Prickly Pear Events

Prickly Pear Events

10 Reviews
Day-Of, Partial

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About Prickly Pear Events

Day-of Wedding Coordination for All Chicago Couples

Prickly Pear Events provides wedding coordination and logistical planning in Chicago, Illinois and beyond. We offer a new approach to wedding planning because we believe our clients can book their own vendors with resources such as Wedding Wire, but need a professional touch for the time and people management details. With over a decade of experience managing a wide range of events, owner Cecil Hynds-Riddle offers a tailored service that puts your vision and your guests first. We encourage our clients to throw rules and traditions that don't resonate with them out the window and craft a wedding that reflects their personality and values. You'll never hear us say "That isn't how it's done!" Instead, we'll say "hmm... let's find time for that..." We will always hustle to make you happy, and our business ethics support marriage equality, high standards of inclusion of diverse traditions and backgrounds, and environmental sustainability. Get in touch for a complimentary consult to see if our approach is a fit for your celebration!

Services Offered
The standard Day-of Wedding Coordination and Logistical Planning package includes:

  • 2 Planning Meetings
  • Venue Visit and Floor plan Creation
  • Logistics and Guest Experience Advice and Planning
  • Detailed Daylong Timeline
  • To Do Lists
  • Vendor Referrals
  • Advance and Day-Of Vendor Coordination
  • Ceremony Rehearsal and Wedding Party Coordination
  • Day-of Wedding Coordination, All Day!
  • Set-Up and Pack-Up Support
  • So Much More Prepping, Planning, and Hustling!

Additional Services:
Need something more? Here's what we offer beyond the standard package:

  • DIY Officiant Coaching - We help your friend or family shine as your officiant with public speaking coaching
  • Planning for second ceremony or reception, welcome party, showers, etc.

Categories: Wedding Planner

Regions serviced: Chicago

10 Reviews for Prickly Pear Events

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We would give Cecil 6 stars if we could! It was apparent after our initial meeting that she really knew what she was doing. Cecil helped us stay organized and make sure every last detail was considered. She would always respond to every email quickly. Cecil confirmed everything with all of our vendors at least once or twice, which was a huge weight off of our shoulders. We had originally planned not to use a day-of-coordinator, and so grateful and relieved that we got to work with Cecil. We had multiple guests come up to us the next day specifically to let us know how impressed they were and that they all noticed she had our best interest in mind. Cecil was calm, cool, and collected the entire day and night, which set our minds and nerves at ease - we could not have done it without her! Thank you thank you so much, Cecil!

Profile Picture Sarah, 8/11/18, 6 Reviews
Category: Wedding Planning

Cecil was fantastic. It's really a no-brainer -- hire her as your wedding planner and you'll be very happy. She has a great calmness and patience combined with a focused attention to detail and a great deal of hustle on the day of the wedding itself. The whole process of working with Cecil was an absolute pleasure. We recommend her without reservation.

Profile Picture Nicole, 5/27/18, 7 Reviews
Category: Wedding Planning
Services Used: Day-Of Coord., Timelines, Ceremony, Reception

Cecil was absolutely amazing! I didn't think we needed a day-of coordinator, but Cecil completely changed my mind. From the very beginning, she was extremely professional, available and flexible. She fielded multiple questions over both email and text and never once complained. She kept us focused during the planning process (even bringing up points I didn't even think about!) and communicated seamlessly with our venue contact! On the wedding day, I didn't have to think AT ALL - she took care of every detail. I would definitely recommend Cecil over and over again.

Profile Picture Lindsey, 10/1/17, 1 Review
Category: Wedding Planning

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Cecil was such a pleasure to work with, both before the wedding and during! She was incredibly organized, which was so helpful in allowing me to be totally prepared on the day of. The timing of everything was perfect, and she was so calm, helpful and sweet the entire day :) Definitely recommended!


Chicago, IL 60615   See On Map
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