Your wedding is supposed to be one of the most magical events of your life. Top hotels help in the execution of that by providing coordinators, supplying caterers and making sure loose ends are tied. And some resorts assist with the scenery — especially those that provide rooftop decks for nuptials. From gorgeous beach vistas to breathtaking views over bustling streets, these posh properties use the power vested in them to make your big day something to see.
Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Capri, Italy
If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding in Italy, look no further than the luxury Capri Palace Hotel & Spa. While the hotel has multiple rooftop terraces available for wedding ceremonies and receptions, our favorite is the one atop its Il Riccio Beach Club. The cliffside restaurant is located steps from Capri’s famous Blue Grotto, and the views here are soul-stirring—you’re standing on a white-washed deck overlooking the Mediterranean, the entire sky flooded with brilliant blue. In addition to this heavenly location, you’ll be treated to divine cuisine that echoes the seaside setting. One signature dish to add to your menu: raw red prawns with lemon-scented ricotta cheese and peaches.
Banyan Tree Bangkok
Exotic, luxurious and sensual is how we would describe the setting at the Vertigo and Moon Bar, a stunning rooftop location for an unforgettable Thai wedding. Open to the air and located on the hotel’s 61st floor—far above the chaos of Bangkok below—the lounge space is long and narrow, with incredible scenes of the night sky and stars. Book the Banyan Tree Eternity package, for example, and you’ll have a traditional Thai wedding ceremony—complete with Thai costumes—against the backdrop of Bangkok’s Sathorn Road skyscrapers. Then, savor an alfresco dinner at Vertigo—try the lobster spring rolls and roasted snow fish—and toast your nuptials with your complimentary bottle of champagne. Perhaps add a Vertigo Sunset (Malibu rum, pineapple, cranberry and lime juices) for good luck.
Trump SoHo New York
Swank, thy name is Trump SoHo. A glamorous New York City wedding is in store at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s SoHi Wedding Space—a glass-enclosed room located 46 stories above city streets. Ideal for intimate weddings of up to 80 people, the 1,500-square-foot space is surrounded by 13-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic vistas of the East River bridges and the Manhattan skyline. You can plan your ceremony for early evening to enjoy an amazing Hudson River sunset backdrop. While the rooftop location is a big draw for this Trump SoHo space, another is its ability to transform to match any wedding vibe, from classic to trendy. Want a romantic pink glow to illuminate the room? It’s just a matter of lighting, and the cutout petal design on the ceiling will match your magenta tulips on the table.
Montage Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Get a taste of Old Hollywood glamour with a wedding at the Conservatory Dining Room, a glass-enclosed rooftop location at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Montage Beverly Hills. The smaller space is suitable for more intimate weddings, but its size doesn’t make it any less dramatic. You can have your ceremony on the lush 5,000-square-foot Montage Terrace with Mediterranean-inspired tile and then retreat to your rooftop reception, where a long dining table outfitted with stunning flowers might form a statement-making centerpiece to the room. Guests will fancy top-notch cuisine alongside expansive vistas of the Hollywood Hills and evening sky. As the party heats up, guests can mingle on the rooftop deck to take in a cool breeze and city vistas.
The Peninsula Chicago
At the fourth-floor Terrace at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Peninsula Chicago, you can have the best of both worlds: an ultra-stylish, ballroom wedding ceremony and reception, mixed with an alfresco cocktail hour amid the twinkling Chicago lights. The rooftop Terrace is adjacent the Grand Ballroom, and overlooks Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. It’s outfitted with fashionable daybeds and tons of seasonal flowers (think tulips and daffodils in the spring; lush flowering vines and colorful buds in the summer months; mums, ornamental autumn plants and pumpkins in the fall). After the ceremony, your guests can mingle on the Terrace while they nibble on The Peninsula’s signature dim sum bites such as spicy beef gyoza and crab wontons, with a Ning Sling in hand—the signature drink featuring mandarin vodka, passion fruit, lychee and fresh mint. The view of Chicago landmarks such as the John Hancock building and Water Tower couldn’t be sweeter.
Photos Courtesy of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, Montage Beverly Hills and Trump International Hotel and Tower