A Grand Entrance That Is Meaningful and Spectacular!

“I loved her first
I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first”

Here are lyrics from one of our favorite songs chosen for father daughter dances! One of the most sacred traditions we see in weddings are those sweet moments shared between father and daughter on the dance floor. However, at Southern Oaks Plantation, we want to highlight another magical moment that shouldn’t be limited to just a walk down the aisle. Whether you are escorted by your father, stepfather, grandfather, brother, or another important figure in your life – we want to ensure your entrance into your ceremony is completely unforgettable!

 

We take the phrase, “Grand Entrance” and give it a whole new meaning! Through sparkling lights, an enchanting horse and carriage and all of your loved ones awaiting you.. we create a truly remarkable setting for you and your escort to savor those moments before you ascend down the aisle!

 

Take a look at a few of our favorite entrances, from a fairytale carriage ride to a classic car – we can provide you with perfect accessory.

 

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Celebrating Carnival Season at Southern Oaks Plantation!

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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!

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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!

Bridal Buzz: Here what past clients have to say about their Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding!

You’ve envisioned your wedding your whole life, and when it comes down to it – selecting your wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you will make to bring all of your ideas to fruition. At Southern Oaks Plantation, we strive to ensure every detail is executed with perfection from beginning to end! However, we know that nothing speaks louder than reviews from our past couples! We’ve selected some of our best bridal lines along the way, so take a walk with us down memory lane and see why we are the clear choice to plan the wedding of your dreams!

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“From the first phone call up to the last dance, Mr. Bobby and his gracious staff handled my guests and the entire wedding party like royalty.”

– Shelita, Southern Oaks Plantation Bride

When we asked Shelita what she would say to other couples considering us as their venue, here is what she had to say:

If you are looking for the perfect venue that provides exceptional service, great food and a magical evening, Southern Oaks is the place.  From the first phone call up to the last dance, Mr. Bobby and his gracious staff handled my guests and the entire wedding party like royalty.   Every question I had regarding my wedding was answered, this venue provides everything and they do not try to upsell you on items…If you are a destination bride, no worries, they even have items in house for you to use, that way you are not shipping a lot of what nots or just in case you forget something they already have it in their inventory at no charge to use.  There are no hidden fees, upcharges or surprises.  Well, the surprises are what your guests will experience.  My wedding was Magical, Grand and Royal.  Everything was smooth and effortless, the staff operates this place like a well-oiled machine.  There is no running around, no one is confused and you, the wedding party and family members are assigned a concierge that ensures your culinary/drink needs are met.  The Food:  It is not your typical wedding plate of chicken, fish or buffet.  This place provides a Taste of New Orleans, I mean your guest will not stop talking about what they ate, how good the food was and how much food was being passed.  Amazing flavors and a huge variety.  There is no waiting, once the reception starts the food is being passed, this style was great because it also eliminated the hassle of seating charts, open seating was also another reason I loved this place.  Enhancements:  I chose to have a New Orleans Style Brass Band, Horse and Carriage, Carving Station and Fireworks, which made it a very grand time, my guest were over-stimulated with surprises.

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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.

– This destination bride knew exactly how to wow her guests!

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This Disney loving bride knew she would wed at Southern Oaks Plantation since she was just a child!

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
Selecting Southern Oaks Plantation as my wedding venue was something I always wanted. When I got engaged, I knew from the start that this was the place I wanted to get married. My parents & my Aunt and Uncle got married at SOP, and I was lucky enough to be a part of both celebrations! I was around 6 & 7 when these weddings took place and Southern Oaks has been my dream wedding venue ever since! I also went to elementary school down the street from Southern Oaks and I can remember as a child always taking a peek when we passed. I was and am in love with this venue!

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Our bride, Harlea, loved Southern Oaks Plantation for many reasons, but most of all…

“Its Southern charm!! Everything from the venue itself to what it has to offer is what makes this venue so special. The whole night was a dream come true! If you are looking for a New Orleans meets Southern style wedding, Southern Oaks Plantation is the venue for you!!”

