Chelsea Clinton's planner and a celebrity favorite, Bryan Rafanelli has merrymaking down to a science.

Favorite splurge: Music. If the band you are considering is available on your date, ask them questions and see how they answer them. Ask them for headshots, if they're flexible on what they wear. Ask them if they play continuous live music, and if you can see the song list for the last wedding they did. If they're flexible and forthright, good. In New York, Vali Entertainment is number one (pictured left).

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