This year is a milestone for Southern Oaks Plantation for an important reason besides being the 25th anniversary of its opening in 1987: 2012 is the second consecutive year the venue has been selected to receive two of the wedding industry’s most prestigious honors—a first in the state of Louisiana. By receiving the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award and being picked as a Best of Weddings venue by The Knot for both 2011 and 2012, Southern Oaks Plantation has made history. This distinction is especially important for Southern Oaks because of their strong competition. Bobby Asaro, the owner of Southern Oaks Plantation, explains, “Our company is vying for business with competitors such as major hotel chains, restaurants, parks, country clubs, and government-owned locales. It’s a huge accomplishment that among these giants with many more resources to invest, we are the recipients of these awards. It’s wonderful that our hard work over the last quarter century is being recognized, and I am exceptionally proud of what we have achieved.”
The WeddingWire annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. Southern Oaks Plantation is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes the best local wedding vendors based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.
“WeddingWire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO of WeddingWire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards program four years ago, outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Southern Oaks Plantation for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”
The Knot Best of Weddings provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-
In addition to receiving these awards, 2012 marks the launch of a revolutionary new website for Southern Oaks Plantation. A visit to the new online homepage at SouthernOaksPlantation.com is an immersive experience, featuring theatrical videos, high resolution photographs, and a unique interface for exploring the site. “Our goal was to offer brides and grooms a glimpse at what their wedding day will ‘feel like,’ through amazing pictures, music, and movies,” says Mr. Asaro. “The website has been custom designed from the ground up, and is unlike anything most internet surfers have seen.”
With over 40% of their events hosted for clients who live out of the New Orleans area, Southern Oaks Plantation had to ensure the new site would appeal to people from all over the country. Mr. Asaro says the professionalism of their staff is an important element in booking destination weddings. “SouthernOaksPlantation.com captures the same high quality, professional feeling that our event team provides clients on a daily basis. Both local brides and those planning destination weddings will fall in love with what they see online.”
Another innovation featured on the site is the “Pricing Estimator,” an element Mr. Asaro believes is a first in the local wedding industry. “You can go online and find the price of a car, the price of a hotel room, the cost of a camera—the cost of almost anything you want. Until now, it was impossible to accurately calculate the cost of your wedding.” The Pricing Estimator allows clients to select the day of the week, time of day, and number of guests they expect to have in attendance, and figure the cost of their ceremony and reception. “This is an up-front, simple way to budget your celebration without worrying about hidden fees, taxes, gratuities, and other a-la-carte charges that are notorious in the wedding business,” said Mr. Asaro. This new online tool simplifies the planning process for brides and grooms, and they will appreciate the simplicity of immediately seeing what the wedding of their dreams will cost.
The new website launched just in time for the heart of engagement season. More couples get engaged on Valentine’s Day than any other day of the year except Christmas, and Southern Oaks Plantation is hoping their search for the perfect wedding venue will lead them to explore SouthernOaksPlantation.com.
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