Prickly Pear Events

361 E 85th St, Chicago, IL 60619 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Prickly Pear Events

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!

Services Offered:

  • Logistical Planning and Advice
  • The Most Detailed Timeline / “Run of Show” You’ll Find Anywhere
– Custom Floorplan(s)
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Ceremony Rehearsal Facilitation
  • All Day, Full-Service Wedding Coordination (yes, I did just say “all day!”)
  • Budget Guidance and Management

  • Venue Search and Booking

  • Vendor Referrals and/or Vendor Selection Guidance and Contract Negotiation

  • Guest List and RSVP management

  • Custom Wedding Planning
  • Ceremony Rehearsal Dinner, Welcome Event, Bridal Shower, or Other Event Planning
  • Open Email and Phone Communication During the Planning Phase
  • Day-of Set-up and Pack-up Support
– Signage Design and Printing
  • Officiant Coaching: for a non-clergy friend or family member officiating your wedding

  • Support for Short Planning Period (less than 6 months) or Long Distance Planning

  • Destination Weddings or Travel Outside my Regular Service Area (Cook, DuPage, and Will counties)
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The bride holding her bouquet
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Creative couple portrait
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Loving kisses
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Creative couple portrait
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Couple portrait
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Creative couple portrait having fun
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Lovely friends
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beautiful woman
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Creative couple portrait
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Together forever
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Wedding party
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Bridal portait
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Just married
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Couple kissing
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Black and white shot
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The groom waiting
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Walk to forever
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Couple kissing
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Groom and groomsmen
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Bride with bridesmaid
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Couple with bridesmaids and groomsmen
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Groom portrait
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Creative couple portrait
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Long table setting
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Bridal portrait
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Couple dancing
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The bride holding her bouquet
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Creative couple portrait
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Loving kisses

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10 Reviews for Prickly Pear Events

Recommended by 100% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0
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    Sarah · Married on 08/11/2018

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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!

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    Nicole · Married on 05/27/2018

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    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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Prickly Pear Events FAQ

  • What is the starting price for day-of wedding coordination? $ 1,900.00
  • What is the starting price for partial wedding planning? $ 2,000.00
  • What is the starting price for full wedding planning? $ 2,000.00
  • Do you offer an hourly rate? No
  • What is the hourly rate? $ 50.00
  • What wedding events do you provide services for? Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What wedding planning services do you offer? Budget Analysis, Day-of Coordination, Event Design, Full Planning, Guest List Creation, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
  • What weddings do you have experience planning? Civil, Cultural, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
  • How many planners are on your team? 1

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  • Danielle Heinson Photography
    Danielle Heinson Photography Wedding Photographers

    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!

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  • 361 E 85th St Chicago, IL, 60619 See on map
    872-243-2090 (Phone number)

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