We are so happy to welcome back our guest blogger and bride to be, Christine Mitchell. Christine is the creator of N’East Style, a blog celebrating Northeast fashion past and present. Since Christine is in the active phase of planning her own New England Wedding I thought it would be great to have her give us some updates and ideas along the way! In this post Christine gives us some ideas about the perfect rustic wedding menu for each season. Make sure to check out the post Christine did for us on New England Rustic Wedding Venues and Wedding Gowns For Each Season.
Summer Menu Ideas
A New England summer wedding would not be complete without seafood. A lobster bake would be both memorable and delicious for your guests. Offer sides of grilled corn, potato salad, and a secondary main dish for those who are not lobster eaters (they are missing out!). Instead of a traditional wedding cake why not have blueberry pies. If you’re having a more casual and intimate wedding you could ask friends and family to bake their favorite recipe and bring their home baked pie to the reception. You’d be surprised to see how many different (and delicious ways) you can make a killer blueberry pie.
Fall Menu Ideas
A fall wedding isn’t complete without a hearty main course followed by a spiced carrot cake. A roasted chicken complete with seasonal root vegetables will make your guests feel satisfied and toasty. For the non-meat eaters at your wedding, offer a rice or pasta dish that pairs just as well with the roasted vegetables. Forgo the traditional first course salad for cheese plates with figs and maple glazed walnuts paired with mugs of mulled cider.
Winter Menu Ideas
New England winters can chill you to the bone, so make sure your guests feel energized for a night of dancing with a warm meal. Offer bowls of creamy soup like butternut squash or potato leek as the first course. For the main meal a juicy filet mignon or herb crusted lamb will certainly keep your guests feeling satisfied. A good vegetarian option would be large stuffed portobello mushrooms. And decadent red velvet cake would make the perfect finale to your winter wedding feast.
Spring Menu Ideas
If your wedding is in spring, take advantage of the all the fruits and vegetables that are back in season. Start the meal off with a fruit bar or charcuterie board. For the main course offer fresh and lightly seasoned fish such as seasonal salmon or trout. A vegetarian dish of quinoa salad would be equally delicious. A light and fragrant lavender cake is the perfect pairing and will look lovely with sprigs of lavender atop the frosted tiers.
Sources – photo one: Charlotte Jenks Lewis / photo two: Tin Can Photography / photo three: Wolfgang Puck / photo four: Purple Martini Wedding & Event Photography