5 Best RSVP Plugins for WordPress Websites

Posted on April 15, 2020 by in WordPress | 7 comments

5 Best RSVP Plugins for WordPress Websites

Event planning requires a massive amount of work and managing the guest list is no small part of that. Fortunately, unlike dealing with catering or hiring a DJ, keeping track of RSVPs is a process you can automate with the right WordPress plugin.

In this article, we’ll first discuss some use cases for WordPress RSVP plugins. Then we’ll introduce you to our top picks and help you choose the right one for your website.

Let’s get to it!

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Why You May Need a WordPress RSVP Plugin

RSVPing for an event is easy. In most cases, it will only take you a few minutes to do so. However, managing responses and following up with guests who haven’t sent in their replies is a whole different issue.

If you’re in charge of planning any kind of big event – such as a wedding, conference, business seminar, fundraiser, or even a concert – following up with RSVPs for hundreds of guests takes up too much time. Fortunately, you can automate the process through your website.

With the right RSVP plugin, you can create a system where people can confirm their plans to attend your event online at their leisure. Depending on which one you use, you may be able to send automatic email reminders, enable attendees to include notes, and even process payments for paid events.

5 of the Best RSVP Plugins for WordPress Websites

Whether you’re creating a wedding RSVP website or organizing a conference, there’s a plugin that’s perfect for the job. Most of the ones we’ve highlighted below focus on event management. However, there are also some you can use to set up simple RSVP forms if you need something that’s a little more flexible.

All of our top picks receive regular updates and have at least a four-and-a-half-star rating in the WordPress Plugin Directory. We’ve listed them in no particular order.

1. Registrations for The Events Calendar

The Registration for The Events Calendar add-on

We’ve reviewed The Events Calendar in the past. It’s a plugin that enables you to display a calendar on your website to showcase any number of events you want. You can also share event information, times, venues, and much more.

Registrations for The Events Calendar is a free add-on that incorporates RSVP functionality into the parent plugin. With this feature, visitors can see a quick glimpse of how many people are already planning to attend an event and sign up themselves by leaving a few personal details.

The plugin enables you to customize your RSVP forms and automatically sends a confirmation email to attendees including all the event’s key details. You can use it to create forms for any type of event you want, and it enables you to browse your list of confirmed attendees from your dashboard.

Key Features:

  • Add RSVP functionality to The Events Calendar
  • Customize your RSVP forms
  • Receive notifications for new signups
  • Browse your lists of attendees at any time

Price: Free with a premium version available | More Information

2. RSVP and Event Management Plugin

The RSVP and Event Management Plugin

The developer of the RSVP and Event Management Plugin built it with his own wedding in mind, and it shows when you take a look at its features. On top of basic RSVP functionality, it enables guests to add their plus ones as well. It also offers the option to associate specific guests, so large groups or families can reply all at once.

The RSVP and Event Management Plugin form is custom-built for weddings, too. It includes options for guests to select their meal choices, including vegetarian and kid’s meals. If you need a straightforward plugin for a wedding RSVP website, this is it.

Key Features:

  • Set up an RSVP form for weddings (or other events)
  • Inquire about your guests’ dietary requirements
  • Enable attendees to add guests when they RSVP
  • Enable groups to RSVP together
  • Browse your list of attendees from your dashboard

Price: Free with a premium version available | More Information

3. Events Made Easy

The Events Made Easy plugin.

Events Made Easy is not necessarily the simplest solution for event management. However, it does offer you a broad range of options to set up new events and configure RSVP functionality at a granular level.

For example, you can enable RSVPs by default for new events. You can also set a default number of ‘seats’ for events, block new RSVPs depending on how much time is left before the big day, hide fully-booked venues, and even process payments using gateways such as PayPal and Stripe.

Beyond RSVP functionality, Events Made Easy offers a massive number of options to manage payments, configure your calendar, set up email confirmation templates, and more. Its flexibility might make it an ideal choice if you organize multiple types of events throughout the year for your business or non-profit.

If you’re looking for a WordPress RSVP plugin that’s easy to set up, this might not be the best choice for you. However, if you like having access to as many configuration options as possible, Events Made Easy is an excellent pick.

