digestion and cleanses the palate.