Celebrating 33 years of pure excellence!

Southern Oaks Plantation is celebrating 33 years in business, and we are reflecting on some of the most impactful details that make up the essence of our cherished venue. We have created a brand that spans over decades, and we frequently see parents of our couples returning back to our venue years later to relive their experience through their childrens’ special day. There is one thing we can guarantee, we’ve mastered the art of perfection over our many years in business!
disney-wedding-southern-oaks-plantationCustomer satisfaction is where every decision made at Southern Oaks Plantation begins and ends. Owner and operator, Bobby Asaro, makes a point to go above and beyond for his couples and lives for the “WOW” moments and the look of surprise on his clients’ faces. For example, here is where our team shocked the bride and groom with Mickey and Minnie on the balcony, after the bride mentioned how much she loved Disney World!
stunning-new-orleans-photographyWe also boast the “GRANDEST” oak tree in all of New Orleans, and the only antebellum style home within ten minutes of downtown. The moment you step onto our grounds you are whisked away by beauty and the perfection of manicured lawns, grand ballroom, and stunning stables. There is truly no place on earth like Southern Oaks Plantation!

Are you ready to be treated like royalty? Our elite staff provides unmatched service, and wants nothing more than for you to feel like the center of our universe – because you are! From personal attendant all evening, to special touches to make the evening your own, you will absolutely live out your dreams of a fairytale wedding! Southern Oaks Plantation is where passion meets excellence.

So what are you waiting for? We invite you to be a part of our legacy, and experience all we have to offer! From our modern design and timeless atmosphere to delicious food and impeccable service, we provide the ultimate New Orleans experience you won’t find anywhere else!


Southern Oaks Plantation Is Your Only Destination!


New Orleans is consistency awarded as the top destination for weddings, and its easy to see why! However, you can only find the true New Orleans experience here at Southern Oaks Plantation! See why Brandon and Heather chose to plan their wedding from afar right here! 

A few notes from our bride…

Brandon and I met in New Orleans back in 2014. Brandon was in pharmaceuticals at the time and was there for work. I was in the city for my sisters Bridal Shower.

I am graduate of Loyola University and so is my little sister.  Many of our friends from College were still in the city.  Also, it is a quick drive from Atlanta where she lived at the time.

The Bridal Party and I were walking down Royal Street, shopping, walking and listening to music.  Brandon walked by with one of his colleagues and started up a conversation.  We kept talking for the duration of the trip (4 days). Had our first date at Muriel’s Jackson Square, and even met up after a Saints game.  At the end of the trip, he went back to Miami.  I went back to Los Angeles.  We did long distance for about a year, and then decided that we would both move to Atlanta.  After 5 years and 2 kids, we decided it was time to tie the knot.  New Orleans was the only place in our hearts that made sense.  New Orleans brought us together.


Why Southern Oaks?

Southern Oaks has the most stellar reputation.  A college girlfriend of mine is the owner of a well known bridal gown boutique in New Orleans.  I gave her a list of venues that I was considering.   I wanted her opinion knowing that she had likely been to all of them and knew the reputation of each.  She told me I had some great venues on the list, but that Southern Oaks was hands down the best location for everything that we wanted. Pictures do not do the property justice and each picture is amazing. Southern Oaks is the perfect backdrop.  It captures New Orleans in a way no other property can.


Wedding Day Standouts?

On the way to the Southern Oaks Plantation, it started to rain, and I was in the limo crying.  I knew the wedding would be beautiful regardless, but I wanted so badly for the wedding to be out front on the mansion porch.


As we got closer the rain stopped, but I just knew they had moved things inside.  To my surprise as we pulled up the drive, folks were outside drying the chairs.  When I get into the waiting area, everyone told me not to worry, they were going to do everything in their power to make sure it was outside.  Even if that meant starting a little later.  But they said that based on the radar, we should be good to go!  It was outside and it was amazing.  At the end of the ceremony, the fireworks just topped everything off perfectly.  Mr. Bobby even added a send off firework at the end of our Mardi Gras parade as a surprise!  It just sealed the perfection of that night.


