You can charge for your events and it can be for any reason. You might want to recover costs, take a deposit to avoid no-shows, or offer a fully-inclusive ticket price for an exclusive event. Members will consider many things when deciding if they would like to join your group, including who they are going to meet.
You decide if, how and when members pay you. When you invite a member onto your guest list, we send them your detailed payment instructions. Payments are direct and we aren't involved so there no charges added or deducted by us. We support charging before the event, on the day, or both.
Sophie wants to get her best friend Jane back into circulation after a relationship break-up. So Sophie organises a meet-up for local singles at a pizza house - nothing fancy - and tells the venue that people will be settling their own bills. She selects guests who are suitable but as she still hasn't met them before, she asks them to pay her a non-refundable deposit for a place to make sure they turn up. She adds a little to cover processing fees and tells members what will be returned to them when they arrive. So she might ask for £11 deposit and return £10. When the bills arrive, each guest settles up.
Tom likes to cook and wants to have a dinner party, to meet locals that he has an affinity for. He's hoping to start a 'come dine with me' series of events in the area. He designs his menu and works out the rough costs, saying on his event page what he thinks he will charge. He can either ask for this amount up-front, or just a deposit. When the meal is over and it is time to settle up, the option to return a surplus is up to him. As Tom has recovered his costs he isn't relying on others to take their turn. He's free to hold another event whenever he chooses.
Freda runs a home restaurant. She converts her front room into a restaurant every other Friday and Saturday night and lists her events on the site. She wants a full house and to avoid no-shows, so she asks her guests to commit by paying a £20 deposit when they book, and then a further contribution on the night. Freda chooses PayPal to receive deposits. When she sees the deposit has been paid, she enters this on the guest list. If a guest doesn't pay the deposit, Freda is at liberty to remove them from the guest list, and they will be informed by us. As expected, she asks guests to pay an additional minimum contribution for her efforts once they have enjoyed their meal.
John runs an established singles dining club with over five hundred members. He charges his members an annual membership fee and a fixed ticket price for events. He settles up with the venue independently. He wants to bring in some new faces and so decides to list his events here as well as do publicity through his email list. So that he does not disadvantage his private members, he publishes a second price for each event, for non-members. As he already has the ability to receive card payments he uses his existing processes to receive the complete payment in advance.
Franz is the manager of a restaurant in a harbour-side complex. To liven up Tuesday nights he has started a series of singles dinners. Each Tuesday is reserved for a different age group so for instance, local singles who are around thirty and forty know that they can meet with others for dinner on the second Tuesday of every month. Franz decides on a simple one-price menu and lists his events. He accepts most people who say they want to go, but keeps an eye on age range to make sure suitable people are brought together or else his reputation for will suffer. As Franz works in hospitality he expects a certain percentage of no-shows. He is free to ask guests to settle their bill on the night, as they would do at any restaurant, as he understands the risks, or requests a deposit through his http://paypal.me account to improve attendance..
Zoe is a qualified event manager and works in hospitality. She has been booking tables for singles for some time and wants to flex her wings, and wants to organise a summer ball. She contacts a marquee hiring service, outside caterers and a band, and negotiates terms. Understanding her liabilities, she then proceeds to promote the event, including listing it here. Once she has enough applications from members she accepts her guests and starts to receive the full ticket price she has set. She asks members to pay the ticket price to her http://paypal.me acccount. She confirms her bookings with her suppliers, creates a seating plan where members sit together and it's all systems go.