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  • Filet mignon and shrimp are plated on white china and ready to serve to a guest at a private Shedd event.
  • Horn players in a band perform at a private event at Shedd Aquarium
  • A white chocolate cake pop with silver sprinkles is plated and ready to serve to a guest at Shedd Aquarium's 2019 gala.
  • A table is covered in a white tablecloth and with a vase of white flowers in front of the Caribbean Reef.
  • Guests at a private Shedd event watch a cownose stingray swim in the Caribbean Reef exhibit

Celebrate your wedding day amid the splendor of Shedd’s classic architecture and inviting habitats! From cocktails overlooking a Pacific Northwest coast where dolphins leap to your first dance in the marble grand foyer, your wedding and/or reception will reflect your singular style and taste. We work with notable vendors to create your dream event from the décor to the floral to the entertainment. Let Shedd make your special day perfect. Our animals will make it unique.

A newly married couple take their first dance in the foyer during their wedding reception at Shedd Aquarium.


The main foyer of Shedd Aquarium is set up with tables for a special event.

A newly married couple in the Caribbean Reef cuts their wedding cake, which is decorated with blue waves and bubbles.

A wedding takes place in the Abbott Oceanarium with beluga whales swimming in the background.

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One of Shedd Aquarium's galleries is decorated for the 2019 gala, with blue and purple lighting spotlighting glass tabletops and lucite chairs.

Seating is set up for a wedding at dusk on the Sick Family Lakeside Terrace.


Guests at Shedd Aquarium's 2019 gala are seated around the caribbean reef awaiting dinner service.

A newly married couple stand on the terrace during their wedding reception watching the fireworks from Navy Pier.

© WASIO Photography