Post # 1
So I feel like an imposter b/c I am not from New Orleans but I will definitely be a New Orleans bride 🙂 My SO was born and raised in New Orleans and since I am not technically FROM anywhere (my mother is in the Foreign Service), I decided to go with his hometown for our wedding.
Anyway, we both have fallen with love with Southern Oaks Plantation – at least on paper. We have yet to go visit. Does anyone have any experience with Southern Oaks? Also, since I am an out of town bride, I would really like to hear about any other vendors that you have really liked.
Post # 3
I have gone to a few different weddings there. They are very much into the big production. It all looks very nice from the guest point of view. I can’t really say from the bride though.
We are using the Benachi House and Gardens for our venue. However, it is just the venue and you have to get all the other stuff set up. So I would really think about if you want a one stop shop like Southern Oaks or if you want to pick all of your own stuff. Also think about the location you are wanting. Most of our guest will be staying in the FQ so we didn’t want to make them have to travel too far to go to the wedding.
Post # 4
I’ve been to a wedding at Southern Oaks and it was really nice. The ceremony was really sweet, and the horse and carriage makes for a great bridal entrance. The food was good and plentiful, as well. The only negative I can think of there is the location — it’s far from the popular French Quarter where most people will probably want to stay (since that’s where all the action is at night), and I don’t know if I could have found it without a map or gps. At the wedding I went to, they hired buses to transport people out to Southern Oaks and back from the hotel they had blocked to solve this problem. It was a great solution both for convience (especially if most guests are from out of town), and safety, since everyone had a safe ride back. If you have guests that will be drinking, this will be a big plus for them so that the party can just kind of seamlessly move from the open bar at the reception to the French Quarter.
It really is a great venue! Let me know if you have any questions, good luck!