Best Rooftop Weddings: Where to Go and What to wear

IF A CITY WEDDING SEEMS PEDESTRIAN, GET MARRIED IN THE SKY.

BY RACHEL LEONARD AND SALLY KILBRIDGE

A MODEL POSES DURING THE MARCHESA BRIDAL SPRING/SUMMER 2017 PRESENTATION ON APRIL 13, 2016 IN NEW YORK CITY. (PHOTO: THOMAS CONCORDIA/GETTY IMAGES)

A MODEL POSES DURING THE MARCHESA BRIDAL SPRING/SUMMER 2017 PRESENTATION ON APRIL 13, 2016 IN NEW YORK CITY. (PHOTO: THOMAS CONCORDIA/GETTY IMAGES)

IF A CITY WEDDING SOUNDS CONGESTED, DIRTY, OR SIMPLY PEDESTRIAN, HERE’S A QUICK SOLUTION; LOOK UP. ROOFTOP WEDDINGS PUT AN ENTIRE METROPOLIS AT YOUR FEET AND COME WITH SUCH APPEALING EXTRAS; LIKE COOLING BREEZES, OUTRAGEOUS VIEWS, STELLAR SUNSETS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOP FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE DRESS THAT CAN HOLD ITS OWN AGAINST A BACKDROP OF TWINKLING SKYSCRAPERS. PAIR THE PERFECT VENUE WITH A SHOW-STOPPING GOWN AND TAKE MARRIAGE VOWS TO NEW HEIGHTS.

 

PARIS

PARIS SHANGRI-LA (PHOTO: PARIS SHANGRI-LA)

PARIS SHANGRI-LA (PHOTO: PARIS SHANGRI-LA)

WITH GUSTAVE EIFFEL’S MASTERPIECE FRONT AND CENTER, THE TERRACE OF LA SUITE SHANGRI-LA, PERCHED ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THIS PALACE-TURNED-HOTEL, MIGHT BE THE WORLD’S MOST ROMANTIC SPOT TO TIE THE KNOT. IN ADDITION TO COMPLETELY UNOBSTRUCTED EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS (THE ENGINEER WAS DETERMINED TO BAN CONSTRUCTION AROUND HIS MONUMENT), THE 1,000-SQUARE FOOT SPACE SURVEYS MONTMARTE, LES INVALIDES, AND THE SEINE.

WHAT TO WEAR:

 
YOLAN CRIS. (PHOTO: BARCELONA BRIDAL FASHION WEEK)

YOLAN CRIS. (PHOTO: BARCELONA BRIDAL FASHION WEEK)

 

PLAY A STYLISH COQUETTE IN THIS TULLE CHARMER BY YOLAN CRIS. DUBBED THE MULLET (SHORT IN FRONT, LONG IN BACK), THE CORSET-INSPIRED CONFECTION IS EMBELLISHED WITH FEATHERS AND AN ASYMMETRICAL EMBROIDERED APPLIQUE.

LOS ANGELES

LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD. (PHOTO: LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD)

LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD. (PHOTO: LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD)

THE LARGEST SUITE IN LOS ANGELES—THE LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD’S PENTHOUSE ROOFTOP—COMES WITH A TERRACE BIG ENOUGH FOR EVEN THE GRANDEST WEDDING. AND IT’S IDEAL FOR PUBLICITY-SHUNNING CELEBS: THE IN-SUITE ELEVATOR AND STAIRCASE LEAD TO 5,000 SQUARE FEET OF ENTIRELY PRIVATE, CHIC OUTDOOR SPACE (THE SUITE WAS INSPIRED BY VIVIENNE WESTWOOD), WHERE UP TO 300 GUESTS CAN ADMIRE THE BRIDAL COUPLE EXCHANGING VOWS SURROUNDED BY A 360-DEGREE L.A. PANORAMA.

WHAT TO WEAR:

 
ISABELLE ARMSTRONG. (PHOTO: DAN LECCA)

ISABELLE ARMSTRONG. (PHOTO: DAN LECCA)

 

WITH ITS DRAMATICALLY DEEP V-NECK AND VOLUMINOUS SIDE DRAPING, ISABELLE ARMSTRONG INTERPRETS HOLLYWOOD GLAM IN OFF WHITE SILK GAZAR. THE SCULPTED SHOWSTOPPER REDEFINES THE BALL GOWN WITH ITS STRONG, RED-CARPET STROKES.

MIAMI

HIGHBAR AT DREAM SOUTH BEACH. (PHOTO: HIGHBAR AT DREAM SOUTH BEACH)

HIGHBAR AT DREAM SOUTH BEACH. (PHOTO: HIGHBAR AT DREAM SOUTH BEACH)

TAKING ITS CUE FROM THE SUPER-GLAM 1970S, HIGHBAR AT DREAM SOUTH BEACH COMBINES CLUBBY GOLD ACCENTS WITH AN INFINITY POOL, PROFESSIONAL DJ BOOTH, AND FULL-ON VIEWS OF THE ATLANTIC. IF ELBOWROOM ISN’T A PRIORITY, IT’S POSSIBLE TO SQUEEZE 275 GUESTS INTO THE LARGELY WHITE-ON-WHITE SPACE; WEDDINGS OFTEN END WITH MUCH OF THE BRIDAL PARTY IN THE POOL.

