Let’s get right to the point: if you’re a serious host, you should scan tickets. Even if you’re a casual host, we still recommend scanning tickets if you want the check-in process to run as smoothly as possible. It will also improve your event security and eliminate trespassers. Our free iOS and Android apps turn your smartphone into a reliable scanner. If you’re hosting a giant event and want to kick it up to the professional level, email firstname.lastname@example.org about getting Linea Pro scanner attachments. Check out our blog post outlining just how easy guest check-in can be with our robust suite of event tech tools.
Keep in mind that when you create the event, you’ll be asked to choose between selling tickets and collecting RSVPs. If you’re charging guests money to attend the event, the choice is simple. But even if you’re not charging money, you still may want to choose the ticket option so that guests will receive unique tickets that hosts can scan. If you issue tickets you can still do a guest list check in but if you choose RSVPs you must do guest list check-in. And since it’s 2015, your guests won’t have the print tickets. They will receive their scannable ticket in an email and it will also be waiting for them in the free iOS app or the free Android app.