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?