Adding a Little Fun + Flair to Your Reception

One surefire way to keep your guests shaking their stuff on the dance floor? Endless dance tunes and favors they can use all night long! After all the necessary wedding dances have concluded, it’s time to crank up the music and play music you know your guests will love to dance to! At Southern Oaks, your playlist is custom and completely up to you – your own personal DJ is included in every single wedding package at no additional cost. Once your guests are cutting the rug, surprise them with a fun favor!

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Koozies are always a hot commodity these days. With a wide color selection and custom design options, it’s the perfect favor to commemorate your big day. Your guests will use your koozies for years to come and remember the fantastic time they had at your wedding!

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Another fun option to add some flair to the dance floor? Glow sticks! With the lights down low, your guests will love this addition! The glow sticks that double as necklaces and bracelets are the way to go! That way your guests have their hands free to hang on to their drinks and shake to the beat.

One final favor that will definitely keep the party going is sunglasses! There’s just something about slipping on a pair that brings out the dancing machines in your guests. Similar to koozies, the customization options are really great! You can even coordinate with your wedding colors and print your names & date on the side.

It’s time to get creative! Your guests will absolutely love whichever favors you choose!

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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Now that’s how to make an entrance!

Here at Southern Oaks, we like to go above and beyond for our happy couples. You can read about some of our New Orleans inspired enhancements in our last blog post, but we have many more to tell you about. Nothing says “here comes the bride” quite like these enhancements!

No wedding is complete without its grand opening number! That’s why we have carefully curated several magnificent entrances for your big day. Whether you dream of a storybook entrance or an eye-popping display in the night sky, we’re here to make it happen!

Our first enhancement is straight out of a fairytale. Our brides can enter their ceremony on a horse-drawn Victoria Carriage, pulled by our very own Magic and Majestic! Your guests will surely turn their heads at the familiar sound of horses trotting down our drive! All eyes will be on you as you step off the carriage and begin your walk down the aisle.

If you prefer to ride in a different style, you may be interested in our 1956 Silver Cloud Limo. This option is perfect for the bride who wants a little flair but prefers to make her debut emerging from the limo at the end of the aisle.

For those looking for a musical debut, you can second-line your way into the ceremony with a traditional New Orleans Jazz Band! This is sure to put your guests in a dancing mood that will carry over onto our ballroom dance floor.

The final enhancement is sure to start your wedding off with a bang! You guessed it, fireworks!! It’s definitely a “go big or go home” affair here at Southern Oaks. We’ll light up the night sky with a fireworks package that will make your jaw drop! Not to mention it makes for a stunning photo backdrop.

Can’t decide between our grand entrances? Who says you have to? We can mix and match any of our enhancements to make an entrance you will never forget. Give us a call today to get started on planning your big day!

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!!

The Southern Oaks Experience

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There are many things that set Southern Oaks apart from other venues in New Orleans. Our grand façade is recognized near and far, and our storied grounds have been featured on The Knot, Style Me Pretty and many more. But what makes the Southern Oaks experience different from the rest? We’re the whole package!

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We’re here to help you create the event of a lifetime – one you and your loved ones won’t soon forget. That’s why we offer so much in our event package and such a wide list of excellent enhancements to boot! Our façade is the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. The Spanish moss adorning the oak trees on our sprawling front lawn and beautiful landscaping is all the décor you need!

Our ballroom is perfect for any style. We offer Chiavari chairs, tables and neutral-colored linens that match any style. We also offer custom ambient lighting for the cake setting, lounge and ballroom areas. To top it all off, all of our tables are adorned with chic candle-lit centerpieces. Music? We have that covered too! We have a built-in sound system and DJ, with music personalized to each event!

We are here to make sure the happy couple has everything they need on their big day. We offer professional coordination of every element and detail, and personal attendants to assist the couple and parents throughout the celebration.

For couples wanting to add a little more flair to their day, our enhancements are not-to-miss! Stay tuned for our next blog post, where we break down some of our New Orleans inspired enhancements!

 

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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How Grooms can Infuse Personal Style into their Wedding Day

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Let’s hear it for the boys! There are a million and one “bridal guides” out there, and we thought we would create something a little special for all of the grooms out there! These are five easy ways that grooms can infuse their own personal style into their wedding day, and be involved in all that goes into planning your big day!

