New Orleans Inspired Enhancements

We’re sure you’ve all heard Bob Dylan’s homage to our city: “There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better.” We’re lucky to be in a city unlike any other and because of that, we like to celebrate with some of the Big Easy’s greatest traditions on your big day. We offer many enhancement packages that give a nod to what makes New Orleans so unique.

In the hotter months, it seems you can’t walk a few blocks without noticing someone carrying a colorfully-hued icy treat. For couples who want to add something sweet to their reception, we offer a Snowball Stand enhancement! There’s nothing better than taking a break from tearing it up on the dance floor with your favorite snowball flavor. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser on your big day!

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Speaking of sweet treats, you can’t fully experience New Orleans without beignets! We are so honored to offer the Café Du Monde Beignet Truck enhancement to our couples. Whether you’re from New Orleans or just visiting, it’s a long-standing tradition that can’t be missed.

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Another Southern staple for our foodie couples is Drago’s Charbroiled Oysters. An oyster stand is a popular choice at Southern weddings. Trust us when we say your guests will be coming back for more! Another New Orleans must-have is a Lucky Dog! There’s nothing more fun than the Lucky Dog Stand at your wedding. The iconic hot dog shaped cart is an instant hit and it sure does make for a great photo opp!

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Finally, the icing on the cake for a quintessential New Orleans experience… a Mardi Gras-style Parade! We’re lucky enough to live in a city that throws one of the biggest parties of the year, and we love to celebrate it! No matter the date, you can have a slice of the Mardi Gras fun year-round. Grab your beads and second-line umbrellas and get ready for the time of your life!!

Ceremony Enhancements at Southern Oaks Plantation

Its no secret that Southern Oaks Plantation is known for making your ceremony unforgettable. When you think of a horse drawn carriage, the classic rolls royce, or a stunning fireworks show to symbolize your new life together – these are all details that are encompass what your ceremony will entail at Southern Oaks Plantation.

We specialize in the spectacular, and continue to add new amenities to enhance your wedding day celebration. Our latest addition features an upgrade to our already stunning grand facade. We are so thrilled to introduce the custom LED lighting package, available to add to any ceremony package. Be sure to contact our event specialist for any additional information!

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Southern Oaks Plantation’s Serene Outdoor Setting

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It is no secret that Southern Oaks Plantation is known for the grand facade of our antebellum home, but another (just as beautiful space) is also available for all of our couples! Beyond the reception space lies our sprawling grounds including the stable, pool, and outdoor fireplace to create a new and unique atmosphere!

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Not only is this space the perfect spot to breathe a bit of fresh air, but provides a more serene space perfect for a plethora of our enhancements. It features its very own sound system, and can easily accommodate a smaller brass band or a string quartet.

Have you heard of all our available enhancements? From the famous Lucky Dog Hotdog stand to our Plum Street Snowball Stand (perfect for summer!) to our Drago’s Chargrilled Oyster Stand – this space is the perfect arena to showcase these delicious New Orleans’ classics! It also is the perfect way to surprise your guests with another layer of your amazing reception – in addition to the 80 menu items we offer at every single reception!

It also is where our famous “LOVE” sign is perched, which provides the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous photo for our couples, and their guests!

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While we absolutely love the famous backdrop of Southern Oaks Plantation, our outdoor space is just another wonderful addition we are able to offer all of our couples! We think you will love it as much as we do!

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Choose a Photographer that will Capture the Magic

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Once the dances are done, the “I dos” said, and the cake is cut, you are left with the memories of your dream wedding and – of course – the photographs!

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We want to ensure you are happy with the final product of all that was captured on your wedding day, and after 30 years in business, and many many years of experience in photography, we are sharing some of our favorite tips to help you select the best photographer.

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1. Invest in a professional
You truly do get what you pay for, and its important to budget for an experienced photographer. They will ensure you get all of the shots you’d hoped for, keep you and your bridal party on schedule and coordinate well with other vendors. They will also and and dress in a professional manner, and respect the wishes of you and your guests. You, your bridal party, and all of your guests have prepared for this event and will dress accordingly – its important all of your vendors dress professionally as well.

2. Meet them in person
The photographer is someone who spends the most time with you on your wedding day! Its important that you each have the same vision for your day, and that your personalities are compatible. This will also help you get a feel for how they will operate on the wedding day, and how they will interact with you, your partner and your guests.

3. Review their work
Is most of their work shot in the daytime, but you are having an evening ceremony and reception? Be sure their style aligns with the aesthetic that you’re hoping for so that your happy with your images.

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4. Trust Our Recommendation
Our favorite photographers are the ones that have shot at Southern Oaks Plantation again and again, because then we feel comfortable recommending their work to our clients. We know they understand the ins and outs within our space, and they are able to be efficient while also still capturing those creative moments. Whats even better is that they are able to capture the most detailed and unique shots, because they are familiar with our venue. However, the most important detail is that they will ultimately treat you the same we would – as royalty!

