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Wedding Catering Checklist: Everything You Need to Know for the Big Day

Your wedding day is a momentous occasion, filled with love, joy, and unforgettable memories. When it comes to planning your wedding, one of the most crucial elements is catering. The team at EFS Catering in Jacksonville, Florida, understands the significance of this special day. In this blog, we've prepared a comprehensive wedding catering checklist to ensure that your big day is not only beautiful but also delicious.

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1. Define Your Vision:

Start by envisioning the type of wedding you desire. Do you want a formal, sit-down dinner, a casual buffet, or perhaps a themed food station? Defining your vision sets the tone for the rest of the planning process.

2. Determine Your Budget:

Establish a realistic budget for your catering needs. EFS Catering can work with various budgets to create a memorable culinary experience that aligns with your financial plan.

3. Guest List and RSVPs:

Have a precise guest list and gather RSVPs promptly. The number of guests directly impacts the catering, so it's essential to have an accurate count.

4. Dietary Restrictions:

Consider any dietary restrictions among your guests. EFS Catering excels at accommodating various dietary preferences, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the meal.

5. Menu Selection:

Collaborate with EFS Catering's culinary experts to create a menu that reflects your taste and style. Explore a range of appetizers, entrees, and desserts to craft a delightful culinary journey.

6. Quarterly Chef’s Tasting Events:

Come to one of our quarterly Chef's Tasting Events to sample a variety of options and finalize your menu! This allows you to ensure the flavors and presentation meet your expectations.

7. Beverage Service:

Decide on the beverage service, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. EFS Catering can recommend drink pairings that complement your chosen menu.

8. Service Style:

Choose your preferred service style, whether it's plated, buffet, family-style, or food stations. The style should match your wedding's ambiance.

9. Timeline and Logistics:

Work with EFS Catering to create a detailed timeline for the catering service. This ensures that everything runs smoothly on your big day.

10. Rentals and Equipment:

Coordinate with EFS Catering to secure any necessary rentals, such as tables, chairs, linens, and dinnerware.

11. Staffing and Service:

Discuss the number of staff required, including servers, bartenders, and chefs. EFS Catering will ensure that your guests receive impeccable service.

12. Decor and Presentation:

Collaborate on food presentation and table arrangements to enhance the overall visual appeal of your reception.

13. Special Touches:

Consider adding personal touches like signature cocktails or a dessert bar to make your wedding catering unique and memorable.

14. Communication:

Stay in close contact with your catering team in the lead-up to the wedding. Open and clear communication is key to a successful event.

15. Rehearsal Dinner:

If you plan to host a rehearsal dinner, discuss catering options with EFS Catering for a seamless pre-wedding event.


Your wedding day should be a celebration of love and joy, and the catering should be nothing short of extraordinary. With this comprehensive wedding catering checklist and the expertise of EFS Catering in Jacksonville, Florida, you can rest assured that your big day will be filled with delectable delights and cherished memories. Contact us today to start planning the wedding catering experience of your dreams.

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