Post # 1
I’m sure there have been posts on this before, but I couldn’t find anything very recent…hopefully you will have some insight about what worked or you! We are planning on sending STDs in about a month (just ordered today!) and we need to start gathering addresses. FI thought facebook would be the best way, while I thought it would work better to send a mass BCC email.
What did you do to gather your addresses? If you sent a message or email, how did you word it and what did you say in it? Obviously we’re still pretty far out from the wedding and we don’t want to defeat the whole purpose of sending a STD by putting all of the information in this message!
Post # 3
I got most of my addresses off of whitepages.com I knew most of everyone’s cities, I just didn’t have the streeets. Then I sent an fb message to the one’s I didnt know.
Post # 4
@mwitter80: I hadn’t even thought of that, that is great idea! That would definitely work for our family/parents’ friends. A lot of our younger friends are in apartments and still move a lot, though, so we’d have to ask them directly to make sure it didn’t go to the wrong place. Thanks!
Post # 5
There really is no best way because it depends on your guests and how savy they are with the internet and stuff. I got some of my addresses many different ways, some from facebook, some from emails, some people I had to call them, other people text me.. I didnt do any mass emails or mass messages because those can be a nightmare when people start hitting the “REPLY ALL” button and sending their addresses to everyone instead of just me
Post # 6
I did a mass bcc e-mail to my list, FI did a mass bcc e-mail to his list, my parents did the same as did his parents and then I complied them all.
I already had some addresses (as did my parents) so those people didn’t get e-mails.
My e-mail basically said:
Hope all is well. Could you please send me your mailing address.
Post # 7
We got all our friends addresses via a quick facebook message saying “I need your address” 😉
For our family, our parents called their friends/family or they already had the addresses and emailed them to us.
Post # 8
For friends we asked them by Facebook or e-mail. For family we got our parents to get all of the addresses for us, they did it mostly by phone or from their address books.
Post # 9
We texted friends and called relatives…… I was actually amazed by how many addresses we DIDN’T have on hand, sorta surprising!
Post # 10
I messaged people through Facebook and it worked really well. I didn’t have everyones email address and a ridiculous number of my family and friends are on facebook, even my 86 year old grandmother. It just made the most sense to me to do it that way. If you have current email addresses, that would be a faster method than emailing each person individually on Facebook.
Post # 11
Facebook sounds like a good idea but think about how annoying it is when people respond and it gets sent to everyone on the chain. it’d be much better to do a mass bcc e-mail – you can always get peoples e-mails from their facebook pages. And it’s easier to save an e-mail than a facebook message.
Post # 12
We had many of the addresses already. And we got our parents to find the addresses for their family/friends. The other ones I’ve been getting through both facebook and email. It just depends on how I usually communicate with someone.
Post # 13
@JrzyGurl: That’s what I was thinking…with a BCC they can’t do reply all, and then we can have them all in one place. I think we’ll probably do a mass email and then facebook message/text anyone who doesn’t respond within a couple weeks. Thanks everyone for your feedback, the advice is really helpful. Keep it coming! 🙂
Post # 14
I have unlimited text so I used that. My other friends used FB but I’m not on FB. The texting was really good because I got the addresses within an hour or so. Done and done!
Post # 15
i asked my mom for her address book for my side – friends i asked in whatever way i could, facebook, phone call, email.
i got super lucky though with his side – his sister got married 7 months before us so she had all the addresses and stuff already!
i actually just sent my guest list to my cousin for his wedding in october haha!
Post # 16
Google docs allows you to send out an email where they can fill in their info and it goes onto an excel spreadsheet. it is GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!