I know of a couple that got married several years ago in November and took advantage of the season. Instead of serving the usual chicken or filet mignon, they served a meal of turkey with stuffing and seasonal vegetables, presented elegantly and enjoyed by all. Perhaps they were ahead of the seasonal catering trend popping up this season. From what I can see, they came out on top (and under budget) for three reasons:

Guaranteed Freshness: So, it’s November and you’re hell-bent on having strawberries? Think twice, as these and other summer fruits are not at their peak season, ergo the quality may be sub-par. Instead, stick to fruits in season such as apples, figs, pomegranates, pears and cranberries, just to name a few, when they are at their best and can be incorporated into truly delectable dishes.

Cost-Effective: On the note of guaranteed freshness, I’m sure that you wouldn’t want to pay more for a lesser quality wedding meal, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Well, if you go for products that are out of season, that is exactly what you will be doing. Furthermore, holiday favorites such as turkey begin to cost less than chicken or fish during this time, making it a welcome alternative to the usual wedding meal suspects.

Comforting: There is also the comfort factor to consider. True, you and your guests may be eating a lot of turkey, stuffing, candied yams, pumpkin pie… but, is anybody complaining? These food tend to be comforting to most and rarely get complaints, thus making sure there is something for everyone. Besides, these food can be presented in an elegant, whimsical fashion (say pumpkin soup served in miniature pumpkins), lending a posh twist to a perennial favorite.

With that being said, here are my picks for a fall wedding menu, all taken from Epicurious.com:

Starters
Spicy Green Salad with Machego and Pears
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Main Course
Porcini Mushroom Turkey with Mushroom Gravy
Rustic Bread Stuffing with Bell Pepper and Fresh Thyme
Haricots Verts, Roasted Fennel and Shallots

Dessert
Harvest Pear Crisp with Candied Ginger
Cafe Au Lait Pudding
Pumpkin Custard Profiteroles with Maple Caramel

Signature Cocktails
The Autumn Orchard
Rosemary Martini
Flaming Brandy Punch

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