Resource: A Great Party

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Voted one of the best wedding planners in the world by Vogue, Bryan Rafanelli has designed and produced some of the nation’s most exclusive and high-profile events, including many for President Obama at the White House as well as Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.

Rafanelli grew up in a large Rhode Island family, his mother always finding reason to throw parties for the people she loved. “The sense of community and of bringing people together to have a good time just for ‘good time’s sake’ has always been inside me,” he says. He launched Rafanelli Events in 1996 as a three-person operation executing only a handful of events a year. Twenty years later, Rafanelli Events has produced more than 2,000 events with 15-15,000 attendees, in 50 cities and 9 countries.

In A Great Party–Designing the Perfect Celebration,’Rafanelli shares his philosophy for creating artful celebrations that convey beauty and elegance while telling a story unique to its hosts. From a seaside destination wedding to a stylish masquerade fête, Rafanelli’s work is marked by stunning statements and clever everyday details.

The book explores dozens of events in detail, taking readers behind the scenes of weddings, showcasing both the main event and the welcome and after parties; Charity events, highlighting what makes one unique and successful; and the White House, featuring state dinners and holiday decor.

It concludes with seven key Rafanelli principles, otherwise known as “Rafanelli’s Rules,” for hosting great celebrations, from considering a room’s surfaces-the floor, walls, and ceiling-to how adding guests will change what you see. He shares his thoughts on the importance of enhancing what’s already part of a space rather than obscuring it, as when he enclosed the gilded mirrors of the East Room in the White House in twelve-foot frames of fresh flowers for a state dinner under President Obama.

Bryan Rafanelli’s exquisite sense of style, attention to detail and ability to transform clients’ visions into unforgettable celebrations has made him a go-to planner for the nation’s most exclusive and high-profile events. Bryan serves as Founder and chief creative officer of Rafanelli Events and is known for his customized approach to every project, paying careful attention to every detail to ensure each event is exceptional.

This book is available online.

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