How to Bring the Fall Harvest to your Wedding Menu: Ideas you’re Bound to Fall in Love With
Sep 26, 2018 02:11 PM Back
So, based on what I have seen online, what I’ve gathered is that when it comes to marriage today’s generation has bid a fond adieu to the pomp and circumstance of their parents generation and has embraced a minimalist, “less is more” approach to marriage…starting with the wedding.

Taking their cues from “Mother Nature” and going whole hog on the rustic, country theme….basic is the new black when it comes to wedding trends.

But, there is a fine line between modest and miserly….and that’s where a  lot of Millennials may make their biggest mistake. You can still have an extravagant event without breaking the bank or the new “tradition”. But, in order to effectively and impressively pull off a “less is more” fabulous fete, you have to begin by thinking BIG….and working backwards.

Fall, is one of the most IDEAL seasons for hosting a classic yet couture celebration that’s contemporary and chic but not necessarily costly. With the weather, more often than not, being perfect for either an indoor or outdoor event, you’ve got lots to play with and lots to choose from, especially if you live on Long Island.

Two picture perfect locations are our east-end’s wineries  and/or orchards, both allowing you to take full advantage of the great outdoors  and offering all the elegance of an indoor event. In fact, each of these locations lend to a more rustic theme with not too many trimmings. Think propping a LOOOONG piece of wood across two barrels and using that as a serving station for your appetizers and hors d’eouvres.

For fall festivities I would consider cost-effective comestibles such as sampling stations of local beers, wines and ciders (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, especially if you’ve invited kids) as well as serving up some seasonal soups. Think beer cheddar, pumpkin or other in season selections that are delicious but not decadent in price.

Consider a cocktail hour that is RICH in color and flavor, but not in price. Among your culinary choices, consider including grilled seasonal veggies, including grilled fennel, radishes, eggplant, etc. Pick produce that is eye-catching, healthy, local, and packs a punch when it comes to eye appeal and WOW factor. Look for bargains on wooden bowls, platters and cheese boards and serve up some seasonal fruits including plums, figs, and berries  that offer deep, vibrant hues that SCREAM opulence and fall. Drizzle seasonal artisanal cheeses with honey, nuts and even some dried fruits. Think artisanal breads in lieu of crackers, along with ricotta with olive oil and thyme as a spread…and don’t forget the olives. Other hors d’eouvres should include a charcuterie board with smoked salmon and plenty of decadent meats…and perhaps some: avocado crostini; mini pot pies; mini shepherd's pies; etc.

Salads to consider are roasted beet salad; Kale and Brussels sprouts salad, with or without bacon and Pecorino (cheese); autumn cob salad with pumpkin dressing; Spinach salad with crispy butternut squash…just to name a few. Remember using “in season” , local ingredients WILL keep costs down. Think simple but SENSATIONAL, especially when it comes to doing something dynamically different that is BIG on flavor.

For your main meal, think hearty, yet simple. How about Acorn squash stuffed with seafood, a nice Ratatouille for your vegan and vegetarian guests, Pasta with swiss chard and basil, which can also be served as an “appetizer” either before or after the salad and before the main meal; Cornish game hen or chicken with wild rice and grilled squash slices; roasted pork loin (one of THE less expensive meats) decadently decked out with sautéed apple slices, a side of roasted carrots, raisins and string beans.

For dessert think about serving pies in addition to a nice Spiced Pumpkin or Zucchini Cake; seasonal cookies, coffees and teas and don’t forget the apple brandy.

For giveaways, think about offering guests some take away bags…fill up some barrels or crates with apples and pears and let guests help themselves. Other options include a jar of maple syrup (perhaps with some pancake mix); a jar of local honey; mini (preferably homemade) pies; or some seasonal jams or jellies.

Remember, you want to keep costs LOW but impressions HIGH…so look to impress your guests with creative cost-effective ideas that bring an abundance of colors and flavors to your fall wedding without breaking the bank. Start early and work with the pros and you will be SURE to please.
 
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