Rooftops are such a glamorous, chic, memorable, and versatile backdrop for a wedding.
A striped-back space, you can adorn them in lanterns and string lights, or keep simple and let the view do the talking.
From iconic New York buildings, to chic Parisian retreats, we've scoured ceilings, and climbed atop sky scrapers and sought out penthouses to find you the most coolest, best, and most spectacular venues on the planet.
Introducing the Bridal Musings guide to the 10 Best Rooftop Wedding Venues in the World…
Tribeca Rooftop, New York
Tribeca Rooftop (along with its sister venue Three Sixty) is the quintessential rooftop wedding venue. The 12th floor roof boasts stunning views across the New York skyline, with the Empire State Building, downtown Manhattan, and the Hudson River all in its eye line.
Along with a roof space for al fresco ceremonies, an indoor penthouse makes this an all-weather venue, with a chic industrial vibe, that plays host to some of New York's most glamorous weddings.
Kensington Roof Gardens, London
Photos via Kensington Roof Gardens
Photos by Mavric Photography
Kensington Roof Gardens in West London is a very cool place to get married. Not only is it a swanky venue (and a fabulous restaurant and very cool nightclub) owned by none other than Richard Branson, but it offers couples the perfect paradise oasis for a big day in London that feels more like a destination bash some place exotic.
With a selection of outdoor spaces to choose from, the Roof Gardens boast boasting a Spanish garden complete with stunning Moorish architecture, a flamingo pond (with actual flamingos!) and a pretty ivy clad terrace for chic sit-down receptions (along with some indoor options too). This gem of a rooftop is one of the most unique wedding venues in London (and beyond). Read about Elizabeth's visit to Kensington Roof Gardens here.
Photos by Lebua Hotel
Lebua is perhaps one of the most sensational spots on the planet for a wedding. The spectacular 63rd floor rooftop of the State Tower in Bangkok is home to the fabulous Sky Bar and exquisite restaurant Sirocco along with the luxurious Lebua hotel below.
Famed from the movie, The Hangover 2, your event at Lebua will be somewhat less chaotic, with world class food and incredible cocktails. Sky Bar has been named “The Most Stunning Rooftop You'll Ever See” by the New York Times. With utterly breathtaking views across this Thai capital, this is a dramatic backdrop for a sunset elopement dinner, or a seriously spectacular wedding.
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
Photo via Four Seasons Hotel George V
The Penthouse Terrace of the The Four Seasons in Paris has to be one of the most romantic places to dine in the world. It makes us want to elope just thinking about it. Not quite big enough for a 150+ wedding party, if you're planning nuptials just for two, this is the place to do it.
Sheer luxury, impeccable food, and iconic views over Paris' Golden Triangle, all in the privacy of your own rooftop suite. Enchanting, captivating, and spine-tinglingly gorgeous – what a place to celebrate the start of your married life together?
Hotel London, West Hollywood
Photos via The Hotel London
Photos via The Hotel London
The Hotel London is the perfect place for a fabulous Hollywood wedding. This 10th floor rooftop venue takes in the best of LA's views with the Hollywood Hills to one side, and the lights of Downtown LA on the other. At the same time iconic, stylish and alluring, the poolside venue stocks an array of fab features from teak benches and glossy lounge chairs to chic fire pits and luxury cabanas.
A refined and elegant choice for a cosmopolitan California wedding, (with Michelin star food from the Gordon Ramsay restaurant) party under the stars in one of the most glamorous rooftop wedding venues in the world.
Villa La Vedetta, Florence
Fancy getting married to the same spectacular views as Kim and Kanye? Um, of course you do. The terrace at Villa La Vedetta offers beautiful views over the Italian city of Florence. This romantic 5 star villa is a stunning destination for an Italian wedding.
Backed by rolling hills, with views over the River Arno, with the terracotta rooftops of the city below, (and some of the seriously glorious sunsets) this is a rather special place to get married.
Loews Hotels Regency, San Francisco
Photo via Loews Hotels Regency San Francisco
Photo by Orange Photography
Photo by Sasha Wedding Photography
Photo via Loews Hotels Regency San Francisco
With its 40th floor skydeck, and views over the city and across the bay, Loews Hotels Regency San Francisco is one fabulous rooftop for a wedding. Just imagine the sun setting over San Francisco bay as you say your wedding vows. Wow.
With the iconic Transamerica Pyramid in its eye-line, and Alcatraz in the background, you can take in some of the city's most famous sites from your wedding. A 5 star hotel with fabulous food and impeccable service, if you're looking for an elegant soiree in San Francisco, this is the place to have it.
620 Loft at The Rockerfeller Centre, New York
Photos via The Rockerfeller Centre
It's certainly one of one of the most iconic buildings in New York, and it's got some rather sensational landmarks dotted around it, yep, the 620 Loft & Garden at The Rockerfeller Centre is a one of a kind wedding venue.
Overlooked by St.Patrick's Cathedral, and overlooking Fifth Avenue below, this rooftop garden boasts manicured lawns, a reflective pool and some pretty spectacular surrounds, (at Christmas time it looks over the world famous ice skating rink!) With year-round facilities, and room for 120 guests, this entirely versatile and totally unique venue is one of the most awesome places to get married in New York.
Shoreditch House, London
Shoreditch House is a very stylish private club in East London that's a laid-back hangout for cool young celebrities and business people, and doubles up as an unpretentious intimate rooftop wedding venue.
A pretty setting that at once feels a world away from the city around it, but at the same time scores views of nearby landmarks, like the Gherkin and Heron Tower. This sixth floor rooftop has a backyard feel with BBQ eats, and a nearby swimming pool and lawn terrace. If you're looking for all the glamour of a city rooftop wedding, with the charm of an intimate dinner, Shoreditch House is a wonderful collision of both.
Photos via Luminaire
Last but most certainly not least, we're venturing down under to take in one of Melbourne's most wonderful views, at Luminaire. This chic and cosmopolitan rooftop event space, is the perfect all-weather rooftop wedding venue. Aptly named, this venue is flooded with natural light by day, and adorned in glistening lights from the city at night time, a beautiful backdrop for a wedding.
Elegant, dramatic, and entirely breathtaking, this sprawling space, with room for 250 for a sit down dinner (and that's just inside!), if you're planning a gala bash in Melbourne, this stunning rooftop will guarantee the wow factor.
Have you been scouting for rooftop wedding venues? Let us know if there's any we've missed in the comments below!