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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Fun with Google!

Both Mr. Fairfax and I have pretty unique surnames, so I don't think I really needed to worry about someone stealing my new name gmail handle, but just 'cause I'm crazy like that I went ahead and set up gmail accounts in all possible new last name combos. I'm the proud owner of:

[FIRSTNAME].[NEWLASTNAME]@gmail.com
[FIRSTNAME][MAIDENNAME][NEWLASTNAME]@gmail.com

I figure that way I have options and I need never worry about not having just the right gmail address. ha!

I also set up a gmail account specifically for wedding guests, it's

[MAIDENNAME][NEWLASTNAME]@gmail.com

I wanted to have a place that guests could reach us that both Mr. Fairfax and I had access too and where e-mails from guests would NOT get lost in the horrible clutter of our personal inboxes. I tried to stress on our wedding website that guests should feel free to contact us there, and we would love to hear from them. I know as a guest (where I've only know one or two other people attending) I've been hesitant to contact the bride or groom because I'm sure they're very busy!

So far just the Harris Teeter weekly sale updates* have been arriving in the in box, until today!
We sent our save the dates out last week and I received a message from a guest who won't be able to attend and wanted to let us know. Bummer, since it's an old dear friend of Mr. Fairfax's family, but this is exactly what I set the e-mail up for, so mission accomplished!

How have you communicated with guests before the wedding? Did you set up your married name gmail yet?

*Just wanted to make sure it works...plus looking at an empty inbox is sad. At least we're guaranteed one e-mail a week!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Prettylittlemess said...

I'm jealous you can get Firstname.Newlastname@gmail.com

I'm going from having a unique last name to a VERY common name. All the combos I can come up with (and get) aren't as nice and clean as first.last.

Thursday, April 09, 2009 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who's checked on (and acquired) their new google account. My sister told me it was bad luck, but c'mon, it's just another part of the wedding/marriage planning process, and just as with reception sites and dresses, if you don't get a leg up, someone else will!

Thursday, April 09, 2009 3:27:00 PM  
Blogger mrc said...

im going from a 'nobody has my name in the world' to an incredibly top 10 common last names. it's a bit sad, actually, sometimes. but i've set up my name on gmail and am working on how to keep my uniquename identity but take on the last name...

Friday, April 10, 2009 8:07:00 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

Sorry, but this post annoyed me a bit. I, like prettylittlemess, couldn't find any clean first name and last name combos on Gmail. That's how I ended up with itinials and birth year (which I hate and will change ASAP when I marry - no need to bother until then). Perhaps it's because people go overboard and usurp all possible combinations of their name. And we all know that no one really needs multiple personal use Gmail accounts.

Friday, April 10, 2009 9:06:00 AM  
Blogger D-Day said...

I definitely already made up my new gmail account, even though our wedding is almost a year away. I went with FirstMaidenNew@gmail. We haven't made up a combo address yet but we'll probably go with the Brangelina version of our first names @gmail, since most people know us as that already anyway (haha sorta crazy I know). We're planning to do electronic invites and heavily rely on our wedding website so a combo email is going to be a must for us!

Monday, April 13, 2009 2:51:00 PM  

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