Depending your needs in terms of number of attendees, time, security and style of greeting people the event, there are two basic options. 

  1. Self-check in
  2. Guest list check-in

Self check-in

If you enable self check-in you allow attendees to check in at the event by themselves. They can do this directly from the Ticket pages on their smartphones from one hour before the event starts.  This will automatically change the status of the ticket buyer to ‘Checked in’ on your Check-in overview page.

This option is good if you don’t need to keep exact track of who actually shows up the event. Usually this works well for small, informal events without a specific attendee entrance process planned.

Guest list check in

This is the default option. The Check-in page basically works as an interactive guest list where you can check people in directly.

Simply have people identify themselves by name at the entrance, look them up on the Check-in page and check them in. This gives you complete control over who’s entering your event. It’s a great option if you have a attendee entrance process planned for when attendees arrive. It could be a process of giving additional information about the event or, for handing out name tags or goodie bags, or for making sure that everyone feels welcomed with a personal greeting.

Searching the Check-in page is made super fast. You can filter out people who’ve already checked in and quickly check for lost tickets or tickets that have not been forwarded. It works on all smart phones too and with multiple users logged in at the same time. 

With the guest list check in you can save the paper of traditional systems. But, If you need to, you can also ask attendees to print out the ticket PDF for the event. 

You can also choose to print out the guest list.

Further reading:

How do ticket buyers receive their tickets?

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