Tiffany and Dusty: A Romantic Destination Wedding
When Tiffany Gardner and Dusty Bordelon of Lake Charles decided to tie the knot, they knew they wanted something unique. For those of you who are considering something different, a destination wedding might be just the ticket!
JAM: What made you decide to do a destination wedding?
TB: I have always thought it would be fun to get married on a beach or in a more fun, less traditional location. We initially were planning a “traditional” church wedding, but we began noticing the costs kept increasing with constant rental fees, reception prices, etc. and at that point, we hadn’t even started looking into the honeymoon! We were a little older than most of our married friends and also had a child together and were paying for this wedding by ourselves. After talking about it, we both decided that it would be more fun, less stress and more cost effective for us to have a destination wedding!
JAM: What was the criteria for choosing a resort, and why did you decide on the resort that you picked?
TB: I wanted to find an all-inclusive resort that would help our guests keep costs down. I also searched for a resort that had great reviews and good wedding options that would fit our needs.
JAM: Was it difficult organizing this type of wedding?
TB: I found it to be far less stressful. The entire wedding was planned by email and phone and once everything was chosen and sent to the wedding coordinator, all we had to do was show up–so that was very nice! I really didn’t have the option to stress over the small stuff as I would have if it were local. You put your trust in the coordinator and let them handle the minor details.
JAM: So you feel got enough help from the resort?
TB: Our wedding coordinator at the resort was wonderful! She was very helpful and took care of everything.
JAM: How many of your friends/family were able to come?
TB: Seventeen of us total (including Dusty, myself and Mason)
JAM: What were the positives?
TB: We had a great vacation and wedding combined into one. I had far less stress on me trying to plan a wedding with a busy work schedule and raising a toddler.
JAM: What were the negatives?
TB: We had a few people that weren’t so happy that we weren’t having a local traditional wedding, so for those people, we paid for a portion of their trip to help them to be a part of our special day. We didn’t want to have a wedding for other people (which is what I see happen a lot); we wanted it to be about us and the love we have for one another.
JAM: Was it difficult having a toddler along?
TB: It was because Mason never really gets babysat, he is with us all of the time. We didn’t get much of a break during the wedding vacation and also had him along for the “honeymoon!”
JAM: Anything else you’d like to add?
TB: We did have our wedding planned in Cabo San Lucas. Two months before our wedding date, they were hit by the largest hurricane to ever hit that area! Cabo essentially closed down for a year to rebuild. We were left with no answers for weeks as they had no electricity, so we didn’t know the extent of the damage to our resort. We did end up finally getting in contact with the resort by email and they cancelled our wedding. That was stressful! I had to find a new location, change all 17 plane tickets, make hotel reservations and redo the wedding in a couple of weeks. We ended up marrying in Playa del Carmen–and everything worked out fine!