Weddings are expensive. Once you’ve paid the deposit on the wedding venue, booked the caterer and started looking for the dress, it can feel like there’s no money left to pay for a honeymoon.
Consider these cost-saving tips and you’ll be able to afford a dream honeymoon in South Africa.
Trim the wedding expenses
Cut back on non-essential items, such as wedding favours, and look for more affordable suppliers for essential services.
Consider employing a student, who is learning a trade or business, to supply a service at a more affordable rate than an experienced professional. For example, consider contacting:
- a local floristry school for flowers
- a high school “click” club to find students who can photograph the wedding
- a university music department for a band or musician.
Control credit-card spending
In the run-up to the wedding, take a disciplined approach to spending.
Cut back on non-essential entertainment – eating out, going to movies – and limit spending on clothing and luxuries.
Search for the best honeymoon package
Before you choose a honeymoon destination, research the best packages based on your budget.
If you’re determined to enjoy an international honeymoon, here are a few of the most rand-friendly honeymoon destinations.
Downgrade the dream
A honeymoon is about spending quality time with your new spouse. If you’ve always dreamed of a luxury beach resort, consider a beach bungalow or Airbnb at the same destination.
What about camping in a beautiful, romantic destination? You don’t need all the gear, you can hire the equipment.
We’re blessed with breath-taking natural beauty, so local really is lekker.
Instead of spending thousands of rand on international flights and visas, why not honeymoon at home?
There are dozens of affordable honeymoon destinations in South Africa that vary from beach and bush to berg and winelands.
Tap into your social network
Why not approach family and friends for financial help?
You may find someone who is willing to share his or her frequent-flyer miles, someone who has a holiday cottage you can use or a timeshare you can rent at a reasonable rate.
‘Crowdfund’ the honeymoon
Rather than setting up a wedding registry, ask your wedding guests to consider donating money towards the honeymoon.
Guestfunding is the easiest and most effective way of turning your dream honeymoon into a reality.
Convert an asset into a quick cash loan
At lamna, we offer fast, discreet loans against the value of a wide range of assets, from luxury watches and jewellery to vehicles or artwork.
A short-term loan against a luxury asset may be just what you need to afford a honeymoon in South Africa. Once you’ve repaid the loan and agreed interest, your asset is returned to you, in the same condition you left it.
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