As one of the most enviable features of New York City is its skyline, it makes sense that many couples flock to this glittering city to take advantage of the many stunning rooftop venues. Even couples who might be initially overwhelmed by the hustle and noise of the city, are charmed by the idea of a NYC wedding when they look to the sky and discover an impressive offering of event spaces allowing couples to infuse their big day with the vibrant energy of the city, while being well above the chaos—it’s a total win-win. So if you’ve been yearning for an open-air city wedding, filled with glamour and charming touches of nature, dive into our list of favorite rooftop wedding venues in New York City.
On the top of a printing press building from the 1920’s sits 14,000 square feet of rooftop terraces overlooking the glittering urban jungle of New York. Serving as a blank canvas, couples can transform the open air venue of Tribeca Rooftop into whatever type of wedding wonderland they have in mind – from whimsical, romantic or bohemian, to vintage, rustic or alternative, this rooftop is sure to please.
If couples desire a portion of their celebration be housed indoors, the party can flow inside to the 1,100-square-foot cherry wood dance floor that is housed in a room 12-foot high ceilings and an in-house pinspot lighting system. In addition, exquisite service is of top priority at Tribeca Rooftop, as they provide wedding parties with a private entrance and dedicated elevator attendants and valet service. While the space doesn’t provide overnight accommodations, they do keep the bridal party comfortable before the big event in plush bridal suites.
Typical Cost: $230 to $320, not including food and drink
Bonus: The taste buds of all guests will be treated to deliciousness with the seasonal menus offered by the in-house caterer, and desserts provided by Duane Park Patisserie.
Perched above 5th Avenue is the Rainbow Room’s 620 Loft & Garden, a venue so iconic it has been featured in endless television shows and movies. But even more impressive than its on-screen fame is its awe-inspiring, on-site aesthetic. As this rooftop fantasyland is adjacent to St. Patrick’s Cathedral – so close you could toss a stone and hit one of the stunning spires of the gorgeous church – the venue flawlessly blends into the historic architecture.
In addition, the space itself is magical, with manicured gardens, a reflective pool, fountains, and breathtaking views of Rockefeller Center, which is especially resplendent during the winter holidays. And to top it all off, the Rainbow Room provides specialized wedding menus, filling your guests with some of the finest food in New York City. For those hoping to host a wedding that is the epitome of glamour, look no further than 620 Loft & Garden.
Typical Cost: Starts at $15,000
Bonus: The all-inclusive packages offered by this venue provide a one-stop-shop for almost all your wedding needs.
With the Empire State Building as its backdrop, and 360-degree views of Midtown, this aptly named venue offers a quintessential New York City experience. The 4,400 square foot terrace of this elegant space is wholly unique, as it features a retractable enclosed rooftop, allowing couples to achieve the outdoor ambiance year round. Come rain or shine, nuptials at Midtown Loft & Terrace go off without a hitch.
Although the views from the terrace would be enough to make this a coveted event space, it takes its appeal up a notch by offering a landscaped garden, mahogany decking, brick walls and natural lightning, ensuring all photos are stunning. In addition, the terrace provides an indoor space that emanates sophistication with copper windows, antique copper light fixtures, and a fireplace. Whether you’re hoping for a balmy summer wedding, or nuptials amongst the snow, Midtown Loft & Terrace is an ideal venue in the sky.
Typical Cost: $6,500 to $9,000
Bonus: The in-house production company can provide up-lights, draped ceilings, chandeliers and an illuminated sky bar.
A garden oasis high above the busy streets of New York City, the Gramercy Terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel is a mesmerizing event space that features a retractable roof and gorgeous indoor spaces. These indoor spaces include three living rooms that exude a type of Bohemia for the 21st century, as they seamlessly blend an eclectic assortment of styles, highlighted by custom-designed furniture and joyful splashes of color. But before guests even reach the rooftop they’ll be treated to a journey through artistic wonders, as the hotel is filled with original works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Fernando Botero, Richard Prince and others.
However, the Gramercy offers more than just a luxurious atmosphere with their attentive wedding planners who support couples in crafting a customized menu, designing a breathtaking lighting plan with candles and ceiling light installations, in addition to connecting them with the best floral, invitation and wedding cake designers in the city. This is where you go to have a first class wedding.
Typical Cost: $2,500 to $30,000
Bonus: The Gramercy not only offers a dreamlike wedding venue, but allows couples and their guests to treat themselves to one of the most deluxe overnight experiences in New York.
Encouraging creativity, and taking a hands-on approach to helping couples construct their ideal wedding ambiance, The Lofts at Prince are a dream for those wanting their wedding to be infused with originality. To create more mental space for that creativity, this space takes a load off couples’ to-do lists by offering chairs, tables and furniture. Oh, and they also set-up, clean up and break everything down for free. Yes, please.
In addition to the promotion of creativity, simplicity and affordability, The Lofts at Prince does an excellent job at impressing your guests from the moment they enter the space. The lobby of this chic space is a stunner with 100 year-old front doors, restored glass in the foyer, preserved metal tin ceilings and an elegant period elevator. You might have to do some convincing to get folks up to the roof. (Just tell them two outdoors bars await!)
Typical Cost: $1,000 to $5,000
Bonus: This space is seriously flexible, allowing you to select your own vendors and bring your own alcohol.
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Bailey Gaddis is a travel writer and author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. In addition, she works as a childbirth preparation educator and birth doula who supports mothers-to-be and new mothers. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.