As Bryan Rafanelli's former clients Chelsea Clinton and the Obamas will tell you, the Boston-based event designer is no stranger to high-profile celebrations—although you needn't be be a celebrity or politician to implement Rafanelli's seasoned wedding-planning advice. We asked the industry expert his opinion on every detail from the hottest color palettes and flowers of the moment to ceremony playlists and dance-floor clichés. Wondering if he's for or against a couple's choreographed first dance? Find out along with the rest of Rafanelli's favorite things in the slideshow.
—Phillip B. Crook