That is just a few examples.  The atmosphere was perfect and the food unbelievably good.    There are so many wonderful things I could retell.  I did not have to worry about ANYTHING. Everything was exactly how I imagined, and literally not one thing went awry. I look back on that day and just can’t believe how magical it truly was.  People have not stopped talking about it.


Planning a Wedding From Afar

The idea of planning a destination wedding while managing life with 2 toddlers and a fiance, sounded like a bad idea.  Juggling 20 different vendors was just not an ideal situation.

Southern Oaks made it so incredibly easy.  I handled the cake, flowers and officiant and wedding string quartet.  Southern Oaks did all of the rest!  I just had to tell them what I wanted.  Between the picturesque venue to the amazing food. There is no where in New Orleans where you have so many options that add to your day and make it so special and unique.




Award Winning Chicken Sandwich

We heard there was a bit of a discrepancy on who has the best chicken sandwich in the city of New Orleans, so we decided to throw our hat in the ring. Based on a unanimous vote of all Southern Oaks Plantation couples, we present to you: the best chicken sandwich in the city!

This parmesan chicken sandwich is loaded with cheese, marinara sauce, and more cheese – and made bite sized to perfectly fit in your hand for optimal dining pleasure. Dreamed up by our master menu creator and owner, Sue Asaro, has knocked it out of the park once again! Why wait in long drive through lines when you can enjoy our sandwich with a glass of champagne in hand at a wedding you won’t soon forget! In the words of one of our recent grooms, “This sandwich is so good, I can’t even talk about it.”



Praline Chicken Found Only At Southern Oaks Plantation

If there is one thing we are known for here at Southern Oaks Plantation, other than the gorgeous oak tree, sprawling grounds, and impeccable customer service.. its THE FOOD! And there is one menu item that is a favorite among couples, their guests, and our vendors – its the praline chicken!

We hear it again and again, when some of our favorite photographers are back shooting a wedding, they always tell us “I’ve been looking forward to this praline chicken since this couple booked me!” What could be more exciting than creating a menu item loved by our industry peers? Although, our couples seem to love it just as much! Here are a few words from a recent bride: “The food was also AMAZING!!!! The venue staff sent Cody and I a to-go box of our favorite items on the menu.  When we got to our hotel room that night, before we went to bed, we were both so pumped about digging into that to-go box! Cody could NOT stop talking about Southern Oaks Plantation’s praline chicken…. it is TO DIE FOR!!” Well, if that doesn’t convince you its the  best, we don’t know what will!

Owner and lead chef, Sue Asaro, takes great pride in creating unique and innovative menu items to continue to impress our couples. And her talent knows no bounds! The praline chicken may be a popular item, but the recipe is staying safe here at Southern Oaks! That means, to give it a try – you must attend a wedding here with us! Your taste buds will thank you!


Southern Oaks Plantation, best food in New Orleans!

When you think of New Orleans, the first things that come to mind are jazz music, historical sites, and of course – THE FOOD! Southern Oaks Plantation prides itself on giving our couples the full New Orleans experience, and that experience begins with our impeccable cuisine. Our lead chef and owner, Sue Asaro, has filled the menu with over eighty delectable items included in every single wedding package. Why limit your guests to only a few options when you can give them everything, here at Southern Oaks Plantation!


I constantly receive compliments on how it was the best wedding people have been to and that the food was spectacular! – Kristina, Southern Oaks Bride


We just celebrated our 13th anniversary, and people are still talking about the beautiful venue and fantastic food! – Laura, Southern Oaks Bride


I trusted them with every detail and the staff at Southern Oaks made my beautiful day come true! And my guest can’t stop talking about the food! – Lizzie, Southern Oaks Bride


The most common compliment we get on our wedding day was that it was an absolute fairytale. From the horse and carriage, incredibly talented jazz band, the stunning grounds, insane food, perfect decor, and all the other bells and whistles (seriously, we could go on and on!) – Jordan, Southern Oaks Bride


I have never tried so many different appetizers, food, desserts & drinks! It felt great to be served & treated like royalty! – Blessed, Southern Oaks Bride




A True Taste of New Orleans

Beignets, Oysters, and Lucky Dog Hote Dogs are just a few of the classic items that come to mind when thinking of New Orleans cuisine!


