Southern Oaks is a wedding venue located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This location’s enthusiastic event staff aims to guide couples through the planning process to ensure a custom event. Couples can host their ceremony and reception on a spacious property or inside a mansion featuring Greek Revival architecture.
Facilities and Capacity
To-be-newlyweds can host up to 400 friends and family on the verdant grounds featuring Spanish moss-covered trees. When renting the estate, couples receive full access to the mansion which features a ballroom complete with light wood floors, crystal chandeliers, and bright windows. The building contains a private bar for the wedding party to use and can feature premium liquors, artisan cheeses, and fresh fruit.
To ensure personalized events, the professional event coordinator at Southern Oaks aims to work closely with to-be-newlyweds to manage every detail. They are pleased to offer a variety of event items, including Chiavari chairs, tables, linens, china, flatware, and glassware. This venue can supply decor items such as candlelit centerpieces and ambient lighting. They can also provide entertainment services, including a wireless microphone for officiants, a sound system, and a talented DJ. This team of friendly staff can arrange a fireworks display, a photo booth, a New Orleans jazz band, or horse-drawn carriage for additional entertainment. Their reception package can include an open bar with house beer, liquor, and wine, premium liquor, and signature drinks.
During the entire reception, carefully prepared hors d’oeuvres and entrees selected from a menu of over 80 options can be served by the professional staff. Their dishes come from both the land and sea, appealing to many palettes. Additional food displays can add extra flavor to the wedding reception. A sushi station, fruit and cheese arrangement, charbroiled oyster station, and meat carving station provides supplemental options to ensure a pleasant dining experience.
Southern Oaks is located nearly nine miles northeast of the bustling French Quarter. For out-of-town guests, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is just 19 miles west of the venue. Couples and guests can visit a variety of nearby attractions such as museums, aquariums, and parks.
112 Reviews for Southern Oaks
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Michael Y. · Getting married on 04/04/2021
Southern Oaks Plantation is KING!
Stacey made our dreams come true, she is a queen at what she does and she made our dream wedding possible. We flew in from Toronto, had about 100 people fly in as well. the food was PERFECT! Venue was PERFECT, everything was PERFECT!!! If you are in NOLA and not doing your wedding at SOP, you're doing it wrong.Sent on 06/04/2019
Tommy W. · Getting married on 03/04/2021
Very impressive. My wife and I got married here on April 27, 2019. The folks at Southern Oaks Plantation (SOP) have wedding planning and execution down to a science. From the very beginning of our contact with them, they were professional and responsible. They assigned Lauren Burgess as the primary point of contact for our wedding and she remained attentive and friendly throughout. She seemed genuinely excited to be planning our wedding and was very easy to work with. SOP handles the majority of details for the ceremony and reception so it makes things easy on the bride and groom during the planning process. On the day of, they had individual people assigned to different roles taking care of specific people and things, and had a standardized process for preparing the bridal party for the ceremony, which was executed flawlessly. There are only two things I would do differently. During the ceremony itself I would have liked more guidance on where exactly to stand as bridge and groom...we ended up standing too far apart much of it! Secondly, we had planned a second-line during the reception and weren't advised until the week before that SOP usually doesn't do the second-lines outside. We ended up doing it outside anyway but only had two saxophones and neither of the originally requested drums, resulting in a weaker than desired sound. This was mostly just a miscommunication between SOP, the band, and us. Not a big deal; just make sure you get everyone on the same page for this early on. Everything else was honestly perfect, and I do not use that word lightly. The grounds were gorgeous, the staff courteous and attentive, the plan well thought out and executed, the reception fun, the bar easy, the food absolutely fantastic, and on and on. It was especially nice that during the reception, from start to finish, the SOP staff was constantly checking on us (bride and groom) to ensure we had everything we needed from drinks to change of clothes to even a new pair of socks! They were always respectful of our time, space, and privacy but never far when we needed them. One of the capstones for us was that the owner threw in a surprise fireworks and streamers show at the end of our ceremony! We had no idea it was coming! Many guests said our wedding was a "fairytale wedding," and they raved about the setting and food in particular. As many of them are high-performing professionals, this commentary is not frivolous or given without being earned. My wife and I would highly recommend you considering SOP for your wedding. We would choose them again in a heartbeat!Sent on 05/02/2019
Carolyn G. · Married on 02/10/2021
October 2019 Wedding
My daughter was married here on October 26, 2019. First, I will start with the incredible professionalism of the entire staff from Mr. Bobby on down. He leads by example. The day before her wedding, sub-tropical Olga reared her ugly head and wreaked havoc on New Orleans. The MSY airport was even closed on Saturday due to energy outages. Southern Oaks was not spared her wrath. By the morning, the damage to trees and vegetation in the area was widespread. Mr. Bobby quickly assembled all hands and cleared all the damage from the grounds. By the time we arrived for the one o'clock wedding there was absolutely no evidence that a storm had even occurred. After seeking out Mr. Bobby upon my arrival, to whom I had spoken to numerous times but never met, he apologized profusely for not being in a tuxedo due to the last minute clean up. He earnestly cares for every couple and wants there day to be perfect and will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. My daughter's wedding followed her older sister's wedding seven weeks earlier, it was an expensive year, lol. The comparison between the two was remarkable. At my older daughter's wedding in New Jersey, where we are from, I was constantly badgered by the staff for every single detail during the reception, do you want us to do this, is this okay, should we put the food out now. At Southern Oaks, I had as much interaction with the staff, but it was more like, would you like another drink? Can I get you anything else? Thank you Jeremy, you helped make the day perfect.
Secondly, the food. You will not go home hungry, the variety was amazing: praline chicken, gumbo, jambalaya, sliders with fries, just to mention a few and all cooked to perfection. They start serving food as soon as you walk in the door and don't stop until you leave. I highly recommend adding the Drago's grilled oysters enhancement, they were fantastic. Dragos grill the oysters outside by the pool and it gets people moving about.
Thirdly, the price. Southern Oaks was an all inclusive venue. The value for the money is unrivaled. There are no hidden or last minute fees.
Southern Oaks is a well-oiled machine. This was a destination wedding for us so all of the planning was done over the internet and phone. All of the vendors we dealt with kept telling us how much we were going to love Southern Oaks and they were not wrong.
Thank you for a perfect day.Sent on 12/13/2019
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I love working with Southern Oaks Plantation! Bobby, Sue and Stacey are always "hands-on" to ensure the highest quality of personal service! A unique venue with classic southern charm!
Southern Oaks is a spectacular location for weddings & events, with a stellar staff that is second to none in the area. They ensure maximum enjoyment for the bride & groom and their family/friends by attending to everyone's needs in a friendly and efficient manner. The setting is a gorgeous location that is well suited for any style of event, from elegant formal to casual affairs.
I have conducted several weddings at Southern Oaks Plantation, and I'm always impressed with the cleanliness, the property maintenance, the friendly staff, but above all, the attention to detail. No variable is left to chance, and these pros know how to do a wedding! I've never seen better.