WHAT TO WEAR:

 
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FOR KLEINFELD. (PHOTO: DAN LECCA)

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FOR KLEINFELD. (PHOTO: DAN LECCA)

 

MAKE AN ENTRANCE TO THE SOUND OF A THOUSAND CLICKING CAMERAS IN THIS BREEZY DELIGHT FROM CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FOR KLEINFELD BRIDAL. THE SATIN MINI SKIRT MAKES THE MOST OF A BEACH BODY; THE FEATHER-DUSTED ILLUSION OVERSKIRT ADDS A LONG DASH OF BRIDAL GLAMOUR.

 

ROME

THE PALAZZO MANFREDI. (PHOTO: THE PALAZZO MANFREDI)

THE PALAZZO MANFREDI. (PHOTO: THE PALAZZO MANFREDI)

THERE’S UNDENIABLE APPEAL TO EXCHANGING MARRIAGE VOWS IN THE ETERNAL CITY, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE BACKDROP IS THE ROMAN EMPIRE’S MOST FAMOUS MONUMENT. SMALL WEDDINGS HAVE A SPECTACULAR FRONT-ROW VIEW OF THE COLOSSEUM FROM THE ROOFTOP RESTAURANT AT THE PALAZZO MANFREDI. BONUS POINTS FOR A GLASS CEILING THAT SLIDES BACK WHEN THE WEATHER IS FINE AND FOR GENERAL MANAGER BRUNO PAPALEO, AN ENTHUSIASTIC WEDDING OFFICIANT.

WHAT TO WEAR:

 
MARCHESA. (PHOTO: DAN LECCA)

MARCHESA. (PHOTO: DAN LECCA)

 

AS ROMANTIC AS THE SETTING, MARCHESA’S OFF-THE-SHOULDER TULLE GOWN EMBRACES THE HOTTEST TREND OF THE YEAR. FLUTTERY SLEEVES AND A SOFTLY FLARED SKIRT STRIKE AN ELEGANT SILHOUETTE, WHILE IVORY THREAD WORK AND ORGANZA RIBBONS DELIVER SERIOUS CHARM.

 

LAS VEGAS

GHOSTBAR AT THE PALMS CASINO RESORT. (PHOTO: PALMS CASINO RESORT)

GHOSTBAR AT THE PALMS CASINO RESORT. (PHOTO: PALMS CASINO RESORT)

GHOSTBAR AT THE PALMS CASINO RESORT MAY BE KNOWN FOR ITS DAY CLUB SHENANIGANS (CONFETTI SHOWERS, ADULT-FRIENDLY PIÑATAS), BUT WEDDINGS HERE TEND TO BE MORE SOPHISTICATED. SOARING 55 STORIES INTO THE DESERT AIR, THE VEGAS SKYLINE SPRAWLED BELOW, THE FACILITY’S SKY-DECK CAN ACCOMMODATE 75 WELL-WISHERS; AFTERWARD, THE WHITE-BLACK-AND-FUCHSIA LOUNGE TURNS INTO A FUN RECEPTION SPOT.

WHAT TO WEAR:

PRONOVIAS. (PHOTO: BARCELONA BRIDAL FASHION WEEK)

PRONOVIAS. (PHOTO: BARCELONA BRIDAL FASHION WEEK)

BRADLEY COOPER’S GIRL OF THE MOMENT, IRINA SHAYK, ILLUSTRATES HOW PRONOVIAS’ BODY-HUGGING CREPE GOWN SHOWS OFF EVERY CURVE. GIVE THE LOCAL SHOWGIRLS A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY WITH HIGH-ROLLER DETAILS LIKE A MILE-HIGH SLIT, SENSUAL TRAIN, AND FEATHER-FESTOONED CUFFS.

 

NEW YORK

THE CONRAD’S LOOPY DOOPY. (PHOTO: THE CONRAD)

THE CONRAD’S LOOPY DOOPY. (PHOTO: THE CONRAD)

FOLKS WHO WAIT HOURS FOR A SEAT AT THE CONRAD’S 16TH FLOOR OUTDOOR BAR, NAMED LOOPY DOOPY AFTER THE HOTEL’S SOL LEWITT MURAL, SAY IT’S WORTH IT FOR THE HUDSON RIVER VISTAS, THE FRESH BREEZE, AND THE PROSECCO-AND-ICE-POP COCKTAILS. BOOK THE ROOF DECK FOR A WEDDING AND THERE’S NO WAIT—JUST PLENTY OF BOATS TO ADMIRE WHILE SAMPLING THE VENUE’S BOOZY TREATS.

WHAT TO WEAR:

 
MONIQUE LHUILLIER (PHOTO: DAN LECCA)

MONIQUE LHUILLIER (PHOTO: DAN LECCA)

 

STRIDE BOLDLY INTO MARRIAGE IN MONIQUE LHUILLIER’S STRAPLESS JUMPSUIT WITH A TULLE OVERSKIRT. A SWEETHEART NECKLINE AND ANTIQUE CHANTILLY LACE ADD A TOUCH OF TRADITION TO THE THOROUGHLY MODERN SILHOUETTE.

 

RACHEL LEONARD WAS THE FASHION DIRECTOR OF BRIDES MAGAZINE FOR 18 YEARS AND IS CURRENTLY THE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR FOR THE BRIDAL COUNCIL. RACHEL CAN BE FOLLOWED ON INSTAGRAM @_RACHELLEONARD

A MARKETING EXECUTIVE CURRENTLY LIVING IN ARIZONA, SALLY KILBRIDGE SPENT 20+ YEARS AS AN EDITOR AT BRIDES MAGAZINE. SHE INDULGES HER LOVE OF TRAVEL AND ROMANCE ON HERWEBSITE, A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO DESTINATION WEDDINGS.