Summer weddings can be a lot of fun, but lately many couples are opting for fall weddings. Fall weddings are the coziest and the warmest ones, and let’s be honest, in Southern California you may just get better weather during fall than over summer. Fall flowers, vegetables and fruits are different from those that are in season the rest of the year, which opens up so many new possibilities for food, drinks and décor.
When it comes to putting together your wedding menu, keep in mind that most guests appreciate when there are a few options to choose from. Traditionally, this means offering a meat, chicken, fish and a vegetarian option for the main course. Modern brides have embraced the idea of food stations and unique food bars that provide a wide range of appetizers, munchies and main courses for guests to enjoy. It’s not uncommon to see a sushi bar at a Los Angeles wedding regardless of the season! Additionally, you may see a raw bar, salad stations, soup bars, desert tables and more! Are you looking for a unique fall wedding food bar for your dream fall wedding? Here are a few inspired options that you may enjoy!
A classic charcuterie station will never fail at a wedding reception. Guests can graze on a selection of cheeses paired with fruits, jams, veggies, cold cuts and more. An impressive charcuterie board is a true form of art, so it’s extremely important that the station is arranged to look beautiful. Guests will also surely appreciate if there is a suggested wine pairing offered with the charcuterie.
There’s nothing better than a delicious taco bar featured at a SoCal wedding. Guests can enjoy freshly prepared carne asada, chicken and steak served with guacamole, chips, cilantro and spicy salsas.
Mac & Cheese Bar
Macaroni and cheese is no longer just a favorite childhood meal – it has become a staple at dinner tables across the United States! If you and your beau are fans of delicious, gooey mac and cheese then consider including a mac and cheese bar at your fall wedding. Guests can snack on an upgraded version of this nostalgic childhood favorite and enjoy elevated toppings like garlic and herb bread crumbs, Applewood smoked bacon, sautéed mushrooms, toasted walnuts, shaved truffle and more!
Is there anything better than melted cheese? Probably not! A unique and elevated fondue station is sure to be a crowd pleaser at any event. You can serve various flavor combinations like spinach and artichoke, crab and artichoke and more. Pair the station with a selection of crudité, crostini, fresh baked bread and more.
If your wedding is taking place towards the end of the fall season and you expect chilly weather, think about offering guests the option of a warm chili bar. The chili can be prepared ahead of time and kept warm, but guests will be able to choose their toppings, like shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, scallions, red onions, etc.
Who doesn’t love donuts?! You don’t have to offer fancy, artistic donuts to your guests, but it will definitely be a fun experience to allow them to choose their favorite donut and add sprinkles to it. Allow guests to choose from multiple flavors like cinnamon and sugar, sugar glaze, powdered sugar, chocolate glaze or maple glaze. Toppings can include chocolate sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles or any other fun twists you can come up with.
Organize a gorgeous s’mores bar to encourage people to socialize and enjoy a delicious sweet treat that everybody loves. Hide the hot fuel cans in a wooden box with pebbles so it looks pretty, but is also safe for use. Set up the graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate and sticks separately so people can build their own s’mores sandwiches. You can even pair this with a hot chocolate station, include a selection of cookies and other sweet treats to make it the highlight of the evening!
Consider a pie bar instead of a traditional wedding cake for desert! Give your guests the option to choose from a few different flavors like apple pie, blueberry crumble, pumpkin pie, key lime or peach crumble. Remember that a warm pie is best served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Everyone appreciates a cocktail bar at a wedding, but some of our new favorite bars actually serve food. If you’re looking for more inspiration or ideas for your fall wedding contact our team – we’d love to brainstorm with you. We would love to bring your concept to life and put together an exceptional and unique fall wedding food bar for your special event. Follow us on Instagram for even more inspiration!