Children dream, the young aspire, the old remember! Of the dreams, aspirations and memories in life, none can compare with those brightened by thoughts of a joyful wedding day; a new journey, two hearts joined as one. What couple does not envision a perfect setting for that special day? Here within reach is a spot where traditions from around the world can freely harmonize with golden days of past elegance, blend with the unequaled beauty of nature, and are captured, just for you, at Oak Alley Plantation, on the banks of the Mississippi, in Vacherie, Louisiana. The spectacular avenue of 300 year old live oak trees leading from the river to a graceful antebellum manor is recognized the world over for that catch-your-breath-at-first-sight enchantment.
Be it a ceremony large or small, representative of unique cultures or good old southern family customs, nothing is ever out of place in such a setting. It is indeed where dreams come true, aspirations are realized, memories are made and forever etched in gold.
Although it is true that many fairytale weddings have been celebrated at Oak Alley, and many couples have returned each anniversary to relive the moment and rekindle the magic, the marvel is that each Oak Alley wedding day, every memory, is extraordinary and arranged with such individual care and attention to the wishes and needs of those involved that it seems that only they have been singled out to experience the wonder of it all. While it is you, the bride and groom, who will choose the cast, the characters, and the stage under a canopy of great oaks has already been dramatically set by nature for the fulfillment of all your expectations.
As plans take shape, couples may wish to consider prenuptial events, ranging from bridal showers to bridal portraits and even engagement parties. Oak Alley Plantation is also a unique setting for that perfect proposal. Rehearsal dinners, ranging from small gatherings on the veranda, to formal sit-down dinners in the dining room are expertly prepared and served by Oak Alley's Restaurant select catering personnel.
Referrals for local florists, photographers, and videographers are provided upon request. A list of officials is available, as well as a variety of choices of music and musicians for the ceremony and reception. Experienced sales consultants can share photos depicting popular creative designs and activities to assist in your selection of the agenda.
Shaping The Dream
As they walk the illuminated path to the back of the manor, your guests will be greeted by tour guides in antebellum costume. They will then be directed to where the ceremony is to take place beneath the famed canopy of oaks with luminaries lighting the tree lined path from the ceremony site to the river. The magic begins to unfold before your eyes!
Immediately following the ceremony, your guests will be courteously attended by the Oak Alley Restaurant catering staff, serving hand passed hors d'oeuvres. Your guests may enjoy assorted delicacies, created by Executive Chef Antonio Reymundo, from action stations set on and around the veranda and a buffet station in the formal dining room. Tours of the antebellum mansion will also be available throughout the evening.
Oak Alley staff members represent the best in experience, professionalism and true southern hospitality. We can assure you that your special day will be a memorable experience, not only for you, but also for your family and friends.
Receptions at the antebellum mansion are held after tour hours. Oak Alley Restaurant caters all special events held at the plantation. Both formal dinner and hors d'oeuvres menus, along with bar packages, are available so the bride and groom can customize the reception to meet their needs and desires.
You may also contact our event department at 1-800-442-5539, or e-mail us at Weddings@OakAlleyPlantation.com to check availability or to discuss our packages and services.