First Wed Tech Conference Rocked San Francisco

This week, we hosted the first ever Wedding Technology Conference along with our friends at SF New Tech! We had a great turnout with people from both the wedding and tech industries, including some folks who drove all the way from San Diego to attend.

Thanks to some delicious vendors and RocketSpace’s awesome location in downtown San Francisco, the night was a great time had by all.

The conference wouldn’t have been a success without our super sweet sponsors! Our guests were able to sample some superb Bay Area-made treats including cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, delicious appetizers, wine and more.

Caterer and Sprinkles

The Sprinkles Cupcakes were irresistible – our favorite was the red velvet! John Silva from Culinary Eye Catering spoiled us with savory appetizers that were beautifully presented.

Fom and Batter

Zev from Fom, pictured here with Olivia from RocketSpace, showcased his cool oxygen-infused coffee. And Jen Musty, founder of Batter Bakery, shared some ice cream sandwich’s (including the absolutely amazing oatmeal coconut cookie with strawberry ice cream… mmm). And the party certainly wouldn’t be the same without the generous donation from Livermore-based Wente Vineyards.

The guests included the editor-in-chief of Today’s Bride, the editor of The Big Fat Indian Wedding blog, executives from xo group and Sephora, as well as other wedding vendors, entrepreneurs, journalists and investors.

Wed Tech team BowsNTies, I Do PR, Today's Bride and Yael DesignsBay Area Wedding Fairs

We selected 5 great wedding technology companies to showcase how they are disrupting the traditional wedding industry to give the millennial couples a better way to plan their big day.

First up was Rob Farrow, CEO of AislePlanner, who helped us put together this event, took us through his cloud-based wedding planning site.

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Tina Hoang-To, founder of Wedding SpotTina Hoang-To, the founder of wedding venue discovery site Wedding Spot, talked about her inspiration behind the company (the experience of planning her own wedding) and their plans to expand to other geographical markets. She also mentioned they are currently raising money.

The ladies behind honeymoon registry Wanderable explained how more and more couples are preferring unique experiences to physical items.

Wanderable honeymoon registry

Cynthia Kellogg, the cofounder of Gift Gather, who recently moved to the Bay Area, explained why it’s time for wedding gift giving to change.

Siri Eklund, the founder of Two Bright Lights, which was just acquired by xogrp, told us the history of her 4-year-old company, which she described as the reality show concept for photographers.

The first Wedding Technology Conference was a great success, if we say so ourselves. We hope to see these companies grow and inspire more technologists to come disrupt the wedding industry and make wedding planning better for all.

 

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