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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.

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Tabletop

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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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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Tent Your Event

Whether you choose a tent for protection from rain and cold or you simply love the look – a tent can add a gorgeous element to your celebration. Remember that draping, lighting and flooring will dramatically change the look of your tent. There are many options in assorted colors, shapes and sizes. Just because your tent is covered, do not overlook cooling and heating. If your party or wedding is going to be held in a pretty location, consider a clear tent. We recommend setting up your tent a day or two before your party. At Pryor Events we love planning weddings and events in tents!

 

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Fleurish Brentwood – where You Fleurish

Have you ever wished you could create a gorgeous, professional looking floral arrangement? 
Now you can! Fleurish is opening on San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood this weekend
We love the new concept of Fleurish created by super talented Amy Marella of Hidden Garden.
You simply choose one of the nine kits and then the fun begins.

This is an example of one of the nine arrangements you will be able to create. You are given lovely fresh seasonal flowers, a great vessel, special tools, a step by step guide and  a custom box to transport your creation in.

Here is another beauty that you can actually put together yourself.
If you prefer to buy a pre-made arrangement you may do that as well. Fleurish will also be available for private parties and they will have floral designing classes.
Welcome to the neighborhood Fleurish. Pryor Events are big fans already.

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Crostini – Barefoot Contessa

Simple and Delicious

Here at Pryor Events exceptional food is very important. Therefore we leave the cooking to the finest caterers and chefs around the country. Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa certainly falls into that category. Below is a simple recipe from Ina that is as delicious as it looks. Enjoy!

Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta

Ingredients
6 ounces good feta, crumbled
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup good olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced shallots (2 shallots)
2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
2 tablespoons good red wine vinegar
2 pounds ripe heirloom or cherry tomatoes, 1/2-inch-diced
3 tablespoons julienned fresh basil leaves, plus extra for serving
20 to 25 (1/2-inch-thick) diagonal baguette slices, toasted
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

Directions
For the whipped feta, place the feta and cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse until the cheeses are mixed. Add 1/3 cup of the olive oil, the lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and process until smooth.

For the tomatoes, up to an hour before you’re serving, combine the shallots, garlic, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add the tomatoes, stir gently, and set aside for 10 minutes. Stir in the basil and taste for seasonings.

To assemble the crostini, spread each slice of bread with a generous amount of whipped feta. With a slotted spoon, place the tomatoes on top. Put the crostini on plates and scatter with the pine nuts. Sprinkle with extra basil and serve.

Pryor Events are big fans of The Barefoot Contessa!