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Creating a Perfect Fall Wedding Menu (Sample Menu Included!)

Fall weddings are extremely popular - and for good reason! There are lots of tasty choices that will make your guests rave about your wedding for years to come. Butternut squash, pumpkin, apple, and so much more. Here are a few suggestions from our favorite fall wedding menus!

Start with a Statement

Though there will always be a few guests that arrive last minute, the majority of your guests are going to be early. Start your big day with a bang. We suggest a hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks and apple slices that your guests can enjoy!

Other options we love: Mulled Cider, Hot Chocolate, or a cold cranberry apple cider if your fall day is a bit warmer.

Another option to consider is a pre ceremony snack. Keep guests occupied while they're waiting with an easy appetizer.

Our favorite: Popcorn! Here are some fun flavors our chefs have crafted.

~ White Cheddar-Bacon

~ Apple-Cinnamon

~ Chipotle Chili-Lime

~ Garlic Herb-Duck Fat

~ Truffle Parmesan

~ Sour Cream-Chive

~ Ginger-Orange

~ Smores’ | Graham Dusted Popcorn w/ Mini Mallows, & Chocolate Chucks

These pre ceremony options allow guests to get comfortable and avoid that awkward waiting period before your grand entrance!

An Autumn-Themed Cocktail Hour

Congratulations! You're married!! Now on to the party.

Whether you go with stationed hors d'oeuvres, passed hors d'oeuvres, or both, there are so many ways that you can continue your fall theme into cocktail hour.

Our Favorites:

Stations -

  • A Fall Themed Antipasti Table with Puff Pastry Wrapped Baked Brie w/Cranberries, Wildflower Honey, & Walnuts

  • Chips & Dips Station w/ Roasted Apple & Onion Dip, Pumpkin-Gruyere Fondue, & Spinach & Artichoke Dip

  • Pierogis Station with Herbed Potato w/Chive Crème Fraiche, Smoked Gouda & Potato w/Bacon & Sage Sauce, Sauerkraut w/Brown Butter & Carnalized Onion Sauce

Passed Hors D'oeuvres -

  • Savory Sweet Potato Cake w/ Pecan-Mascarpone Mousse & Cranberry Chutney

  • Vanilla-Maple Infused Plum w/ Shaved Marcona Almond, Crispy Gruyere & Sage (Vegetarian/ GF)

  • Chestnut Hummus in Phyllo w/ Cranberry Chutney

  • Mini Grilled Cheese & Tomato Bisque Shooters - Aged Cheddar, Brie, & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese & Saffron-Tomato Bisque

  • Beef Wellington Bites w/ Creamy Mushroom Duxelle & Truffle Oil

It's easy to make a menu too sweet when it comes to all of the fall flavors. It's important to keep that balance between savory and sweet to please the majority of your guests.

The Reception

After you're finished with photos, you get to celebrate with your favorite people. Let's continue this fall menu as we move into dinner!

Salad & Bread

Our Favorite Breads:

  • Blood Orange-Candied Ginger Focaccia

  • Roasted Pumpkin Focaccia

  • Rosemary Focaccia

Our Favorite Butters:

  • Cinnamon-Maple Butter

  • Cranberry Chutney Butter

  • Pumpkin Pie Spiced Butter

Our Favorite Fall Salads:

  • Mixed Green Salad w/Roasted Butternut Squash, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Feta, Cranberry Chutney Vinaigrette

  • Fresh Salad of Spinach, Apples, Goat Cheese, Red Onion & Cranberries w/ Vanilla-Basil Vinaigrette

  • Mixed Green Salad w/ Crispy Chickpea, Sweet Potato, Kale, Dried Cranberries, & Maple-Mustard Emulsion

Another thing to consider during a cool fall day - a soup course. Keep your guests warm and cozy with a Creamy Crab Chowder w/ Jumbo Lump Crab, Carrots, Caramelized Leeks, Corn, Cauliflower & Gold Potatoes, or a Saffron-Tomato Bisque.

Dinner Time

For a fall dinner, many people think meat and potatoes - a hearty dinner. While we can certainly execute that, we also love to play with the nontraditional. Here are some of our favorite hearty options -

  • Pot Roast Style Slow Cooked Beef Brisket

  • Black Garlic Marinated Flank Steak w/ Red Wine Shallots

  • Chicken Pot Pie

  • Roasted Chicken w/Cremini, Baby Portabella & Wild Mushroom Pan Gravy

Pair it with a starch -

  • Rosemary-Potato Gnocchi w/ Beet Root & Goat Cheese

  • Herbed Yukon Potatoes w/ Savory Candied Roasted Garlic

  • Smoked Gouda-Brie Mashed Potatoes

And a veggie -

  • Sautéed Brussel Sprouts w/ Crispy Pork Belly

  • Wildflower Honey & Bourbon Glazed Carrots

  • Broccoli, Cauliflower & Baby Carrot Medley w/ Beurre Blanc

Your guests will be full and very happy - guaranteed!

Don't Forget Your Fall Desserts

Did you know our dessert packages not only come with multiple petite dessert options, but also a complementary two-tiered cutting cake. Our favorite fall wedding cake flavors -

  • Carrot Cake

  • Pumpkin Cake

  • Banana Cake

  • Apple Spice Cake

Some of our favorite sweet petite fall options -

  • Mini Chocolate Cream Pie with Whipped Cream and Cocoa Nibs

  • Apple Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies

  • Cream Cheese Bars with a Cinnamon Sugar Crust and Crispy Crumble

  • Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake with a Cream Cheese Swirl

  • Mini Apple Crumb Cakes with a Sugar Glaze

  • Soft Pumpkin Cookies with a Cream Cheese Frosting and Cinnamon Dusting

  • Cinnamon Apple Crumb Bars with a Crispy Streusel

These sweets continue the fall theme and leave your guests feeling full and very happy. They will be the cherry on top of your perfect fall menu!

Are you having a fall wedding in the Central PA area? Reach out to us today and we will create a custom fall menu specific to your and your fiancé's likes and dislikes!

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