Andreea and the rest of the staff were wonderful at the southern mansion. She was always available to answer any questions about the wedding. Our families loved the food at the reception. It was a wedding like no other. My husband and I had the greatest day of our lives there!
My son and his new wife were married at the Southern Mansion on August 11, 2012. We could not have been happier with the services provided for our event. The check-in for our guests was smooth, the rooms were gorgeous and the grounds were absolutely beautiful for a summer garden wedding. We were so looking forward to the bride making her entrance to the ceremony walking down the spiral staircase into the garden. The weather gods were not cooperating with our plans and it rained off and on for most of the day. As the wedding time was approaching we were very nervous - but our wedding coordinator, Andreea, remained calm and collected. She worked with us until the last moment to make the bride and groom's dreams come true and we had the ceremony as planned in the Southern Mansion garden! It was fabulous! With flooding in all the surrounding shore towns due to the heavy rain we were so lucky that we were able to continue as planned. The staff was organized and efficient and the food was delicious! The breakfast that is served in each was wonderful as well. Everyone who attended the wedding celebration raved about the event. We cannot thank Andreea and her staff enough for making my son's wedding a success. Be sure to check out the Southern Mansion!
Our wedding was amazing!!! The entire experience from start to finish was so smooth, Andreea made everything turn out exactly as I had imagined! We got so many compliments on how gorgeous the venue and ceremony were. I highly recommend the Southern Mansion for weddings, the photos alone make it worth it, especially if you're into the vintage theme.
We had a fairly long engagement (17 months) and we were planning our wedding from afar (as we lived in Colorado at the time). I was able to return to New Jersey several times before the wedding to take care of a lot of things - and I'd have to say that since I love being organized and planning things, it was all a lot of fun for me.
Our wedding coordinator from the Southern Mansion, Andreea, was absolutely amazing. I must admit that I made the mistake of reading some of the reviews posted on here before writing my own. I saw the extremely negative review posted on here and it made me feel very angry. Like the other bride who had written said review, I was not a fan of the fake plants. The Southern Mansion takes away any fake plants they have on the floor free of charge except for those hanging ferns BECAUSE IT'S A PAIN IN THE NECK TO TAKE THEM DOWN. I understood this, but apparently that bride did not. ALSO - I actually lost that battle with my mom. She didn't want to pay the measly $200 fee and I said I'd pay for it out of my own pocket, but I guess my mom really loved them... and when they're hanging in that room, NO ONE knows they're fake anyway and no one even notices them.
Secondly, the chairs - that's another thing that kind of hit home for me. My mom wanted the white chairs. We ended up getting the gold chairs (which is what it sounds like this bride ended up with). The gold chairs are made for indoor seating. They are higher than the white ones (which are for outdoor seating). Also - if you had your ceremony on the grounds, they'd have to move the chairs during your cocktail hour.
That's enough about that.....
We had an amazing experience at the Southern Mansion for our wedding. Our guests were happy, we were happy, and it couldn't have been more beautiful - despite the last minute rain. The turquoise Victorian room is STUNNING. The guest rooms are absolutely incredible. Our photographer took some great shots with the antique clawfoot tub that I will cherish forever.
And none of what happened could have been pulled off without the help of Andreea. I found her to be an excellent communicator and extremely accommodating. She understood exactly what I wanted and I was able to give her verbal instructions in addition to my detail sheet. The rest of the staff was also a delight. And the food (for wedding food, especially), was outstanding.
I honestly could not have been a happier bride. It's easy when you find the right groom, of course (which I have), but when the ceremony and reception site end up exceeding expectations, it makes the wedding day that much more magical.
If you want some cheesy New Jersey experience, go somewhere else. If you want an elegant wedding where all of your guests will be talking about how it was the best wedding they've ever gone to, have your wedding at the Southern Mansion.
I don't think there are enough words to express how wonderful my wedding was at the Southern Mansion. We planned our July 2011 wedding with the southern mansion for over a year. Living almost 3 hours away from Cape May, we thought it was going to be tough to plan, but the entire process was as smooth as can be. The event planner Andreea is nothing more then wonderful! She made our day so special. Every detail of our wedding that we discussed, Andreea made it happen. There was no scrambling, frustrations, or problems with our wedding. We couldn't have asked for a better person to plan it. The food for the cocktail hour and reception was absolutely delicious. All of the food came out as scheduled and at the perfect temperature. The venue is gorgeous with beautiful ground and flowers, the woodwork is absolutely stunning... and the rooms are immaculate and clean. Our ceremony was held on the Southern Mansion grounds and it was beautiful. Being in the garden with all of the flowers just made it so special. The Southern Mansion is so beautiful, the atmosphere is perfect for a wedding.