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Molly wed Brandon in 2018, and shared one of the highest compliments! After touring Southern Oaks Plantation, she KNEW no other venue could compare!

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
“After we visited Southern Oaks, Brandon and I didn’t even want to look at other venues. We were so impressed that they had thought of everything to take care of that we said yes right away!”

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Wedding Spotlight Andrea + Evan

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Tell us about your engagement.
Evan told me that we were taking some pictures for family for Christmas. We went to Jungle Gardens on Avery Island and he popped the question.
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In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The attention to detail is AMAZING. Every moment was beautifully planned and executed. We didn’t have to worry about a thing!
How did you and your partner meet?
Evan and I meet at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette our first semester in Drawing 1.
What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
The location is stunning and Magic and Majestic are a plus!
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What was your favorite moment of the night?
Dancing and visiting with all of our friends and family.
Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Melissa’s Fine Pastries
September Company Photography
Leaf + Petal
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What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
Southern Plantation is a MUST. We still get people telling us that we had the best wedding that they’ve been to.
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Photographer: September Company 
Florist: Leaf + Petal
Dress Salon: Town and Country (Hayley Paige) 
Bakery: Melissa’s Fine Pastries 

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!

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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!

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Planning a Winter Wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation!

Across the country, June is traditionally known as the most popular wedding, however with milder temperatures across the South and especially in New Orleans – we are able to celebrate your love all year long! We are seeing a trend of couples choosing to get married throughout the winter months due to less rain, additional availability, and of course the chance to don a stunning fur, or a stunning long sleeve wedding gown!

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Keep your guests extra cozy with a delicious Irish coffee or hot chocolate, hand crafted by our special events team!

Another fabulous part of this time of year is CARNIVAL SEASON! Celebrate Mardi Gras your very own special way with a classic parade rolling specially in your honor! The perfect February celebration!

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Here at Southern Oaks Plantation, there is even more of an incentive as we offer an exclusive discount to any couples choosing to get married during the month of February. If there is one goal we set out for, it’s to ensure the planning process is as easy as possible for our couples. In this case, you can find all our pricing and promotional details right here on our website! Consider receiving all of the “standard” amenities we offer here including over 80 menu items, unlimited bar, custom LED lighting, luxury linen and gold chiavari chairs, modern centerpieces, and our elite service team, here to make sure you have the most unforgettable night of your life!

Contact us today to begin planning the winter wonderland wedding of your dreams!

Celebrating 32 of Years of Southern Oaks Plantation

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“We had the presence of mind that it had to be done correctly from the very beginning or we knew it wouldn’t last.” – Bobby Asaro 

“We did the parents’ events, and now they are coming back for their children’s wedding, we just love it! We even had wedding recently and the bride had been a flower girl who sat on our steps, and knew from that day that she would get married here too.” – Sue Asaro 

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 the Asaro family will celebrate their 32nd year in business! With the ever changing scenery of the events in New Orleans, it was important for this family to establish their values and uphold a standard of impeccable customer service that has proven effective over decades of happy couples! Bobby and Sue tell stories of couples pulling them aside at recent weddings to share stories of their own weddings from 12, 15, and 20 + years ago. There was even one wedding in particular where their guest list boasted SEVEN couples that had wed at Southern Oaks Plantation! The stories of family traditions could go on and on, but one of our favorites includes Southern Oaks’ very own, Lauren Burgess. She wed here at the plantation in 2017 after working for the venue for nearly 12 years! Moreover, her mother and aunt had a DOUBLE wedding at the plantation 31 years earlier – what a remarkable family tradition.

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We thank you, our supportive clients and happy couples, for being with us over the last three decades! There is nothing we love more than being a part of the most special day of your lives! From a drawing on a napkin to here we are today.. Cheers to the next 32 years and many more!

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Wedding Spotlight – Andrew + Josh

From a fireworks surprise to a ride in the Rolls Royce, Andrew and Josh’s wedding was nothing but excitement. So happy for this wonderful couple and thankful that they chose Southern Oaks for their wedding!

