2023 Wedtoberfest Vendor Packet
Thank you for participating in Wedtoberfest’s 9th annual show! With 50+ vendors and breweries, we expect this show to be fantastic. This vendor packet should answer any questions you may have regarding your participation. Bookmark this page or copy and print. But first, read it thoroughly.
Wednesday, September 13th – Last day to submit names for vendor badges
Wednesday, September 13th – Last day to submit your signed waiver (food/beverage vendors must send a Certificate of Insurance by this date)
Wednesday, September 27th – Set up begins at 2pm. ALL vendors MUST be set up no later than 5pm.
PLANNING YOUR SPACE
If you don’t recall, please check your PayPal invoice to confirm what size table/space you paid for.
- The 36” round tables are 36” in diameter and 30” in height. Your space will include the 36” round table and enough room to stand around or in front of your table. NO table coverings/linens are included.
- The 6’ tables are 6’ long, 30” wide and 30” in height. You will have room to stand behind or in front of your table. NO table coverings/linens are included.
- Caterers will receive two 8′ tables. Please note, these tables are intended for your display and not as a prep station. There will be a shared prep kitchen on the first floor, available for the caterers involved in the show. Linens ARE included, IF requested.
- Food Trucks, Photo Booth, and Open Space vendors will receive a wide-open space. Food trucks will be given enough space for their truck. Photo booths will be given an approximate 8’ by 8’ space for their booth and electricity. Open Spaces for specific vendor types will receive a 8′ by 8′ space, unless otherwise discussed with the Wedtoberfest team. Please note, there are NO TABLES included with this space.
- For sponsors, caterers, and breweries ONLY: If you opted for linens, those will be placed at your table. All linens provided will be floor length, IVORY basic cotton linens. For those who indicated on your application that you do NOT need a linen, you are required to supply your own.
You are encouraged to make the space represent your brand. In fitting with the style of this event, super large displays and backdrops are not encouraged. Guests will appreciate the intimate nature of this event and enjoy the opportunity to chat one-on-one with you.
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING
- Floor length table coverings/linens (the tables are bare wood and need sprucing)
- Tabletop display and/or signage that fits your brand (and your table size)
- Extension cords and gaffers tape (if you requested or require electricity)
- Business cards, handouts, marketing material etc.
- A way to capture people’s contact info (we do not provide a full lead list- this will be your responsibility to collect contact info)
- Create a promotion, free package add-on, benefit, or discount for couples at the show and promote it before and during the event to expose your brand even more!
- Snacks + water (do not bring/supply alcoholic beverages without a liquor license)
- Swag items, if desired
- A helper (you must submit a vendor badge for them)
If you are looking for ways to optimize your space or display ideas, we have created a Pinterest page with examples from previous Wedtoberfest events and more! Click HERE for inspiration.
Please Note: You are NOT allowed to suspend anything from the ceiling or walls. NO confetti, rice, glitter, or sparklers allowed.
As a reminder, at this time this show does not allow for the selling of any items. No vendor should plan on selling products at this event.
Additionally, vendors cannot share a space with other businesses. Any vendor doing so, will have to remove any non-authorized business’s marketing materials/signage/etc from the event.
DAY OF THE EVENT
When you arrive at the venue your table will be set up for you. Upon check in, we will direct you to your space and provide you with your vendor badges.
LOAD IN/ SETUP
The venue is located at 4325 N Ravenswood Avenue
Load in is Wednesday, September 27th at 2pm. All vendors must be set up completely by 5pm, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Use the loading zone marked in the front parking lot when loading and unloading. If you require a cart for loading in, you should bring your own. Please note: there is a SMALL freight elevator (usually only used for ADA purposes) and can only fit one person at a time. If your space is located on the 2nd floor, please consider how much stuff you want to bring up and down (and how long it will take you via a slow tiny elevator or walking things up the stairs). We do have people to help, so if you need help, PLEASE come find a Wedtoberfest team member.
