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Wondering what’s the impact of GST on Indian weddings? Here’s the bride’s guide to GST for your smart wedding prep!

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Keep hearing people buzz about GST, but can’t understand it? You normally wouldn’t care, but word is GST WILL affect your wedding, so you better beware! Don’t you worry girl! We have got you covered. We’ve spent the last 12 days of GST doing all the work, so you don’t have to. Here’s everything to know about the impact of GST on Indian weddings made super easy for you

The impact of GST on Indian Weddings and what that means for YOU

Here’s a step by step break-up of the new and totally infamous GST taxes so you know where you’ll end up saving and where GST will make you splurge (and how to hack through this!). Make your daddy proud girls!

Here’s what got expensive – Compulsory Splurge Alert! ⬇︎

1. Décor & Photographers

Bride taking a photo on a camera | Pink bridal outfit
(c) Girl in Pink Photography

Erm… No matter how minimal or extensive, that dream look and feel  you wanted just got 3% more expensive. Yikes!!

Budget hack – We all look for décor inspiration on Pinterest and DIYs, don’t we? Well, you may not just want DIY, you pretty much NEED it to save a tad at your wedding. Worry not, head to our free DIY decor themes section to see what all we’ve got.

 2. 5 Star Hotels

Top New Indian Wedding Trends 2016 | New wedding trends in India | Photography trends | Pre Wedding Shoot | Joseph Radhik | Pre wedding shoot udaipur | Drone Photography weddings
(c) Stories by Joseph Radhik

Damn, Hosting all them relatives in 5 stars and fine dining restaurants now means higher bills. Guess we’ll just have to relay on more humble abodes and mom’s home cooked dinners for them luxury thrills!  Sorry girls 😓

3. Salon Services & MUAs

Top Indian Bridal Makeup trends | Makeup for bride | Getting ready photo | wedding look - pink lipstick and magenta bindi | Makeup idea | Photo by - Tuhina Chopra Photoworks | Pretty Indian bride wearing a magenta and gold blouse with kurgan tika
(c) Tuhina Chopra Photography

The salon taxes just increased from 15% to 28%. Yikes! But there isn’t much you can do about this, because it’s your wedding and you have to get your make-up done (unless you have a friend who is an MUA and is willing to reduce her charges *puppy dog eyes*)

4. Fab Footwear

(c) Morvi Images from Purva and Sahil’s Delhi Wedding

Any shoes above Rs. 500 will be taxed at 18% Damn!

PSST! If you know your size well enough and have a standard size foot, order online and get it delivered to relatives/friends house abroad 😜 *logs into ASOS*

5. Precious Jewellery 💍

(c) Mahima Bhatia Photography via Birti and Japji’s Wedding

Damnit! The tax on gold and diamond jewelry just went up to 3% 😓

Budget Hack – taxes on costume jewelry reduced to 12%. So maybe opt for costume jewellery to get by,  try to be a little sly 😇

6. Courier Services 💌

Wedding Card by Diksha Mehta Invites

Courier services just got a little expensive, so choose light weight invites and think about those mithai boxes you wanted to send out with the cards!

7. Honeymoon Hassles – Business class tickets ✈️

We’ve all dreamt of that perfect honeymoon. The one time you MUST have everything first class. Well, the GST on business class just went up! However, economy class travel just got cheaper, and if you are anything like us, travel economy but look at the brighter side – this just means more money for duty-free shopping 😎

Psst! Here’s some help on how o back for your honeymoon like a boss!

Ok, finally some good news, this is where you’ll save while planning them I dos 😉😇

8. Catering

Rakhee Food display trend in Indian Weddinsg OTT | Chandelier and tree Tapas tray | Curated by Witty Vows
Food Styling by Rakhee Jain

The Taxes on a lot of food products went down, you can TRY and negotiate with your caterer for a discount no matter how much he frowns. take whatever silver lining you can get!

9. Alcohol

Chitrakshi and Neil | Offbeat wedding in Delhi | Day wedding full of ideas | Indian bride wearing an ivory lehenga with a floral sleeve blouse and a red and pista pastel double dupatta | Indian bride with a red sweetheart blouse with red white and green 3d flower decoupage on the sleeves | Indian bride and groom drinking beer together | photo by Design Aqua | WIttyVows
Photo By Design Aqua from Chitrakshi and Neil’s Delhi Wedding

Whoohooo 💃🏻! Alcohol is not under GST yet (Phew!!!)  so we’re pigging out on this you bet! However, beer (Bira included:P) and aerated drinks might be getting more expensive. So skip the mocktails, and just pour champagne for everyone!

10. Clothes

Snapchat custom story | Snapchat for your Indian wedding | Feroz Shiv Photography | Bride with her hanging lehenga
Photo By – Shutterdown Photography

Finally some good news! Girls your wedding/trousseau shopping just got a tad cheaper! *heads to the mall*

Hope this helps! You now know just what you need to manoeuver your way around GST – right from how it affects your decor to your salon session for facials and wax!



Any more wedding woes you need help with? Ask away in the comments below ⬇︎

Featured Image Source – Rachit Photography



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