Let me first say, I really do love the changes Google has made from the old Google Docs to the new Google Drive. Since when I lost all the Microsoft programs on my computer when I took it to OU's IT store (free services are great, but something always goes wrong) I began using Google Drive to do my homework assignments. It is basically the same as Word and Excel, and nice that you can access your documents from any computer with internet.
This week I've learned another wonderful capability of Google through my work. You can use Google Forms to create a webpage form that people can fill out. The information that they put into the form in the neatly designed and aesthetic webpage then goes into a spreadsheet for your informational purposes. At my job, they are using this form as event registration, which is how I learned about this nifty tool.
My thoughts then turned from work to home. Why not create a similar form from which to keep track of RSVPs? It really is super easy to create, and then you'll have all your guests names in a spreadsheet so that you can organize and use for whatever purposes you need at the wedding.
Sound complicated? Yeah, I thought so too.
I promise, it really isn't.
Here's what you do.
|Setting up your google form.|
1. Go to Google Drive.
2. Click Create, and then click "Form" in the drop down menu.
3. Your form will open, then you may add and change it as you like.
4. Create two separate single line text entry questions. Title one question "First" and the second question "Last." Once it comes up on your web page, it will look like a normal First/Last entry form. You will want to make this field required.
5. Create a multiple choice question of the many sorts, and make a question asking if guests plan to attend with a yes or no (of course with sweetened wording).
6. After you're done with this basics, you can move to other things. If you are having a meal option, create a new question and you can have guests select the answers you input through a variety of ways.
7. I wanted to add a fun aspect to our RSVP, so I added a question at the end to allow guests to give us advice for our lives together. I suggest you refrain from making these types of questions required, as you don't want to scare any of your guests away from giving you a RSVP so your number will be as close to accurate as you can get.
8. I forgot to add in the picture, but in the top left, when you click the "Theme" button, you can change how your webpage appears.
|*I edited this page after I submitted information to the screen shots of the spreadsheet. This information would be displayed in the spreadsheet now that the edits to the questions and form have been made.|
One of the best parts of this, however, isn't how easy it is to create or the look of the webpage, but that all the information your guests submit will return to your Google Drive in a spreadsheet
|The many useful things you can do with your spreadsheet.|