Undoubtedly, one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process is choosing, and securing, the perfect venue for your big day. Chances are you’ve seen a huge variety of options, from traditional churches to beaches to backyards and old barns. Lately, it’s becoming more and more popular to take the high road for venue selection, quite literally. Year after year, you’ll find more weddings hosted on rooftops, and this selection of photos is a testament to why rooftop weddings are the next big thing.

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Bayly & Moore

The most obvious reason to love rooftop weddings? It’s your wedding day, and you already feel like you’re on top of the world, so why not actually go there? No matter where you get married, the bottom line is that you’re starting a life with your best friend. You may be nervous, excited and any other array of feelings, but most importantly, you’re ecstatic. Shout it from the rooftops. Literally!

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Couple of Dudes

While you’re up there, take a look around at everything you have before you. That’s right, the whole city, the whole world. On this, the day of your wedding, you’re taking a step out into the universe as part of a brand new, awesome team, and you have all the options, all the possibilities in the world at your fingertips. There’s something to be said for looking out over the horizon as you take your vows to join this team.

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Emily Gualdoni Photography

Aside from adding a beautiful element of symbolism to an already wonderful event, hosting your nuptials on a rooftop offers a great choice for brides aiming for a more non-traditional ceremony. It’s 2015, and it’s time to admit that no two brides are the same. In fact, some brides, like this one, have too much personality and expression for any roof to hold, so the only logical venue is an airy, uncapped space for their love to roam free. Not only does a rooftop provide plenty of space and open air, structural elements, like these beams, can give your wedding photographer extra options for posing you, which almost always results in more stunning photographs for your D-I-Y wedding photo album.

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Natalie Champa Jennings

While we’re on the topic of photographers, the perks of lighting on a rooftop are worth a post all their own. Photographers, film makers and camera operators the world over will wait patiently and rearrange their schedules to capture the light of what’s called “The Golden Hour,” just as the sun rises or sets. If you’ve never been on a rooftop, just imagine how much stronger that perfect lighting would be the closer you get to the source (that’s the sun). In other words, going for a rooftop wedding will make your photographer happier than you can imagine, not to mention it will give you the most gorgeous photos you’ve ever seen of the most important day of your life.

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Susan Stripling Photography

This idea goes for pictures you aren’t even in as well. Sure, a well-taken shot of your hand-picked dress will look amazing no matter what’s behind it, but it’s tough to deny that capturing it flowing above the city you’ll forever remember as your city of love has a certain something that takes the photograph to the next level. Obviously you won’t choose your venue based on photo backdrops, but know that it’s a perk, and a beautiful one at that.

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Karen D Photography

Want more perks of a rooftop love party? How about the fact that sunlight is proven to increase happiness, health and beauty? Naturally, your guests will likely already be thrilled and in high spirits to share in your big day, but saying “I do” on a sunny rooftop is sure to add a giddy sense of freedom and joy to your wedding’s atmosphere, not to mention it actually has health benefits like enhancing mood and boosting the immune system. Everlasting, free wedding favors, anyone?

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Aralani Photography

Harnessing the sunlight in all its glory isn’t just an aesthetic mood-setter. It can also save money and the environment all at the same time! Think about it. If you take your loving oath out in the beauty of the natural sunlight, there’s no need for the energy required to keep your venue well-lit. The sun takes care of that! So not only are rooftop weddings beautiful, they’re also a great option for eco-friendly brides, or ladies who just aren’t into artificial lighting!

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: John Newsome Photography

These two make it clear, though, that it’s not all about the sun. As amazing and happy as a rooftop wedding can be in the light of day, it’s equally as gorgeous and ambient after hours. With the lights of the city, your city, surrounding every side, it doesn’t take much more than a few well-placed lighting options to create the perfect atmosphere for your first dance as man and wife. Even if your guests aren’t the dancing type, can you really think of a time sitting on a softly lit rooftop in the summer air didn’t lead directly to happiness and smiles?

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Julie Pepin Photography

One of the coolest things about taking your vows on a rooftop is that your city, the place where your love story officially began, is captured forever in photos, and eventually your wedding album or photo book. This is one of the most important events you’ll ever be part of, and you’ll likely want to remember every single detail, especially one as important as where it all took place!

Your wedding venue is one of the first decisions to make when planning the big day, and it can definitely be the source of a lot of stress. Get ready for internal questions like, “Where is big enough to hold all our guests?” and “What venue captures our love the best?” If your backyard is the perfect spot to describe your love, or if the church you were raised in is the only place you can imagine getting married, by all means, go for those venues. But if you’re looking for something with a fresh twist to entertain your guests and avoid feeling even the slightest bit claustrophobic, consider a rooftop. You won’t regret it!