Meet The Team

meet rita

meet jennifer

Creating exquisite, memorable celebrations is our passion at Premier Planning Services, Inc. We work closely with our clients to ensure their wedding is a reflection of their vision and style. Our careful orchestration will connect you with the best vendors, ensuring no detail is overlooked.

Rita Swanson

Owner

Trust. Patience. Honesty. These qualities bring couples and corporations to Rita Swanson. Rita will seamlessly manage what is new, what is unexpected, what is unique about your event. She marries passion with practicality, collaborating with fellow tried and trusted event professionals. For more than a decade, Rita has been orchestrating breathtaking events for couples, companies and families. In fact, planning a family wedding led Rita to planning weddings and celebrations professionally. Before running her own company, Rita honed her organizational skills in executive administration and event planning for a Fortune 500 Company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Augsburg College.

Jennifer Orton

Event Director

Discovering how best to translate the bride and groom’s personalities into wedding day flowers, table settings, photo opportunities, music, and color is Jennifer’s talent and passion. Her attention to detail begins the moment she meets new clients, listening responsively and drawing out their ideas and unique personalities. She pairs an innate desire for organization with imaginative, visually stunning design. Clients can tell she brings almost 20 years of creative and corporate project-management experience, including running her own business as a wedding planner and photographer. She brings together the curiosity and originality of an artist with the attention to detail and organizational skills of an event manager to create the wedding experiences her clients dream of and hope for. Jennifer completed professional bridal coursework in 2002, is a member of the American Bridal Association, and is certified by the International Institute of Weddings. She earned her BA in graphic design, studio art, and art history from the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis. She joined forces with Premier Planning Services in 2011.