23 Stunning Wedding Dresses for a Rooftop Wedding

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If you’ve decided to have an outdoor wedding, there is truly no better location than a rooftop to set the scene for the big day. Rooftop weddings are the perfect blend of casual and chic, so it only makes sense that your wedding dress matches the vibe.

Sleek and sexy gowns are usually a go-to for these types of nuptials, however, don't let the venue restrict you from wearing the look you desire. Depending on the season, rooftop events are versatile enough to sport many different wedding gown silhouettes, from ballgowns to minis and A-line dresses. You can even try stepping out of your comfort zone with a blazer dress or an ensemble that boasts exaggerated ruffles.

Whatever style you choose, we've got you covered as we sifted through dozens of wedding dresses to find the best options for your "I dos". Keep reading for our favorite rooftop-approved wedding dresses. 

Best Mini Dress: ROTATE Ruffled Tiered Strapless Dress

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Size: EU 32-42 | Length: Mini | Materials: Recycled polyester 

You can’t go wrong with this fun and flirty tiered mini dress from ROTATE. Style the look with a pair of whimsical bridal heels and a slicked-back ponytail for a playful wedding day look. 

For a Spring Wedding: Oscar de la Renta Lace Midi Dress

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Size: 2-10 | Length: Midi | Materials: Polyester 

A daytime rooftop spring wedding pairs perfectly with this lace mini dress. The A-line silhouette offers a flattering and classic look that will never go out of style. 

Most Dramatic: Markarian Evora Pearl Beaded White Lace Gown with Detachable Bow

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Size: 0-16 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Cotton, rayon, nylon

This stunning number from Markarian is the perfect balance between statement-making and city chic. The bow is detachable so you can remove it when you’re ready to hit the dance floor for the night. 

Best Silk Gown: Markarian Aura Shirred Ivory Silk Satin Gown

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Size: 0-14 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Silk

We are dreaming of this dress at a rooftop wedding filled with greenery and florals. The silk fabric gives the gown a luxe look, while the black belt and floral embellishment add a modern touch. 

Danielle Frankel Ingrid Dress

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Size: 0-12 | Length: Mini | Materials: Wool, silk

A blazer dress for a rooftop wedding? Yes, please! And there’s no better option than this fashion-forward blazer mini from Danielle Frankel. It’s also a great choice if you're headed to city hall before your intimate rooftop reception. 

For a Wedding Under the Stars: Cucculelli Shaheen Constellations 2

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Size: 0-14 or custom | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Tulle, organza

We cannot think of a more fitting gown for a rooftop wedding under the night sky. The metallic threadwork and crystal beads will twinkle just like the stars above.

Most Modest: Self-Portrait Ivory Blossom Sequin Tiered Maxi Dress

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Size: UK 4-16 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Polyester

For a more modest bridal look, consider this gown from Self-Portrait. The subtle puff sleeves and the twist neck detail are elegant touches, but our favorite part has to be the pearl and diamanté trim at the waist.

Best Sleeves: Self-Portrait White Shirred Dot Mesh Midi Dress

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Size: UK 4-16 | Length: Midi | Materials: Polyester

If your wedding falls on a chilly night, you’ll be thankful you have the sleeves from this mesh midi dress. The ensemble also features a flattering sweetheart neckline and is made from shirred dot mesh fabric. 

Best Set: Whistles Ariane Lace Wedding Co-Ord

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Size: UK 4-16 | Length: Midi | Materials: Polyester

Co-ord sets are becoming a popular option amongst brides, especially those looking for a more versatile ensemble. Consider changing out of the skirt and into a pair of silk white pants later in the evening for your second bridal look. 

Best Balletcore: Zimmermann Dancer Frilled Ruffle Tiered Gown

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Size: 2-10 | Length: Midi | Materials: Polyester, cotton, linen, silk 

This show-stopping number from Zimmermann is truly something special. From the ballet-inspired dramatic ruffles to the floral applique, this dress is a bridal look you will treasure forever. 

Best Ballgown: Vera Wang Nolwenn Strapless Princess Wedding Dress

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Size: Contact retailer | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Crepe, organza, net tulle

Sometimes more is more, and that could not be more true with this voluminous gown from Vera Wang. The tiered ruffles add a unique, but romantic touch, to the otherwise show-stopping ensemble.

Best Wrap Dress: Reformation Rya Silk Dress

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Size: XS-XL | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Silk 

Wrap dresses are an easy-to-wear and versatile option for your wedding day. Opt for this silk gown from Reformation that has loose-fitting puff sleeves for a subtle romantic touch.

