Prickly Pear Events provides wedding coordination, logistical planning, and custom wedding planning packages in Chicago, Illinois and beyond. We offer a new approach to wedding planning. Logistical planning services come standard with all planning packages because we want your wedding to go off without a hitch!
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!
Recommended by 100% of couples
Anna · Married on 08/06/2016
Cecil brought a fun, creative and highly personalized approach to our day-of wedding planning, guiding us through the process with spot-on advice and recommendations. She gracefully orchestrated the details of our wedding celebration, leaving us free to enjoy ourselves with family and friends.
Sarah · Married on 08/11/2018
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!
Nicole · Married on 05/27/2018
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.
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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!