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Sharon Naylor


Rooftop Parties: The Hottest New Wedding Trend

Posted: 12/28/11 12:27 PM ET

Leave raising the roof to the reception, and host your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, bachelorette party, after-party or wedding morning breakfast on the roof. Rooftop party settings are the new, hot trend, providing an elegant setting with a spectacular view, in a style that's purely you.

When Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo kicked off their wedding weekend, they welcomed friends and family to a sunset rooftop 'wedding shower' at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. Their rooftop party scene was set with white couches, chairs and ottomans for a lounge feel, a deejay spun music, and guests toasted them with martinis. The ultra-Tweeted photos from their event made this rooftop bash the new, hot soiree style.

Here are the top features of a rooftop wedding party:

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The blank canvas of an empty rooftop space takes on a clubby atmosphere with modern furniture and clubby lighting effects in vibrant shades of hot pink, purple, teal, or sexy red for a bachelorette party. The site might even have their own lighting pros. The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, for instance, has their own in-house production company that transforms an event space with lighting and special effects, as well as a state-of-the-art sound system.

Set up couches, ottomans, canopied daybeds, tallboy tables and bistro tables, plus coffee tables to provide ideal seating for guests. One or several bars can be placed wherever you'd like, and in cooler weather, fire pits may be placed around your rooftop party zone. That once-empty rooftop becomes your own personal, one-of-a-kind party space, including custom décor touches.

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