About Prickly Pear Events

Prickly Pear Events offers a new approach to wedding planning with day-of coordination and logistics. Many modern couples select their own vendors, DIY their decor, and walk the unbeaten aisle, but they still need a professional touch to bring all the details together so their wedding runs smoothly. We give you, your family, and friends the time and peace of mind to enjoy every moment. We build a freakishly detailed timeline and floor plan, offer logistical advice, coordinate vendors, lead your rehearsal, and stage manage your wedding day so it stays on schedule and you stay in the moment. 

At Prickly Pear Events we believe in marriage equality, and we work hard to live up to high standards of inclusion and diversity. We want your traditions, your style of loving, and your uniqueness to shine through on your wedding day. It’s our great pleasure to help you celebrate, your way. We keep things transparent and fair by posting our pricing on our website and never surprising you with fees or add-ons. Our business model is simple: we want you to be so happy with our service you’ll rave about it to everyone you know! 

Staying Sustainable

Environmental sustainability is hugely important to the way we do business. First and foremost, we support your environmental vision by putting your green plans into action. We follow sustainable practices including low paper usage, recycling, and composting in our office. On the occasion we do full-scale event planning, we select green caterers, promote waste reduction, recycling, and composting, and make many more efforts to reduce our environmental impact. In her free time, owner Cecil Hynds-Riddle is a volunteer steward in the Cook County Forest Preserves where she conserves natural areas through habitat restoration action days. Consideration for the global environment and local natural areas is infused in everything we do at Prickly Pear Events.