Eventbrite Adds an Invite-Only Feature


Here at Eventbrite, we’re inclusive by nature. We’re constantly designing new features that help you share more events, more easily, with more of your friends. Recommendations based on the events your Facebook friends are attending? Check. Simple social media buttons? Yup.

But we also know that for some events, more social isn’t what you’re looking for. It’s kind of awkward when someone who didn’t go to your high school shows up at the reunion…

That’s why we’re excited to announce a brand-new “invite-only” feature. We’ve offered “private” and “password protected” settings for a long time, but this takes things a big step further. When you enable the new feature, only users specifically invited to a given event will be eligible to purchase tickets.

Here’s how it works. Go to the Edit page and scroll down to Step 8. You’ll see a new checkbox that lets you set the event to invite-only. Note that if you select this option, only guests who receive an invitation will be able to register.

Once you’ve selected the invite-only privacy setting, we place a large notification message on your Manage page to highlight that invitations must be sent for attendees to register.

The invitations your guests receive will appear in this format:

And if someone visits an invite-only event page without an invitation, he or she will see a limited view of the page, with both the “Where” and “Ticket type” areas hidden:

And that’s it! We’ve been getting requests for this feature for awhile, and we’re really excited about the improved experience it will offer for many organizers. So to help get the ball rolling, we put together a quick list of 10 types of events that we think can benefit from “invite-only”:

  • Company events
  • “Members only” events
  • Class reunions
  • Industry-specific events
  • Private tastings
  • Book and album release parties
  • VIP tickets
  • Giveaways to clients
  • School dances
  • Gallery openings

Plus many, many more. Here’s a full tutorial on the feature.

Enjoy, and let us know how you plan to use invite-only! And while you’re at it, check out this little video we made…

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  • Brilliant – tried Eventbrite first time for our community network lunch and was very impressed. However, we had problems with organisations booking for two people etc and this will help us ensure the limited places get shared out more fairly.

    Now all I have to do is master using your name badges feature to fit the size of labels we have….


  • it’d be cool if you introduce the feature that will prevent attendees to get more-than-allowed number of tickets for the limited capacity invite-only events?
    The number of available tickets per attendee can be restricted but if the attendee revisits the page he can purchase more tickets.

  • Yes this feature is not quite useful if you cannot limit the number of tickets that can be purchased by each invitee.

    I do not think that event of this type is unusual such as VIP pre-sale event where you can bring a maximum of 2 guests.

    This is an important feature and I hope that it can be implemented.

  • We use facebook groups to organize who should be permitted to attend. This sure would be simpler to manage than having to send an email to everyone.

    Our preferred approach would also include having a link from our Facebook group to the Eventbrite site. The Eventbrite would check to see if the person’s facebook profile is a member of our group, if so, then they could register. If not, then they would have to either join the Facebook group (which we can moderate) or have an email invitation sent (as described in your current offering). That way, for those that use social media, they are rewarded with a simpler means. For those that aren’t on Facebook, then this might be the reason to get on, or they just request a special email invite from the organizers.

    Our problem – over 600 members in each class, about 1/6 on facebook, another 1/12 on email and the rest are either there and not known or refuse to use tools from this millenia.