Tell us about your engagement: We went to Rafian Brazilian Steak house for Thanksgiving dinner with Josh’s family. We went around the table and said what we were thankful for and Josh was last and said he was thankful for me and the proposed in the restaurant. People were clapping and Andrew started to cry because he was so overwhelmed with joy!

In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation? How organized they were. They are seriously a well-oiled machine and did not have one hiccup the entire time that we noticed.

How did you and your partner meet? Josh and I met on an online date website. I originally met him at Applebee’s for lunch which I was 30 minutes late because of a GPS issue. I finally made it and it was just so easy to talk to him. We ended up going to walk around the park which was nearby for about an hour or so. Later that night we went out to dinner and the Mavericks game. Josh had never been to a professional sporting event so it just made it even sweeter!

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue? We had read many reviews online plus when we were talking to the other vendors they raved about Southen Oaks. Once we drove up and walked in we both knew this is the place we wanted to get married!

What was your favorite moment of the night? Our favorite moment was when we were walking back down the aisle after we got married. They told us to stop at the fountain and BOOM goes the fireworks. That was a HUGE surprise. Both Josh and I were in awe how beautiful it was. And it didn’t stop there when Bobby picked us up in the Rolls Royce! Really made a big impact on the evening and it just got better from there!

Overall, they were amazing! I wouldn’t change anything they did.

In regards to other vendors, Andrew and Josh had rave reviews. “Ryan North was amazing! Pictures were on point! Our Cake from the Sweet Life Bakery was sooo good and moist and not dry at all!”

Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you? Lauren! She was amazing from the first time we walked into the venue until the sending us on our way after the party! I cant thank her and the staff enough for making the night perfect!

What would you say to other Grooms considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue? Just relax and let them do their thing.  They know what they are doing and just let the evening go and ENJOY!

Photographer: North Photography

Florist: Fabulous Flowers

Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Menswear house

Videographer: North Photography

Bakery: Sweet Life

Bridal Spotlight – Shelita + Michael

Tell us about your engagement!
Every year we attend the Macy’s Tree Lighting in Union Square, San Francisco to kick-off our holidays.  Well this year, Michael upped the ante by surprising me and asking for my hand in marriage.  It was December 24, 2017 Christmas Eve and we were trying to cross the street to head over to the ceremony of lights.  While waiting I can hear the sound of the street musician playing Al Green, “Let’s Stay Together.” I did not pay any attention to what was actually going on, however I realized that Michael disappeared in the crowd.  Now, the light is green and it’s time to cross the street I turned around and did not see Michael next to or behind me, it is because he was down on one knee, smiling, cameras everywhere and asking me to be his wife, singing “Let’s Stay Together.”  I was very surprised, I cried, my heart is racing and my hands were shaking as he placed the ring on my finger.  I lifted him up and placed my face into his chest and I said yes.  The saxophone player is now queued to play, Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings.” The crowd is joyously filming and clapping for the both of us, just unimaginable, what a dream. I will never forget the unexplainable feeling and I will always cherish how he carefully orchestrated such a romantic way to ask me to become his wife.

In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation is how picturesque it is. The space indoor and outdoor provides plenty of opportunities to capture great bridal photos. The interior of the space feels quaint yet grand. The interior colors, furnishings and light fixtures all richly complement each other. The exterior façade and color of the building is very breathtaking and romantic. The entire grounds are very well kept, it really feels like you are stepping into a fairytale.