1. Choose a fun groom’s cake!
Whether you showcase your favorite sports team or your favorite activity, a groom’s cake is a perfect way to show your guests a little about you! Not to mention, guests LOVE cake no matter what 😉

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2. Stay Organized
While choosing between roses or peonies may not be your favorite past time, you can still help your fiancee stay organized by attending the meetings to take notes, make suggestions, and get a glimpse into what your wedding day will look like.

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3. Choose a unique tuxedo or suit
While a traditional black tuxedo will always give a classic look, we absolutely love grooms who will wear something unique! You can always get creative with accessories such as cufflinks, fun ties or even socks!

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4. Choose fun gifts for your groomsmen
Do you love golfing? Take your groomsmen out for a round of gold on the morning of your wedding. Love hunting? Surprise your guys with something camouflage!

5. Support your fiancee
There are some tricky parts of wedding planning, typically the budget and the guest list. Its important to support your fiancee through the engagement and become united. After all, this planning is to create the perfect event to begin your new life together as a married couple!

Timeless Glam Wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation

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Lisette shared her wedding details that began with a true New Orleans style engagement – right before a Mardi Gras Ball! We can’t think of a more enchanting way to begin their love story! Their destination wedding was filled with gorgeous details, from the sparkling bridesmaid dresses to the dapper groomsmen in suspenders! The bride was absolutely stunning in a timeless wedding dress and birdcage veil! This timeless glam wedding will never go out of stye!

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Tell us about your engagement.

My Husband and I traveled to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras with our family, it was my first time ever attending Mardi Gras. The night of The Zulu Ball, waiting for family to leave, my now Husband proposed to me with a gold coconut that said “Liz, I Love You! Will You Marry Me?” Of course I said, “yes!” After the proposal we went to the Zulu ball and had a blast enjoying our engagement!

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

One of my family memebers that live in New Orleans recommended Southern Oaks Plantation to my husband and I after we got engaged. They told us the venue was a great place and we would love it, so I made an appointment and we ended up loving it!

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What was your favorite moment of the night?
I have TWO favorite moments! My first favorite moment was when I rode in the 1954 Rolls Royce as my entrance into the ceremony – I felt like a true princess once I came out of the car and walked down to my Prince! The second moment was the Traditional New Orleans Second Line, it was amazing, and my guests raved about how much fun they had.

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

Ringletts Salon (Hair Stylist) & GlamByAmandalee (Make-Up Artist). Ringletts Salon did an awesome job with my hair and bridesmaids’ hair. I showed them a picture of what I wanted my hair to look like and they made me look like a princess. Glam By Amanda Lee made me and my bridesmaids look flawless and I would recommend them both to future brides.

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

Lauren, the wedding coordinator at Southern Oaks Plantation, stood out to me because she answered all my question from the beginning process of my wedding until the end. I felt comfortable and secure that my special day would be great and it was! Lauren made sure I was stress free on my wedding day!!!

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

SOP is a great place to have your wedding, especially if it’s a destination wedding and your guests have never been to New Orleans. Every aspect of the venue is breathtaking, from the moment you enter the property to the inside of the venue. I recommend brides visit and then you’ll immediately see what we have seen and loved about Southern Oaks Plantation.

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Photographer: Scott Myers Photography
Florist: Rouses Market Florist
Dress Salon: Wedding Atelier NYC \ Designer – Martina Liana Dress
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Menswear House
Bakery: La Louisiane Bakery

A Disney Inspired Fairytale Wedding!

Did you know that the Southern Oaks Plantation owner + operator, Mr. Bobby Asaro, is a huge fan of Walt Disney? We try to embody the feeling of being at Disney World through magical moments and enchanting experiences. Its no surprise this couple, also lovers of Disney, chose Southern Oaks Plantation as their wedding venue! With a love story that begins with a proposal in front of Cinderella’s castle, its no surprise this fairytale ends in happily ever after!

