Your wedding should be a one-of-a-kind event, tailored to your vision as a couple.

At Kate Whelan Events, we will design your event to radiate style and fun, while ensuring that your unique tastes shine through every detail. We create weddings for couples throughout Northern California and beyond, each one as distinctive and completely unforgettable as the love story it represents. Our mission is to guide and support you through an impeccable experience, from the vendor coordination to the last dance.

We are masters of logistics, coordinating and quickly smoothing unexpected bumps in the road. Kate’s background in information technology and 14 years of event planning experience have resulted in incomparable organization and an array of online planning tools and expert scheduling tools. These modern resources, paired with our exceptional team, deliver a smooth, stress-free process.

We are driven by Kate’s sharp eye for stunning design and the endless inspiration that your story brings. Expect only the best. After all, you deserve to relax and be confident for a wedding that will live on in your memory as a vibrant, joyful occasion!

To schedule an appointment over the phone or at either our Sacramento or San Francisco studios, please visit our Contact Page.

  • First and foremost, Kate adores spending time with her family, including her partner Nick, her baby daughter Giada and her teacup panther Sebastian. Beyond her family and friends, Kate shares a love of luxe handbags, arm parties, mani/pedis, chocolate, locally roasted coffee and craft beer.

    Kate Whelan

    Owner and Senior Event Consultant

    Kate Whelan is a true wedding alchemist. Hand her your ideas, and watch them transform into the golden moments and fine details that make your wedding unforgettable! Kate approaches every event with a fresh perspective, and makes it her mission to elevate your vision to new heights. Trust Kate and her team to flawlessly execute the plans, and worry about nothing more than having the time of your life celebrating your wedding.

    Kate has been voted Best Wedding Planner by Style Magazine Reader’s 2017 Choice Awards for the past five years, and was included in The Knot Northern California 2013 Best of Weddings, and the 2012 KCRA A-list.

  • Sarah is working her way around the world, exploring new cultures, tasting great food and drinking local craft cocktails. When not traveling or working, Sarah loves spending time with her husband, Brandon, and Peanut, her adorable 10-year old Yorkie.

    Sarah Laird

    Associate Event Consultant

    Sarah has over 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She started her event planning career working for lobbyist and politicians on campaign fundraisers, receptions, and private dinners. She has had the luxury of working for some of the state’s key players over the years. Sarah started to turn her attention towards weddings and other social events planning several events throughout California. Sarah loves turning ordinary canvasses into something extraordinary. With Sarah’s ability to turn visions into a reality she is guaranteed to make your event unforgettable.

  • Gerilyn loves to explore the wine country in The Sierra Foothills, sing karaoke and relax at home with her husband/sidekick cooking and watching movies together.

    Gerilyn Walcott

    Assistant Event Consultant

    Gerilyn has over fourteen years in the Hospitality Industry with four of those years focused on coordinating weddings and large events for a high-end, high-volume catering company. Whether planning a reception for 10 or 500, her attention to detail and planning for the unexpected is what sets her apart. Add in her experience with design and logistics and it’s the perfect combination!

  • Lindsay has a passion for travel, exploring new destinations, and adding to her bucket list. At home, she enjoys walking along the American River Bike Trail, reading a good book while a scented candle fills the air, and watching a good TV show or movie.

    Lindsay Reese

    Assistant Event Consultant

    Lindsay discovered her natural aptitude for event planning after graduating from college, where her background required great focus on detail. As an Assistant Event Consultant, Lindsay excels in bringing together all of the intimate details in a small event or the multitude of components involved in a grand scale event. Lindsay will work hard to ensure your day is one-of-a-kind and that your unique vision comes to life!

  • When Allie isn’t busy working one of her many jobs, she enjoys binging Netflix, eating sushi, shopping and drinking Starbucks. Allie will find any opportunity to sing, especially Broadway showtunes.

    Allie Griffey

    Assistant Event Consultant

    Allie is an alumna of CSU, Chico with Bachelor degrees in both Musical Theatre and Journalism with an option in Public Relations. She began working in the hospitality industry in 2017 for corporate events in the Sacramento area. With a flare for the theatrical and creative, Allie was drawn to weddings and began working with Kate Whelan Events in the Summer of 2018. Allie enjoys making your special day as special as it can be!

  • In addition to events, Nicki’s interests include fashion and interior design. When she isn’t redecorating her home or cleaning out her closet, Nicki can be found relaxing with her husband, dining at local restaurants, and spending time with family.

    Nicki Hansen

    Assistant Event Consultant

    Nicki’s love of events began at a young age and further developed during her college and professional careers. While obtaining her undergraduate degree at CSU, Chico, she minored in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Special Events and Tourism. Nicki’s professional career then allowed her to gain strong organization and project management skills, as well as an artistic eye for display and merchandising. Nicki’s background in operations and visuals ensures both ease and beauty at each wedding. 

Our History

Kate Whelan Events™ was first established in 2008, specializing in award winning design, planning and coordination for special events, such as weddings, social occasions, and corporate gatherings. Owner and Senior Event Consultant, Kate Whelan, has been in the event planning industry since 2003, and has assembled a team of creative consultants that assist in executing the production for each KWE event.

Kate Whelan Events™ has been featured in many exclusive online and printed publications, including but not limited to Martha Stewart Weddings. Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Brides Northern California Magazine, Sierra Style Real Weddings Magazine, Sacramento Magazine, Our Wedding Magazine, Ruffled Blog, Elizabeth Anne Designs and more!

Where We Are Now

Now taking on a limited number of exclusive events per year, Kate Whelan Events™ continues to provide a boutique event planning experience customized to each of its unique customers. From luxurious, glamorous, affairs to simple, elegant, events, our design languages are flexible. Our Sacramento Studio is currently located in midtown at 1808 Q Street, with a second office in San Francisco and all meetings are by appointment only.