Rooftop Design / August 28, 2018 / Juan M. Tate.
One of the first things to consider when looking at roof venues is the environment around it. It is an outside wedding and you want to make sure that your little paradise will not be disrupted by the sounds of a busy highway below or a steady stream of airplanes above. Spend some time at each potential venue at the same time of day you would have your ceremony or reception start to get a good feel for what will be going on in the area at that time. Also take into consideration how windy the spot is and if there will be adequate shade on a hot sunny day.
The style of a rooftop wedding can range in formality just like any other type of wedding would. In general a very full ballgown style wedding dress will feel like a bit much for a roof so if you want to wear something very fancy select a beaded gown with a more slim silhouette and make it dressier with a crystal necklace earring and bracelet set. A great idea for any outdoor ceremony is to select a veil which has a crystal beaded edge; not only will it be a beautiful complement to the crystal bridal necklace but the weight will help keep the veil from flying around too much in the breeze. Carefully inspect the surface of the rooftop site before selecting your wedding shoes and if it is at all bumpy or uneven opt for flats instead of high heels.
Doing your gardening on the roof also helps put off water from the rain. So you can count on your garden plants to soak in some of that rain runoff before the water level rises. Aside from rain runoff your roof garden can also act as an insulator. Your plants will be the ones to absorb the daily dose of sunlight. Rooftop gardening can also help promote a temporary shelter for birds. They may be able to dwell in this area for the time being.
If you opt to have your ceremony on a roof set up your altar fairly close to one edge so that your guests will see the stunning backdrop behind you as you exchange your vows. It is easy to create an aisle simply by the way in which you arrange the chairs for ceremony seating. When having a ceremony in a location with no altar or obvious focal point it is important to create one to draw the eye. In a Jewish wedding there will be a chuppah which will serve that purpose. For couples of other faiths or secular ceremonies there are plenty of other great options. You could stand on a platform with tall potted trees on each side. Or cover an arbor with flowers and greenery for a rooftop garden wedding. Another idea is to suspend a piece of beautiful fabric behind the altar space with a table in front to define the area.