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Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas

Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas | CHWV

Delicious, decadent and utterly enjoyable – autumn wedding food has a lot to offer. From warming canapes and evening food with the wow factor to fantastic autumn wedding drinks, it’s all here.

Ask guests what they always remember about weddings they’ve been to and they’ll be sure to mention the food. Putting together the perfect menu for your big day is a big job and you want to be certain that there’ll be plenty of delicious options for you and your guests to enjoy. If you’re planning an autumnal wedding, make sure that your menu provides a real treat for everyone as the days get shorter and cooler. We’ve put together this mouth-watering selection of unforgettable autumn wedding food and there are even some ideas for autumn wedding drinks here for you too.

Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas | CHWV

Delicious autumn wedding food

Let’s start with canapes because these post-ceremony treats will be the first memorable mouthfuls that your guests will enjoy on your wedding day. Canapes should be easy to eat, totally tempting and, in autumn, definitely consider serving warm canapes. Even if the day is lovely enough that you can enjoy your drinks reception outside, warm canapes will keep the cold at bay.

How about treating your guests to crispy risotto balls, king prawn and vegetable tempura, local pork sausage with onion rings and chips not to mention mini fish and chips and mini beef burgers with pickles? Our advice would definitely be to pick your favourites!

Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas | CHWV

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Moving on to your wedding breakfast, we love seasonal feasts and autumn is certainly the time of the year for feasting. Give your guests plenty of time to enjoy each other’s company over a fantastically prepared and beautifully presented meal and you won’t regret it! Hearty dishes such as sausages with mashed potatoes and gravy or a traditional roast and all the trimmings will always be popular as will fillet of beef with potato dauphinoise. Alternatively, serve something really special such as roast barbary duck or let your guests get social with a main course that comes to the table as a sharing board, family style, so that guests help themselves. Now that’s the ultimate crowd pleaser!

Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas | CHWV

Image courtesy of Paul Willetts Photography

Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas | CHWV

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A wedding breakfast always needs a wonderful dessert to finish and what could be better at this time of year than caramelised bread and butter pudding, baked treacle sponge pudding with kirsch cherries or a dark chocolate mousse with chocolate truffles and coffee macarons? Of course, if you can’t decide, you don’t have to – a trio of desserts, including a melt-in-the-mouth chocolate brownie, is sure to delight.

Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas | CHWV

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And don’t forget the evening when you’re considering your autumn wedding food. We love food that comes with a little theatre so that this becomes part of the evening’s entertainment. Wood-fired pizza, chicken straight from a firepit barbecue, slow braised pork shoulder served American style with a selection of slaws, wok food, chef stations serving everything from paella and chicken tikka to jerk chicken and chillis will all round your day off in fine autumnal style.

Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas | CHWV

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Lastly, there’s no need for vegetarian and vegan guests to miss out on the seasonal feast either. So many caterers have really upped their game when it comes to meat-free meals recently and things have got increasingly creative. Roast butternut squash with a three bean salad, dukka spiced grilled aubergines with lentils or fabulous risottos look as good as they taste.

Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas | CHWV

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Fabulous autumn wedding drinks

We also have to mention autumn wedding drinks too because a thirsty guest is never a good thing! For your drinks reception, why not think about Pimm’s Winter Cup or mulled wine along with a non-alcoholic options that features zingy ginger for extra warmth? You could opt for a spiced cider or a seasonal cocktail – Amaretto Classico, with flavours of cranberry and Disaronno, would be our choice.

Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas | CHWV

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But then, who could resist a super cool bar? A gin bar that lets your guests choose their own gins, tonics and garnishes is sure to be a hit or, if you want to embrace the festive feeling a little early, go for a create-your-own Bellini station. Prosecco, seasonal fruit purees, sorbets and fresh fruit await your lucky lucky guests!

Amazing Autumn Wedding Food Ideas | CHWV

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Lastly, we just have to include the ultimate autumn wedding drinks must-have – a hot chocolate station! Perfect for those dark evenings, you just know your guests will LOVE this. Non-drinkers can enjoy luxurious milk hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows but if you prefer a little alcohol, opt for a shot of Baileys, Tia Maria or Cointreau. We’re in chocolately heaven…

Tips for your autumn wedding food

When you’re creating your perfect autumn menu, what do you need to think about? Here are a few tips to help you along your way:

  • Try to include seasonal ingredients in your menu to give your feast a real sense of the season.
  • Ask your caterer if they can source any of the ingredients locally. Local meats and cheeses are always really popular.
  • If you’re going to have younger guests with you, make sure that their menu is as tempting as yours. Mac n’ cheese, burgers, hot dogs, sausages and pasta can all be given a wedding makeover so they’re special but still child-friendly!
  • When you’re planning your evening food, a good guideline is to cater for three-quarters of your day guests and all of your evening guests. Always ask your catering team for their advice on timings.
  • If your catering team offers a tasting event, make sure that you go! Not only will you get to test lots of the dishes on the menu but you’ll also come away with lots of new ideas.

Why not continue planning your autumn wedding now? Take a look at our pick of the best autumnal wedding colours.

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