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Autumnal Elegance: Selecting the Perfect Fall Foods for Your Wedding

Autumn weddings offer a unique opportunity to embrace the season's rich and diverse flavors, creating a warm and memorable culinary experience for your guests. Many couples, in fact, choose the date of their wedding celebration simply so they can offer Fall flavors on their menu, evoking a sense of cozy gatherings and holiday connections. From hearty soups to unforgettable spiced desserts, here's a guide to help you select the perfect autumnal foods for Your Special Day.

Appetizers: Warm and Welcoming

Start your Fall-themed wedding on a cozy note with a selection of delicious appetizers.

a. Butternut Squash Soup Shooters: A small cup of velvety butternut squash soup with a dash of nutmeg is a delightful way to welcome your guests.

b. Miniature Pumpkin Tarts: These bite-sized tarts filled with savory or sweet pumpkin filling are sure to tickle the taste buds.

c. Creamy Cauliflower Soup topped with almond & thyme gremolata

d. Roasted Pumpkin Soup served in mini-pumpkin shells: Flavored with leeks, apples, maple syrup and spices; poured in to decorative pumpkin shells for serving and you'll have a sure winner with your guests!

e. Caramelized Onion and Brie Crostinis: The combination of sweet caramelized onions and creamy Brie on crispy crostinis is a crowd-pleaser.

Main Course: Hearty Harvest Feasts

For the main course, opt for hearty dishes that highlight the bountiful flavors of Fall.

a. Roasted Turkey or Duck: A classic choice, roast turkey or duck with seasonal herbs and spices embodies the essence of the season.

*Roasted Turkey, Citrus & Herbs
*Succulent Turkey, Root Vegetables, Ginger & Garlic Stir-Fry
*Roast Duck with Orange Glaze
*Elegant Duck Confit - slow roasted then briefly sizzled for a mouth-watering crisp

b. Beef Short Ribs: Tender, slow-cooked short ribs with a rich red wine reduction will satisfy even the most discerning palates.

c. Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms is a great option for your vegetarian selection. Easily made vegan as well!

d. Classic Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Thyme

e. Prawn and Sweet Potato Noodle Stir-fry: Loaded with Fall vegetables, coconut sweet chili sauce and garnished with coriander

Sides: A Taste of Autumn's Bounty

Complement your main course with delectable side dishes that build on your seasonal theme:

a. Maple-Glazed Roasted Vegetables: Roasted carrots, parsnips, and brussels sprouts drizzled with maple syrup make for a delectable side dish, tantalizing with a hint of both the sweet and the savory.

b. Wild Mushroom Stuffing: Elevate your side game with a stuffing featuring a medley of wild mushrooms, crunchy nuts and herbs.

c. Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Beans

d. Cranberry-Orange Relish: This tangy and zesty relish adds a burst of color and flavor to your wedding meal... and immediately evokes a sense of the holidays.

e. Pumpkin Apple Muffins: Flavored with applesauce, allspice, cloves and nutmeg and topped with a light butter/brown sugar crumble, this sweet side pairs well with a bold & savory main course

f. Butternut Squash & Chickpea Mac & Cheese - yes, please!


Beverages:

Keep your guests cozy with a selection of seasonal beverages:

a. Hot Apple Cider: Served with cinnamon sticks, hot apple cider is a comforting & nostalgic choice.

b. Spiked Hot Chocolate: For an adult twist, offer a spiked hot chocolate station with liqueurs such as Bailey's and peppermint schnapps.

c. Autumn Spice Smoothie: Apple cider, pumpkin, banana and cinnamon blended to perfection... a tasty, chilled drink for children & adults!

d. Coffee Bar: Offer your guests a variety to choose from; consider take-away mugs as your party keepsake!

Accent Desserts: Indulging in Seasonal Delights

Consider a mini-dessert bar to indulge your guests with a variety of options throughout your reception festivities. Keep portions small if you plan on also serving a signature Wedding Cake a little later during your celebration.:

a. Pumpkin or Pecan Pie: Classics, these simple yet well-loved treats, served with a dollop of freshly-made whipped cream.  Serve as shooters to keep portions small... Mmm, mmm!

b. Apple Crisp: Warm apple crisp topped with a crunchy oat topping and a scoop of vanilla ice cream is a crowd-pleasing treat.

c. Cinnamon Snickerdoodles: Rolled in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar before baking, providing a sweet & warming flavor. They're known for their soft, chewy centers and slightly crispy edges. An excellent choice if you have several children on your guest list.

d. Fig and Walnut Cookies: Chopped dried figs and toasted walnuts add a delightful texture and earthy sweetness to these cookies. They're perfect for those who enjoy a more sophisticated combination of flavors.

