Looking for a unique Australian wedding venue with sky-high appeal? There’s nothing more romantic than partying high above the city streets against a backdrop of twinkling city lights.
If you’re dreaming of a wedding day with panoramic city views, open-air vibes and uninterrupted horizons, you’ll want to read on.
We’ve rounded up our favourite rooftop wedding venues from right around the country.
Tips and tricks
Before we dive in, here are a few tips and tricks to consider when planning a rooftop wedding:
1. Plan for bad weather
Weather can be totally unpredictable! Be sure to have a wet weather Plan B up your sleeve in case the weather turns sour.
2. Watch the wind
Rooftop venues can get kinda windy. You’ll want to consider how this might affect your decor, making sure that all lightweight items are safely secured (..and if you’re planning to wear a veil, make sure that bad boy is clipped in real tight!).
3. Consider your lighting
Whilst sunsets make for a jaw-droppingly beautiful ceremony backdrop, shooting into glaring sunlight can be a little tricky for your photographer to work with. If gorgeous wedding snaps at the ceremony are a priority for you, we suggest chatting with your photographer about the best timing for a ceremony based on sunlight in the venue.
Okay, now, onto our favourite picks!
Classic grandeur meets contemporary style at Tonic House. This historic venue is one of Melbourne’s last freestanding original Victorian buildings. Now completely refurbished, this Flinders Lane venue is a true architectural gem. Be sure to take a peek at Reena and Andy’s real wedding for a stack of ideas on how to style this space.
A glass atrium allows uninterrupted views of the Canberra skyline, without any fears of bad weather raining on your parade. In this luxe rooftop space, you can watch the sun dip over the horizon, then dance the night away under a glittering night sky.
Image: The Howling Moon
With its heritage building outlooks, sweeping city views and a large decked area, The Terrace in Sydney city is the perfect blank canvas for your nuptials to unfold.
Image: The Terrace, One Farrer
Perched on the 6th floor, high above the historic warehouses below with sweeping views right across Perth, this roof terrace provides a private little urban escape for your nupituals to unfold.
Image: A Luxe Gold Engagement, The Day Weddings
This unique wedding venue in the heart of Brisbane offers stunning river views and park surrounds. With industrial feels and a picturesque setting, the indoor dining areas join directly onto the outdoor terrace allowing your guests to embrace the spectacular views.
Image: The Powerhouse, Brisbane
The largest rooftop space in Western Australia, The Aviary is a lush oasis nestled high above the city streets. With its enviable open rooftop, colourful design and views across the Perth CBD, The Aviary is high on our list of top picks.
Image: The Aviary
Boasting 360-degree views of the stunning city skyline and Port Phillip Bay, if you’re after a unique space to host your wedding day, Melbourne’s Luminare is definitely one to consider.
Image by Hikari Photography via The Style Co
Situated next to Sydney’s iconic Manly beach among the pines, this wedding venue is perfect for a beach-lovin’ couple. Beachside Dojo is architecturally designed with crisp white interior and strokes of Japanese infusion.
Image: Beachside Dojo
Siglo Bar is a historic terrace full of old world charm, featuring industrial steel, glass and neon. It opens onto striking city views of Melbourne, spanning the floodlit columned façade of Parliament, the spire of St Patrick’s Cathedral and domes of the Princess Theater.
Image: Siglo Bar
Cast your view at Sydney’s premier wharf-side oasis situated in the heart of lively Circular Quay. Overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House and waterfront harbour life, the rooftop of Cruise Bar is an ideal blank canvas space for you to unleash your creativity to create your dream event.
Image: Cruise Bar
Overlooking the treetops on Lonsdale Street, this inner-city hideout provides the perfect place to host a chic soiree. The retractable rooftop means you’ll be covered, no matter what Melbourne’s weather throws at you.
Image: Bomba Bar
Ultra-unique and oh-so-chic, a cocktail style wedding in the QT Lounge is sure to leave a lasting impression. Think: designer decor, a private bar, and a multitude of spaces for guests to lounge and mingle. Oh, and the views. Did we mention the views? Perched on the 15th floor, QT Lounge boasts views unlike any other, with panoramic vistas across the city and idyllic lakeside.
Image: QT Canberra
On the hunt for a Sydney beach wedding venue? Well, you simply can’t go past the Iconic Blue Room in Bondi! This beautiful venue offers incredible views across the infamous Bondi Beach, understated elegance and picturesque coastal settings. Image: The Blue Room, Bondi
A true adult’s playground, Dandy’s Rooftop and The Fox Hotel in South Brisbane is a kaleidoscope of colour and all things fun. In addition to its cheery decor, this vibrant rooftop venue offers a dedicated char grill kitchen, exquisite cocktail bar and spectacular views of the city nightscape. Image: The Fox
Consider yourself an art aficionado? Why not get hitched amongst some of the country’s best contemporary art? The Harbourside and Quayside rooms at the Museum of Contemporary Art enjoy uninterrupted views across the Sydney harbour.
Image: Museum of Contemporary Art
The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art boasts a sleek modern rooftop with a contemporary feel. The Open-Air Terrace is one of the city’s most coveted venues for weddings, with a surreal view overlooking Brisbane city.
Image: The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
Situated above one of Adelaide’s great live music institutions the Rocket Bar offers unique and hip venue in the heart of the CBD. Located on the top level of the popular Crippen Place complex in Adelaide’s West End this is a truly unbeatable destination.
Image: The Rocket Rooftop
The Horse, NSW
Set in the social hotspot of Surry Hills in Sydney lies The Horse; a historic terrace with an intimate open rooftop space. Swathes of twinkling fairy lights hang high overhead, creating a truly whimsical vibe.
Image: The Horse
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