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Tell us about your engagement.
Brett and I got in engaged in front of Cinderella’s Castle on February 11, 2017. It was the exact way I had always dreamed my future husband would propose! I am definitely a Disney fanatic and had always dreamed of a Disney proposal. We were on a trip with my best friend since elementary school and her boyfriend. My number one thing I wanted to do that trip was wake up early enough to beat the crowds, so we can watch the park opening performance in front of the Magic Kingdom, because I knew that it wouldn’t be happening much longer and Brett has never seen this before! Of course, we didn’t make it! I was so bummed, but on the bright side we were meeting some family friends who happened to be there at the same time. Little did I know, Brett had planned to meet up with them, because they were holding onto the ring so I wouldn’t find it! I am guessing they secretly gave Brett the ring and he proposed! Even though my whole family wasn’t able to be there, my mom was on facetime and was able to watch the whole thing! My grandmother, aunt, and younger cousins were at another park and we had a dinner reservation with them, and we were able to surprised them with the exciting news that night! This was definitely one of the most magical moments of my life, aside from my wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation!

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In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
In my opinion, it is very hard to choose just ONE characteristic that I like about Southern Oaks Plantation. They have so much to offer and that’s what makes this such a unique venue! If I had to pick, I would probably pick between how magical it feels to be on the grounds and how accommodating the wedding coordinators are! As soon as you walk onto the Southern Oaks Plantations grounds I am always in awe of how beautiful the plantation is, from the fountain in the front, to the swing hanging from the large tree in the front yard! Every time i have gone to SOP they have the most elegant music playing all throughout the grounds which gives it the most magical “feel”, just like Disney! SOP will literally go above and beyond to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams! Mr. Bobby knew my love for Disney from the few times i have gone to the plantation and he surprised Brett and I with an appearance of Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the end of our ceremony! They even played the EPCOT music while we watched the fireworks after our ceremony which is something I told them they could choose. My coordinator, Lauren, really payed attention to our interests and helped incorporate them into our ceremony!

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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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What was your favorite moment of the night?
My favorite moment of the night was obviously getting to marry my best friend at my dream wedding location! I do have to say that I felt like a real life princess coming out on a horse and carriage with my dad before the ceremony started! After the ceremony, we were able to watch a beautiful firework display on the front lawn of the plantation with the company of Minnie and Mickey Mouse, which was amazing because I didn’t know about this and I love Disney! It is hard to pick one favorite moment because the end of the night was just as magical as the start thanks to Southern Oaks Plantation and their team of coordinators!
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What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
My advice to brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue would be to do it! You will not have a single regret! They will go above and beyond to make sure your night is exactly what you dreamed of. This location captures pure elegance and will be the most magical night of you and your future husbands life!
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Photographer: Studio Orleans-Roddy Orgeron
Florist: Beth’s Flowers
Dress Salon: Bliss Bridal
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Men’s Warehouse
Videographer: Cory Ruiz videography
Bakery: Haydel’s Bakery
Planner (if applicable): None

New Orleans Wedding with Dreamy Vibes

This bridal spotlight features the gorgeous wedding of Harlea + Zach! The images by HiVolt Photography really showcase a unique aspect of the beautiful grounds of Southern Oaks Plantation – read about their love story here!

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

Its Southern charm!! Everything from the venue itself to what it has to offer is what makes SOP so special. The whole night was a dream come true! If you are looking for a NOLA style Southern wedding SOP is the venue for you!!

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How did you and your partner meet?
We met in Denver, CO at a bar/restaurant!

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
The customer service is top notch, you were the only venue we visited out of many that took an interest in exceeding our wants and desires for our wedding. Your customer service went above and beyond any venue we visited.

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What was your favorite moment of the night?
The entire night was my favorite but the ceremony was spectacular. With the horse drawn carriage, fireworks, and second line it was a memory we will never forget!! The guest really enjoyed it as well!! It was truly magical!

Is there any other feedback you’d like to include?
The food was also amazing – some of the best I ever tasted!!!

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Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Haydel’s Bakery, Hi-volt Studios the cake was wonderful!! Christie and Eddie from Hi-Volt knew all the great shots to catch!! Both vendors are amazing!!

Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?
BOBBY! He made sure everything was exceptional! Also my personal attendant Mariah was awesome! I never had to ask for anything – she was observant and attentive and right there anytime I needed anything.

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– What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
Definitely the best choice for venues – every guest I spoke to and comments on social media was always “this was the BEST wedding I ever been too!” “This wedding was so much fun!” Or “The food was amazing!”

Please list your vendor information below including their name and website.
Photographer: Hi-volt Studios
Florist: Sam’s & Cabbage Patch Florist
Dress Salon: Suki’s Beaumont, TX
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Suit Supply
Bakery: Haydel’s
Planner (if applicable): didn’t need one – SOP – took care of most of my needs!

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