How to have a TV Wedding on a Budget

Luyanda & Siya’s Top Billing Real Wedding at Val de Vie was a lavish affair, with trendy, stylish outfits, OTT hairdo’s, French Champagne, stiletto heels, sports cars and helicopters! Siya and the boys landed in the middle of the Polo estate with their chartered helicopter, dropping off 6 very smartly dressed men. The 5 groomsmen sported navy blue suits by Grant of Frank Bespoke and Siya looked very dapper in his navy tux with a black velvet lapel, back bowtie and black pants.

Luyanda and the girls got ready at a luxury villa at Val de Vie. There were 3 hairstylists and makeup artists from Embelesh, Luyanda followed the trend by having two dresses, both designed by Gert-Johan Coetzee.

But we know not everyone has the budget to pull off such a hugely grand wedding, so we rounded up our favourite wedding budgeting tips to do your TV-worthy wedding on a budget!

Combine Lace with Tulle

While lace is timeless and elegant, it can be very costly. Have the bodice of your dress made with gorgeous lace for that glam touch, but have the skirt made from tulle, which is far less expensive. Combine that with a dramatic veil and you’ll be Grace Kelly in no time!

White is Your Friend

You may think that white for your decor is boring, but you’d be wrong! White opens up a room, making the whole venue seem larger and has a classic, royal feel to it. Crisp white linens, white votive candles, plenty of mirrors and white flooring make for a spectacular look. Don’t forget that you can very inexpensively have a wedding logo made from vinyl, and have it stuck to the dancefloor. For bonus points – use metallics for the vinyl – it screams elegance!

Splurge Selectively

It may be impossible for most of us to serve Veuve Cliquot all night, splurging on a couple of bottles for pre-drinks will make your guests go wow! You can serve a more affordable bubbly for toasts – by that time no one will even notice! Spend enough on your main course – people remember the food. You can cut costs by serving canapes as the starter, and foregoing dessert for a dessert table. Things you should spend on are good food, enough drinks, but also suits, dresses and makeup. Custom-made suits can be expensive, so how about buying affordable suits and having them properly tailored? It makes all the difference, trust us! Give your girls the celeb look by using silk or satin for their dresses, but you can ask them to contribute to the costs of the dress. It’s totally acceptable nowadays for bridesmaids to pay at least 50% of the bridesmaid dress! BUT! – Do NOT skimp on hair and makeup! Use a reputable artist – there are no two ways about it! (But your bridesmaids should gladly help you foot the bill for that too!) Don’t forget – for tall brides: You don’t need an R5000 pair of heels when an elegant pair of pumps will do!

Speaking of Desserts

A dessert table might sound expensive, but it needn’t be! Zoosh everyday treats up by using elegant frosting. Cupcakes, cake pops or profiteroles can be glazed with pearlescent icing, making it look far fancier than it really is. You can also display and serve your wedding cake as part of the dessert table – an elegantly decorated cake will add that va-va-voom factor!

With these cost-cutting and budget slashing tips, you are armed to pull off the fabulous wedding you’ve always dreamed of without breaking the bank! Tell us your best saving tips, we’re eager to hear what you have done! Sound off in the comments below!

Have a look at our Budget Weddings board on Pinterest, or visit for tips on planning your perfect African Wedding.

Images courtesy of ZaraZoo Photography

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