In the law of Contract there are different remedies available for breach of contract. Damages or compensation is one such remedy. There are different kinds of damages. Exemplary damages is one among them.
These damages are as the term describes huge in terms of money and may not be in value to the real loss suffered by the party. This damages has an element of feelings of the disappointed party in it. The damages awarded are not on the basis of actual loss. The personal feelings of the aggrieved party are equated for awarding the compensation.
In contract to marriage, these type of damages are awarded.