We are located in the big apple, but operate globally

Michelle Rago is known throughout the world as one of the foremost experts on international weddings and entertaining. She and her team have produced and designed events as far-flung as New Delhi and the Cote d’Azur and, of course, from coast to coast on the continental United States. 

Team Rago will oversee and execute every aspect of your event to not only ensure it unfolds smoothly, but to allow you to be carefree and fully engaged at your own wedding.

Michelle Rago destinations is a full service boutique planning firm. It takes on only one wedding on any weekend and a certain number of events per year. Limiting the number of clients we work with ensures you get the attention and the outcome you deserve.

Our Story

Michelle Rago Destinations is a full service planning, production and design firm.  We are located in the Big Apple but operate globally.
We have a bottomless well of resources. As someone once said… “if we don’t know the answer, we are one phone call from getting the answer.”
If you are not based in Manhattan, no worries, we will come to you or we can Facetime or phone at your convenience. You let us know how you work best and we will manage presenting the information in a timeframe and fashion that works best for you.
Everyone loves options. Get to know who each of us are and who you might prefer to work with on your project. Don’t be shy… pick up the phone and let’s talk about how we can help.

Our Awards

  • Vogue's Ultimate Wedding Planner Master List in 2016
  • Style Me Pretty
  • 2016 Harper's Bazaar's Little Black Book: The Top Wedding Planners in the U.S.
  • Martha Stewart Wedding Top Wedding Planner

Meet the Team

  • Michelle’s greatest strength lies in interpreting her client’s preferences, assessing the possibilities, and translating them into a well-planned and well-designed affair. Her years of hands-on experience, superb sense of design, and mastery of logistics have served her well as she has navigated the complicated landscape of producing destination events. Michelle’s keen curiosity about the world and how aesthetics, cultures, and hospitality intertwine makes her weddings something to talk about.

  • Brittney relocated to Manhattan to join the Michelle Rago Destinations team. Her personal style is to mix classic entertaining with a modern twist. She likes to keep it fresh and hip with unique approaches to music, dining, and transportation. She is always trying to uncover the best local talent to ensure the overall feel has a strong sense of place. Her Midwestern demeanor is the perfect fit for a cohesive and calm team not to mention she can run full speed in a pair of high heels without breaking a sweat.

  • Lydia officially began her event planning career nearly a decade ago, but she has been planning events - and playing “wedding planner” with her sister - since she was a young child. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with an honors degree in Economics and French, Lydia enjoyed a career as a digital marketing strategist at BBDO, Ogilvy, and Digitas, which helped form her insightful and analytic approach to planning. Lydia loves a fresh take on tradition, creating a sense of intimacy at even the largest events by adding personal touches that make clients and guests feel at home even at the furthest of destinations. Lydia specializes in production and complex infrastructure installations.

  • Rukhshana, or as we like to call her, Rocky, recently graduated cum laude from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Art History and Business Management. She was born in London and has been an avid traveler ever since. Rocky’s multicultural and interdisciplinary background in tandem with her global experiences have largely informed her approaches to design, dining, and client relationships. Rocky brings a lot of energy to the team and always focuses on new things she can master and experience, not to mention she’s the office sweet tooth.

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