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Darryn & Kalinka

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For Darryn and Kalinka, having a meaningful wedding day with their loved ones trumped spending millions. Here are their tips on going DIY.

Eat, drink and be merry

Sales executive Darryn, 31, and retail planner Kalinka, 30, tied the knot at the Cape Farmhouse restaurant. ‘The location was rustic and very picturesque,’ says Darryn. His aunt, a former restaurateur, catered for the 80 guests, while Darryn arranged wine and bubbly to supplement the cash bar. But here’s a handy tip: ‘I returned unopened bottles after the wedding. It’s this kind of thing that saves you money!’ Miscellaneous expenses like hiring of benches for the ceremony and buying crockery and cutlery added a few extra costs but Darryn says they sourced hard to find good deals. ‘The trick is never to be complacent: there will always be someone who can better the previous offer.’

Raising a toast

Flower power

Florists can be pricey, so Darryn negotiated with a wholesaler to get exactly what they wanted. He also raided generous friends’ beautiful gardens and Kalinka’s sister made the runners, bouquets and the groomsmen’s corsages. The flowers formed the basis of the table decor, accented with candles in glass jars. You don’t have to spend a lot for spectacular table decor as was evidenced by the couple’s choice of candles in rustic-inspired candlesticks. 

Say ‘Yes’ to the dress

Bridal attire ranked high on the budget as the couple felt this was where they should invest their money. in these items. After searching high and low, Kalinka found a beautiful dress on Still White, a South African second-hand wedding dress sales site.

Do yourself a favour

The couple loves reading so they spent an afternoon in a second-hand bookstore, buying books that represented the character of each guest. ‘We wrote thank-you notes in each book and included a bookmark with the guest’s name, so it served as a place card too.’


The pair made their own invitations and decorations that incorporated a whimsical bird design to match their tattoos. Darryn encourages brides and grooms to get hands-on with their weddings. ‘The more you pour into it, the greater the reward,’ he says, ‘and the more you’ll find where you can save.’


Text Lauren Shapiro