How did you create your guest list?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have used a mix of Wedding Wire’s planning tool and an Excel spreadsheet. The original list was on Wedding Wire, but I switched over to Excel when I wanted to be able to share with my FI easily.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We used the spreadsheet tool in Google Docs, so we could both access it from anywhere. Seemed like a more logical choice for us than Excel. If you are comfortable using spreadsheets, it is the way to go. We also used a lot of colour coding for easy visuals.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

google drive. we had a spreadsheet through there.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I used Wedding Wire’s planning tools. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

LadyBlackheart: I used Excel. I can see the benefits of using Google Docs/Drive for it, so that it’s more easily shared and accessible, but I’m more comfortable in the office than Google Docs for some reason. You can easily google Excel wedding guest templates if you want, but I made up my own so I could have all of the categories that were important to me. My spreadsheet pretty much includes Family Last Name (list is organized in ABC order by this), First Names, Number Invited (I used a formula for this column so I have a separate area that says Total Guests = and it adds them up easily this way), Address, E-mail Address, Phone Number, STD Sent?, Invite Sent?, Number Accepted, Dietary Needs, Gift Description, Thank You Note Sent? There might be a few more columns – oh yeah, whether or not they’re getting a hotel room (for blocking purposes). It’s pretty in depth, but I like having everything in one place!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We used Google Docs like many other people. Much easier for access everywhere (like when I get an email at work asking if we included so-and-so on the list!)

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I created our list in Excel and then had to transfer it to Google Drive since my FI and I are long distance and both needed to be able to access it. I’m much more comfortable in Excel though. Once we’ve finalized the list I’ll probably move it back to Excel so I can do more with it.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

Another vote for Excel, saved in my Dropbox. DH didn’t need the file (I pretty much did it all), so we didn’t need a google doc. I downloaded the different options that A Practical Wedding has and used the big one. I think we had about 10 or 11 sheets. I also spun off a shower excel file from the main one.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I used Wedding Wire. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

For both daughters. I used Excel. It was very easy to use, since I use it all the time.

The 1st to marry’s invitation company wanted the addreses in Word, so I had to cut and paste everything. The 2nd wanted them in excel, so I just sent the list to them.

I also used Excel, but cut the lists down, to make-up the shower invitation lists, and used it to keep track of entree choice, for escort cards, and then the girls used the lists to keep track of gifts received and write thank you notes.

Daughter #1 used TheKnot for online responses, but I only put the names in that function, since we had already done the spreadsheets with names and address, months before.

P.S. It was real easy to use Excel, with the names of those who accepted their invitation, to set-up who was sitting at which table, and move the guests around, as needed.

 

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