“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.
With a proposal on Christmas Eve, Leah and Matthew’s wedding was destined to be filled with as much magic as their engagement! Read on to find out more on their love story, and just what they loved about Southern Oaks Plantation!
– Tell us about your engagement.
Family is huge to us. Matthew popped the big question amongst our very closest family and friends on Christmas Eve, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Plus, he knew Christmas was my favorite holiday!
– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The professionalism of the entire staff. We were truly taken care of the entire day by the SOP staff, which made our wedding day the fairytale we’ve both always dreamed of.
– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
Matthew and I knew SOP was truly something special from the moment we walked in the front-gate. The plantation is absolutely breathtaking! The whole SOP staff just genuinely took care of us from the moment we toured the venue up until the day of our wedding. The whole team is exceptional!
– What was your favorite moment of the night?
The carriage ride into the ceremony. I was en route to marry the man of my dreams with my best friend, my dad!
– Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
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– Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?
There were several! Stacey was wonderful. When we toured SOP, she was so sincere and informative with any little question or concern we had. Jeremy, Emma, and Vince were the absolute DREAM-TEAM on the day of our wedding! They all made sure Matthew and I were taken care of the entire day. Mr. Bobby reached out to us after our wedding to thank us for our kind reviews – which was so sweet! The whole SOP staff truly exceeded our expectations.
– What would you say to other couples considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
What are you waiting for?! The SOP staff is truly phenomenal. All of our wedding guests still rave over how impeccable the service, food, and venue was. We’ve heard on several occasions we had the “best wedding ever,” and it truly was!
Photographer: Four Love’s Photography / www.fourlovesphotography.com / @fourlovesphotography
Experience the Magic of New Years Eve All Year Long with Southern Oaks Plantation!
Here at Southern Oaks Plantation, we are in love with the concept of a GRAND entrance! What better way to wow your guests with a fun and unexpected treat of a fireworks display.
Our elite events team works to elevate your entire experience from the moment your guests arrive to the last dance of the evening, and this display has become one of our most popular enhancements! We perfectly time this stunning visual show for the greatest impact, and its perfectly accented with our majestic music to complete the entire experience!
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!
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!
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!
“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.
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!
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!
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!!”
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!”
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!
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!
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!
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!
We absolutely love hearing each and every one of our couple’s love stories! From sweet engagements, to meaningful memories, we truly enjoy getting to be a part of every bit of the planning process as well as collaborating with other vendors to ensure the couples wedding vision is brought to life!
Katie + Brian’s wedding was a perfect example of a true Southern Wedding! With an afternoon ceremony amid our grand oaks, and a portrait session featuring Magic + Majestic – their day was filled to the brim with stunning details!
We are so thrilled to see their day relived through the pages of New Orleans Wedding Magazine with gorgeous images by Lauren Carroll Photography! Take a look at some of our favorites below and be sure to check out the original post here!