For the Chic Bride: Amanda Uprichard x Revolve Samba Gown

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Size: XS-XL | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Silk 

You can never go wrong with this stylish halter neck gown for a sleek and chic look. The open back is also a sexy touch that balances out the high neckline.

For Your Second Look: Retrofete White Grace Mini Dress

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Size: XS-XL | Length: Mini | Materials: Viscose, sequins

If you want to switch up your outfit later in the evening, look no further than this sequin mini dress from Retrofete. It has long sleeves and is made from a heavier fabric, which is perfect for when the sun goes down and a cool breeze steps in. 

For the Minimalist Bride: Watters Gemini Gown

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Size: 0-16 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Polyester

For a simple, effortless bridal look, we love this halterneck gown by Watter. The low back features dainty tie detailing, and it would look amazing alongside a city backdrop.

Best Non-White Option: ML Monique Lhuillier Perrie Dress

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Size: 0-16 | Length: Mini | Materials: Polyester

Have a bit of fun with your bridal look by opting for this cheeky pink sparkly mini for the big day. It’s the perfect option for brides looking for an unexpected and playful look.

Best Off-the-Shoulder: Rebecca Vallance Bridal Genevieve Off-Shoulder Crêpe Gown

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Size: 0-12 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Crepe

This off-the-shoulder gown features dramatic puff sleeves and a modern V-shaped cutout along the neckline. Follow the styling lead and pair yours with drop earrings and a mini purse.

Best Asymmetrical Hemline: Grace Loves Lace Carmen Gown

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Size: S-XXL | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Lace

Asymmetrical hemlines are hot right now, so jump on the trend with this eye-catching number from Grace Loves Lace. The wide straps are also great for supporting bigger chest sizes.

Best Lace: Grace Loves Lace Sofia Wedding Gown

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Size: Custom | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Lace

Is there anything more lovely than lace? This faux wrap-style lace gown is truly a vision. For a unique touch, the dress features a scalloped hemline at the train.

Most Statement-Making: Alessandra Rich Feather Embellished Mini Dress

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Size: 0-10 | Length: Mini | Materials: Silk, feathers 

For a party-ready bridal look, try out this Alessandra Rich feather embellished mini dress. Change into it for your second look or rock the dress all evening.

Best Tea-Length: Azazie Dolores Wedding Dress

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Size: WD 0-30 | Length: Tea-length | Materials: Satin, tulle 

There’s just something so effortlessly elegant about tea-length dresses. Style with a simple bridal heel for a daytime rooftop wedding look.

Best Under-$100 Option: Lulus Pure Romance Gown

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Size: XS-XL | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Polyester

Jaws will drop when you share that this gown is under-$100. The flattering square neckline and darted bodice give this dress an elevated and luxe look, that also happens to be incredibly timeless. What’s not to love?

Amsale Taffeta High-Low Hem Dress

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Size: 00-28 | Length: High-low | Materials: Taffeta 

Fall for this high-low taffeta dress from Amsale. The back features a cut-out and a petite bow as a sweet touch.

What to Look for in a Rooftop Wedding Dress

While there is no right or wrong dress to wear for your rooftop wedding, there are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping for your day-of look. First, consider the weather. If you’re having a rooftop wedding in the middle of the summer, you should opt for a light and airy gown. On the other hand, rooftops can get windy and bring a chill, so if your event is in the spring or fall you should consider a dress that is a bit warmer, or make sure you can wear a jacket on top. Also, if you are leaning toward a shorter ensemble, make sure that it won’t fly up with a gust of wind. The last thing you want is to spend the whole night trying to hold your dress down. 

  • What kind of dress should you wear for a rooftop wedding?

    Rooftop wedding dresses are generally a bit more casual and city-chic, but you can wear whatever style of dress you are most comfortable in.

  • How should you style a rooftop wedding dress?

    Rooftop weddings are a great opportunity for more whimsical brides to show some personality through their ensembles. Try out a statement bridal heel or fun jewelry to make the look your own. Also, make sure to incorporate a shawl or light jacket as it could turn a bit windy at night.

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Contributing writer Melony Forcier is a recent graduate starting her career path in beauty and fashion journalism. Before graduating, she interned with both Boston Magazine and Foundation PR. Additionally, she served as a fashion editor for Boston University's lifestyle magazine, The Buzz.

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