Rooftop Design / September 8, 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.
What else should you think about when planning a rooftop wedding? For a sunny afternoon you may wish to provide a shady tent where guests can get out of the direct sun. Depending on what is already in place you can choose virtually any style of decorations from garden style to contemporary. Last but not least dont forget to have your photographer take plenty of pictures of everyone with the stunning view in the background.
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.