Vendor Love: Southern Oaks Plantation

Let’s face it…when it comes to amazing wedding venues, the selection in New Orleans is an embarrassment of riches.  Regardless of your personal style, geographical preferences, or budget you are almost guaranteed to find a venue that you love.  That being said, there are certainly stand-outs in the crowd and one of those is Southern Oaks Plantation

 As you can imagine, we have worked with our fair share of wedding vendors.  I must admit, when I first heard of Southern Oaks Plantation I was intrigued.  The venue itself was stunning, but I caught myself wondering -  with all the beautiful options available closer to the city, why do people choose to go all the way out to Southern Oaks?  (In fairness, it's only about 10 miles from downtown New Orleans, but it can require more logistical planning with transportation, etc.)  Well, after shooting our first wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation I got my answer.

 We have worked with well over 100 venues in and around New Orleans…all of them gorgeous.  The things that separate Southern Oaks Plantation from the rest are customer service, attention to detail and food. 

The staff at Southern Oaks is truly unrivaled in my opinion.  Not only do they go out of their way to make sure the couple is pampered, they even take care of the other wedding vendors!  I’m not sure what their motto is (or if they even have one) but if I had to come up with one for them it would be “Exceed the expectations of everyone.”  And boy, do they!  No detail is left unattended. 

I could go on and on about the food, but let me just say this: in a food obsessed city like New Orleans where picking your favorite foods/restaurants is nearly impossible (seriously, it’s like trying to pick your favorite child…how do you do that?), the catering provided by Southern Oaks is phenomenal.  I my opinion, if you can stand out in a crowd of “the best of the best” you are most certainly doing something right. 

In New Orleans, the food has to be good. You can have a beautiful setting, but if the food is no good, the venue doesn’t work
— Bobby Asaro, owner Southern Oaks Plantation

So, how could it get better than a beautiful venue, top-notch service and delicious cuisine?  How about throwing in fun New Orleans style options like a horse drawn carriage, Lucky Dog cart, snow ball stand and fireworks? 

Even if you include all of these fun add-ons, the price is still extremely competitive.  Especially when you consider that all of their 3 hour reception packages include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres/entrees, open bar, candle-lit centerpieces, chivari chairs, tables with linens, a DJ, security through NOPD, personal attendants for the couple, custom lighting, and much more.

 If our glowing review of Southern Oaks Plantation doesn’t have you sold, consider talking to couples who have had their wedding there or just look to the multiple accolades they’ve received from national and local industry leaders.  Southern Oaks has been honored by following awards:

 To learn more about this incredible venue, check out their website or give them a call at 504-245-8221.