Our guests were blown away with our wedding. Everyone gave us compliments. I heard so many times "this was the best wedding I've ever been to". Its hard to explain but you can't imagine how beautiful your wedding will be at the Southern Mansion until you are actually there. It was so memorable and we look forward to going back time and time again. Thank you to the Southern Mansion, their staff, and Andreea for the perfect wedding day. - Amanda & A.J. 7/10/11
I had my wedding at The Southern Mansion on June 25th, 2011. It was so amazing. The service, food and grounds were very beautiful! Andreea was very very helpful throughout the whole process. Andreea made my wedding flow so smoothly and made sure our guests and my husband and I had everything that we needed!!!! I could not have imagined a better place for my wedding!
First and foremost, I had a great wedding. I loved my wedding, but this was in spite of the Southern Mansion staff, especially their event coordinator, rather then because of them. The Southern Mansion does not value customer service or satisfaction.
The wedding coordinator worked against us at every turn, and when she did give into a special request (i.e. they remove the millions of fake plants they have adorning their porch), it was at a heavy cost. Even after we paid for certain services they were not accomplished with in the time promised. We were also charged heavily for her mistakes. For example, she gave us the wrong type of chair and charged us 700+ dollars. When I approached her about the mistake, she first blew me off, then later interrupted me while I am in the middle of saying good-bye to some guests to tell me it was my fault -- we had the wrong chairs because I didn't put the information in her detail sheet, even though there is not a place on the sheet for this information. Apparently the emails I had sent and the conversation we had in person was not enough. If the Southern Mansion were to offer a friendly, conscientious coordinator I would highly recommend them, but as it is now, the hassle and frustration is not worth the beautiful location.
Vendor response to review
To quote the bride First and foremost “ I loved my wedding” and truthfully the wedding reception was excellent for Sarah Todd’s wedding. We received rave reviews from both sides of the wedding party, brides and groom’s mothers, and many guests both verbally and in writing. They event went beautifully and they ate danced and enjoyed every aspect to the fullest! Therefore, we are highly saddened that the bride’s happiness was so greatly reduced by a few issues.
#1 removal of hanging ferns 20 ft high above solarium. This was an additional service requested for the reception only and agreed for well in advance, and on the approved final bill provided well in advance of the reception. The removal of said plants is an extremely time consuming service which we are happy to provide and a price for this additional service of $200 was agreed on. Since the ferns were 20 ft in air this is not a five minute service and no profit is made on this after paying labor. The ceremony was scheduled for 430 pm the reception starting 5pm. The contract stated that all services were to be provided between the hours of 430 and 930pm. The offending fern were removed at 10am six and a half hours before the ceremony was contracted for. Frankly we would have been happy to remove them even earlier had that been requested or contracted for but it was not ever mentioned ** please see signed final bill provided week before wedding for approval** item circled
In regards to the chairs please see the signed and initialed contract where Sarah requested the upgrade from white wooden to gold Chivari at an additional cost of $5 per chair. Please also see the final bill which is provided to both wedding couple and mother well in advance of the wedding for their perusal and approval. Additionally please see check where they paid for and the approved final bill. The chairs in question were contracted for, the service was provided and used. The bride was a guest at the Southern Mansion days before the wedding, she saw the chairs being set up, all her guests used and enjoyed the upgraded services and only the day after the wedding was there an issue. It is unfortunate that sometimes all the additional services deemed so important before the wedding are not always viewed so after the day has come and gone
It was truly our only wish to provide an extremely special day for Sarah Todd’s wedding. From the wonderful accolades we received from so many we are very confused that these contracted services that were provided in an excellent and timely manner and even paid for before the event were after the event an issue.
