RED FLAGS Beware of vendors that are late, rude, unprofessional, don’t work with you, don’t have contract or set rules, taking no or small deposits, don’t have a paper trail(invoices, quotes or receipts). Every vendor should have clear cut contracts or expectations that are on paper.
Planning out your floor plan is an important part of your reception. First get a map of your venue. Be sure it has measurements and ask the venue how it is typically done and WHY. I know you don't want your reception to be a cookie cutter duplicate of everyone else's but a lot of times there is a reason they are done that way. Dj's need outlets, caterers need access to the kitchen and photographers like good lighting! After you get those details it will be easy to draw in your tables. The focal point of your reception should be the head table! Most brides have the head table lined right up to the dance floor to make sure everyone can get a view of the bride and groom. When creating your floor plan also keep in mind the timeline for your reception. Lots of guests come to the reception with a gift so you may want the gift table close to the entrance. If you picked out a show stopping cake you will want to make that another focal point.