from planning a wedding to planning a tech event — 7 things done different!

So I just wrapped up planning an event in New York for Context.IO.

What’s the big deal, you may wonder, and why am I blogging about this?

Well. I happen to be an event planner, who specializes in all things weddings, and as you can imagine, things are done ‘pretty, pretty’ different.

Also, anyone who knows me knows how tech-savvy I am, not. So, when I was asked to help plan a tech event, I thought to myself — well, this is a first, this is awesome — let’s do this!

Fast forward to today, I couldn’t help compare my experience in planning this event to planning weddings, and thinking to myself “what a wonderful contrast.”

Thought I’d share some of my typical wedding related questions versus the brief I got for this event. Here goes —

When is the event? Is it next year?
Next month, this year.

What sort of venue are you looking for? Is there an overall theme? Do you have any preference on the flowers & color combinations?
A bar. If they have a happy hour, awesome!

What’s the dress code for this?
Casuals, T-shirts & shorts.

What is the flow of the event? Is there a toast, a dance, a dramatic entry?
Quick pitch about Context.IO and the challenge they are running.

Do you need a professional photographer to cover the event?
Regular phones will do. And selfies.

What about the invitees, save the date & managing RSVPs? You might want to cut down on the guest list to keep the cost low?
Upload event details on Eventbrite and spread the word about the event — the more registrations, the better.

What are we doing for giveaways? Are we including thank you notes?
A table with laptop decals & business cards.


And that dear readers, will be all.

I must say, doing this event was immense fun! I learned a lot and I look forward to planning more such events where I can continue to smile and hum “what a wonderful contrast.”



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Context.IO is an email API that makes it simple to connect to email servers and build apps on top of your user’s email data. They are holding an online competition for software developers, challenging them to build a consumer app using email data, with cash prizes totaling $125,000, including a $50,000 prize for the first place winner. Oh yeah.

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