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Who should pay for destination wedding?

12, Oct 2018 By Pankaj Gaur

After giving out commendable judgements in a series of important cases, the apex court has before it yet another crucial case. The question that is keeping thousands of millennials in guessing game is “Who pays for the travel arrangements in a destination wedding”? Is your inviter your sponsor or do you split the expenses? If you split then in what percentage and is GST split too? The case acquired a newly found importance after hundreds of weddings ended up souring more relations than creating new ones. While initially the matter was being resolved with mutual consensus, the lack of clear directive is leading to escalating chaos. On one side are hundreds of relatives, silent but grumpier with every phone call, waiting for their travel bills to be reimbursed. On other hand are wedding sponsors who, much to their shock and surprise, find themselves sponsoring much more.

"Never imagined that we will have to depart for this reason, my love."

In a historical Inviter vs Invitee 2018 case, the court will pronounce its verdict to an otherwise empty courtroom which will be live streamed to record number of viewers online. The case will reviewed by a bench consisting of 22 members after two of the judges were found to have conflict of interest. A few involved parties were available to express their grievances. One of the relatives said “we had to book expensive tickets on such short notice. When there was no formal expression of reimbursement, we thought it will be covered with baraat pithiya”. “However that amount was not enough even for the ride to airport”, he fumed.

Meanwhile the wedding sponsors too had their share of complains. ”With all these expenses of pre wedding shoots and arrangements in such remote places, we hoped relatives will support us financially. However their response was quite opposite. One of them put his travel bills and UPI id in the envelope handed to bride”. The case is also unique considering the breadth of judgements it has to give. Apart from the conventional inviter vs invitee, it has to settle expense distribution between bride and groom’s family and in some instances between the groom and his family. Although less severe, there are requests to give similar financial guidelines for bachelor party.

Considering how well the court has given judgements in matters of public interest in the past, everyone is expecting a sound fiscal strategy. The finance ministry could take a cue from it considering the circumstances.