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So I wasn't one of those girls who fantasized about every wedding detail, BUT...when it came down to it, I realized that I had somehow been programed to want a wedding from the time I was little. We were able to make so many details about us - as a couple. I don't think we could have pulled it off nearly as well without the help of the entire staff at the Southern Mansion - especially our wedding coordinator, Andreea. She was extremely professional, kind, and accommodating. We communicated a lot via email and I was able to work with her very well from afar (as we were living in Colorado at the time leading up to our wedding).
The Southern Mansion is a stunning place, fit for an intimate wedding. We had 80 guests and were able to do it with the best food and the best environment and it was SO EASY. To be quite honest, I'm a big fan of planning and organizing - so maybe I'm biased about it being "easy." I will say, however, that due to Andreea's help with understanding my vision and therefore executing it the day of the wedding, everything was smooth and perfect.
My husband (wow - still getting used to that word) and I were delighted with the way our entire wedding turned out. We recommend the Southern Mansion to anyone with style and appreciation for classic beauty.
We had our wedding rehearsal dinner at the Southern Mansion and it was lovely. Andreea, the on-site coordinator, could not have been nicer throughout the whole process. She went above and beyond for us, made excellent suggestions and helped make our vision a reality.
The event was wonderful. Everyone remarked at how beautiful the mansion was when they arrived. The food was excellent - it exceeded our expectations! And the entire staff was professional and gracious.
At the end of the evening, many of our guests sat on the rocking chairs on the porch just relaxing, enjoying each other's company as well as the beautiful and peaceful atmosphere unique to the Southern Mansion.
We highly recommend this venue and cannot wait to visit again and again! It's an absolutely stunning place.
Words can't describe how perfect our wedding was and it's largely due to our venue of choice. From the beginning it was easy to work and plan with Andreea, their ONSITE PLANNER! The place was gorgeous and needed little effort on the day of to make it photo ready. The staff were miraculous in that you barely knew they were there except when you needed them. I've been to weddings where food was clearly an afterthought, but this was absolutely not the case here. Everything was elegant and delicious! Andreea could not have been more sweet and made sure we and our guests were well cared for and the day ran seamlessly. It would honestly take a novel to say all the good things I have to say about TSM and their staff, but I'll end with the rooms. The bridal suite was STUNNING. Hand-carved antique four post bed (and soo comfortable), our own porch, immaculate bathroom, I can go on and on. All of our guests complimented us on the choice, but I could only take credit for having chosen the best venue in NJ. Having looked at all options this was, BY FAR, the best place to get married and if not for all the stress that goes along with event planning, I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks to TSM and especially Andreea!
Our day was incredibly flawless and stunning thanks to Andreea (Wedding Coordinator) and all of The Southern Mansion's staffs' hard work the day of our wedding. Even the days leading up to the wedding were relaxing and lovely, at the mansion, with their stunning rooms and relaxing atmosphere (and terrific breakfast too!)
Throughout the year and a half it took planning our day with Andreea, she continuously worked with us in a timely and flexible manner that always met our requests and needs. Not only did she help to coordinate our day and make sure it ran smoothly and comfortably during the ceremony, she also was hands-on throughout the entire evening with the rest of the cocktail hour and reception staff. All of the cocktail hour and reception staff were EXTREMELY kind and professional and certainly added to making our day feel magical.
The food was outstanding at both our cocktail hour and reception. Guests continue to tell us how delicious all of the hor d'oeuvres and food displays were, and are still commenting on how the filet mignon and flounder with crab imperial was the best they've ever had. Guests certainly did not leave hungry from our wedding! All were satisfied and so impressed with our venue.
We could not have asked for a more beautiful, memorable day. Our guests are still raving about how amazing The Southern Mansion and our wedding was!
I had my wedding at the Southern Mansion this May & could not have dreamt up a more perfect wedding. I live in North Jersey, so we relied heavily on Andreea our wedding coordinator to make sure everything went smoothly. She was beyond helpful and amazing. Very professional. We were also thrilled with all of the vendors she had recommended to us. The location is breathtaking and so romantic it is impossible not to get caught up in the surroundings. Our wedding went off without a hitch and was a day we will never forget. We have no regrets with having our special day with the Southern Mansion and are sad at how fast the weekend passed by. Our guests cannot stop talking about how great everything was, weeks later. Andreea was extremely responsisive and I don't think we could have planned our wedding three hours away from home without her. She was on top of everything that morning which meant we could all relax and concentrate on getting ready stress free. Wish we could do it all again.
