Post # 1
Being a big online couple, we do not have many mailing addresses. We would love to get our Save The Date out asap. What is the fastest way to collect and organize?
I know that I have received emails from automatic systems with the title “Updating My Address Book” in the past – are these real? Or, do I have to email 100 people and ask them for their mailing addresses?
Thanks for the help!
Post # 3
Try http://www.yellowpages.com (you can type in just their name or phone number for a reverse look up). Or try googling them…
Post # 4
I would just send out an email to everyone that you have email addresses for. Ask them to REPLY and not REPLY TO ALL with their addresses.
From there you might have to call (ask both parents to assist) for some numbers.
I would be wary of trusting addresses online. A lot might be outdated.
Another source might be house listings. When someone buys a home it’s public record and that’s usually listed online. So that is one that is relatively trustworthy.
It’s a pain but at least you’ll have everyone’s addresses from here on out!
Post # 5
I am friends with a lot of people on facebook but didnt have their emails so I sent a mass facebook message asking for addresses. I got a bunch of addresses that way. Then my mom had some that I didnt get and Future Mother-In-Law had some that I didnt get as well. Its good to ask your parents and then you can also just make phone calls to the people you dont have addresses for. (or if its a friend you could send a text message) Just make sure you have a good address book to put everything in or create an excel document where you can easily enter them in. Good luck!
Post # 6
I didn’t have any of our college friends addresses. We actually contact mainly through facebook, so I sent them a private message through that.
Post # 7
If you have a Google account, there is a form you can email people and when they fill it out, all of their info automatically fills in a spreadsheet. We used it and got a pretty good response. It tripped up some of the older people, but overall, I think it saved us some time.
Here is a post from a Bee about it.
Address Collecting in the Digital Age
Post # 8
We made a Google Spreadsheet form (here is one you can copy) and sent the URL out to everybody we wanted to invite as part of an overall “we’re getting married” announcement.
Here is the text we used if you’d like to borrow it:
Dear Family and Friends,
He and She are happy to announce that as of January 12, 2010, we are engaged to be married! He proposed during the dessert course of our 1.5 year anniversary dinner.
As we have a very busy time ahead of us (lots of moving and planning to do), it would help us greatly if you could update your contact information at http://bit.ly/ouraddressbook at your earliest convenience.
Of course we have probably forgotten a few people on this email (count this to the head, not the heart). For this reason, we ask that you forward this email to our family members in the hopes that it reaches someone we’ve missed. Apologies if you receive this several times as a result of multiple forwards. We’ll owe you a drink for your troubles.
Thanks so much!
He and She
That message was sent via email, Facebook, instant message, and whatever other way we could get it to people. Of course we still had to call some of the less email/internet savvy people but for the most part, this got us plenty of the addresses we needed.
Post # 9
I emailed and messaged everyone I could on facebook, then left the rest to the parents to collect. One Excel sheet later, presto!
Post # 10
weddingwire.com’s guest tracker tool has an easy email function. Guests input their addresses into an online form and it’s automatically stored in your database, which can be exported for mail-merge, etc.
Post # 11
Hmm, I created a facebook group for easy messaging for our friends, and then family–mom and Future Mother-In-Law are in charge of getting all addresses. So far it’s working!
Post # 12
i would try to deligate as much as you can. i know my mom and fmil already had a ton of addresses from previous weddings/events, and if not they were able to call for addresses for us.
Post # 13
This tip for using Forms from Google Docs was EXCELLENT! I didn’t even know about this feature and use Docs all the time. So thankful I found this post.
Post # 14
I used google docs, but honestly, only about 10 out of 90 people actually filled it in. I found the easiest thing was to split up our list onto our respective “sides” and we were each responsible for getting those addresses. We each sent out a mass email to everyone asking for updated addresses. Those that didn’t respond I would call, text or harrass on FB 😉 Fiance ended up hand delivering a few to his guys that are a bit…. space cadet-ish. I also got quite a few from my parents and Future Mother-In-Law for their guests and neighbours. It went a lot smoother than I had expected! LOL!