Wedding Menu Ideas for Every Season

Published: 30th September 2009
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Let your wedding catering take a cue from the seasons with these favorite menu ideas for every season...

Spring Wedding Menu Ideas

Summon the taste of spring with light flavors and delicate textures...

  • In Season - serve a main dish featuring ham or lamb
  • Fresh produce - round out the meal with a bounty of fresh fruits and young vegetables like baby carrots, baby asparagus and new potatoes
  • Elegant sides - serve mini quiches or update traditional deviled eggs by adding salmon or crabmeat
  • Bar favorites - a spring menu seems to call for champagne. Mix up a batch of mimosas for a morning wedding, or create a festive champagne cocktail.

Summer Wedding Menu Ideas

Use your summer menu to invoke warmth, sunshine and fun...

  • Serve lighter fare - think fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables like berries, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, and corn, seafood and lean poultry like chicken. Between courses, serve a light sorbet.
  • Spark up the grill - serve traditional picnic and grill fare like barbeque, burgers and potato salad
  • Head to the tropics - feature tropical signature cocktails like margaritas, sangria, or mojitos.

Fall Wedding Menu Ideas

Bring out the rich and comforting tastes of autumn...

  • Traditional favorites - you cannot go wrong with seasonal standbys: turkey, red potatoes, corn bread dressing, green beans, and honey glazed carrots.
  • Family style - re-create a traditional thanksgiving feast by incorporating your family recipes into your wedding menu and serving the meal family style (if your guest list is small).
  • Hearty proteins - Choose a hearty meat that will pair with heavier side dishes - turkey, roasted quail, rib roast
  • Keep it elegant - you can serve traditional fare in sophisticated, creative ways - present soup or veggie puree in mini shot classes or hallowed out gourds, or warm apple cider in glass mugs with cinnamon sticks.

Winter Wedding Menu Ideas

Warm up to a decadent winter menu with these cool ideas to reflect the season...

  • Hearty dishes - serve heartier fare in sophisticated, creative ways - such as colorful butternut squash puree or warm pumpkin soup in ramekins or shot glasses.
  • Wintery beverages - warm guests with eggnog, spiced wine or mixed coffee drinks.

Get even more seasonal wedding menu ideas in the complete wedding catering guide at - Elegant Galas Made Simple.

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