How to Get Mailing Addresses from Friends and Family in the Digital Age of No Snail Mail

Back when I was doing my save the dates, I used Google Docs to get addresses from the people on my guest list. I used the “Form” feature to set this up. Here is how you do it:


You go to Google Docs (docs.google.com), sign in to your Gmail account, go to “Create New,” and select Form. Then type up questions you would like to be answered using their template. You can get fancy by selecting a theme. I chose a marine theme with red and blue fish. Next, you add the e-mail addresses of whom you would like the form to be sent to. The questions are embedded into an e-mail that is really easy to fill out.

I asked for only very, very basic information. Actually, I asked three questions, to be exact: 1.) name, 2.) current address, and 3.) phone number. The best part about it is that when people fill out the form, Google automatically translates their answers into a spreadsheet. It is super cool and easy!

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I used their answers as my initial guest list. I modified their responses to include everyone in the household; some people included their children and wives, but not everyone.

I color-coded anything that needed attention—like to check their latest girlfriend’s name or the crazy spelling of their children’s names on Facebook. Surprisingly, I Facebook-stalked quite a bit, and it was really the easiest and fastest way to get this info! You’d be surprised at how quickly an e-mail question can be answered by Facebooking them.

Once I had our invite list up to date, I had to add the parents’ contacts. This would be a completely different task, with its own set of challenges”¦but more on this later.

How did you get and organize your guest-list addresses? Were you surprised that you didn’t know your closest friends and family members’ mailing address?

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Mrs. Pashmina

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NYC/Catalina Island, CA
Wedding Date:
July 2010
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  1. Member
    miss.serendipity 46 posts, Newbee @ 1:16 pm

    Do you know if there is anyway to turn that google doc spreadsheet into mailing labels?

  2. Member
    jessebee 6 posts, Newbee @ 7:30 am

    There’s a cute new website called Postable that’s designed just to get mailing addresses for you.

    http://www.postable.com

    It does all the work and you can export as Excel or print labels right from the website. It’s pretty great.

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