Tired of seeing cupcake towers and mini pies at weddings? Us too. To help you create an inspired fall dessert menu, here are some creative alternatives that utilize the best of autumn's bounty. Steal these ideas and we promise you'll end your night on a culinary high-note.
Think fruit forward.
Fall is easily the best season for fruit. Apples, pears, figs, and berries are plentiful in the fall months and they're easy to incorporate into your dessert menu. Chat with your catering team about ways to introduce caramelized figs, rich chocolates, stewed fruits, and berry crumbles into your menu. Take the service style into consideration when planning: Poached pears with cardamom ice cream are always a hit for plated dessert, while mini blackberry pots de crème do well as self-serve or tray-passed treats.
Be open to cultural influences.
A good theme is never a bad thing at a wedding, especially when it comes to dessert. Set up a sweet Italian bakery corner with Italian fig cookies, cannoli, and tiramisu shooters. If you're feeling more of a Japanese influence, introduce your guests to the many styles and flavors of mochi you love. And there's always the option of going with French-style patisserie treats, like raspberry macaroons, vanilla bean crème brulée, and tarte tatin. You don't have to be planning a destination wedding to draw ideas from a culture you love.
Serve many grab & go bites.
You may want to consider small pick-up and go desserts for your fall wedding, or desserts that can be tray-passed while guests are on the dance floor. Fall highlights might include apple cider donuts, fresh ginger shortbread with a shot of warm chai, small bags of beignets, sea salted chocolate caramel bites, apple fritters, or bourbon truffles.
Think about drinkable desserts.
Depending on your wedding location, your fall wedding may include a chilly evening. You might consider bringing in an espresso machine so guests can order cappuccinos or spiked hot chocolate between dancing sets. After-dinner cordials are always a nice addition to a more intimate event, while a bourbon and chocolate chip cookie bar delight a larger crowd. Bonus points to the caterer who bakes cookies on-site—a fragrance that's sure to please the crowd.
Serve something savory.
For those who feel like wedding cake is enough of a dessert but still want a little something for guests to end the night with, a savory dessert is a great option for fall weddings. Because of the season's abundance, cheese and charcuterie spreads work nicely, allowing guests to experiment with seasonal jams, dried fruits, roasted nuts, and other accompaniments.