Looking back we know that the reason we are so careful to have every thing signed and in writing is so that there is no confusion or misinterpretations as brides often change there minds may times over. With the additional fact that Sarah hired a wedding planner who again never brought any of this to our attention in advance we can only look at this as a learning experience. Our brides our the most import thing to us and we just want them to be happy. Kindly remove the negative review of the Southern Mansion.
Please feel free to contact us for any further needed proof of signed contracts or bills/payments. Denise 609-884-7171
The Southern Mansion hosted a wonderful wedding for my husband and I and all of our guests. The food was outstanding and service by waitstaff and bartenders was professional and courteous. All involved worked well with our vendors and ensured the day went smoothly.
This is a beautiful location and we wanted to have our wedding there from the moment we thought of it. The grounds and house are extremely well kept, adding to the beauty of any wedding day.
The variety of packages offer so many choices that we had trouble deciding on some options, but we always knew that no matter our choices we wouldn't be disappointed.
My husband and I had our reception at the beautiful Southern Mansion in Cape May, NJ on May 14, 2011. I always wanted to be married down at the shore. My parents, husband and I checked out a few places in Cape May. After seeing the Southern Mansion, we knew it was the place we wanted to have our reception. No other place came close to the beauty of the Southern Mansion. The gardens, the decor, everything about the Southern Mansion will have you in awe. We had about a two year engagement so I had plenty of time to plan for everything. Andreea, the wedding coordinator, was a pleasure to work with. She accomodated our needs every step of the way. She made sure everything ran smoothly. I had not a care in the world with her running everything.
We had a small wedding of 100 people which fit perfect in the South Wing Solarium. Dinner was delicious! We had a taste testing about 2 months prior to the wedding and chose the dinner choices. Everything at the tasting was delicious but we agreed on Crab Cake and Filet Mignon. All the food, including hors douvres and our soup and salad were excellent. Hats off to the chef!
We had planned on having cocktail hour outside in the beautiful garden, however, due to the weather forecast, Andreea called me the day before the wedding and said that we had to go with plan B, which was to have cocktail hour in the South Wing Ballroom. We were still able to take pictures outside as the day was not a total washout. Even though this was our plan B, we still got so many compliments on how beautiful everything was.
We received so so many compliments on how great the venue was and how different the reception was from any other wedding they had been to. This was exactly why we chose the Southern Mansion. It is not your typical wedding reception venue, but that it what we wanted. I would not have changed anything! Please check out the Southern Mansion for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
We held our wedding and reception this past July at The Southern Mansion, which is a beautiful, historic location. We live in England and had guests from all over Europe and the USA in attendance -- from England, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Canada as well as California, Georgia, Florida and other states. After asking our guests to travel all that way for our wedding, we needed it to be special and it was. We planned it for over a year with the help of the Southern Mansion's special events manager, Andreea Leaha, who was extremely responsive and helpful. We wanted our wedding ceremony to be held indoors in the main ballroom, which is a stunning room, instead of outside in the lovely gardens, which we thought might be too hot in July. (We were right. It was 98 degrees and humid.) The Southern Mansion accommodated our request (which entailed moving out all the antique furniture in order to accommodate chairs for the guests). We were able to hold our celebrations in various parts of the mansion. After our wedding ceremony was performed in the ballroom, we had cocktail hour on the porch and in the garden (in the shade!), and then dinner was held on another long porch. Afterward, dessert and coffee were served in a downstairs function room/ballroom, where we had music and dancing. The staff all worked very hard and were most pleasant during our 4 night stay. The wedding dinner was good without having a particular wow factor, but the food was not the most important aspect in making our decision. We could have upgraded some of the menu choices but decided not to, and it was fine. We live in England and only had 1 visit to the Southern Mansion in the months leading up to the wedding, and therefore it was crucial to us to have had the cheerful and responsive assistance of Andreea. Highly recommended!
My husband and I were very fortunate to be married at the lovely Southern Mansion in magical Cape May, NJ on April 17, 2010. This review has been a long time coming. Words cannot express how lovely we feel the Mansion is nor how wonderful, kind, organized and professional Andreea the Wedding Coordinator was and is. Those close to me describe me as meticulous, particular, obsessive and demanding. I made extensive calls and wrote numerous emails to Andreea as well as to Denise, the B & B Manager as I live in Northern NJ, so I had to rely on Andreea, the coordinator and her colleagues immensely. Consistently, they responded promptly and answered my questions (i.e., do you think this dish is better than the other dish, which tastes better, which is the best dessert, what do you think of my flowers, etc...). Andreea deserved a drink or two after dealing with me! Even during unexpected occurrences, such as a change of room, cancelled and rescheduled reservations, they were on top of it all! Andreea and the Beautiful Mansion and excellent staff truly made my day everything and more than what I had expected or imagined.
