I warn all of our friends to have a PLAN B when having an outdoor wedding.

The venue is never prepared enough for it and it will be up to YOU to make the final call to stay indoors or out in the heat of the moment. The last thing you want to think about, however the venue doesn’t want to make those big decisions for you. I’d ask the venue to also prep the PLAN B area  (often reluctant to do so too early) because we lost about an hour and half of our wedding due to them setting up our indoor chapel.

And finally, needless to say, you’ll need umbrellas… a lot of them….

Jack & Loreta Pytka
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
Itasca, Illinois

Bride and her father walking down the aisle of her ceremony before rain storm
They say rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck. Theoretically it is to represent a symbol of fertility, a new start (the rain washes away the past so you begin anew), of unity, cleansing and even of renewal. Some suggest it represents the last tears a bride will shed for the rest of her life.

“It rained before the start of my wedding day in the tropics and was sticky, hot and humid afterwards. My wife and I have been married since 2005 so I still believe it was a good omen.”

Jason & Debbi Kaczorowski
Couples Swept Away
Negril, Jamaica

Wedding Guests under umbrella in rain at ceremony
Did you know your flowers might fare better on a rainy day? It’s true! Flowers are less likely to wilt on rainy days. Cool temps and low humidity are better for flowers than hot, dry air.

Bride and Groom under umbrella in rain at ceremony
Ultimately, how you roll with rain on your wedding day indicates whether you’ll enjoy your day or won’t.

“I’d say as long as you remain focused on what you share between you and spouse or spouse to be… everything around you is beautiful, warm or cold, rain or shine.”

Ahmad & Bella Elsawaf
Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, IL
August 24, 2014

The best thing you can have on your wedding day is confidence and the best thing you can wear is a smile. Your wedding party and guests will take their cues from your calmness.

Always remember: You can’t see the rainbow without a little rain.

Here’s a few of the best indoor and covered outdoor locations in Chicago that you can utilize in case of rain, snow or cold on your wedding day. Certain locations require permits (denoted – *) while others can be visited without a reservation. Always remember to call ahead to make sure you do not need to secure a permit or reserve the location. It is always recommended that you apply for permits 1-2 weeks in advance of your wedding date.

Garfield Park Conservatory *
300 N Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624

Lincoln Park Conservatory *
2391 N Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

The Art Institute of Chicago **
111 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago **
220 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Union Station *
225 S Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Willis Tower: The Ledge at Skydeck *
233 S Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

Lyric Opera of Chicago (Pillars Outdoors)
20 N Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

* – Permit Required
** – No tripods, No flashes, No Stands permitted

Please also see my complete list of Which locations in Chicago and Suburbs Require Permits.

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