A Drawing On A Napkin — How Southern Oaks Plantation Got its Start

As Southern Oaks Plantation approaches our 30th anniversary, we want to celebrate by thinking back to how things began: with a drawing on a napkin.

New Orleans natives Bobby and Sue Asaro, the founders, had successful positions in the medical field when they were newlyweds. The two of them had been working in the medical field for nearly ten years, Bobby as a vascular technologist and Sue as an ultrasound technician. While they were anxious, they knew they wanted to pursue a new challenge in their lives.

Bobby had found a new passion in photography. To progress his hobby, he would set photo shoots of weddings and soon, Sue was joining him in the events. Through all their creative and energetic efforts, Bobby and Sue became the most sought after photographers in the business.

Although things were great, Bobby noticed something missing. Working closely with brides, reception venues, and catering companies, he realized what that thing was. A personalized service — paying personal attention to the bride, groom, and their parents. To convey this idea, Bobby sketched the venue on a napkin for Sue while at dinner one evening. The first step toward the ambitious dream of opening their own reception venue was to find the right location.

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Driving down Hayne Boulevard one afternoon, Bobby spotted what would become Southern Oaks Plantation. A stately antebellum-style home, vacant and neglected at the time, held the potential to be the beautiful venue Bobby imagined. While friends and family tried to talk him out of the decision because of the property’s failed past, Bobby was convinced that this property would achieve success.

The bad luck hanging over the property vanished when Bobby and Sue Asaro opened the gates in January, 1987 and the first celebration was booked that same day.

With attention to detail, the Asaros have built something of excellence. Atmosphere, body language, and cleanliness are always carefully monitored during an event to live up to Bobby and Sue’s expectations of impeccable service.

The Asaros looked to the best in the business for inspiration: Walt Disney. Bobby has attended numerous seminars conducted at the Disney Institute and has modeled many pieces in the operation after the Disney theme. Hand-picked employees, each understanding the philosophy of top service at the Southern Oaks Plantation, properly attired and approachable are integral in our daily workings and are proud to be working in this tremendous establishment.

Among other awards and accolades, Southern Oaks Plantation has won the “Bride’s Choice Award” from WeddingWire, the only venue in Louisiana to be given that honor, and has been chosen as the “Best of Weddings” Pick by The Knot consecutively for the last three years. Bobby says that it was easy to become one of the top locations in the business, but as business grows, it has been a challenge to remain in that position.

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we will continue to be dedicated to improving the experience at Southern Oaks to exceed the expectations of every guest at every event and jubilation. To place a reservation or for more information about Southern Oaks Plantation, please contact us. We are happy to serve you!

Simplify Your Wedding Planning and Focus on the Magic

If you are like many brides, you have had an idea of what your wedding will look like since your were a little girl. You can see the flowers and the dress, and you know what music you want playing during the ceremony and the reception. What you probably did not see was the stress and frustration that many brides face when trying to navigate an overwhelming number of details, options, and packages.

Some of the stress is created by the anticipation itself and the knowledge that you have only one chance to get everything right. Then there’s the accompanying drama of dealing with family and friends who all have great intentions but fail to understand that they are not actually helping you. Frustration mounts, and you wonder where all the joy went.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

While we can’t change the troublesome family members or help you decide on bridesmaids, we can help de-clutter your planning process. At Southern Oaks Plantation, we offer a simple pricing and planning structure to create magical celebrations. We believe your wedding should be a memorable, stress-free experience. That’s why we avoid complicated per-person cost structures and multiple packages that just result in decision fatigue.

This simplified approach begins with our catering. Not only do we provide an unrivaled culinary experience and true “Taste of New Orleans,” we also use a cocktail-style menu with over 80 items available and included in every celebration. There’s no need to worry about complicated menus or meal preferences.

Whether you would like us to host just your reception or your ceremony as well, we have an experienced staff of wedding professionals who will help coordinate the entire event. We provide an array of in-house amenities from candle-lit centerpieces and an open bar to personalized music from our Disc Jockey and personal attendants and a private meal for the bride and groom.

We also offer several enhancements that can make your wedding a truly unique experience. Just a few options include a horse-drawn carriage, a New Orleans Jazz Band, fireworks, sushi chef, and carving stations, among others.

Planning your wedding should be exciting and magical, not stressful and disappointing. Contact us today to discuss how Southern Oaks Plantation can remove that stress and ensure that your wedding is the fairy tale you always dreamed of.

 

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Best All-Around Wedding Venue: Southern Oaks Plantation

If you are engaged, then it is an exciting time full of decisions that lead to a perfect day of joy. One of the most vital decisions a future bride and groom can make is choosing the perfect wedding venue. Southern Oaks Plantation is a premier wedding venue that has been serving clients since 1987. Southern Oaks Plantation offers couples a traditional wedding experience with breathtaking surroundings.

Southern Oaks Plantation was voted Best All-Around Wedding Venue by New Orleans vendors and was also awarded the Borrowed & Blue.com Gold Award. There are many wedding venues to choose from in the New Orleans area, but Southern Oaks Plantation is by far the best choice. Southern Oaks Plantation is the only wedding venue in Louisiana to win the “Bride’s Choice Award” presented by WeddingWire. Furthermore, The Knot has also named Southern Oaks as a “Best of Weddings” venue for the past five years. In 2012, Southern Oaks Plantation was selected as the “Best New Orleans Wedding Venue” by Brides Magazine. With the many prestigious awards Southern Oaks has been honored to receive, it is no wonder it is the best wedding venue in Louisiana.

For those who want additional charm, Southern Oaks offers a wide-range of ceremony and reception “Enhancements,” which include a horse-drawn Victorian carriage, a 1956 Silver Cloud Limo, a New Orleans jazz band, a fireworks presentation, and more.

If you want to learn more about our ceremony and reception services, then contact us! We can provide a one-of-a-kind wedding experience, which is why Southern Oaks Plantation is known as the Best All-Around Wedding Venue.