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
My husband and I wanted to select a place that provided both the ceremony and reception at the same location.  We chose Southern Oaks, because they offered both and offer so many more transitional upgrades.  During our search we found that most wedding venues in New Orleans utilized the same space for the ceremony and the reception leaving nothing to the imagination for your guests.  Southern Oaks provided the total opposite and so much more.  I also wanted a traditional yet functional ambiance at the reception.  I did not want to see my guest sitting at round tables waiting to be served and forced to get up and dance.  My husband and I like to work the room at social events and we felt like having more of a social atmosphere works for our guests as well, and Southern Oaks offered this style which executed our vision perfectly.  The expansive New Orleans style menu, the enhancements and the impeccable service up to our wedding day just made every moment like reading a storybook with minimal effort.  My wedding planner, Ebony Pickettay said I was the calmest bride she had ever coordinated a wedding for.  I cannot take all the credit.  I owe it to Ebony and the great coordination of the staff at Southern Oaks.  I selected the perfect venue for a perfect day

What was your favorite moment of the night?
Our favorite moment was when we were escorted to a private room.  There we were greeted by our personal concierge to a table set for 2.  Once seated, the table was filled with all types of delicious cuisine in which our concierge graciously described each item to us.  Our glasses were filled with champagne and once they walked away, we prayed together and was able to take it all in as now Husband and Wife.  The moment was priceless.

What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
If you are looking for the perfect venue that provides exceptional service, great food and a magical evening, Southern Oaks is the place.  From the first phone call up to the last dance, Mr. Bobby and his gracious staff handled my guests and the entire wedding party like royalty.   Every question I had regarding my wedding was answered, this venue provides everything and they do not try to upsell you on items…If you are a destination bride, no worries, they even have items in house for you to use, that way you are not shipping a lot of what nots or just in case you forget something they already have it in their inventory at no charge to use.  There are no hidden fees, upcharges or surprises.  Well, the surprises are what your guests will experience.  My wedding was Magical, Grand and Royal.  Everything was smooth and effortless, the staff operates this place like a well-oiled machine.  There is no running around, no one is confused and you, the wedding party and family members are assigned a concierge that ensures your culinary/drink needs are met.  The Food:  It is not your typical wedding plate of chicken, fish or buffet.  This place provides a Taste of New Orleans, I mean your guest will not stop talking about what they ate, how good the food was and how much food was being passed.  Amazing flavors and a huge variety.  There is no waiting, once the reception starts the food is being passed, this style was great because it also eliminated the hassle of seating charts, open seating was also another reason I loved this place.  Enhancements:  I chose to have a New Orleans Style Brass Band, Horse and Carriage, Carving Station and Fireworks, which made it a very grand time, my guest were over-stimulated with surprises.

This place is gorgeous on the inside and outside, the pictures on their website are nice, however this place is much more impressive in person. Your guest can sit outside and enjoy the cafe tables around the pool where the music from inside is piping outside for their enjoyment. Your wedding at this place really raises the bar. Cut the Check!! 

 

Photographer: Kate Bunny Hampson, San Francisco

Florist:  Steve Baker, New Orleans

Dress Salon: Kingsley James

Tuxedo/Suit Shop:  Tuxedos2Geaux, New Orleans

Videographer: BHawk Videography

Planner: Ebony Pickettay, Addictive Events

Planning Your New Orleans Wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation

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A quintessential New Orleans wedding is an experience unlike any other. Whether you’re from the Crescent City or planning a destination wedding down south, Southern Oaks is here to make your Southern bash a grand affair.

We are the only plantation home located within 10 minutes of downtown New Orleans! Your guests can spend the day traipsing about the streets of the French Quarter, soaking up its magnificent history. Guests might even be interested in finding their own accommodations in the downtown area to really get the most out of their stay!

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While the magic of New Orleans shines year-round, one should be cautious of the city’s busiest event weekends as accommodations may be few and far between. While hosting a wedding during Mardi Gras may seem like the ultimate adventure, you should caution your guests to book accommodations far in advance. Other big weekends boast our beloved music festivals – most notably, Jazz Fest and VooDoo Music + Arts Experience.

To top off a magical weekend, you can send your guests home with a little New Orleans flair. Party favors are a fun way to incorporate some of our favorite New Orleans goodies into your wedding. If you’re a sweets fan, a little bag of pralines or Roman Candy is perfect! Or if you want to go the hot and spicy route, miniature bottles of hot sauce reign supreme. You could also send guests away with Café du Monde beignet mix or coffee grounds. The possibilities are endless!

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