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