5. Your photos are one of the most important details of your wedding!
Think of your images as the legacy of your wedding that will be shown to your children and grandchildren. You want to look upon them and remember all of the beautiful details of your day, because they are truly the best way to capture the magic of the memories!

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Southern Traditions at Southern Oaks Plantation

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This southern infused wedding was the perfect match for Southern Oaks Plantation, from their carriage ride to dancing – every moment of this wedding shined!

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– Tell us about your engagement.
My husband had one of my best friends call me and ask if we wanted to go to the Kemah Boardwalk. It’s a boardwalk with tons of restaurants, rides and all kinds of shops and booths. I really didn’t want to go because it was June and hot! But she talked me into it because we had a lot of our friends coming and we were going to let all the kids play. Once we got there everyone was already there and they told me we were going to do a group caricature drawing. I thought to myself…do they do group caricature drawings? Well, I went along with it and we all sat in the small both, about 20 of us, and we waited for the artist to finish our drawing. As people were passing by I could see the big smiles on their faces and I thought to myself…“man this must be a really funny drawing!” Just before the artist was finished, I noticed there was a huge crowd of people watching us and then he slowing revealed the drawing. It felt like I sat there in awe forever because it took me some time to process what was going on. Then I turned to look at my husband and he got down on bended knee and popped out a ring. I was so surprised and couldn’t even speak.

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In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
I don’t know if I could pick just one best characteristic but for me it was the ambiance. It is so romantic and beautiful. For my guests, it was the food – they still can’t stop talking about how much they loved the food at our wedding.

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How did you and your partner meet?
Our company was hiring Operational Managers and Supervisors and I was the one who was doing the recruiting at the time. My husband asked me out weeks after that interview and I kept saying no and even after he was hired. He told me the very first time he met me, he knew he was going to marry me.

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What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
My husband’s family is from Louisiana and we wanted to have a wedding close to them. They have a large and very close family. We looked around everywhere and I found Southern Oaks online. The pricing was very reasonable, but when we made our visit I knew this was the place!

– What was your favorite moment of the night? The dinner we had together was my favorite. I loved that we could slow things down and talk about the wedding and our excitement.
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– Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Hair/Makeup – Flawless Bride – https://www.flawless-bride.com/ – flawlessbridellc
Accommodations – Astor Crowne Plaza – https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/new-orleans/msyla/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-CP-_-US-_-MSYLA – crownepliaza

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What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
We live in Texas and all my friends who are getting married I tell them it’s worth having a destination wedding. As a matter of fact, we talked one of our friends into making the trip and they fell in love with the place and had their wedding there last September!

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Photographer: Michael Caswell – https://www.michaelcaswell.com/
Dress Salon: Impression Bridal – http://impressionbridalstore.com/
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Jos. A. Bank – https://www.josbank.com/tuxedo
Bakery: Haydel’s Bakery – https://www.haydelbakery.com/site.php

The Brilliance of Southern Oaks Plantation

The brilliance of Southern Oaks Plantation knows no bounds!

The majestic quality of our expansive property is evident whether day or night.

From the moss covered oaks, to the dancing foundation, to the grand columns – we have carefully curated the perfect backdrop for your wedding. The royal treatment of you and your guests begins the moment they step into our impeccable grounds!

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Our elite events team works diligently to enhance your experience to ensure you have the best day of your live, however the service expands to each of your guests to create a memorable event they won’t soon forget!

The all inclusive packages creates effortless planning for you and your fiancee, and our team will help you cover all aspects of your event. On your wedding day you will be showered with a level of service you can rarely find elsewhere – this is our promise to you!

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New Orleans Destination Wedding with Texan Flair!

The best part about the couple that choose Southern Oaks Plantation is that each one has their own personal style they infuse into their wedding! Our neutral decor allows you to come right in and make the setting your own, through family photos, favorite colors, and more!

This wedding was filled with personal details! Both the bride and groom were in the military, and their reception showcased this through their adorable coozies and fun music! Not to mention, each table was not only filled with our beautiful centerpieces, but accented with years of family photos for their guests to enjoy! We love a couple who really has fun with the decor of their wedding, it definitely makes for a memorable event!

Take a look at the beautiful images captured by Diaz Nola! Its no secret this wedding was a fun one!

Venue – The Southern Oaks Plantation
Hair – Glam Nola
Flowers – Carrollton Flower Market
Tux – Men’s Warehouse
Videographer – Mary M Cinema

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Masters of the Grand Entrance

At Southern Oaks Plantation, we know the importance of a grand entrance! From fireworks to a surprise confetti show – the beginning of your wedding is sure to be a memorable moment!

We believe you should star in your very own fairytale the day of your wedding, and our elite events team will ensure you feel like royalty.

In addition to your guests being greeted with the impressive white columns and grand facade of this Southern Oaks Plantation, we provide a spectacular show unlike any other!

