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 Lord Rago is an international planner, producer, and designer. Her company is based in New York City but her experience and approach are global.

    Michelle has worked in the field of entertaining and hospitality since graduating from the New York restaurant school in 1988. In 2007 she published a highly acclaimed book, "Signature Weddings: Creating a Day Uniquely Your Own."

    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, a superb sense of design, and a master of logistics have served her well as she navigates the complicated landscape of producing destination events.

    Her commitment to research, development, and creativity knows no bounds - with every location she discovers new inspiration and perspective. It is Michelle’s keen curiosity about the world and how aesthetics, cultures and hospitality intertwine that make her weddings something to talk about.

  • Brittney is a full-service destination event planner. She graduated with a degree in marketing from Columbia College in Chicago, one of the nation’s leading art universities.

    Brittney’s grandparents were avid pilots and won the Around The World Air Race in their Conquest C441 in 1994. Her dad got his pilot’s license before he could drive and of course her mom wasn’t going to be left out and got her private pilot’s license after they got married. So it only makes sense- once they popped her in a plane at 6 months old-she has been spanning the globe ever since.
    Brittney started her planning career in the Chicago area and 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.

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