About Us

“If you can’t plan a wedding without a glass of wine in hand, it’s simply not worth planning!”

Seattle event planners Rasa and Erika showing their fun side with crazy poses

Our Story

PlanningSavvy is a full service wedding and event planning company, located in the beautiful Seattle area. We offer an array of wedding packages, from simple Day-Of coordination to full service, "all the bells and whistles, arrive and not worry about a thing". With the added bonus of having a planning company of two, you are guaranteed the expertise of a team. We will work with your ideas and style to create an amazing celebration.

For special event planning, we work with you to create a package that fits your specific needs. Whether it's getting you on track with the perfect vendors or helping specifically on the day of the event to pull it off without a hitch, we will put together a plan that fits your style!

Who We Are

The concept of PlanningSavvy was brought to fruition by two sisters who stood behind one statement, “If you can’t plan a wedding without a glass of wine in hand, it’s simply not worth planning!” Rasa Vander Veer and Erika Peterson were raised in a family that knew how to entertain. There were parties, dinners with friends and family until the wee hours of the morning and celebrations of all sorts throughout the year. It was only natural that they continued with this style of life in their profession as well. In 2010, they both realized this was the perfect time to develop their concept and begin a business of their own. PlanningSavvy was born with a vision of throwing amazing events for all occasions. With that in mind, these two sisters set out to build an online resource guide for all event hosts, to help them find the wonderful vendors and venues everyone needs, and then put it together while planning their incredible weddings and special events. Rasa and Erika pride themselves on being hard-working, detail oriented and motivated women, while not losing touch of their fun-loving, passionate and of course…savvy side.

A little about us personally....


Rasa, although the slightly older of the two, always seems to get away with saying Erika is the "much, much older sister!!" And, let's face it, the personality behind that statement fits. Rasa is definitely the one playing pranks, having fun and a total kid at heart. Married to a great guy, Jim, who attempts to keep her grounded, they are raising one sassy young teen, Sophia, who definitely takes after her mom and Auntie! Let's just say Jim has his work cut out for him! In what spare time she has, Rasa loves to hang out with her huge group of friends, travel the world and spend time with the family English Bulldog, Dutch, who seems to always be right in the same place she leaves him after hours have passed. Rasa has been in this industry for over 20 years, has incredible knowledge of venue management, how to run the day ever so smoothly down to the last minute and loves to make every couple get exactly what they set out for from day one! With Rasa on your side, you will be guaranteed to laugh, have fun and enjoy the entire process of planning your special day.







When the time comes we would be honored to help plan your next celebration. Remember, PlanningSavvy is planning smart!