Cedar Grove is owned and operated by Jill and Joey Mercer. They have seven children. Five of their seven children, along with thirty other employees, work the events at the plantation. After eight years of painstaking renovations, the Mercer family restored the 225 year old building to the beauty it once was. With new editions and upgrades, Cedar Grove is quickly becoming a uniquely New Orleans wedding venue.
The most notable edition is the ceremony chapel. The chapel was designed after Jill’s childhood church, St. Josephs, once located in Pearlington, Mississippi. Unfortunately, it was blown down during Hurricane Katrina. The beautiful memory of this church is found in the breathtaking chapel pavilion.
The venue also includes a large, elegant ballroom, a historic copper bar, an original parlor for pictures, five fireplaces, two courtyards, a private dining room for couples, a buffet room and seven acres of beautiful land. Cedar Grove can accommodate up to 300 guests.
Cedar Grove cuisine is known for its quality and abundance all over New Orleans and beyond. Bride’s as far away as Canada, Australia, and Trinidad have booked weddings at the plantation sight unseen based solely on the impeccable reputation for its food, service and commitment to excellence. The recipes come from Jill’s grandmother who was a caterer, florist, and dress maker in the 1940’s in Uptown New Orleans.
Jill and Joey and their children are constantly thinking of more ways to create an atmosphere of historical elegance and grace. They value the home as the most peaceful and spiritual venue in New Orleans!
The plantation encourages its families to “Become part of our family history as we become part of yours!”
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