If you are dreaming of a wedding witnessed by nothing but your friends, the stars, and all the lights of the city, then one of these venues is the right one for you. You simply can’t go past a rooftop wedding in Melbourne.
For city girls and boys at heart, a wedding that showcases Melbourne is the way to go. You may recoil at the idea of getting married somewhere rustic and country, or lush and green, but brighten up when you think of contemporary glamour and style. As a city that is both old and new at the same time, Melbourne has a multitude of hidden spots to host your perfect celebration. And the variety and creativity of photo opportunities for your album cannot be beaten.
Think of the iconic painted laneways, jazz-era style cafes, and ornate bridges overlooking the river and bay. Think of a picture on a vintage tramcar, or with the cathedral or the Arts Centre spire as a backdrop. If the everyday nuptial images seem repetitive and just not you, then take a look deeper into Melbourne’s heart and heritage for a city wedding that is completely different.
Here are the Top Ten Rooftop Wedding Venues in Melbourne
With an outlook that gives you the city on one side and the coast on the other, the historic Luna Park is a wonderfully fun choice for your big day. Held after hours in the adventure park, you and your guests can enjoy sideshows and rides all to yourselves. You can choose a reception in the Stardust room with drinks and canapes on the rooftop Moon Deck, overlooking the whole city. If you ever wanted an unforgettable wedding picture on a vintage carousel, this is the venue for you.
If you are looking for something special for your wedding, this place will make it even more amazing. With views of the city and over the Yarra River, you can say your vows with a truly extraordinary background behind you. The Rowing Club is more than just views, however, offering wonderful dining packages with food creations that are made from the heart, rich with flavours that create lasting memories. Giving you a modern party for a modern couple, the memories of this venue will stay with you for a very long time.
Perched on the banks of the Yarra and a stone’s throw from the CBD is the stunning purpose-built event venue called the Glasshouse. Described as a combination of sophisticated design with panoramic windows and vast ceilings, this really is a place to behold. Nothing but the best quality here, with a polished finish, on-trend features, and technology that will let you have the party of the century. The exceptional team here really know how to put on an event.
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If The Secret Life of Us has taught us anything, it’s that there is nothing cooler than a rooftop party in St Kilda. If your ideal wedding is a mix of salty air, gourmet food and signature cocktails, a pulsating atmosphere and unmatched ocean views, then you have to inspect Captain Baxter. Positioned in the upper section of the incomparable St Kilda Baths, your guests will be treated to a celebration, unlike anything they have experienced before. If you can imagine yourself wandering barefoot on the beach at dusk, then this might just be your venue.
In bustling Chapel Street is an authentic Mexican venue with a sweet rooftop vibe known as Fonda. If your style is more bohemian and laidback, and you are just looking for an awesome event space for you and your guests, then this hidden gem is definitely the one for you. Named for the fondas in Mexico, which are homes opened up as restaurants to the local community, the food served here is fresh, fun and will make you want to linger at the party for days.
Now for something completely original. The five-star Rydges on Swanston St can host your vows beside a pool on a rooftop. Throw in a balmy Melbourne evening, and you’ve pretty much just described heaven. With mouth-watering food options from the well-travelled chefs including canapes, BBQ, and roaming dessert, and top-quality bubbles and freshly made cocktails to toast with, the Pooldeck has a sexy sixties LA cool feel all over it.
Not technically a rooftop, but an exquisite penthouse space high up in the clouds, you will still be far enough above the city to feel the dizzying heights. Described as contemporary but elegant, stylish but intimate, you will struggle to find a comparable space in Melbourne for your wedding day. With an exclusive event planner and the experience of holding a large number of unforgettable and elite events, your peace of mind is guaranteed. Your guests will definitely be impressed.
See the city from above at Transit Rooftop Bar, with sweeping views up and down the Yarra River, across the CBD and south to the Arts and Sports Precinct. With heated outdoor terraces, unparalleled vistas and exquisite food from Taxi Kitchen, Transit is the ideal venue to start or finish an evening or to host your whole wedding. While away a crisp night or linger and enjoy wonderful hospitality, music, views, and refreshments.
For early-century charm that will make you feel like you are having drinks with Gatsby, come to Luminare. With 360-degree views of the stunning city skyline and Port Phillip Bay on the horizon, Luminare is an extraordinary venue in an unbeatable location. And that’s just the exterior! Inside you’ll find rooftop, loft-inspired interiors, chic furnishings, and fabulous food and drinks served by the best in the biz, The Big Group. If you are looking for an idyllic example of Melbourne’s rooftop culture, this is the perfect reception venue for you.
Blink and you’ll miss this one; pop-up reception venue Tonic House is managed by Larger Than Life Agency events group, and like all good things, will not be there forever. In the heart of the CBD on Flinders Lane, you can celebrate amongst the skyscrapers, and then continue your celebrations in any one of Melbourne quaint little laneway bars. For a true contemporary but timeless feel, and an event that people will still be talking about for years to come, check out Tonic House.
Go on, admit it. Half the fun of planning your wedding is getting to try out all of the venues beforehand. You need no other excuse to check out Melbourne’s skyline over and over again while sipping fine wine, tasting the sumptuous food, and selecting the ideal reception venue for your one-of-a-kind wedding.
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