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Wedding Menus by Season

No matter when your client is getting married, they will have to a plan a wedding menu! Deciding what food and drinks to serve guests is often one of the most stressful moments for engaged couples. These days, there’s more pressure than ever to build a wedding menu that’s truly unforgettable.

To help your clients build a menu they love, consider helping them choose seasonal food and drinks to incorporate into the meal. Those getting married in the spring can choose dishes that feature seasonal fruits, veggies, and herbs like lavender, melon, and asparagus. Couples getting married in the summer might prefer a more casual menu that includes favorites like barbecue, sweet tea, and ice cream cones! No matter when you client is getting married, there are endless ways to help them create a seasonal menu that they are sure to love!

Shutterfly created a visual that provides ideas for those planning a wedding menu during any season of the year. We know these ideas will make you even more excited to help your clients start planning their special day!

Spring

If you are getting married in the spring, play up the bright flowers, pastel colors and light flavors that the season is known for. Make sure to incorporate the many fruits, vegetables and herbs that are in season this time of year, like asparagus, melons, apricots, lavender and mint. Celebrate the warmer weather by choosing foods that will complement blooming seasonal florals and bright sunshine.

Spring Wedding Menu Ideas

Appetizers:

  • Assorted charcuterie board
  • Colorful fruit bar
  • Mixed green salad with a raspberry infused vinaigrette
  • Deconstructed bruschetta
  • Mini shrimp salad rolls

Signature Drinks:

  • Bellinis
  • Raspberry coolers (champagne and raspberry sorbet)
  • Mint Juleps
  • Make-your-own Mimosas
  • Assorted flavors of lemonade (such as lavender, raspberry and peach)

Main Courses:

  • Orange-soy glazed scallops
  • Lightly seasoned trout with parsley-caper vinaigrette
  • Spring vegetable risotto
  • Grilled rack of lamb with asparagus
  • Herb roasted chicken and rice with fresh apricot

Cake and Desserts:

  • Lavender wedding cake
  • Macaroons
  • Petit Fours
  • Colorful candy bar
  • Grab-and-go cotton candy stand

Summer

 

The most popular months to get hitched are June, August and September. It’s no surprise, since summer weddings are so much fun! Choose a menu that complements your wedding venue, whether you’ll be on the beach, hosting a backyard barbecue or escaping the heat with an indoor ceremony.

Consider featuring summer favorites in your menu like peaches, watermelon, basil and cucumber to embrace some of the season’s most famous flavors. Help your guests cool down from scorching hot temps with refreshing eats and drinks, cooling cocktails and cold desserts.

Summer Wedding Menu Ideas

Appetizers:

  • Miniature crab cakes
  • Antipasto display
  • Caprese salad
  • Shrimp gazpacho
  • Frozen watermelon slices

Signature drinks:

  • Cocktail Paletas
  • Basil Gimlets
  • Mai Tais
  • Sweet tea
  • Cold sodas

Main courses:

  • Pulled pork sandwiches
  • Grilled chicken with sweet summer vegetables
  • Brisket with mashed potatoes
  • Lobster mac and cheese
  • Shrimp and grits

Cake and desserts:

  • Naked wedding cake
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Ice cream sandwiches
  • Snow cone cart
  • Peach blueberry cobbler

Fall

 

Fall is becoming an increasingly popular time to get married due to the predictable weather and the rich colors of the season that make the perfect backdrop for a wedding celebration. If you’re getting married during the autumn months, consider a menu full of rich flavors, cozy appetizers, warming cocktails and hearty main courses. For a truly autumnal feel to your wedding, choose dishes that feature the unique palate-pleasing flavors that fall is famous for like apples, pumpkin, root vegetables and cinnamon.

Fall Wedding Menu Ideas

Appetizers:

  • Filo tarts with spinach, pumpkin and pine nuts
  • Potato leek soup shooters
  • Bacon wrapped dates
  • Cranberry and brie bites
  • Sweet potato rounds topped with cheddar and chives

Signature drinks:

  • Spiked apple cider with cinnamon
  • Moscow mules
  • Honeycrisp apple sangria
  • Hot apple cider
  • Cinnamon rosemary old fashioneds

Main courses:

  • Grilled petite filet with roast potatoes
  • Roasted pork loin with sauteed apple slices
  • Cornish game hen with wild rice
  • Butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sauce
  • Wild mushroom risotto

Cake and desserts:

  • Decadent chocolate cake
  • Spiced carrot cake
  • Mini apple and pumpkin pies
  • Make-your-own smores
  • Caramel apples

Winter

 

Comfort food is the perfect staple of a winter wedding menu, as cold-weather events provide an opportunity to serve heavier fare than you typically would during other seasons. Warm up your guests from cold temperatures with a delicious hot meal and cozy cocktails.

Choose a menu that features homely entrees, indulgent desserts and festive drinks. Consider featuring seasonal flavors like cranberry, mushroom and dark chocolate to create a winter menu full of decadent delights.

Winter Wedding Menu Ideas

Appetizers:

  • Pancetta wrapped asparagus
  • Mini grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup
  • Butternut squash soup with bleu cheese
  • Baked brie with blackberry compote
  • Pear bruschetta

Signature drinks:

  • Hot toddies
  • Mulled wine
  • Sparkling apple cranberry juice
  • Poinsettia spritz punch
  • Salted caramel white Russians

Main courses:

  • Filet mignon with green beans
  • Herb crusted lamb and mashed potatoes
  • Stuffed portobello mushrooms
  • Beef tenderloin with roasted potatoes
  • Chicken pot pie with winter vegetables

Cake and desserts:

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