Your Crowning Wedding Cake: Enjoy All Your Diverse & Delectable Options!

Spiced Apple: A spiced apple cake, often paired with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, delivers a delightful blend of sweetness and warm spices.

Pumpkin Spice: Add layers of sumptuous cream cheese frosting and you've captured the essence of the season perfectly.

Caramel: Whether a caramel-infused sponge or a caramel drizzle, you can choose from a variety of added ingredients such as hazelnuts, fruit, chocolate or cappuccino.

Maple: Maple syrup is a hallmark of Fall cuisine. A maple-flavored cake can be accompanied by flavors like pecan or walnut for a delightful crunch.

Gingerbread: Gingerbread cakes are a classic choice for Autumn weddings. They are spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and molasses, creating a warm and nostalgic flavor, perfect for a cozy Fall wedding.

Chocolate Espresso: For those who prefer a rich and indulgent option... The addition of espresso enhances the chocolate flavor, making it perfect for cooler weather.

Cranberry Orange: Tangy cranberry and zesty orange create a vibrant and refreshing flavor combination that contrasts with the richness of traditional autumn desserts.

Fig and Honey: Figs are in season during the Fall! This moist, unique blend boasts a unique and stylish flavor.

Pear and Almond: An almond cake with poached pear filling provides a delicate, fruity, and nutty combination.

Toasted Coconut: While coconut may not be a traditional autumn flavor, toasting brings out a warm, nutty taste that can complement other seasonal elements.

(And remember that these flavors can be combined with various fillings, frostings, and decorative elements to create a wedding cake that not only tastes amazing but also aligns with your wedding theme and style. Consult with your baker to customize your wedding cake and make it a true reflection of your Autumn wedding vision.)

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Planning an Autumn-themed wedding allows you to take advantage of the season's rich and diverse flavors. With warm and welcoming appetizers, hearty main courses, a tempting variety of sides, indulgent desserts and inviting beverages, your wedding can embrace the essence of this rich season of bounty and gratitude. By selecting the perfect autumnal foods, you'll create an unforgettable culinary experience for your guests and ensure your wedding is a celebration to remember.

 

 

Cozy Fall Favors for your Guests!


Easy, Fun & Budget-friendly:  Buy mason jars in bulk and DIY your own customized tags as you like. (Colored string and burlap, a tiny embellishment, a pre-printed sticker on a pre-cut tag design and you're done!) Fill jars with your choice of autumn-inspired treats: caramel popcorn... deconstructed wedding cake... cookie bake mix (oatmeal raisin with walnuts, please!)... hot cocoa mix... fall-colored candies... s'more kits...

Consider purchasing small edible favors that are already pre-packaged, or make your own by canning in advance: apple butter, fresh honey, maple syrup, pumpkin shaped sugar cookies, mixed coffee beans... Or get more sophisticated and certainly memorable with flavors such as Red Pear Lavender Jam or Hot PepperJelly: yummy delights that are sure to make your guests feel warm & cozy, from the inside-out!

Lots of Pet Lovers on your guest list? Fill jars with pet treats and create a sign with your own furry friend's photo: "My folks got hitched! Please take a treat for your own critter babies!"

Use the filled jar idea... or instead use, mini-buckets or rainbow colored kerchiefs - pack these with custom made tic tac toe games: Make your own using pipe cleaners (to make the board) and small tokens of your choice. Either purchase at a craft store and embellish with paints, fabric or markers... choose differently colored buttons... or pick out small stones and mark them using an indelible pen with you & your partner's initials. If you'd like the board more permanent, consider gluing ribbon or fabric on a small square of burlap, then rolling this up to tuck in to the kerchief. An adorable take-away gift for each guest, inviting them to remember to take fun & playfulness home with them!

Outdoor Reception? Gather several throws or small quilts (either in bulk online, have fun thrifting for lightly used treasures... or crochet your own.) DIY a chalkboard sign "To Have & To Hold... In Case You Get Cold..." Tie each blanket in a roll with colored ribbon to match your ceremony colors and add a customized tag so guests know these are favors to keep!

Search online for 'Fall pumpkin favors' or 'Autumn Leaf decor' to add to your inspiration and build on your theme. The possibilities are bountifully endless!