When booking your wedding with Southern Oaks Plantation, not only will you receive our curated menu of over 80 menu items but you will also have the option to add in any of these New Orleans classics! We don’t believe your guests taste buds should be limited to a few items, we want them to get the full dining experience that our city is known for. Our innovative style of service is to ensure your guests are able to dine, drink, and dance the night away without ever having to wait in a buffet line. Our chefs study the latest and greatest menu items and combine it with tried and true traditional items to bring you and your guests the menu of a lifetime. Here are a few words that have described our food over the years.

“10 years later, our guests are still talking about the FOOD!”

“I want to get married all over again, just so I can have some more of that delicious food!”

“Southern Oaks Plantation should open a restaurant, the food was incredible.”

“We loved everything about our wedding, but the delicious food had to be our favorite detail!”


World Famous Cafe du Monde





Here, Every Day Begins With Once Upon a Time!

Here, every day begins with once upon a time.

Here, we make brides’ dreams come true.

Here, every detail is the most important detail.

Here, each moment is unforgettable.

That is the magic of Southern Oaks Plantation!


Here, at Southern Oaks Plantation, it is our mission to exceed your expectation in every way. From the moment you step onto our sprawling grounds you will notice an expertly manicured lawn, the most iconic Oak tree in the city, and what TLC has named the “BEST venue in the state of Louisiana!”

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In addition, Southern Oaks Plantation is the only antebellum style venue location within fifteen minutes of downtown New Orleans! While our grand façade is of true plantation style, the interior of our venue is updated in a modern style to perfectly accent any color palette whether bright or neutral.



Our all inclusive collections feature over 80 handcrafted menu items, luxury linens, custom LED lighting, professional DJ, and expert planning advice from our event team. We LOVE making your wedding dreams come true! southernoaksplantation







Wedding Spotlight: Annie and Ari

A true fairytale affair complete with stunning blooms, gorgeous details, and a carriage ride for the books! This Southern Oaks Plantation soiree is sure to stun.

Read more about this lovely wedding below!



Tell us about your engagement.
New Orleans has always been a special place to me. In fact, the very first time that I visited the city, after experiencing a 2nd line parade for the first time I said, “I am either going to get married here or my funeral will be here.” I absolutely loves the culture of New Orleans. Fast forward about 8 years. A trip to New Orleans was planned to visit my favorite city and attend the USF vs Tulane football game. After a few days of delicious food, French Quarter shenanigans and Nola Jazz, Ari decided that October 21st 2017 on the stairs overlooking picturesque Jackson Square and the St. Louis’ Cathedral he would pop the question. In front of a sizable crowd, Ari (visibly shaking) got down on one knee and asked me the most important questions of their lives “Will you Marry Me?” Of course I said, “YES!” after removing my spider themed fascinator and putting down my champagne to go cup. The crowd that had gathered cheered and as a newly engaged couple, we made our way to the Halloween parade and then to the USF game to celebrate!


In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?

Where do I begin? Southern Oaks captures the southern elegance and fun of New Orleans. The food is fantastic, the venue is gorgeous, there is no detail overlooked. I would attribute the stellar experience we had at Southern Oaks, to the incredible staff. Truly, they embody teamwork and professionalism and it made my day absolutely perfect.


How did you and your partner meet?

Ari and I met in downtown Saint Petersburg, Florida on a Sunday evening, December 7th, 2014. We always have a witty debate when describing exactly what type of establishment Ferg’s is when telling our story. See Ari likes to refer to the location as a “restaurant” while I am honest about the fact that it is more of a “sports pub.” Ari was simply picking up a quick bite to eat and preparing for his Monday meeting when I walked in with a friend. Being the gentleman that he is, Ari quickly offered me and my friend a seat and started chatting with us. Before we knew it, Ari and I had been chatting for a couple of hours. Before the night was over, Ari asked for my phone number and called me the next day to invite me to lunch at Seasons 52. It didn’t take long for us to realize that the spark was something special and we have been inseparable ever since.


What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?

I knew from the moment I walked in the door, it was the perfect venue for our wedding. Lauren gave us the grand tour and we were in absolute awe of the décor, warmth and elegance of the space. I had done my research and everyone had the same (yet very different) magical experience at Southern Oaks Plantation. Magic and Majestic (the gorgeous white horses) were just the icing on the cake!