My guests still thank me for having invited them to my wedding, as they had such a great time. They loved everything about it, the place, the management, and the food! It was a great reassurance to know that on such a stressful day for any bride, Andreea took care of everything, leaving me without unnecessary worries. Had I gotten married in Northern NJ, my wedding would have been a cookie cutter type wedding that most have up north, not to mention my beautiful wedding would have certainly been much more expensive.
I would highly recommend the Southern Mansion to anyone.
My husband, Sam, and I are two busy professionals, having a blended family consisting of five children ranging in ages 21 to 8. So certainly, anyone would understand some delays in the ordering and receiving of our wedding pictures. Well, the day has finally come and even though we saw a glimpse of how the wedding appeared in our guests’ eyes, now that we have the professional photos, we can truly begin to appreciate the beautiful Southern Mansion, and our favorite Wedding Planner, Andreea Leaha. Andreea, as promised, the Southern Mansion was beautifully appointed in antique holiday Christmas decorations. You can tell by the photos, that Andreea’s experience in transitioning from the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the formal reception was seamless. Both Sam and I can’t begin to share our appreciation for how Andreea managed the support staff to be attentive to all our guests’ needs. Our guests came from all over the country to meet and stay the entire wedding weekend with us at the Southern Mansion. Andreea’s professionalism, attention to detail and complete care of our needs made it a wonderful experience for all of us. In closing, my family and I want to thank Andreea and the Southern Mansion for making our special day truly beyond any expectation. We love Andreea and the Southern Mansion.
I have videotaped weddings at Southern Mansion for several years and you simply cannot beat the charm and elegance of this property. Located only 30 minutes from Atlantic City, you would think you are hours away in another world.
The entire staff has been helpful to me as a vendor and this makes my clients videos that much better. I love shooting at the Southern Mansion as it is as beauitful and unique a setting you can get in South Jersey.
You cannot go wrong at the Southern Mansion.
One of my favorite places to deliver to. Amazingly beautiful venue, professional and welcoming staff... All of my brides that have had their receptions here have been very happy.
The Southern Mansion is a haven of elegance in a by-gone-era in romantic Cape May, NJ. We have worked with the Southern Mansion for many years, their sweeping lawn makes an unforgettable backdrop for your intimate seaside wedding. Their gorgeous accommodations are unique in a quaint town filled with lots to see and do. A great place for a couple who craves the very best for their wedding. We are proud to recommend them and look forward to working with them for many years to come!
We always look forward to events held at the Southern Mansion. Andreea is professional, enthusiastic and works hard to make each event perfect! We appreciate her attention to detail and her friendly, welcoming manner. The historic charm of the Southern Mansion and the picture perfect gardens make for a perfect setting for an intimate wedding, and we love adding the final floral touch!
Amazing gardens, luxurious interiors, wraparound porches and especially the magnificent spiral staircases are only a few details to guarantee a dream Cape May Wedding ceremony!
Whether you plan a traditional wedding with all its events, or you are just looking to say “I do” in front of your close family and friends, the Southern Mansion will hold your dream ceremony in its spectacular gardens. Cape May Weddings at the Mansion will offer you a secluded exotic area even in the most crowded week-ends in Cape May.
Why should you worry getting your guests on the beach and from the beach to the reception, fear the sand in your shoes or the inclement weather? The Southern Mansion is always open to welcome your special wedding ceremony inside, in case the rain will come uninvited. Our luxurious Victorian Ballroom will be an elegant place to create great memories for you and your guests!
And to make things even easier, our on-site wedding officiant will perform the ceremony and our wedding planner will help you with all the information you need to apply for a wedding license when you get married in Cape May. Civil unions are welcome.
We would be delighted to have you here at your wedding! The Southern Mansion is truly the best spot on the shore for Cape May Weddings.
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The Southern Mansion
720 Washington Street
Cape May NJ 08204