My husband and I just had our wedding at the gorgeous Southern Mansion this past March. The venue alone was completely perfect and Andreea and the Southern Mansion staff were beyond amazing. Always taking my numerous amount of calls and emails, and making sure that anything we needed was possible. I wouldn't have changed a thing. Except for the rain!! :)
The Southern Mansion is the destination for a beautiful, romantic in Cape May. Welcome to a historic site that offers charm, uniqueness, beauty and many other features. Andreea is the wedding planner to have. Pay the extra for her services. The grounds are ideal for an outdoor ceremony with gorgeous placement for cocktail hour to follow. The ballroom is perfect for an intimate reception. The color scheme is beautiful. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed. Breakfast is fabulous. The dinner
was to die for. I recommend the crab cakes and filet mignon. The lamb chops were wonderful for the cocktail hour. Not a guest at my recent September wedding could do anything but rave about my wedding.
From the minute my fiance and I set foot into the Southern Mansion, we knew it was our wedding venue. The exterior and gardens are natural and lovely, and the interior rooms (think luxurious parlor, beautiful open sun porches, antique furniture and beautiful decor everywhere) are absolutely stunning. The venue is old-world charm with all the modern amenities you want.
Our coordinator at the Mansion, Andreea, was great from start to finish. She helped us coordinate all the little details, and she's obviously very experienced because she made great recommendations on the best way to do things for our day. She followed through on everything we asked, and even on the day of the wedding was constantly silently behind the scenes, making sure everything got done. We couldn't be more grateful for her help!
The ceremony we had was absolutely lovely and the most unique part (if you choose to do an outdoor ceremony) is your grand entrance down the spiral staircase at the back of the garden. It makes for some incredible photographs as well.
Overall, we just couldn't be happier with how our day went. I highly recommend checking out the Southern Mansion. We're already hoping to spend some anniversaries in some of their beautiful guest rooms in the future!
The Southern Mansion is a beautiful venue, and our day went absolutely seamlessly. We could not have asked for a better venue.
I had both my ceremony and reception at The Southern Mansion located in Cape May NJ on 11/17/12 and it was everything I could wish for. The employees at The Mansion are so kind and friendly we all felt at home. Me and my (now) husband and some family members check in on Friday before the wedding which was held on saturday afternoon and really were able to enjoy The Mansion. Andreea the wedding corrdinator is very good at what she does very cheerful and made my wedding wonderful!! I would highly recommend looking into The Mansion you will not be disappointed!!
We were so taken aback by the beauty of the Southern Mansion and put at ease after speaking in detail with the wedding coordinator, Andreea, we booked and then went on the tour. Our year long planning process went so smooth. Andreea and all the staff members; front desk, waiters, bartenders, hospitality members--everyone... were wonderful and we had a more than perfect wedding day 2 weeks after Hurricane Sandy!
Mel and I got married at the SM on September 9th, 2012. The premises at the Southern Mansion are beautiful; it's a place full of color and elegant vintage detail. Our first impression of Andrea (wedding coordinator) was great! She was pleasant, pretty, professional and most importantly, it was clear that she knew the business and that she had orchestrated multiple weddings. She provided us with our options and a list of trusted vendors in the Cape May area. She didn’t miss a thing. The SM enabled us to have a different type of wedding—the way we wanted it to be, so we booked it. Through-out the planning months, I found myself consulting the information Andrea provided to us and everything was in there. Sometimes, I emailed her with curiosities of a bridezilla and she always replied promptly and efficiently. She is very organized. We settled in on the Saturday before our wedding and Andrea was there to greet us. She instantly made us feel like the SM guest of honor. Our wedding day was perfect. We had a good night sleep, our rooms were impeccable and breakfast with our family was the perfect start to our wedding day. As soon as Andrea started her shift on the day of our wedding she came in to say hello and to make sure we had everything we needed. She also went in to see me before our ceremony began and backed up my MOH every step of the way to make sure everything was perfect. We loved our wedding and so did our guests. We are still receiving compliments from our guest. Everyone loved the food, especially the flounder turbans and the lamb chops. The bartenders were excellent. Our guest drank a lot and no one had any complaints. In fact, I thought the bartenders were very professional. Mel and I were very satisfied with the way our wedding turned out. To us, it was perfect and that, we owe it to the fantastic staff employed at the SM—everyone was very attentive and the food was incredible. Kudos to the Chef for doing such a great job and keeping our guest happy.
