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I am planning an August 2013 wedding at GSP and am working on our save-the-date list. I've read that roughly 50 percent of the guests you invite to a DW actually attend. We were planning to send something like 200 invitations, including many to family we know won't come because of the cost but would be offended if they didn't receive invitations. We are on a bit of a budget and are now worried that we could have 100 people, which would break the bank if we do a beach party (I think we'd be OK with a gala party). Based on our invite list, I really don't think we'd have more than 80. Do any of you have experience with this? It's a huge gamble (and I just noticed the wedding coordinator said in an email that the private parties will like jump 15 percent in price next year!).

 

Also, can you use a sound dock and iPod in the gala rooms?

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I am planning an August 2013 wedding at GSP and am working on our save-the-date list. I've read that roughly 50 percent of the guests you invite to a DW actually attend. We were planning to send something like 200 invitations, including many to family we know won't come because of the cost but would be offended if they didn't receive invitations. We are on a bit of a budget and are now worried that we could have 100 people, which would break the bank if we do a beach party (I think we'd be OK with a gala party). Based on our invite list, I really don't think we'd have more than 80. Do any of you have experience with this? It's a huge gamble (and I just noticed the wedding coordinator said in an email that the private parties will like jump 15 percent in price next year!).

 

Also, can you use a sound dock and iPod in the gala rooms?

We sent out about 80 invitations and we have 44 people booked, so that sounds about right.. it turns out everyone just needed a vacation lol. So you are taking a gamble..  We have the chill out party booked, and it's $100 a plate for us.. so really, the more people that book, the more expensive it is for you because they won't accommodate such a large group into any of the al-la-cartes. I'm not sure the pricing I was given for the gala rooms, but I remember it being fairly pricey (not as expensive as the chill out)... Regarding the sound dock, you can use that in the gala rooms. They rent one out if you don't have one.. I hope this helps a bit? Brandie

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It does help, thanks!

 

Our budget would be in deep trouble if we got fully half to attend, although the galas are an option. I wonder why the menus for the galas are so unappealing though. None include chicken and many people are not fish or pork eaters. It seems like there is no rhyme or reason why they charge certain prices for certain things.

 

Also, what do you know about the price increases that will occur next year? We got a fact sheet that says they are going to raise the rate by 15 percent, which would take the beach party up to almost $100 a person. Do they typically increase prices by 15 percent annually? That's pretty outrageous.

 

Thanks again for your help!
 

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Originally Posted by Steitzer23 View Post

 

It does help, thanks!

 

Our budget would be in deep trouble if we got fully half to attend, although the galas are an option. I wonder why the menus for the galas are so unappealing though. None include chicken and many people are not fish or pork eaters. It seems like there is no rhyme or reason why they charge certain prices for certain things.

 

Also, what do you know about the price increases that will occur next year? We got a fact sheet that says they are going to raise the rate by 15 percent, which would take the beach party up to almost $100 a person. Do they typically increase prices by 15 percent annually? That's pretty outrageous.

 

Thanks again for your help!

 

I know! I feel your pain! I spoke to a bride at the end of last year who was paying $20 per person less than what we are paying for ours for the same thing. We are paying $100 per person, which is ridiculous! You figure they would give you a bit of of discount the more people you have but that's not the case. So in regards to your question, yes.. seems to be the trend for them increasing the prices every year!

I'm not sure how much the gala rooms are though, I never did ask but you would figure they would be cheaper than the chill out party/beach reception... 

Of course! Let me know if you have any other questions :)

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Originally Posted by Steitzer23 View Post

 

Here's another question: Do you (or anyone else) know if there are options if you want to have more than 60 guests (they say that is the capacity for the gazebos)? 

I would ask your WC if they could add some chairs to the gazebo if you did end up having 60+.. for some reason I remember my WC telling me the 60 people capacity is including the bride and groom and bridal party. I could be wrong though. Or, maybe you might want to look at a beach wedding, I would assume they could put 60+ chairs there...

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Hi ladies- Can't believe the countdown is on...

Just wondering what songs everyone is using for the ceremony?

Our WC told us to pick 4

Wedding party walk

Bride walk

Siganture Song

Finish Ceremony song

Julie

11-21-2012

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We are trying to come up with some fun songs so far I've got " walking on sunshine" by Katrina and the waves for the girls to walk to, "In your eyes" by Peter Gabriel for my dad and I, "dream weaver" for the signing of the certificate and looking at that black eyes peas song " going to be a good night" for walking back up the isle... Still debatable though!

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The countdown is on! Are you almost done everything?? Jack Johnson is usually a pretty good pick, some songs are fun :) Have you picked any yet?

Here's what we have for ours..
 

Guests Sitting:

Jack Johnson - Do you remember

David Gray - Sail Away

Justin Nozuka - After Tonight

Sade - By your side

Adele - Make you feel my love

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere over the rainbow

 

Bridesmaids Entrance:

Ben Harper - Forever

 

Bride Entrance:

David Gray - This Years Love

 

Signature Song:

The Fray - Look After You

 

Finish Ceremony:

Jack Johnson - Better Together

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Can someone who has been to this resort before please show me where the riviera gazebo and chill out club is located on this map? I'm just making up a newsletter type thing for my guest bags and want to include all the important places they need to be clearly marked off.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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