As the guests await the bride’s arrival, the audience quiets as they hear the telling pitter patter of our very own horse drawn carriage. Is there anything more fitting for a bride on her wedding day than greeting her guests in this way?!

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The magic doesn’t stop there, as we invite our brand new married couples back into the carriage to circle the entire property before ending right at our front step. You never know – we think you’ll have the perfect views for what comes next!

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What else is perfectly paired with a fireworks show other than a traditional New Orleans jazz band to lead your guests into your reception?! There is no better way to begin a party than with a classic creole tune!

Can you imagine that these extraordinary sites are just the beginning of your magical evening at Southern Oaks Plantation? You can guarantee that no detail will be left undone, and our team is dedicated to creating the perfect event for your wedding!

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Planning Your Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding

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Southern Oaks Plantation, we specialize in creating magical celebrations. Our doors are open for tours Monday – Friday with no appointment needed, because we want to be as accommodating to our clients as possible, even before the moment they step foot on to our venue!Our sprawling grounds feature a variety of amenities, including customizable LED lighting, luxurious linens in neutral colors, modern centerpieces, plus over 80 food items! However, we are most well known for our elite team of event professionals. Our staff strives for perfection, and will go above and beyond for every one of our clients, and their guests! We want you to feel like every moment of the evening is straight from the wedding of your dreams!

Named as the TOP wedding venue in New Orleans, we have spent the last 30 years perfecting the details to create an unforgettable experience your guests won’t soon forget! From the most sought after decor items, to an enchanting landscape, to your own personal parade, we consider every detail. Our team will work closely with each one of our couples to produce a stress free engagement by providing a list of New Orleans’ top event professionals, design assistance, and the ease of an inclusive wedding. When you arrive to on your wedding day, our goal is to make you feel completely blown away!

If you still aren’t sure of what to expect by planning your wedding on the beautiful grounds of Southern Oaks Plantation, take a look at some of our most recent testimonials!

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In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The beautiful grounds and the amazing staff. We are from New York City and planning a destination wedding with Southern Oaks was a piece of cake! They were so incredibly helpful and the day couldn’t have gone more perfect which is pretty amazing since we never even had to visit NOLA in between the time it took to find the venue and over a year later on our wedding day!
– Ashley

I could go on and on about Southern Oaks Plantation and how awesome everything about this place is. There are some things that really stuck with me through this experience though. The Thursday prior to mine and Cody’s wedding we went to the plantation for our rehearsal. I told Taylor to decorate the venue how they thought it should look for a wedding. They’re the professionals right? Boy, was I blown away on how everything looked! It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! During my reception, Cody and I were treated like royalty. I’m a very “ Do It yourself” kind of person, and the staff at Southern Oaks made sure I didn’t have to do ANYTHING myself. I didn’t have to worry about ONE single thing. EVERYTHING was taken care of. My mother is also very controlling, which is also why I chose this venue. My mom was able to wake up and relax on the day of the wedding. The mother of the bride,I feel always has a little added stress, and she didn’t have to worry about one single thing because Southern Oaks Plantation took care of every single small and large detail. During the whole reception Cody and I always had a full drink. I also loved the private dinner we got right after the ceremony. We were able to soak everything in, and enjoy one another as husband and wife. Another thing that also stood out to me was how well my grandparents were taken care of. My grandparents are 85 and 89 and one of my request was that they get taken care of before anyone else. Southern Oaks treated them so well. They were the first to try anything and everything on the menu, which I loved. The food was also AMAZING!!!! Southern Oaks sent Cody and I a to-go box home 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!! haha!! Cody could NOT stop talking about SOP’s praline chicken…. it is TO DIE FOR!!
– Allie

Is there any other feedback you’d like to include?
Southern Oaks is by far the BEST venue and has the BEST staff!! Everyone in the bridal party kept saying “We had our own attendants and it was awesome! We never went without a drink!” Also, since we live in Shreveport, most of our family and friends didn’t understand why we were getting married in NOLA…. They FINALLY understood when they saw the venue. They said it was a magical night!!!
– Ellie

Royal Enhancements Exclusively at Southern Oaks Plantation

Our all inclusive wedding packages are curated to ensure the ease of planning for each of our couples. Our sparking chandeliers and neutral decor were specifically chosen to coordinate with our brides’ style no matter their color palette or style.The famous Southern Oaks Plantation menu boasts over 80 items so that no matter your guests’ taste, everyone will find something they love! Custom linens, chivari chairs, DJ, gorgeous centerpieces, personal attendants, open bar, lounge spaces, and more.. just a few details that are included with every single wedding! However, we also offer a special variety of enhancements so that you are able to customize your wedding in any way you’d like!

Take a look at our list of royal enhancements, available for your wedding!

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Traditional Brass Band

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Lucky Dog Stand
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Famous Cafe du Monde Beignet Truck, a New Orleans Classic
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Star in your very own Mardi Gras Parade!
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