My husband and I got married on 9-22-12 an had our reception at the Southern Mansion. Andreea and the rest of the staff were everything we could have asked for and more! The food was amazing and the Southern Mansion itself is timeless. Our families enjoyed every moment and we had the best day of our lives!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. It was a pleasure working for you and we loved your beach-themed wedding set up with centerpieces made by your self! It added a nice touch of elegance to our decor and we are lookin...
We had a wonderful wedding experience at The Southern Mansion and wish we could do it all again! Our guests are still talking about the great time they had - we highly reccomend this venue. When we first took a trip to Cape May to check out The Southern Mansion we immediately both said, “this is the place”. It is a very unique and elegant venue – we were able to have our ceremony and cocktal hour outside, dinner in the sunroom and our reception in yet another location. We found the staff to be very friendly. accommodating, and flexible (we had a few last minute room and location changes that were quickly taken care of). What we really appreciated was the fact that many of our guests were able to stay at The Mansion during our wedding weekend - we were able to celebrate all weekend long with our guests (and the rooms are beautiful). And because The Southern Mansion specializes in weddings Andreea and the staff made the planning very easy for us. Andreea is a great asset to The Mansion; she has great attention to detail, was (unobtrusively) present during the entire wedding and ensured that all Mansion functions went according to schedule. We are looking forward to celebrating our 1st Anniversay at the Mansion next year.
I had the most beautiful wedding at The Southern Mansion. The location, food and service was AMAZING! I could not have imagined a more beautiful place to have my wedding!
I can not begin to describe the wonderful experience we had with having our wedding at The Southern Mansion. It was the perfect day. Working with the event planner Andreea was a dream come true. She was so organized and easy to work with. She listened to all or concerns and made sure to execute every detail in our wedding. She made planning this wedding smooth and easy with very little stress :)
The food at the Southern Mansion (cocktail hour and reception) was delicious. Our guests were raving about the food all night. Everything came out on time and was nice and hot for our guests.
The ceremony was held on the grounds in their beautiful, well taken care of gardens. The ceremony was beautiful and everything we could want.
Our stay was also a wonderful experience. The entire staff was very accommodating and the rooms were beautiful and immaculate. I can not imagine having my wedding anywhere else. Again, Andreea outdid herself and our wedding at the Southern Mansion exceeded our expectations.
Living almost 3 hours away, planning and organizing with. the Southern Mansion was an easy process. I highly recommended having your wedding at the southern mansion. You will not be disappointed at this beautiful venue in Cape May.
Again, thank you to the Southern Mansion, staff, and especially Andreea!
Amanda & A.J. - 7/10/11
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.
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.
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.
Our wedding was wonderful, I wouldn't have changed a thing. The food was great and service by waitstaff and bartenders was professional and courteous (I would give the servers a rating of 5 stars if judged on their own) and the venue and grounds are beautiful.
However, I believe much of the success of our day was due to our decision to hire a coordinator to work with us over the last month, after having difficulties with the coordinator at Southern Mansion.
The flexibility needed to assist in planning a wedding that was special and unique to my husband and I wasn't taken into account as much as it could have been. We didn't ask for anything crazy, but things like moving certain tables to create more space were met with a response that it wasn't usually the way they did an event.
Also, administrative elements were not handled in the most appropriate way, such as the damage hold on a credit card that is required for the day of the event. We were fully aware that we needed to do this and were happy to comply, however, the coordinator picked the middle of our photos prior to the ceremony to address this item. This could have easily been taken care of earlier that day (as I had stayed at the Mansion the night before and was available all morning) or even the night before at the rehearsal. And, though it's a very nit-picky thing small details like spelling errors on materials and details such as our wedding date being incorrect on documents cast doubt on the level of customer service.
This is a beautiful location and we wanted to have our wedding there from the moment we thought of it (we are local to town so we were familiar with the presence of the Mansion in town), we just wish that there was more cooperation and attention to detail given by the staff. Having to hire additional coordinators to handle the ceremony coordination and to make sure we had the confidence that things would go as we wanted take away from the value of the packages The Southern Mansion offered.
My overall rating of 4 stars reflects my idea that this is a wonderful site to hold a beautiful ceremony and reception with quality food and service staff. This could have easily been 5 stars across the board if we hadn't encountered the difficulties we did.
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Elaborate Southern Mansion on 2 acres of award winning gardens in center of Cape May. Personalized custom service unique events, mahogany verandas balconies, Solariums, and flying spiral staircases. Most elaborate largest accommodations in Cape May. Cape May only AAA four diamond.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area
- Capacity: Up to 150
- Style: Hotel/Resort, Inn/B&B, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative