Although Melbourne would like to think it has cornered the market in rooftop culture, Sydney was here first. For city slickers with dreams of glorious views and incredible sunsets on their wedding day, there are so many different rooftop venues to choose from. Each has its own attractions and ambiance, and one of them will feel just right for you.
From lavish opulence to beachside cool, to vintage charm, every reception venue has a story to tell and a romance to celebrate. Will it be yours?
We have compiled a list of the newest, oldest, biggest, smallest, most expensive and most affordable rooftop wedding spots in Sydney. If you want sky, sun, stars, surf, and most of all, a view, then look no further than the list below.
10 of the most amazing rooftop wedding venues in Sydney:
When you know that you are going to look like a work of art, and you want your day to be picture perfect, then an art gallery is the best possible venue for you. The MCA rooftop has unsurpassed views over Sydney’s lights and most famous icons such as the bridge, the sails, and the water. Catering is provided by two of Sydney’s finest event catering specialists – Culinary Edge in the Foundation Hall and Fresh catering in the Rooftop Venues and Sculpture Terrace. Their flair for delivering innovative menus using the freshest produce will ensure that your special occasion is a memorable one.
The Terrace Suites at Manly Wine offer a stunning view of the night sky and unmatched views of the bay. With a number of room options to choose from, Manly Wine is a place for many tastes and budgets, but the Terrace Suites are the one to choose if you are rooftop bound. Feeling like you are marrying somewhere in the Hamptons, you will be indulged with the luxury you deserve on this important day.
For a slick modern look that is so new, the paint still might be wet, come to the Japanese inspired Beachside Dojo at Manly. The perfect beach luxe setting for a seaside wedding ceremony or reception, this venue has been carefully curated to encapsulate a relaxed beachfront opulence. This private room has floor to window bi-fold doors opening out to your very own private split-level balcony overlooking Manly Beach, a private bar and a large alfresco space to make your dreams a reality. For crisp, white and cool, think Beachside Dojo.
We might be cheating a little bit with our definition of ‘rooftop’ here, but the Sydney Tower is so far above anything else that we think it qualifies. The view you get is certainly up to rooftop standards. With a sleek New York skyscraper aesthetic in mind, you can exchange vows and toast to your future while perched among the clouds. And with an option of a 3am curfew, you needn’t get sick of the sparkling water views in a hurry.
With an event planning team as experienced as the Novatel’s, a sweet and successful wedding day is assured. They know how important both the big and little details are, and will work to ensure that every bride’s day is exactly as she envisaged. With five-star dining, award-winning wines, views that go forever and a day you will never forget, you must choose the Novatel. End your evening with a champagne toast in your lavish and decadent honeymoon suite, and you will never want to come back down to earth again.
In Woolloomooloo, there is a gorgeous little hotel made just for unique romances and special wedding days. For a crisp, cool celebration that teases and lingers in your memory like a fine gin on your tongue, this venue is perfect for intimate rooftop gatherings and very personal parties. With incredible dining and renowned drink offerings, this place has been perfectly described as a little taste of good taste.
Designed like no other entertainment venue in Australia, Marquee is for the bride who wants that something extra. Located on the top tier of The Star with expansive views of Sydney Harbour, this versatile space can tailor to your every whim. Choose from a number of customisable food and beverage packages, and take advantage of their state of the art music and production technology. Celebrate with true style in an elite space, and be the absolute envy of all of your friends.
Say your vows under the bobbing lanterns, twinkling fairy lights, and Sydney stars. Their professional events team will help plan the perfect party with complete catering services tailored to suit your needs and budget. Their catering options are contemporary, generous and modestly priced, with a range of people pleasing menus, and they can also assist with entertainment, theme design, decorations and supplier contacts to create a memorable experience for you and your guests.
At The Rocks, you will find the Glenmore, one of the last surviving pre-Harbour Bridge buildings on Cumberland Street. With a history rich in stories and romance, you will relish the old-world charm of this hotel. From humble beginnings have come million-dollar views, and you will have the night of your life. Because they cater to smaller groups, the food is exquisitely created and celebrates the choicest and freshest seasonal fare and local wines. This hotel was built by brewers, however, and if your guests love a beer, then this place is ideal.
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From sultry, salty air to magical moonlit nights, you cannot surpass the originality of a Sydney rooftop wedding. The hardest part will be narrowing the selection down to just one.
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