Preparation for the wedding ceremony, the entertainment program, the images of the bride and groom and the decor are all very important steps of the wedding preparation. But do not forget about the most important part of the festive banquet — the wedding menu. In this article Chanfashion I have collected recommendations for the autumn menu, so that your guests are full, warm and satisfied 🙂
Basic recommendations for a wedding menu for autumn
Changing the proportions
If you are preparing a wedding in the fall, you must remember that the daily rate of calories increases due to the cold weather, and the preferences of the guests will shift to something hot and filling. It’s no longer a hot summer, when you only want light salads and more ice in cocktails 🙂 Put more emphasis on hot snacks, not cold salads: juliennes with melted hot cheese will go better than light canapés with shrimp. And for the main dishes, choose a “heavier” side dish — for example, mashed potatoes or cauliflower instead of grilled vegetables.
An autumn wedding is about coziness, warmth and a pleasant atmosphere, so the menu should be appropriate. Hot creamy soups with crispy croutons, aromas of spices and fresh pastries, a wide tea menu — such details will make dinner more cozy, help guests warm up and relax.
For a long time, the wedding season began precisely in autumn, because this is the period of harvest and the most generous tables. We advise you not to adapt the autumn menu to wedding standards, but to focus on seasonal dishes and delicacies. For example, pumpkin can give a non-standard taste to usual dishes, apple and cinnamon will make desserts more cozy, sea buckthorn and elderberry can be used in sauces to add interest to main dishes. You can also add pear, quince, ginger, mushrooms and spices to the menu: cardamom, cumin, fennel.
Attention to drinks
The season of cooling cocktails is over, it’s time to warm guests with mulled wine 🙂 Hot drinks will support the atmosphere of coziness and help cope with the cold weather. The classic choice will be mulled wines — made from red or white wine, non-alcoholic and really warming. Also, don’t forget the grog! Hot chocolate and cocoa with various additions will perfectly complete the sweet table. Read even more ideas for hot drinks at a wedding in our article “What to warm the guests?”
Ideas and examples of dishes
Let’s move from general recommendations to specifics — examples of autumn dishes for a wedding menu. For convenience, we have divided them into categories. It is not necessary to use exactly our examples of dishes, because you can simply borrow interesting details to supplement your own ideas 🙂
- Cheese balls with nuts, herbs and cranberries
Cheese balls are a classic snack that is served both hot and cold. For an autumn wedding, we recommend using seasonal additions to make the dish more interesting: nuts will add nutrition, cranberries — an interesting acidity, and greens will refresh the taste.
- Stuffed mushrooms with goat cheese and spinach
How can you do without mushrooms at an autumn banquet? Large mushroom caps can be stuffed with goat cheese and spinach, and then baked in the oven or grilled.
- Wood-fired pizza
A wood-fired pizza with a unique smoke from the oven will be an interesting starter. For such a treat, you can set aside a separate area where guests could choose the toppings themselves and watch the cooking process. They will definitely want to sit by the hot oven, especially if it is complemented by a small show from the pizzaiolo 🙂
- Pan with chicken, vegetables and cranberries
Pans are a win-win option for a hot portioned meal. Hot, nutritious and very tasty. There are many options for combining meat, vegetables and sauces, but for an autumn wedding we offer baked chicken with potatoes and cranberries.
- Beef bourguignon with mashed potatoes
The classic of French cuisine – beef bourguignon, also known as beef in the Burgundian style – will be an ideal choice for the cold season. This is a stew with vegetables and beef stewed in a thick wine sauce based on meat broth, so guests will definitely leave full and satisfied 🙂
- Beef stewed in apple cider with rosemary polenta
If you are tired of the usual side dishes of different types of vegetable purees for our latitudes, we suggest you try rosemary-enriched polenta. This porridge goes well with stewed meat juice. And apple cider will add an interesting and very autumn note to vegetables and beef.
- Buns with cinnamon
What could be better in autumn than cinnabons with hot coffee? We still haven’t found the answer to this question 🙂 Cinnamon buns under liquid vanilla syrup, and even with the addition of nuts or caramel, will become an integral decoration of your sweet table at an autumn wedding.
- Apple pies
The classics of autumn sweets are aromatic apple pies. A hint of cinnamon will add coziness, and if the weather turned out to be warm on your wedding day, the cake can be topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Carrot cake
Tired of vanilla biscuits with fruit? Why not make an autumn wedding cake carrot! This is a classic autumn taste that will help support the general atmosphere of the holiday and make your dessert stand out among others that guests have already tasted.
- Churros with spicy hot chocolate
A sweet compliment for guests can be a Spanish street dessert — churros. To make it more interesting, we suggest serving hot chocolate with chili pepper as a sauce. A light spice will emphasize the taste of the dessert and make it special.