The Top 30 Event Planning Apps to Drive Success

20 Event Planning Apps That Will Actually Save You Time

To be efficient in today’s hospitality industry, it’s crucial to be up to date on the technology that’s available to us. Luckily, there are so many event planning apps out there that can save you time.

The best event planning apps

Apps made for event planners

Super Planner

What it is: A business application for the professional event planner. Its features include calculators for venue capacity, staffing, catering, staging, projection and dance floor.

Cost: $9.99

Get the app: App Store | Google Play

Eventbrite

What it is: A platform to create an event, promote it, and sell tickets. It doubles as a social network, so people can discover and share events that match their passions.

Cost: Free

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

Social Tables Check-In

What it is: Ths check-in app provides a fast, professional, and secure alternative to Excel or paper event guest lists. The web-based app also makes 2D or 3D diagramming and seating a breeze.

Cost: Free, with monthly service pricing

Get the app: App Store | Web

Certain Arrive

What it is: Formerly known as Check-In Easy, this app gives you a simple and fast method for guest registration, check-in, and management.

Cost: Free, with per attendee pricing

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

Zkipster

What it is: Zkipster is a guest list management application designed to create simple online event invitations, plus an efficient and seamless check-in process.

Cost: Free, with a service charge per event

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

MagicPlan

What it is: When you’re going on site visits, pull up this app. Just using pictures, it will automatically measure the room and draw a floor plan.

Cost: Free

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

Photo, video and audio apps for event planners

Decibel Ultra

What it is: An app that measures volume and compares it to a benchmark. This is especially essential if you’re hosting an event at a venue with noise restrictions.

Cost: Free

Get the app: App Store

AudioTools

What it is: A suite of professional-grade audio and acoustic analysis tools. If you know your way around an A/V system, you’ll appreciate the breadth of features including a SPL, RTA, FFT, Speaker Polarity Test, Generator, Audio Scope, CLF Viewer, and Recorder.

Cost: $19.99

Get the app: App Store

Spotify

What it is: A music streaming app that lets you make your own playlists and listen for free. For events, we recommend upgrading to Spotify Premium to get rid of ads.

Cost: Free, premium plans begin at $9.99

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

Apps to connect with event attendees

CrowdCompass AttendeeHub

What it is: At events with multiple agenda options, this app helps attendees navigate the conference, convention or trade show. Your guests can quickly find what interests them, plan their experience and connect with other attendees.

Cost: Free

Get the app: App Store | Google Play

Slido

What it is: An interative app that lets users ask questions, vote in polls, and more, all from their own phones. Afterward, you get access to all the analytics.

Cost: Free to download, various pricing plans

Get the app: App Store | Google Play

Widely loved project management apps

Podio

What it is: A work management platform where you can build customized project management systems, based on your own processes and workflows.

Cost: Free, with charges for additional team members and features

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

Basecamp

What it is: A project management app used by almost 3,000,000 business. The app includes loads of features, including assigning tasks, setting deadlines, group communication and more. This option is great for large event planning teams.

Cost: Free

Get the app: App Store | Google Play

Popular communication apps

HeyTell

What it is: If you’ve ever wished your phone worked like a walkie-talkie, you need this app. Ask your whole staff to download it for instant communication, even in a crowded event venue.

Cost: Free

Get the app: App Store | Google Play

Dropbox

What it is: Dropbox lets you upload any photo, doc, and video to the cloud. That means you can easily share files with team members or access docs from anywhere, even on event day.

Cost: Free, with a charge for extra storage

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

Google Drive

What it is: Similar to Dropbox, Google Drive is a cloud storage app. Upload your files, share them with team members, track all your edits and access files from anywhere.

Cost: Free

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

[Know what else can help you with files? Social Table’s Online Storage for Events.]

Evernote

What it is: Capture all your to-do lists, photos, notes and more in an intuitive note-taking app. Then, access your notes from any device, anywhere.

Cost: Free

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

More apps for event planners

The Weather Channel

What it is: A weather app that’s more detailed and precise than the one built into your phone, with ultra-local, 150minute forecasting. Since a change in weather can quickly make or break your event, keep this app handy so you know what’s coming.

Cost: Free

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

Plan Events Seamlessly

CamCard Free

What it is: This app scans business cards and saves the info instantly to your phone contacts. And, if you run out of business cards, you can share your own info digitally.

Cost: Free

Get the app: App Store | Google Play

Square Register

What it is: If you plan on accepting credit card payments at your event, this mobile POS makes it easy.

Cost: Free, with Square taking small cuts of every transaction

Get the app: App Store | Google Play | Web

Do you have any event planning apps that you use daily? Give us a shout on Twitter and link us to your favorite apps in the App Store or on Google Play!

And don’t forget our Event Planning Toolkit: Plan for the unplannable.

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