12 Affordable Spring Wedding Guest Dresses You Can Score on Amazon
Spring is upon us, which means that wedding season is officially here. To help you figure out what you’re going to wear to all the upcoming nuptials, we’ve selected our favorite wedding guest dresses based on the biggest seasonal trends. The best part? They’re all available on Amazon, and are super affordable (with the exception of one or two splurges). So you don’t have to break the bank — or even leave your couch — to be the most stylish guest at every wedding you attend this season. Scroll on for the trends you need to see, and start shopping.
1. MakeMeChic Floral Pencil Off Shoulder Cocktail Dress ($18+): There are fewer prints more synonymous with spring weddings than florals, and it’s easy to see why.
2. Ella Moon Alyah Sleeveless Asymmetric Dress ($55+): You won’t be a wallflower in this gorgeous option. A conservative neckline with a slight back opening makes it appropriate for an outdoor or church wedding.
3. OWIN Vintage 1950’s Floral Spring Garden Rockabilly Cocktail Dress ($17+): Practically made for a garden affair, this flattering number strikes just the right balance of sophisticated and feminine.
4. Ivrose Floral Embroidery Casual Mesh Dress ($24+): The mesh sleeves with floral embroidery detail are sheer perfection, not to mention that the silhouette is universally flattering.
5. Dreamlover Floral Print Retro Long Sleeve Casual Maxi Dress ($13+): Comfort and elegance come together in this full-length maxi that epitomizes this season’s floral trend.
6. Ruining Sleeveless Halter-Neck Vintage Floral Print Maxi Dress ($18+): Head-to-toe gorgeous is what you’ll be in this flowing purple beauty. The metallic belt adds an unexpected (and unforgettable) element.
7. Floerns Ruffle One Shoulder Split Midi Party Bodycon Dress ($28): Wearing a fitted midi-length dress will certainly turn heads. Pair with slingback sandals and a structured bag and you’re set to party in style.
8. ANGVNS Sexy Sleeveless V Neck Bodycon Casual Party Pencil Dress ($17+): Available in seven classic colors, this versatile dress can easily be worn long after spring. Plus, the 5 percent spandex makes it extra comfortable.
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9. Needle & Thread’s Sunburst Midi Dress ($524): The feminine ruffle bodice is complemented by sparkly sequins for a look that’s sure to dazzle.
10. