FAQ Milwaukee

What is Indie Wed and what will I find there?
Indie Wed is a unique event that combines the idea of a traditional wedding show with a street bazaar, highlighting local and nearby independent designers and artisans. Most bridal shows tend to cater to a very specific vision of what a wedding should be. Indie Wed is geared towards couples who want to take an “independent” approach to their event. It is wedding planning… redefined.

When and where is Indie Wed?
Check our upcoming events page as we hold multiple events each year in various locations.

How do I participate?
If you are interested in becoming a vendor, you will need to fill out an online application that includes photos and a $10 non-refundable application fee. Click here to apply

Why is there an application fee?
The $10 non-refundable application fee covers the processing and review of all applications. We typically get several hundred applications to each event. This is a lengthy process since we carefully review each application, the photos, websites etc. This does not guarantee a space in the show.

What does it mean that Indie Wed is juried?
Exhibition space is limited therefore we must review all applications before selecting our participants. All completed applications will be juried by a committee based on criteria that includes; does your product/service reflect the idea of Indie Wed, the quality and unique nature of your product/service, and how they are highlighted in your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the volume of applications we can not guarantee a personal response to your application.

Why are there different vendor spaces?
We hope to showcase the most diverse group of designers for each show & market. By having different spaces available, we are able to have a larger option for more established designers with a larger product line as well as offering a more affordable, smaller space for up-and-coming designers who may not otherwise be able to afford space at such an event. The typical options are a 6′ table, 8′ table or caterer’s space.  We also create custom spaces for companies with specific needs such as a free standing photo booth.

What is included in the vendor fee?

  • 6′ table + 2 chairs = 6′ wide x 6′ deep space ($250)
    This space is a 72″ x 30″ table and two chairs. Your total floor space is roughly the width of the table with enough room behind to stand or sit, including the table. There is a small amount of space behind you for a flat-free standing display as long as you do not exceed your space. You can opt out of using the provided table/chairs and bring your own display as long as it fits within the allotted space.  This space is perfect for someone who has smaller items that show nicely on a flat surface or on smaller displays. The $250 fee includes a plain 6′ table, 2 chairs, a temporary vendor permit, your name/logo on our web site, and complimentary tickets for you to give away. You will be responsible for covering/decorating your table appropriately.
  • 8′ booth space +1 chair , no table = 8′ x 8′ pipe & drape booth ($500)
    You will be given an empty 8×8′ booth space with standard 8′ tall pipe & WHITE drape walls. You may decorate your space as you see fit, with tables, mannequins/models, or other appropriate displays. This space is perfect for someone who has larger items, requires a more open space, or wants to create a more unique display. The $500 fee includes pipe & drape walls on three sides, 1 chair, a temporary vendor permit, your name/logo on our web site, and complimentary tickets for you to give away. Tables will be available for rent at an additional $10.

Is there electricity or WiFi?
Electrical outlets are available but limited. Artists can request access to electricity but we can not guarantee it.  WiFi is usually available at most of our locations.  Specific information is given to vendors in their vendor packets after their acceptance into the show.

Can I have two spaces?
Due to the number of applications we can not guarantee this option. However, you may make note in the ‘special comments’ section of the application that you would like to be considered for a double space. If allowed, you would be charged for two spaces.

Can I share a booth?
Due to the nature of the particular event, people are unable to share table or booth spaces at this time.

How will I know if I have been selected?
Applicants will be notified by April 6th if you have been selected. You may also be placed on a waiting list if not initially selected to participate.

Do I need a vendor permit or license?
For those who are used to our IL events, WI regulations are a little different. Therefore, any vendor who sells goods or services (even if the sale is made later but as a result of the event) must register for a seller’s permit. They are free and easy to apply for.

**Food vendors may be required to provide additional certification. You will be contacted individually.

You are responsible for registering your business with the state of WI and collecting sales tax if applicable. Out of state vendors must do this as well, regardless of any business licenses you hold in another state. When you file taxes for 2013, you are responsible for claiming any income earned. WI does have filing. exemptions for businesses earning under a certain amount. Full information can be found here: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/pubs/pb228.pdf

It can take a few days to receive your WI Seller’s Permit so if you need to apply for one, do this as soon as possible.

You can apply online here: https://tap.revenue.wi.gov/mta/_/#1 Click where it says “New User? Register Now.”
or through the mail. (***Note: applications sent via mail can take up to 15 days to process)

The mail in application can be printed from this link: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/forms/sales/btr-101.pdf

All vendors must submit a copy of their Seller’s Permit to us by May 1st. We are required to have copies on hand at the event. Debi will be in charge of collecting these. Please email or fax them to here by the deadline.

Do I need insurance?
You will have two options regarding insurance for the event. You can either get a certificate of insurance from your insurance agent naming both Paper Stories and Ravenswood Event Center as additional insured. (your insurance company should provide this free of charge) or you can sign a waiver. Full details on both of these options will be sent out in your vendor packet, if accepted.

Will there be promotional opportunities?
You will be able to participate in a variety of promotional opportunities in addition to our standard print and online advertising. Participants will be notified of all opportunities as the show approaches.

How else can I help out?
We are always looking for volunteers.  Please email us at info@indiewed.com to find out more ways to get involved.