Back in 2010, a few friends got together and asked the question “could there be a way to connect couples with local, small, creative wedding businesses” and we started the Independent Wedding Association.
Unlike many wedding industry groups and websites, the IWA only accepts new members on a merit basis. By aggressively selecting artisans who concentrate on providing great service and an excellent value, we ensure that the IWA name stands for quality.
More than that – our members really like each other. We’ve grown to build a community of like-minded wedding professionals who learn from each other and build a stronger twin cities wedding community together.
So, how are Independent Wedding Association members chosen?
PERSONAL STAKE. We want to find vendors who are close to the products and services they offer, and have a direct hand in working with clients on their wedding day.
COMMUNITY BUILDING. Our members share their expertise with each other, with the couples they serve, and with the larger small business community. We are building a community of creative businesses. As part of that, we warmly embrace all kinds of weddings and couples and have been vocally supportive of legalized same sex marriage in Minnesota.
ESTABLISHED BUSINESS. Our members are running businesses for the long-haul and take their business practices seriously, from pricing to collaboration to customer service. That means they are an exceptional value for the level of service and experience they provide.
WARMTH. We believe that a wedding is an incredibly special and joyous occasion, and we seek vendors who will feel the same way. We work to find members who are excited to be in this business, and who will treat a wedding day with a level of respect and personal warmth that reflects the importance of the occasion.
You can read more about our Pledge to be Practical
The Independent Wedding Association is committed to providing a high-quality experience to both vendors and couples.