A rooftop isn't just the perfect perch for sipping sundowners during summer - they make for mighty fine wedding venues, too.
Need more convincing? Well, how about the fact that you're guaranteed to get gorgeous wedding snaps? Or that you can pick from celebrating at a bar, restaurant or swanky event space? And then you've got the general cool factor that comes with hosting your day on a rooftop. If it sounds like we have a soft spot for a rooftop wedding, we most definitely do - and we're pretty sure you'll have one too after taking a peek at these nine venues. Here, we've got a rooftop to suit all styles, from boltholes with sprawling timber decks and intimate European terraces to digs that might just become your go-to watering hole once the warmer months hit. Couples planning on getting hitched in autumn or winter are looked after too, because these venues can easily cater for cool-weather nuptials.
What happens when you mix Hamptons-style architecture with a Manly Beach perch, then add a dash of Japanese influence? You get Beachside Dojo. A brand-spanking-new venue, it has water views and a fresh, clean interior – in other words, it’s a little bit swanky. ‘Dojo’ in Japanese means ‘meeting place’, and the venue has two signature spaces – the Sunrise Dojo and Side Dojo – which can be hired separately or booked as one. The Sunrise Dojo comes complete with a split-level rooftop balcony that looks directly onto the Manly Beach foreshore, while the Side Dojo is perfect for intimate celebrations (and also boasts an outdoor balcony). The kitchen, led by Benjamin Orpwood of Toko fame, offers menus for both standing and seated receptions that are sure to impress even the fussiest of foodies. You’ll also have the opportunity to add an extra something-something to your reception with Beachside Dojo’s interactive food stations. With offerings like sushi and sashimi, cheese and dessert stations, you’ll probably have a tough time picking just one.
Prepare to feel a little bit (okay, a lot) swish when you host your wedding at Luminare
in Melbourne. By day, the open-plan venue is flooded with natural light, and when the sun goes down it’s the perfect spot to take in the stunning vistas. To the south of Luminare, you'll have sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay; to the north, it's all city skyline. The loft-style space is a true blank canvas, with a monochrome colour scheme and the flexibility to cater for a cocktail party with 500 guests (you know, for when you’re feeling ‘the more, the merrier’) or seated receptions of 250 guests. And don’t worry, there’s room for a dance floor too. The sprawling decks are dotted with outdoor furniture, perfect for resting weary feet. Luminare is operated by The Big Group, which means when it comes to styling you can call upon their sister company, The Design Depot. You’ll have access to classic and contemporary props such as Persian rugs, French chandeliers and Indian candelabras, as well as a team of styling pros who know just what should go where.
For a reception that’ll make your street cred jump up a few notches, you can’t go past Rocket Rooftop
in Adelaide. Sitting pretty above live music institution Rocket Bar, these rooftop digs could just be one of the city’s coolest venues. How do we know? Well, it even has an open-air cinema. That’s right, a cinema – so you can screen your super-hip wedding video for everyone to see. That’s not all Rocket Rooftop boasts, though. There’s also a bar that specialises in cocktails, comfy seated areas, Astroturf and a massive palm taking pride of place. The Rooftop can accommodate an event of up to 100 guests and has panoramic views of Adelaide.
If you fancy a side of contemporary art with a sleek rooftop, Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art
(GOMA) could be for you. GOMA’s Roof Terrace, an open-air space located on level four of the gallery, is one of the Sunshine State's most coveted wedding venues. It also has a sprawling over-hanging roof in case the weather takes a (rainier) turn on the big day. From the terrace, you’ll have views of Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane River and Brisbane City. To kick off your reception, start with arrival drinks and canapés in GOMA’s Café Bistro, before moving up to the rooftop. It’s not just arty vibes that GOMA delivers; it’s also the only state gallery in Australia that prepares and delivers in-house catering. Each wedding package includes tea-light votives, table numbers, printed menus and an events officer to help you through the planning process, but a cluster of swish extras – luxury dinner menus, platinum beverage packages, alternate drop service – are available too.
Okay, so we know this isn’t technically
a rooftop, but when it comes to views, they don’t come much better than they do at Studio Sydney Tower
. The New York loft-inspired design of these digs means the space is open and airy, and makes the most of those incredible vistas. It’s heavy on the contemporary feels, with timber panelling and mood lighting. With enough room to host both your ceremony and reception, having your wedding here means you don’t have to worry about trekking to another venue – and your guests won’t get lost. Bonus! The venue also sits smack-bang in the centre of Sydney, so that should help with navigationally-challenged guests too. Studio can accommodate sit-down and cocktail celebrations, with fare prepared by the kitchen team at 360 Bar and Dining (the revolving restaurant that’s also in the Tower).
In the heart of Melbourne’s CBD (on Flinders Lane, to be exact) you’ll find Tonic House Rooftop
, which sits four floors above the hustle and bustle of the city’s sidewalk. The rooftop flaunts panoramic views of the cityscape, and is kitted out with crisp white furniture and lush green foliage. A unique space for unique celebrations, the rooftop makes the perfect setting for sipping cocktails and grazing on canapes for spring and summer weddings, but winter brides can get their kicks at this venue too. During the chillier months, a pop-up marquee can be set up so you can still enjoy those views without the shivering shoulders. Tonic House Rooftop can cater for everything from all-out celebrations with 250 guests to small cocktail affairs and super-intimate dinners for 20.
in Perth has three distinct spaces available for weddings, including its signature rooftop bar, The Nest (which just happens to be the largest rooftop space in Western Australia, don’t you know). The colourful rooftop is dotted with vibrant furniture, lush greenery and day beds for when your feet can’t take standing in those heels any longer. The Nest accommodates cocktail receptions only, so if it’s a seated celebration you’re after, look towards the glam Bird Cage Restaurant and Bar on the first level of the Aviary. The venue is also within easy walking distance of a cluster of big hotels, and close to King Park and the Botanical Gardens.
A venue sure to up your wedding game, Siglo
sits on top of the European and Melbourne Supper Club. The sophisticated open-air terrace has views over Spring Street, Parliament House and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and counts the elegant Princess Theatre as one of its neighbours. Inside, the metal and glass pavilion houses the main bar and a scattering of armchairs; outside you’ll find the chequerboard concrete terrace. The al fresco area is high on the European vibe and has taken its cues from the cafés of France – think Parisian garden furniture and manicured boxed hedges. Siglo can cater for seated receptions of 80 guests, or a cocktail affair with 150.
in Perth’s Print Hall is named after Australian prime minister Bob Hawke and offers #nofilter views of the city skyline. Print Hall is a multi-level dining and bar precinct, with each level putting forward a different event space. The jewel in Print Hall’s crown is Bob’s Bar. Here, you can reserve sections of the space or book out the entire rooftop. The bar caters for cocktail functions only and sections can be reserved for smaller groups; parties of up to 80 guests can book out the entire rooftop. A red tile-clad bar stands smack-bang in the centre of the terrace, flanked by a scattering of places to perch, sit and stand. A cocktail menu boasts offerings including freshly shucked oysters with lime, crispy fish tacos with fennel slaw, and king prawn kebob with tamarind recado. Put simply, this venue is your go-to if you’re looking for a space that’s as elegant as you are.