Bryan Rafanelli on Planning High Profile Events


In this interview, Bryan Rafanelli shares the big secret of how he landed one of the most talked-about weddings of the decade (Chelsea Clinton’s of course!) and what it’s like to handle such high profile and security intense events. He also discusses how Rafanelli Events handles client privacy and promotion of his successes.

Filmed live on the trade show floor at BizBash Boston.

Learning Outcomes

  • Find out how Rafanelli Events secured the Clinton wedding
  • Learn how Rafanelli Events handles client privacy
  • Understand what it is like planning high profile events
  • Learn how vendors of high profile events are allowed to promote their participation

Course Information

Estimated Time: 15 mins

Difficulty: All

CMP Credit Hours:

Maverick Series

The Event Leadership Institute is proud to produce our exclusive Maverick Series: interviews with people who plan the biggest and most high-profile events, run the most well respected and award-winning companies, manage the biggest venues, and demonstrate thought leadership, innovation and creative thinking. Join us as these industry Mavericks share their stories, insights and guidance.

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Bryan Rafanelli

Rafanelli and his firm have a simple philosophy: Every event is a unique creative challenge deserving of a one-of-a-kind approach. “My team listens to what you’re imagining and then comes back with an idea you never expected,” he says. “We hone in on every last detail so we can always deliver clients the highest level of service.”

Frequently lauded by the media, Rafanelli was named one of the Top Wedding Planners in the U.S. by Harper’s Bazaar in 2016 and in Martha Stewart Weddings in 2015, one of the World’s Best Event Planners by Departures in 2014 and “Man of the Moment” by Town & Country. Rafanelli Events has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, People, New York,,, and more.

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