Monday, April 27, 2015

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.  It may be a family summer retreat that holds special memories, the hotel where you and your fiancĂ©e first vacationed or an exotic destination you have always had your heart set on visiting.
Whether you are planning a destination wedding in Hawaii, Mexico, Italy, the Caribbean, Cape Cod, or even California – your planner’s thoroughness, experience, research skills and resources are critical to anticipate and address any issue that might come up.
A few tips from Julie Pryor:
  • Your wedding should be memorable for the right reasons – weddings scheduled during the local hurricane or rainy season trend well on Social Media, but are not favorites with couples or guests.
  • Make sure there are direct and reasonably priced flights from where most of your guests live.  If guests need to take three flights and two boats to reach your favorite location, you may want to consider alternatives.
  • Offer hotel options at different price points if the location you choose is pricey.
  • If you prefer an outdoor celebration plan for all eventualities.  Access to a backup indoor location can relieve much anxiety.
  • Make sure the guests you care about most are able to travel before you set your date.
  • Consider taking care of costs for immediate family and special guests.
  • Hire a wedding planner who has experience in destination wedding planning.
  • Anticipate unwelcome surprises such as flight delays and unpredictable weather – particularly in foreign countries.
  • Research the time it takes to ship items to your location and plan accordingly.
  • Carefully consider local legal requirements of marriage well in advance.  Schedule a visit prior to your wedding for tastings and to meet with other local vendors. Many clients book our favorite Los Angeles vendors, but we often refer great local talent, especially when it comes to music and flowers.
  • Once you find your dream location make sure to visit with your wedding coordinator.
  • Remember that remote locations and many foreign countries can be less predictable than what you may be used to.  Be flexible.
  • Above all, have fun and enjoy.  Your guests will follow your lead.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Let's Eat

                                                 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 
     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.
      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! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

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!
 We planned a recent Wedding Celebration in this 
gorgeous white tent on the beach in Santa Monica. 

              We designed this tent at a private home in Beverly Hills   for a long time client's Birthday. Such a fun party to produce                    

We created this clear tent on the fields of Ojai Valley Inn for  
a lovely Wedding. 

Friday, October 24, 2014


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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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

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
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!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Beach

The Beach

I hope you have wonderful memories of summers spent doing what you love most. I cannot imagine summer without the beach.

My best memories are of long summer days spent going in and out of the ocean. The biggest decision I had to make was which flavor popsicle to choose from the ice cream man who sold them from a big white box on his back.When I was young days involved building drippy sand castles in the  wet sand close to the water - years later I was building them with my daughter who also adored the beach. 
I will always feel just a little happier by the beach - whether it is close to home in Santa Monica, by the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast or while on vacation on Kauai or another seaside location. Each beach has its own flavor and I have never met one I didn't like.We love summer at Pryor Events.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Flower Arranging

Flower Arranging 101

There are no rules when it comes to choosing flowers. Mix different  textures and combine the colors you love.
It can be visually appealing to mix vessels in different shapes and sizes.  Think outside the box - re-purpose vintage perfume bottles, antique urns and modern cut glass carafes. Make sure to cut the stems before placing your flowers in your chosen container.
We worked with Hidden Garden to create these vibrant centerpieces that mixed low and tall flowers. 
Pryor Events  loves flowers.