Food trucks and other large deliveries can access the courtyard from the alley east of Ravenswood (behind the building). This is a residential alley and trucks may be asked to move to allow through traffic. Please unload your items quickly and then move your car to park it. You MUST NOT stay in the loading zone for more than 10 minutes. There is plenty of parking in the area after 5pm and it is free.
ELECTRICITY AND WIFI
Electricity is limited. Those who have requested electricity access in their application have been located near outlets. You MUST bring power strips, extension cords and gaffer’s tape or electric tape (to secure any loose cords). Caterers, photo booth vendors, and food trucks will be guaranteed electricity.
The venue does have WiFi, but please do not rely on it. We cannot be held liable if your access is slow or unreliable.
Make note, the network is: South Event and password: southevent1
You can find your location below (right click to download a copy of the floor plan). Please note changes may need to be made, at our discretion.
Please begin breaking down your space immediately at event’s end (9pm), BUT NOT BEFORE. Pack up your space, then bring your car around to load out through the loading zone.
Please make sure you clean up after yourself and remove all your garbage. The space should be left how you found it. Any vendor who leaves a mess will not be allowed to participate in future events. Load out should be completed by 10pm. **Due to neighborhood noise restrictions, use of the venue’s dumpster is not allowed after 9pm. The units must be able to be closed flat. Any excess trash must be taken off-premise with YOU.**
TO-DOS BEFORE THE EVENT
Vendors will receive two (2) badges/name tags during set up that will allow you to come and go from the building during show hours and to identify you to Wedtoberfest staff as exhibitors. If your business requires more than two workers (such as a caterer or musical group), please email us first before filling out the form and we will look at each request individually. Please note, all workers should be over 21 years old. Submit badges HERE by Wednesday, September 13th.
AGREEMENT AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY
In order to participate in the event you must fill out the Wedtoberfest Agreement and Waiver of Liability by Wednesday, September 13th. This waiver can be found HERE.
*For those vendors providing food or drink, a Certificate of Insurance is required. This Certificate must name Artifact Events (4325 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613) as insured. You must also name People for Community Recovery, Wedtoberfest, and Naturally Yours Events Inc. as additional insured for the day of the event. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday September 13th.
SPECIAL RATE TICKETS
Vendors are encouraged to hand out special rate tickets to engaged couples. You can give them to current clients as a fun date night, potential clients that you’re trying to woo or reach out to past clients and invite their engaged friends! Host giveaways on your social media or send an email blast to promote your brand and participation in Wedtoberfest.
How It Works
- A Special Rate ticket is for Single General Admission (not couple or VIP tickets), costs $5 and is good for one individual. If a couple wants Special Rate tickets, they would purchase two (2) for $5 each. Note: This event is for people ages 21 and up.
- Each vendor will be emailed a unique Eventbrite code.
- Your Eventbrite code is good for ten (10) individual Special Rate tickets.
- You distribute your code to engaged couples/potential attendees.
- Attendees will be able to purchase Special Rate tickets through Eventbrite by entering your code during checkout.
If you have more than ten people who would like to join us- please encourage them to buy full priced tickets (ON EVENTBRITE- WE WILL ADD SOON).
Wedtoberfest is organized to raise funds to enhance the quality of life of Chicagoland residents living in communities affected by environmental and climate injustice. So, REMEMBER that ticket sales benefit our charity partner- People for Community Recovery.
SPREAD THE WORD
Banners and badges can be found at the bottom of the page. Save them to your desktop and put them on your website, blog, Facebook, and other social media pages, etc. Help us spread the word!
Also, we have A TON of postcards and posters that you can keep at your place of business to hand out to prospective clients OR distribute some at local establishments in your neighborhood. Some great spots to hit up are bars and restaurants, coffee houses, trendy shops, and fitness clubs. We will be emailing you to see if you’d like us to mail you some posters and postcards or if you wanted to meet up or grab some from our office sometime. Please help us spread the word!
SOCIAL MEDIA ASSETS
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