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If you’re interested in getting married at The Peninsula Shanghai, you’ll have a great photo op: The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is right on the Bund, a popular wedding picture backdrop where local couples compete for prime positions on warm spring weekends. For dramatic photos, the hotel’s grand staircase is an option, and there’s a veranda right outside the pool that’s also a sought-after background. With prior arrangement, the wedding party can also take photos in the garden directly outside the hotel.
Aside from the photography perks, the Five-Star Shanghai hotel has some good onsite venues for the ceremony. Its Rose Ballroom doesn’t have any pillars, making the space big enough to hold more than 400 people. The gold-and-red ballroom also has a large stage and an open area for a cocktail reception. If you want an outdoor wedding, the 11th-floor Palace Suite comes with a 3,350-square-foot, wrap-around terrace. Couples can exchange vows there against the Pudong skyline. When it comes time for the party, there are three reception rooms, two coatrooms, a foyer and a private elevator at your disposal in the suite.