BRIDES Florida: Miami's Top Rooftop Venues

Updated 02/15/16
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It's hard to find a bad view of Miami, especially when you're sitting perched above the city in one of these scene-stealing rooftop wedding venues. Whether you want to throw a reception under the stars in the heart of downtown or prefer a more secluded beachfront affair, these five rooftops will show off the spectacular views you're after.

Stockholm-born designer Martin Brudnizki was the mastermind behind the Thompson's look, which is heavy on colors and patterns — which even extends up to the retro-inspired Vista Lounge rooftop space overlooking the water. Surrounded by palm trees and Mid-Century furniture with seafoam green, diamond-patterned tiles lining the floor, this spot is a tropical oasis with enough room for 180 guests to mix and mingle over cocktails. The hotel is also adding a retractable roof, so the venue will soon be available in rain or shine.

Photo: Courtesy of Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Sitting above Ocean Drive, Hilton Bentley's Skyline Terrace doubles as both a picturesque spot for a small ceremony of up to 120 as well as a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres — prepared by award-winning Chef Douglas Rodriguez. Not only is the cuisine star-studded, so is the beauty salon; experts are of course on-hand to get the bride-to-be and her party beautified to wedding-day perfection.

Photo: Courtesy of E11even Rooftop Lounge

For a reception that's just as hot as one of Miami's nonstop nightclubs, take the after-party up to E11even's swanky rooftop surrounded by skyscrapers in the heart of downtown. The open-air lounge is set up with sleek sofas and communal tables complete with firepits placed between for an ambiance that is "so Miami." This is done to allow parties (with everything from DJs to dancers) to continue late into the morning hours.

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A favorite for staycation-style destination weddings, the hotel boasts a two-acre rooftop Palm Grove pool terrace which has picture-perfect views of the city's skyline from its seventh-floor perch. Before sitting down to dinner, kick off your shoes and step into the knee-high wading pool with your guests as waiters make the rounds serving your signature, handcrafted wedding-day cocktail.

Photo: Courtesy of Viceroy Miami

When it comes to height, Viceroy's FIFTY Ultra Lounge is just about the best you can get. Set on the hotel's 50th floor, the indoor-outdoor lounge and its rooftop pool show off panoramic skyline views from a prime downtown location overlooking Biscayne Bay. You know what this means: plenty of Instagram-worthy opportunities for your guests.

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