Cape Town couple pays R6000 for wedding: ‘We took the money and booked a honeymoon overseas’

Wongalethu and Honey Vakala  (PHOTO: Supplied to DRUM)
Wongalethu and Honey Vakala (PHOTO: Supplied to DRUM)

Most couples usually want big glamourous weddings to impress family and friends but end up having to settle for less on their honeymoon or life after the wedding but not this couple from Port Elizabeth.

The 25-year-old married couple spoke to DRUM about the decision behind their not so big R6000 wedding.

The couple, Wongalethu and Honey Vakala said this is the best decision they have ever made.

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“We took the wedding money, deposited our first car and booked a honeymoon overseas. We disappointed a lot of people, we had doubts as well but looking back now, we made the best decision for us we are enjoying our honeymoon in Thailand,” said the groom, Wongalethu.

“I’ve been having issues with my family they didn’t approve of me getting married because they felt that I am still young and have just started working. I paid lobola in May this year to show them that I was really serious about my decision”.

“Initially my wife and I wanted to have a big wedding but after we got scammed R10 000 with a dealership that is based in Kimberley – it tore us apart because we lost the money and we had to start saving up all over again. We got kicked out of a place we were renting in Cape Town, we were broke. A friend of ours in Long street offered to tailor make our wedding attire which was such a blessing,” he said.

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Wongalethu told DRUM that they were afraid of disappointing a lot of people that they were not going to invite to their intimate wedding.

 “My wife and I were hurt that we couldn’t invite our pastors who were with us during marital counselling, relatives, colleagues and close friends”.

“My family had big plans, my mom invited all of her friends, colleagues and some of the community members and even booked the wedding venue.  I had to stand up for my wife and show her that the man she is marrying has a backbone. I cancelled all the plans my mother had for my wedding day and she didn’t take it well.

The couple got married on Heritage Day 24 September in a small church in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth. The wedding cost them R6000 and they have no regrets.

“We don’t have any regrets on how everything turned out however, we regret not inviting the people who we really wanted to be there.

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They used the rest of their money to put a deposit on their brand-new car and avoided anything to do with car dealerships, they went straight to Ford to make the deposit.

“We went to Ford directly because we were scared of being scammed for the second time. Our eyes were on the Ford Fiesta 2016 and we’re so happy about our choice, it’s the dream”.

The couple is currently on honeymoon in Thailand.