Imagine this. Your wedding – housed in a famous art gallery, perched on the rooftop under the stars and accompanied with a stunning view of the Marina Bay skyline. Your big day is bound to mesmerise both you and your guests. As we take both our romances and skyscrapers up to the skies, we decided to explore rooftop wedding venues this month, and we discovered one of the most elegant rooftops in the heart of Singapore city.
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Aura, located on the top two floors of the National Gallery along Saint Andrew’s Road, is not a well-kept secret due to the attention it has gotten over the media (source, source). Ask any art enthusiast or foodie and they will most likely recommend this elegant Italian restaurant and sky bar that enjoys a panoramic vista of the Padang and Marina Bay. With great food that comes with such a mesmerizing view, it is no surprise that many locals and tourist flock to its posh restaurant under the ilLido group. Read below to find out how you can have this beautiful venue for your wedding day!
7 Reasons to have an elegant rooftop wedding at Aura
1. A rooftop solemnization with a stunning view of the Marina Bay
Aura’s elegant and modern dining concept will have you leaping for joy. Spanning across 9,000 square feet between two floors of the National Gallery, Aura houses both a rooftop sky lounge and a posh Italian restaurant for your wedding celebration. For your solemnization venue, exchange your vows on Aura’s romantic rooftop where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Marina Bay district and soak up the breeze and romantic vibes of Aura’s 168-seater sky lounge.
On a side note, at this spot, you also get an incredible and unobstructed view of the fireworks during the National Day Parade and New Year’s Eve. Given their close proximity to the Padang, guests at Aura can enjoy front row equivalent seats at the F1 Grand Prix!
2. Elegant dining at the Italian restaurant
After exchanging your vows and enjoying cocktails at the Sky Lounge, have your guests head just one flight of stairs below to Aura’s posh Italian restaurant for your wedding banquet. This 90-seater restaurant serves up some of the best Italian cuisines in town. The interiors are alluringly lined with marble and a luxurious finish. Beautifully decorated with high-end furnishing and commissioned with art decor, Aura’s Italian restaurant exudes the perfect elegant charm and ambience for your wedding day.
In addition, with relatives and friends having different preferences, more couples seek to have separate areas to host the two groups. For your wedding at Aura, you can host your older family relatives at the high-end restaurant for a more formal evening, and your friends can enjoy a more relaxed and casual ambience at the Sky Lounge. With Aura, you can have the convenience of having your celebration in one day and venue, yet enjoy a dedicated space for each group.
3. Savour delicious classic Italian cuisine
After feasting your eyes on the amazing view and classy ambience, it’s time to indulge your taste buds in tasteful Italian cuisine. Using fine and fresh ingredients, Aura’s upscale dishes are scrumptious and beautifully plated. Their homemade pastas come highly recommended!
We had the pleasure of tasting their 5-course wedding menu. My personal favorite is the Trofie Pasta with Boston Lobster which tasted fresh, succulent and flavourful, as well as the Beef Sirloin Steak which was tender, juicy and cooked to medium perfection.
We ended off the scrumptious meal with their signature Bailey’s and Hazelnut Feuillantine, which had an appealing sweetness and a crisp crunchy base. The rich hazelnut flavour paired well with the slight tinge of Bailey’s.
For your wedding, you can opt to for a 4-course menu for your guests, which begins with a starter, a pasta, a main dishes and a dessert served alongside with tea or coffee to complete your meal. Alternatively, if you prefer to give your guests the chance to mingle, you can opt for a buffet which comes with free flow champagne! We urge you to discover the world-class contemporary dining experience at Aura.
4. Indulge in an extensive wine menu
No hearty celebration is without drinks! For wine lovers, you will be psyched to hear that Aura has an extensive wine menu to pair with your main courses – their wine list has over 500 labels of both Italian and French persuasions!
Apart from wines, you can also opt for beers and cocktails to refresh your guests.
You also get to enjoy the visual appeal of their wine collection that is displayed along a wall in the restaurant. There is no doubt that good food paired with good wine and ambience is one of the best ways to celebrate your union.
5. Throw the ultimate after-party under the stars
Many couples look for party venues after the wedding banquet, but at Aura, the party never stops. As night falls, the Sky Lounge transforms into the ultimate rooftop bar. Enjoy toasting under the sky of stars and the dazzling Marina Bay skyline.
6. Host your wedding in the heart of Singapore city
Aura’s excellent location in the heart of Singapore city will be convenient for your guests to arrive at. The nearest MRT stations City Hall and Raffles Place makes Aura a very accessible location to get to. In addition, how often do we get to go to the National Gallery to enjoy the artistic ambience?
7. Meticulous service
Wrapping up on the dining experience at Aura, the staff at Aura are attentive. They strive to ensure that all your needs, both big or small, are attended to. Great service can brighten up any day and the team at Aura keeps that in mind when planning your wedding. In addition, with their experience in hosting events, Aura has a network of vendors from DJs to decorators to assist you in making your dream wedding come true, so it saves you precious time on research and coordination.
Aura marks our checkboxes of a great location, beautiful ambience and good food. Whether you are looking to celebrate your wedding at this 3-in-1 fine-dining Italian restaurant, trendy bistro and hip rooftop lounge, or having a meal there, we do predict spaces will be filled fast, so do submit your inquiries early to avoid disappointment. Enjoy!
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