Ask DN: What would you want to see in an RSVP web app/app?

over 6 years ago from , UX Designer - Firebox.com

Hello DN! Currently doing some research and I was wondering what features would you want to see in a wedding RSVP site? I am building one for my friend.

Have you seen anything nice out there for inspiration?


  • Luke MitchellLuke Mitchell, over 6 years ago

    Funnily enough I've just built a RSVP site for myself (and my future wife). Some things I've found out:

    I went for a system that does not require a guest to have a login (i.e. username & password) we thought this would be too cumbersome. Instead I had the app generate a random 4-digit code that can be printed (or written) on invites. The guest can then edit their invite with a simple code – from the homepage.

    It is super useful to have some kind of export. My app exports all guests to .CSV files. We are taking meal choices as well as attendance and the caterers are pretty particular about having an up-to-date list of meals and dietary requirements.

    In terms of design the homepage should contain everything a guest would want to know about the day. Timings, locations, nearby hotels, can I park? Gifts? all that stuff...

    I had some trouble in terms of UX. Due to the way my app works each guest has to press a submit button after filling their choices, which has been missed by some, instead continuing onto the next guest meaning the first was lost! If I did this project again I would have a 'step-by-step' UX that meant it was impossible to miss people off. Essentially one form per page! You can never guess the strange things people find confusing. If you have a very elderly or technophobe relative handy, use them to test!

    ...Can't think of anything else right now, get in contact if you need any more insight.

    4 points
    • , over 6 years ago

      Thank you Luke for your feedback! I have been playing around with AJAX-ifying everything so things work onChange . Have you thought of this?

      Great feedback and thank you for letting me know the issues you've faced/

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      • Luke MitchellLuke Mitchell, over 6 years ago

        That would probably help quite a bit. Using the the guests as a 'checklist' seems like a better solution than having all the guests forms on one page (what I did).

        No problem, good luck with it.

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  • Brian A.Brian A., over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Quick and easy. I feel like RSVPing should be as easy as possible and not completely foreign to the older crowd. Grandma and grandpa have been mailing back RSVPs the old-fashioned way for decades; I'd think about how you could make this system make sense for them. As a potential customer, I don't want Uncle John calling me up asking me how to use my fancy website form. ;)

    3 points
    • Clark WimberlyClark Wimberly, over 6 years ago

      This. Just make sure you build a system that let's folks RSVP the "old fashioned" way as well.

      4 points
    • , over 6 years ago

      I think it would be useful where you can RSVP via the website but if Grandma replies my post you can simply add them as a guest so you can a central database of everything?

      I am using Marvel to really work out the UX of everything before I fully develop

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      • Brian A.Brian A., over 6 years ago

        Yeah, manual entry is still a must (IMO).

        This is totally overcomplicating things, but I'd love to see some sort of companion print piece for this that ties together the physical invites and digital interface. I'm imaging some kind of QR code-based system that would let you bypass some of the Login --> Find Person --> Change RSVP workflow and quickly set someone as a yes/no/maybe.

        Probably a silly idea, but it might be cool. ;)

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        • , over 6 years ago

          That would be good and not too hard to implement I reckon. You just ned a QR code generator with some kind of auth from a link.

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  • Nick Sloggett, over 6 years ago

    Something like https://nvite.com/ ? They are one of the best I've seen.

    2 points
    • , over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      Oh wow that is nice. They've nailed the easy of RSVP'ing via social media. I want to eradicate the need to create an account and use existing platforms.

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  • Tarun ChakravortyTarun Chakravorty, over 6 years ago

    You can check out online invitation sites that do weddings. Most of the sites have advanced functionalities like having a headcount, exporting guest lists to spreadsheets, allowing guests to leave messages for the host, host being able to follow up with guests at a later time, etc.

    Some companies that do this are Paperless Post, evite and punchbowl

    1 point
  • Jessica PaoliJessica Paoli, over 6 years ago

    I think attending.io is nice. Friends use it for all kinds of events.

    1 point
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, over 6 years ago

    Something just like Splash, but with more diverse designs (splash's all seem to be modern. They're mostly nice, but it's not fitting for all event categories). Also, the inability to customize the call to actions on the page to the degree that I need. I'd love to be able to have the two rsvp buttons directly ion the page (I'm going, I'm not going). That would be great.

    1 point