Key Features:

  • Access to advanced RSVP functionality
  • Payment processing via a number of popular payment gateways
  • Approve RSVPs manually or automate the process

Price: Free | More Information

4. Ninja Forms

The Ninja Forms plugin.

Ninja Forms is not precisely an RSVP plugin. It’s a form builder with drag-and-drop functionality. Using it, you can create forms for email signups, collecting feedback, user registration, event RSVPs, and more.

There are a lot of WordPress form plugins that offer similar functionality. However, Ninja Forms has an edge when it comes to RSVPs because it provides an events registration template out of the box. Most other form-builder plugins only offer this feature through paid add-ons.

One downside to using Ninja Forms for collecting RSVPs is that it doesn’t include as many event information and description options as some of the plugins we listed above. If you want to add a calendar or display a venue map, you’ll need a separate tool for that.

Key Features:

  • Provides an event registration form template
  • Enables you to build custom event registration forms using a broad range of pre-built fields
  • Processes payments for attendees using popular payment gateways

Price: Free with a premium option available | More Information

5. WP Forms

The WP Forms plugin.

You’re probably familiar with WP Forms – it’s one of the most popular WordPress form plugins on the market. It’s also an excellent option to implement RSVP functionality.

The free version of WP Forms doesn’t include RSVP templates. However, you can use its default fields to put together simple forms with checkboxes and ‘yes/no’ options for visitors to confirm their attendance to any type of event.

If you upgrade to WP Forms Pro, you can also include event maps alongside your forms. Other fields available in the premium version include clickable phone fields, date and time information, and more. These aren’t necessary to set up basic RSVP forms, but they can come in handy if you want to use your website to manage multiple events.

Compared to Ninja Forms, WP Forms loses a point or two since it doesn’t include RSVP form templates for its free version. However, if you use its premium version, then its extra fields make it a more comprehensive option.

Key Features:

  • Set up simple forms using a drag-and-drop builder
  • Use ‘yes/no’ and checkbox fields to design a classic RSVP form
  • Configure notifications for new form submissions
  • Include a venue map with your form (premium version)

Price: Free with a premium option available | More Information

Conclusion

Whether you’re planning one big event or you make a living organizing them all year round, setting up a system to help you deal with RSVPs is a brilliant move. A WordPress RSVP plugin can save you significant time and money over contacting each guest or hiring someone to take care of it.

If you want to set up an RSVP website using WordPress, we recommend one of these plugins:

  1. Registration for The Events Calendar: Adds RSVP functionality to The Events Calendar.
  2. RSVP and Event Management Plugin: A straightforward plugin that’s best for wedding RSVP websites.
  3. Events Made Easy: If you want to configure every minute aspect of your events’ RSVP system, this is the plugin for you.
  4. Ninja Forms: Use an event registration template or build your own RSVP forms from scratch.
  5. WP Forms: An easy-to-use tool that enables you to quickly build RSVP forms.

Do you have any questions about WordPress RSVP plugins and how to use them? Let’s talk about them in the comments section below!

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7 Comments

  1. I HAVE TRIED WP FORMS ON MY WORDPRESS BLOG & I CAN UNDOUBTEDLY SAY THAT WP FORMS IS THE BEST PLUGIN PROVIDED BY WORDPRESS,I WANT TO THANKS WORDPRESS AND ELEGANT THEMES BOTH FOR PROVIDING GREAT PLUGINS FOR WORDPRESS

    • Thank you very much Abhishek, that is very much appreciated and always good to hear!

  2. You didn’t look very hard. RSVPmaker is far better than any other plug in.

    • Hi John! I personally like RSVPMaker, but as a rule of thumb, we try to avoid plugins with too few installs since there’s usually not enough data to tell us about any major compatibility issues.

  3. I love the options of RSVP Plugins you have they are very good. I have used Ninja form and I am still using it, because it is so easy to configure and resourceful. It makes your site look for professional and it has never given me any issue. I love it, I will also try the other you have mentioned here

    • Glad you liked it Whitney and that we were helpful to you 🙂

  4. How to fix a bundled css file into short a script wp cache plugin was not useful. Is there any other plugin which can reduce the css file.

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