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.
How to Bring the Fall Harvest to your Wedding Menu:  Ideas you’re Bound to Fall in Love With
  • Chat With Local Long Island Brides
  • Lessings Waterfront Mansions
  • Long Island Bridal Expo
  • Studio 27-Studio 27
  • Betty's Catering-Betty's Catering
  • Bridal Veils-
Welcome New Vendors
fall weddings wedding favors #splurgevssave #weddingdosanddonts #weddingplanning 2019 wedding affordable vacations after hours music armenia armenian wedding ideas autumn autumn wedding bachelor bachelor parties bachelor party bachelorette bakeries bakery bands barn wedding beach wedding beach weddings best bands best man advice best wedding bands black tie black tie wedding bouquet bridal bouquet bridal extravaganza bridal gown bridal gowns bridal hair bridal makeup bridal nails bridal party gifts bridal planner group bridal planning bridal reflections NYC bridal show bridal showcase bridal shower bridal showers bride bride and groom bride-to-be brides bridesmaid bridesmaid gifts brunch wedding cakes catering cellists centerpiece centerpieces ceremony music charitable gift chignon classic music cocktail hour cocktail hour music cocktail party code bleu comfort food cultural weddings cupcakes dance dance lessons day of coordinator decorations dessert ideas destination wedding diamond diamond promotion diamonds djs doc donation gift double ceremony edible favors elegant wedding elopment engaged engagement engagement looks engagement session english wedding traditions entertainment etiquette event decor event planning Eyebrows fade to black ny fall fall bride fall harvest fall wedding fancy wedding fantasia bridal father of the bride father of the groom favors florist flute players food stations food truck food trucks good behavior gown green wedding green weddings groom groom pampering groom style grooms groomsmen gifts guest book guitarist hair styles hairstyle harvest harvest wedding headpieces honeymoon honeymoon ideas Hotel Blocks Hotels invitation invitations invites irish weddings italian wedding customs jewish wedding traditions Kleinfeld Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks latin dance LI vineyards LIBE limos limousine liw liwedding liweddings long island long island bachelor party long island bakery long island beach Long Island Beach Wedding long island beach weddings long island bridal extravaganza long island bridal gowns long island bridal show long island catering long island diamonds long island engagement photographer long island fall wedding long island groom long island photographers long island vineyards long island wedding long island wedding dj long island wedding favors long island wedding gowns long island wedding photographer long island wedding photography long island wedding rings long island weddings makeup maltese wedding manscaping mansions marriage marriage advice marrriage mehndi menu middle eastern wedding traditions military military wedding mirror beauty ring MOTB mother of the bride multicultural entertainment multicultural wedding nail polish national bridal sales event new york city wedding dress new york city wedding salon ny diamonds nyc diamonds off premises catering outdoor celebration ovation photo booth Paris Parisian party favors party planning long island weddings patriot brides Permanent Makeup photography photos pianists program quartet Rain reception reception location remarried resort rhapsody ring bearer gift roslyn hotel russian bride russian groom sale second wedding semi formal shuttle buses signature drinks skyline southern wedding ideas spring wedding spring wedding ideas spring weddings st. patricks day string duos string quartets string trios thank you note the black horse event traditions transportation travel trolley trunk show tuxedo updo vegan wedding cake vegan wedding dessert veils vineyard vineyard wedding vineyards vintage music violinists violists wedding wedding advice wedding band wedding bands wedding beauty wedding beer selection wedding bow tie wedding budget wedding cake wedding cakes wedding centerpiece wedding coffee wedding dance wedding dances wedding dancing wedding dessert wedding destinations wedding DJ wedding donation wedding donuts wedding dress wedding drink ideas wedding drinks wedding entertainment wedding favors wedding food wedding food ideas wedding gown wedding guests wedding hair wedding hair styles Wedding Hotel Blocks wedding ideas wedding invitations wedding invites wedding kids wedding limo wedding makeup wedding menu wedding music wedding nails wedding party wedding photography wedding planner wedding planning wedding ring wedding seating wedding showcase wedding suit wedding thank you wedding tuxedo wedding wheels wedding wine wedding wines weddings weddings splurge vs. save what to wear white tie who to invite wild west wedding wine wine suggestions wine types winery winery wedding winter wedding winter wedding ideas wooden place settings #weddingbudget Aeki Beki affordable vacation after hours dj entertainment armenian wedding Aruba at home bridal shower Autumn Weddings bachelor bachelorette parties backyard weddings bakery barn wedding beach beach getaway Beach Wedding Beachfront Ceremonies best man bridal bridal accessories Bridal Expo bridal gown bridal reflections Bridal Show bridalshow bride bridesmaid ceremony music children fashion cocktail hour music country club wedding couture weddings daytime wedding decor dessert table destination wedding Destination Weddings donors unite e-ring elope engaged engagement engagement parties engagement rings english wedding escort cards event planners exotic cars fade to black new york Fall Bride fall wedding Fall Weddings favors first dance First Dance Wedding Song florist flowers gentleman groom groom groom gifts groomsmen hair high voltage entertainment honeymoon honeymoon planning hvdj hvdjsny imakeupyou Indian Weddings invitations invites irish wedding italian wedding jewish wedding letterpress LGBTQ wedding LIBridalExtravaganza live entertainment; LIW liweddings long island Long Island Bakeries long island bridal extravaganza Long Island bride long island engagement long island mansions long island photography Long Island Theme Weddings Long Island Wedding Traditions and Customs long island wedding venue long island weddings long island weddings. liweddings Magna Sutra makeup; hair; aesthetic; airbrush; airbrush makeup; makeover; malta wedding ideas married life marryoke Mendi Microblading middle eastern wedding military wedding multicultural nails outdoor wedding Pandit perfume photo booth photogaphy place settings planning form ring bearer russian wedding Saptapadi skyline orchestras south asian weddings southern wedding spring weddings summer wedding summer weddings texas wedding Thank you Thank You Card the lombardi bride the roslyn hotel tropical wedding tuscan wedding tuxedo tuxedos unique wedding vegan viana hotel villa lombardi's vineyard Vineyard Receptions vintage weddings waterfront wedding wedding wedding advice wedding bands wedding blog wedding brunch wedding car wedding costs wedding dance wedding date wedding dates wedding dress wedding drinks wedding favors wedding food wedding games wedding gifts wedding gowns wedding guest wedding ideas wedding music wedding photography wedding planning wedding prep wedding rings wedding signature drinks wedding style wedding tradition wedding traditions wedding transportation wedding trends wedding venues wedding vows weddings wine winter wedding winter weddings