How to create an event registration form (+ payment)

How to create an event registration form (+ payment)

by Jocelyn KeApr 11, 2024
How to create an event registration form (+ payment)

Creating a seamless event experience for attendees begins right from the registration process. Whether you’re planning a free or paid event, online registration forms do the heavy lifting of handling data collection from multiple people, so you don’t have to do it manually.

What is an event registration form?

Online event registration forms are tools used by organizers to gather necessary information and preferences of attendees. They are commonly found on event registration pages and event landing pages, where visitors can register for an event at their own time and convenience.

This registration process step is crucial for event planners and organizers, as the data will help align the event experience with registrants' profiles, expectations, and specific needs.

💡Tip: You’ll get a list of attendees from the signups—this is necessary for a seamless event check-in process!

Example retreat signup form template:

Example event registration form by Checkout Page

Online event registration forms are used in event planning to:

  • Collect attendees’ information (e.g. name, contact details, job title)
  • Manage attendance numbers (for venue planning, logistics, F&B)
  • Gather special requirements (i.e. dietary restrictions, allergies, accessibility needs)
  • Facilitate event check-in (or attendance taking for virtual events)

When someone registers for an event, they either give their thumbs up to show up or give their contact info in exchange for more event details. It’s a clear sign of interest in your event, so take this chance to leave a good impression!

The event registration forms may also contain payment capabilities for paid events, either for a deposit, split payments (installments or payment plans), or full payment (e.g., ticket sales for a gig).

💡 Tip: Event registration forms help you better plan and manage events, regardless of their size or type.

Event registration form templates

Save time and get ideas for your forms by using one of these templates:

📃 RSVP form

📃 Reservation and deposit form template (with payment)

📃 Conference registration form

📃 Conference registration form with payment

📃 Retreat registration form with payment

📃 Retreat registration form upsell

📃 Online webinar/virtual event registration form

📃 Online webinar/virtual event form with payment

📃 Halloween event form (with ticket sales)

📃 Multi-day seminar registration form (installments/payment plan)

📃 Dinner party/social event RSVP form template

📃 Volunteer event registration form template

See all event registration form templates here

Best practices for event registration forms

An event form is the digital equivalent of an invitation card, so you must set good first impressions. Using form design best practices, you can generate excitement in potential attendees and make them look forward to the event.

Do

✅ Keep the form simple and short

✅ Make it clear what people are signing up for (such as including event images)

✅ Incorporate organizer info (i.e., logo, company, or brand)

✅ Display trust symbols (e.g., we use Stripe, a secure payment processor)

✅ Confirm registrations with a ‘Thank You page’ or email

✅ Ensure the form is mobile-friendly

Don’t

❌ Copy online registration form templates without customizing them to your needs

❌ Don’t collect unnecessary info (e.g., attendees’ mailing addresses for an online conference)

❌ Force users to create accounts to sign up for the event

❌ Neglect privacy concerns (e.g., GDPR)

❌ Hide branding or contact information


How to create an event registration form with Checkout Page

Step 1: Create a new form

Upon logging in, you’ll first see the dashboard.

Click on ‘Pages’ on the left navigation → 'Create page'

Create a new Checkout Page

💡 Tip: In Checkout Page, forms are also known as 'pages'.

Step 2: Form with payment or without

Depending on your event form's purpose, select 'Checkout' (with payment capabilities) or 'Form' (registration and signups).

  • Checkout: For paid events with seats, event ticketing, packages, deposit, or merchandise.
  • Form: For RSVP, event signup, waitlist, or event registration without payment.
Choose type of event form

Event checkout forms will have a few more options, including price. Add a base ticket price for now—you can change it later!

Create an event registration form with payment

Click 'Continue →.'

Step 3: Unique event page vs embed on your website

Decide where you will place your event registration form.

  • Choose 'Hosted page' for a standalone, unique event page with a shareable link (no website required). For sharing on social media, newsletters, and direct messages.
  • Choose 'Add to site' if you want to embed the event form on your website or as part of an event landing page.
Unique event page or embed on your website

Choose a layout, then click 'Create form →.'