What was your favorite moment of the night?

The night was so incredibly beautiful and special but two moments stand out in my head. The first moment, was right when I walked in the ballroom, before the wedding, and saw everything in place and set for the first time. It was just incredible. Everything that I could have asked for. It was simply breathtaking. The second moment was when my Dad and I came around the corner and our guests saw us entering on the horse and carriage. There was a gasp of excitement… no one expected that. It was a moment I will never forget.




Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?

There is no better florist than Bella Blooms Floral. Dee, the owner, is second to none. She knew what I wanted when I did not even know specifically what I was looking for. Her expertise and talent are incredible. We had so many compliments on the florals.



Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?

Lauren was my go to girl for months and month’s leading up to the wedding. She responded to my never-ending list of questions immediately and with such detail. She was a total rock star. Of course, I have to mention Mr. Bobby, the heart and soul of Southern Oaks Plantation. The weather went from 0% to 100% chance of rain on our wedding day. I had dreamed of this outdoor wedding under the oaks with the carriage and fireworks for a very long time. As it inched closer and closer to 7 o’clock it was looking like that dream was going to have to be revised. As soon as we arrived at Southern Oaks Plantation, Mr. Bobby came to find me and assured me that he and his team would do everything that they possibly could to make my dream come true. And they delivered.



What would you say to other couples considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?

You can’t go wrong with having your wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation. It will be perfection and your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come. So many of our guests told Ari and I, and my parents, that our wedding was absolutely   the best wedding they have ever attended and likely ever will. We are hoping that we are invited to attend a wedding at this specular venue in the near future.



Photographer: Studio Tran Photography –  https://www.studiotran.com/ – @studiotranphotography

Florist: Bella Blooms Floral – https://www.bellabloomsfloral.com/ – @bellabloomsfloral

Dress Salon: Truly Forever Bridal – https://www.trulyforeverbridal.com/ – @ trulyforeverbridaltampa

Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Men’s Wearhouse – www.menswearhouse.com – @menswearhouse
Videographer: Bella Productions Wedding Films –
http://mybellafilm.com/ – @bellafilmsn
Bakery: Chasing Wang – www.
http://chasingwang.com/ – @chasingwang


Celebrating Carnival Season at Southern Oaks Plantation!



Mardi Gras is widely regarded as one of the most popular events throughout the city of New Orleans. From the detailed floats, to the classic brass bands, to the ever popular marching bands – this treasured holiday is highly anticipated all year long!


We at Southern Oaks Plantations have always been enamored with the magic surrounding carnival season, and decided it shouldn’t be limited to just once a year! This timeless event is the perfect way to wow your guests, whether local or destination!

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We are thrilled to bring you a celebration unlike any other with you and your partner as the Grand Marshals of this unforgettable event! Consider all go your guests gathered together in front of our grand mansion, and the brass band begins to play! Excitement fills the crowd and the real fun begins as you roll down our grand oaks starring in your very own parade!

The Essence of Southern Oaks Plantation

Southern Oaks Plantation is traditionally known for its sprawling grounds, grand columns, and stunning oaks. Its no secret that you feel the magic as soon as you enter the property, or see Magic and Majestic trailing down the path! However, the spectacular scene continues as you step through our front door!


Welcomed by a spiral staircase and a sparkling chandelier, the indoor aspect of the plantation is just as stunning! The inspiration behind the design was to create a traditional yet modern backdrop, that could easily compliment a variety of color palettes. Whether your wedding colors included bold and bright patterns or subdued neutrals, your details would be easily complimented by ours. Our extra large glass wall facing the exterior pool and stables also gives a feel of an outdoor space with full protection from the weather. You can enjoy the outdoor view while also being able to witness the first dances!

From the custom LED lighting packages, top of the line linens, gold chiavari chairs, and modern hand selected centerpieces – we’ve created a world of elegance – included for every single couple!


Our elite events team takes pride in ensuring every detail throughout the property is perfectly executed for your wedding. You will be sure to find every thing your heart could desire here at Southern Oaks Plantation!