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Prickly Pear Events

Day-of Wedding Coordination for All Chicago Couples
Chicago, IL 60615
512-431-6016
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5.0
10 Reviews

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.
Sarah
8/11/18
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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
5/27/18
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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.
Lindsey
10/1/17
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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.
Patrick
10/1/17
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Cecil was awesome, she was everywhere at all times during the wedding. She made sure everyone was on the same page and knew exactly where to be. The rehearsal went well and was well thought through by Cecil.
Diana
9/23/17
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Cecil is awesome!! She is highly organized, flexible, responsive, and I completely trusted her to handle the wedding and all of its details. Cecil thinks of everything and all kinds of details that didn't even cross our minds! On top of that, Cecil is friendly and so nice to work with. The wedding went off without a hitch, and we are thankful that Cecil was there to run the show. We highly recommend Cecil - she will be one of the best vendors (if not the best) at your wedding!
Shannon
7/15/17
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My partner and I spent over a year planning our DIY commitment celebration, and weren't willing to take any chances on the execution. We interviewed a bunch of Day Of Coordinators, most of which yield reactions like "They'd be okay" or "Let's keep looking". When we met Cecil for the first time, we knew she was the one. Whatever the request, Cecil was more than game to bring it to life. Acoustic guitar processionals? Sure. Silent Quaker ceremony? Done. Kazoo jam sesh? You betcha. She was communicative, and did a great job of getting the vendors on the same page. She kept our grandiosely overstuffed evening running like a Swiss train, and wasn't afraid to (oh so politely!) reign in some vocal family members who despite their best intentions threatened to compromise the vision we had for our big day. If you are planning an unconventional wedding and need someone who can take your plans and make them come to life, my partner and I couldn't recommend Cecil enough.
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Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Cecil is warm, funny, and exceptionally organized. She has a talent for keeping large events running smoothly- you can rely on her to keep the details straight while you relax and enjoy your day. I would recommend her to all my friends!
User7251093

Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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.
Daisy
7/10/16
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
If you are looking for a day-of-coordinator, there is not a better choice than Cecil. Because of Cecil, I got to spend my wedding day enjoying my family, friends, and new husband instead of worrying that X, Y, or Z was not done. She put everyone she spoke to at ease and on task. Our wedding was a modest, mostly DIY affair that came together perfectly because of her.
Walida
7/10/16
Categories: Planner
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Cecil helped me write my officiant speech for my friend's wedding. I had never officiated before, and I was so nervous. I saw that Cecil had a lot to do the day of the wedding, but she made time to coach me through my speech. She was unbelievably patient and didn't rush me through anything! She worked with me for however long I needed. The wedding itself turned out marvelously!
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What wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-Of Coordination, Event Design, Partial Planning, Timelines, To-Do Lists, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Cultural, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, Military, Non-Religious, Religious
How many planners are on your team?
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