Working in the Big Apple.
Operating globally.

Who we are Full service boutique planning firm

Michelle Rago 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 in hosting your own party.

  • Fearless Leader Michelle Rago

    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 and events something to talk about.

  • Senior Planner Lydia Taplett

    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.

  • Katherine Belding

    As the newest member of Michelle Rago Destinations, Katherine’s diverse background in everything from improv theater to catering brings a unique set of skills to the team. With a previous position in interior design for a luxury boutique hotel her attention to design details create one of a kind atmospheres for events of all sizes. Katherine’s can do attitude and ability to adapt to all situations puts clients at ease during the planning process. Her background in hype dancing doesn’t hurt during the events either.


Upcoming Speaking Engagements

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  • Martha Stewart Weddings 11 Things You Should Know Before You Plan Your Wedding Read More
  • The New York Times Weddings: Andrea Hailey and David Williamson Read More
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  • MOD WEDDING Wedding Planning Tip: How to Decide on Wedding Design and Location Read More
  • Town Topics Princeton Native Michelle Rago Presents Weddings Workshop Read More
  • Martha Stewart Weddings 64 Top Wedding Planners Read More
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  • Martha Stewart Martha Stewart Weddings Top Wedding Planner Read More
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