The Ins and Outs and Here and There's of Spatial Planning
One of the biggest aspects of our job is helping our clients make a plan. We make contingency plans for weather, plans for where the gifts go at the end of the night, but maybe most importantly, a plan for how the space is going to be set up. Ask your venue if they have an available floor plan for you to use.
There are all sorts of free and purchasable software programs available to help design 3D event spaces. But if you're a little more analog and prefer to do your work on pen and paper, here's a trick we like to use.
Take the floor plan to your local office store and have them laminate it. Now, using dry erase markers you can play around with several different lay-outs and table placements!