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Wedding Planning: The First Steps

Congratulations! You have met the partner of your dreams and you have a stunning ring on your finger.  Now what?

Hiring your wedding planner should definitely be your first step.  Some of our clients reach out in the middle of their wedding planning process.  While this is certainly fine it is most beneficial to work with a wedding planner from the beginning to guide you with important early decisions.

Below are some things to begin thinking about before your initial wedding planning meeting.
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Dogs in Weddings – Wedding Planner Los Angeles, Julie Pryor

Our furry friends have a special place in our hearts so of course many of our clients wish to incorporate them into their weddings. This can be truly wonderful and special and should work out great with a little preparation. A few things to keep in mind. Dogs are unpredictable. If you are the type of bride who will worry about what your dog may or may not do when it’s time to walk down the aisle then you may want to leave your little love at home.

If you choose to have your dog walk in your wedding make sure to have someone ready to escort him at the end of the aisle. This should be someone that the dog is very familiar with. Treats can help quite a bit.  Do not tie your wedding rings on your dog’s collar for reasons that are most likely obvious. Read more

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Los Angeles Rooftops – Perfect for Events

There’s something fun about having a party or event, or a simple dinner on a rooftop.  Thankfully in Los Angeles, we can enjoy outdoor spaces with amazing views all year long. Rooftops set the stage for a fun celebration, whether you are planning a corporate event, a wedding shower or a night out with your girlfriends.

A few of my favorites include The Rose’ Garden at The Beverly Wilshire, which is pictured above, Catch in West Hollywood, Proper Hollywood, Hotel Erwin in Venice, The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Beverly Hills and The Nomad DTLA.

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Outdoor Wedding Planning Tips

Outdoor weddings can be truly wonderful. There is something quite romantic and special about seeing a blue sky full of stars as you dine and dance the night away. However, You will need to be more flexible when you plan an outdoor wedding as opposed to a ballroom event. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when planning outdoor weddings and celebrations.

If at all possible, plan your outdoor wedding during a warmer month that has very little rain. Regardless of which month or which part of the country your wedding will take place in, make sure there is a back-up plan in case of inclement weather such as a comparable indoor space or a retractable ceiling on an outdoor space. Mention to guests on a website or an insert in your invitation that your celebration will be outdoors. Guests will really appreciate the heads up. Make sure to have plenty of heaters on hand as evenings can become chilly. The traditional heaters throw off more heat than the newer glass models. It is also nice to offer women Pashminas or have a collection of throws available. Remember to have a heater by Valet so that guests waiting for their cars or Uber stay warm.



We like to schedule a sample tabletop meeting prior to our client’s weddings and events. At this meeting we make decisions on what their tables are going to look like. We bring in pretty options for linen, chairs, chargers, glassware, candles and of course flowers for this meeting. We like to hold the meeting at the florists so that any changes in flowers can be made on site. The meetings are fun and productive and we love seeing our client’s faces when they see their potential table for the first time. At a recent tabletop meeting for a bride who is getting married this summer “Jackson” the resident puppy at Hidden Garden chose his favorite chair. This chair may need to change its name to The Jackson Chair…

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Party Hors d’Oeuvres

We Love good food and so do your guests. Taste is the most important element. What you serve at your wedding or event should be fresh and in season. Bonus points if it’s also pretty but taste should be number one. Make sure Hors d’Oeuvres are bite sized and easy to eat. It’s fun to offer an eclectic selection but also make sure there are items that your guests can easily recognize. Offer gluten free and vegetarian options. variety is the spice of life – serve an assortment of hot and cold appetizers but concentrate on heartier fare in the chillier months and lighter items during summer. We like tray passing most items but stations can be fun too. Guests love fun serving vessels, just make sure there are servers ready to pick them up after the food is eaten. It is important that your servers know all of the ingredients in the items they are serving.


Gorgeous Cupcakes

Love these sugar flowers. Dazzled Cupcakes does incredible work with sugar. Aren’t these amazing! Dazzled Cupcakes has been called the Vera Wang of Cupcakes.

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Destination Weddings

At Pryor Events we adore planning Destination Weddings Finding a unique location where you and your guests can celebrate your wedding and relax together can make this once in a lifetime occasion even more memorable. Many of our clients prefer remote tropical resorts where relaxation is a must. Other couples prefer destinations where guests have more activities to choose from both before and after the main event. The location you choose should be very personal. Read more

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Let’s Eat

Fantastic Food is imperative for a successful wedding or party. Wonderful food starts with fresh, high quality in-season ingredients. Make sure tray passed food can be easily eaten. Have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Let your coordinator know if you are aware of any food allergies.

It’s fun to serve comfort food with a new twist: Twice Baked Purple Potatoes, Fried Chicken Bites with Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing on a Stick, Lobster Corn Dogs, Butternut Squash Souffle, Individual Mushroom Lasagna, Burrata and Tomato on Spoons Drizzled with EVOO, Piping Hot Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Wedges,

Guests love stations. A few of our favorites ~

~ Pot Pie Station
~ Meatball Station
~ Flatbread Station
~ Ravioli Station
~ New England Clam Bake
~ Paella with a chef adding ingredients on request.

Dream up an interesting specialty cocktail using seasonal fruit. At Pryor Events we like to bring in mixologists who create delicious, gorgeous concoctions using fresh fruits and vegetables.

And… everyone loves something sweet at the end of a meal. Have fun with dessert and make sure to include a few of your childhood favorites. Here are a few of our favorites:

~Ice Cream Sandwiches made to order
~ Petite Fresh Fruit Pies ~
~ Freshly Baked Cookies on Shot Glasses of Cold Milk
~ Piping Hot Mini Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts
~ Mini Waffles on a Stick Dipped in Hot Maple Syrup
~ One Bite Ice Cream Sundaes
~ Just Picked Fruit with Dipping Sauces
~ Mini Cones of Gelato and Ice Cream

Have fun with choosing your menu, make sure to try everything in advance and don’t forget to eat on your big day. Bon Appetit!