Joan Whalen San Diego Coronado Wedding Consultant


About Joan Whalen

Joan Whalen, Wedding Consultant and Ordained Minister
A Proud Member of The San Diego and Coronado Business Community

Educated in Canada including 2 years of college and 6 months of business college, Joan Whalen first started in the food industry as chef’s helper to an executive chef.

Her extensive background includes dining room waitress in some of the countries top resort hotels including the historic Hotel Del Coronado. From there she graduated to banquet manager and catering Sales Director.

With a business diploma in merchandising and costing she opened her own catering establishment combining this with wedding and event planning. She has closed her catering establishment giving full attention to wedding consultation and planning.

Joan's wedding consultation is customized to allow no more than 20-24 weddings per year, thus allowing the personalized service that each bride deserves.

An assistant is provided for larger and more detailed events.

Joan also teaches, on a part time basis ‘How to become a wedding consultant’ and ‘ Production, costs, labor and overhead involved in a wedding’ This information can also be obtained in her book Weddings By Whalen, by logging into

Joan has lived in Coronado for the past 40 years. Each year she coordinates a number of weddings at the historic Hotel Del Coronado as well as the many outstanding venues in San Diego.

My assistant makes sure that all gifts, flowers, cake and special items that are brought in by the bride are packaged and taken by designated vehicles to wedding venue. She'll stays to the very end to make sure all is perfect for your special day.