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Rafanelli Events’ Entertaining Tips Featured in Elle Decor


“Reimagine the items in your house rather than allocating your limited time to shop for new items. Glassware can become a collection of vases for flowers or be used as votive holders. And don’t worry about everything matching perfectly.”

Elle Décor rounded up a list of tips and tricks for last minute holiday entertaining.  For more advice, you can read the full article HERE.


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Rafanelli Events’ Instagram Account is Follow-Worthy!

Thank you BizBash for listing us as one of your top 25 accounts to follow! Hop on Instagram and follow @rafanellievents for event design inspiration!


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Tips for throwing the Perfect Preppy Party!

Lonny Magazine recently spoke with Bryan on planning for a summer soiree with a preppy twist! Read all of the tips and trips for mastering this style here.

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Finding Inspiration in the Hamptons

Bryan speaks to KDHamptons on how the Hamptons provides inspiration for unique and unforgettable events. Read more at KDHamptons

Caroline Nacey & Kris Hedges
Photo Credit: Christian Oth

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The New York Times Weddings/Celebrations: Breaking the Monkey-Suit Mold

The New Times interviews Bryan on Fashion Etiquette for grooms…  SIPHERDEVAN.  “Breaking the Monkey-Suit Mold,” The New York Times, August 22, 2014 (Link)

“Grooms are focusing more on fashion than I’ve ever seen before,” said Bryan Rafanelli, the Boston-based event planner who coordinated Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. “There’s so much focus on what the bride is going to wear. The grooms feel like, ‘This is great, but what about me?’ ”

Some grooms today don’t want to look the same as every other marrying man, and if they’re having a black-tie wedding, they don’t want to look like every other male guest. But it’s easier said than done. “If you start to veer away from a black tuxedo, there aren’t that many alternatives,” Mr. Rafanelli said. Read More…

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New York Wedding Guide – List of Planners

Rafanelli Events

5 W. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave., second floor; 212-318-3379;

Bryan Rafanelli, the man behind Chelsea Clinton’s much-scrutinized 2010 nuptials, is known for his exquisite style, attention to detail, and ability to transform a bride’s vision into reality—no matter how fanciful it may be. His full-service event company offers budget planning, day-of coordination, and more. Prices upon request.

Link to full list here

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Departures “World’s Best Event Planners”

Bryan Rafanelli, Rafanelli Events, Boston

Bryan Rafanelli, who also has offices in New York (212-858-9715)and Washington, D.C. (202-407-1376), was the man that Bill and Hillary Clinton trusted for their daughter Chelsea’s top-secret, top-tier wedding in 2010—no wonder, as he’s also regularly tapped to organize state dinners in D.C. (German Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted at a starlit supper by a Marine orchestra and a forest of yellow calla lilies.) Rafanelli has a Clooney-esque charm and is known for a polished ease, whether flying 300 pairs of flip-flops to a party in Jamaica or personally carrying a wedding-cake topper on his lap. Another signature touch is his cell-phone coat check, where guests can deposit their phones for charging—and concentrate on dinner. 617-357-1818;

Read the full article here: Departures Worlds Best Event Planners

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WASHINGTON POST: Opera Ball Celebrates Italian Culture With Special Guest Joe Biden

Opera Ball celebrates Italian culture with special guest Joe Biden

This weekend we brought a taste of Italy to DC for the Italian edition of the Opera Ball hosted at the Italian Ambassador’s Villa Firenze.  We set up a tent whose interior resembled an Italian Piazza.  Read more about this exciting event in The Washington Post.

Photo courtesy of The Washington Post / Yassine El Mansouri.

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CeciStyle Magazine – Expert Style Tips by Bryan Rafanelli

Ideas to Take Weddings to the Next Level by Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events

In this edition of CeciStyle, Bryan Rafanelli shares 5 ideas in his interview with Invitiation Innovator Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York.  Don’t miss these expert style tips as they’re the new standards for cutting edge wedding experiences!

“Teaming up with creative minds is one of my favorite things. And when those minds are also genuine, professional and fun to work with, it’s just icing on the cake. Bryan Rafanelli and his team are just that – top-notch innovators, creating some of the world’s most notable parties”- CECI JOHNSON

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HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes TV Segment with Bryan Rafanelli

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Tune in this Friday, December 14th at 9pmEST to HGTV for the season premiere featuring Bryan Rafanelli.

In this edition of Celebrity Holiday Homes, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli‘s beachfront Connecticut home glitters with holiday design thanks to luxury designer Bryan Rafanelli. Also watch designer Jes Gordon deck the halls of actress Tamara Tunie‘s Harlem brownstone and designer Kelli Ellis dream of a white, pink and blue Christmas for Haylie Duff‘s LA home.

Below: a behind-the-scenes look at the taping with Bryan at Lisa’s home in Fairfield, CT.

HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes

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