Step 4: Add event images and details

For registration forms

Under 'Form' → 'Details,' edit the form's title and upload event images and photos. Do the same for 'Description'.

Add event imagesAdd event information

For checkout/payment forms

Under the 'Product' → 'Image gallery' from the left navigation, upload event images.

Proceed to add other details to 'Details' and 'Description'.

Add images (checkout form)

Include relevant information about the event, such as:

  • Event purpose/goal
  • Target audience
  • Date and time
  • Location
  • Schedule or agenda
  • Cost, fees, and prices
  • Speakers, partners, or co-hosts
  • Cancellation or refund policies (or a link to them)

💡 Pro tip: Spice up your event descriptions with what makes it special! Highlight unique offerings, speakers, or activities that set it apart.

Step 5: Add form fields

Whether you've created a form from scratch or used an event registration form template, you can add and customize form fields to collect attendees' needed information.

For registration forms

Add custom fields under 'Form' → 'Fields'

Add custom field

For checkout/payment forms

Under 'Checkout' → 'Fields,' add, remove, and rearrange form fields.

Add custom form fields (checkout form)

You can add various form fields, such as dropdowns, text fields, checkboxes, quantity, date and time, country, phone, email, and more.

Add custom form fields and rearrange them

💡 Pro tip: Only collect necessary information from your attendees—longer and more complex event forms tend to have a higher abandonment rate!

Step 6: Add ticket types and tiers (paid events only)

If you offer different ticket tiers and pricing, use Variants to add these options.

Under 'Product' → 'Variants,' add the options available for purchase.

Add ticket tiers

Note that the price here is added to the base price (you can edit the base price under 'Details').

Variants are used for different ticket tiers and pricing (general admission, VIP), accommodation (room types), deposits to secure a spot, or workshop sessions (different times and dates).

💡 Pro tip: Remember to test payments before sending the link to potential attendees!

Related article: How to create a coupon or promo code for your event form

Step 7: Customize the form's appearance

Here are some customization ideas for you:

🎨 Show/hide your logo, business name, price

🎨 Change button color

🎨 Change CTA or submit button text

🎨 Show trust symbols: Showing the ‘Powered by Stripe’ icon will help reassure visitors as they make online payments

🎨 Custom CSS: Useful for those with additional branding requirements

Design your event form

Additionally, under 'After Submission' and 'Settings,' you can customize the confirmation email, set up email notifications, add integrations (i.e., to Google Sheets to create an attendee list or to your CRM), and add tracking pixels.

Promoting and marketing your event page

The form is ready to be shared as an event registration link on social media, used in email marketing, or embedded directly on your website!

Related article: How to make more money from events: 14 ways to increase event revenue

Upsells, merchandise, and add-ons

Do you sell merchandise or have an upsell? Use the one-click upsell feature to increase revenue!

Event upsell and add-on | Checkout Page


FAQs

How do I add a discount code or coupon code?

You can offer discount codes for paid event forms (checkout forms). Follow the steps here.

Is a registration form the same as an RSVP form?

The terms “RSVP” and “register” are used interchangeably for many events, but they have distinct meanings in formal event settings:

  • An RSVP is a request for a response from those who are invited. It doesn’t mean a person has to provide detailed information or register at this point. It’s more so that planners can confirm attendance numbers.
  • Registering for an event can be seen as a more formal commitment. It comes after the RSVP process (if there’s one) and typically involves providing more details, including personal information, making payments (if it’s a paid event), and selecting sessions, seats, or activities.

Are event registration forms only for bigger events?

No, they’re not just for event professionals or event planners. From cozy birthday parties to webinars or music gigs, using event forms has these benefits:

⏲️ Streamline the signup process

🗃️ Collect accurate data automatically

✉️ Enhanced communications with attendees

🏟️ Manage capacity based on the signup list

Event organizers can free up time to focus on other aspects of the event, such as coordinating with vendors and partners, handling logistical details, enhancing the attendee experience, and designing marketing content for social media.

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Jocelyn Ke

Jocelyn Ke

Jocelyn is a content strategist and writer fascinated by systems thinking and the intersection of technology and human behaviour. She is passionate about empowering people and helping companies grow.


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