Your wedding can be the happiest day of your life. You want to invite family, friends, and even casual acquaintances to share the moment with you. One of the last things people consider is their guests’ mailing addresses. It is a trivial technicality, but it’s unavoidable. It’s still more acceptable to send wedding invitations the traditional way, not online.
Then, the issue of how to obtain people’s physical addresses surfaces, and it’s not one to be taken lightly.
This article will explain the fastest ways to find addresses for your wedding guests. They include checking public records, using a people search engine, and more.
Start collecting the addresses as soon as possible, which would be as soon as you finalize your guest list. A lot of people wait until a few days before they start saving dates, but it’s not a good idea. You need sufficient lead time to reach out to people and for them to respond. It’s best to start at least six weeks before you send the save the dates.
Before you request addressing, your guest list should be fully finalized. Any family member or friend you ask for an address will anticipate an invitation and a save-the-date for your wedding.
Finding addresses online
It is with a feeling of dread that one imagines contacting each prospective guest personally. Please believe it won’t be necessary. You can send out mass emails to people using some helpful and often free online tools. If you don’t have their email either, you can get that online easily. Just enter their first and last name enclosed by quotation marks. The only way this won’t work is if they have an extremely common name.
You can find people’s addresses using a people search site. People search sites can help locate phone numbers, mailing addresses, and other contact information. There is a risk of the information not being current, though. Still, these sites are worth giving a try. You need to enter the person’s name and city or state.
Using a number to find an address
This option presents another way a people search engine can be useful. You can use their phone number to get their address. This service is known as reverse phone lookup. If the person’s address is listed online, the engine will retrieve it.
One additional way you can find an address is by sending a letter via USPS. If the address is not current and the person asked the postal service to forward their mail to the new one, it will be easy to determine.
You can search the White Pages for public addresses and landlines for free. You don’t need anything but the person’s name and last known location. Using their number is also an option. As cell phone numbers aren’t usually listed, you should try a landline.
If the person’s current address is listed, you’ll be able to access it for free. Alternatively, you might get an Addresses link, which means it’s not public. You must click on this link to get a report. You will then access the address for a fee.
Tax assessor website
If the person owns property in the county where they live, you can get their address from the local tax assessor. Depending on where it’s located, it might be listed online. Visit the county assessor’s website and do a free search.
Send invitations via Forms
Once you have all the addresses, use Google Forms to send the invitations. Ideally, you’ll have a separate email account for this. You can use the email connected to that account to collect the addresses. Label the form accordingly, so everyone knows its purpose: to collect mailing addresses for wedding invitations.
Your prospective guests will enter their data in the form. Another advantage is that you’ll have all the correct name spellings.
Connect the form to a spreadsheet in the Responses section. This is where your guests will enter their information. The responses will be populated automatically. To share the form via a link, go to the link symbol. Copy the link and email or text it to the people. When they click the link, they’ll be asked to fill in the form, for which they don’t need a Google account.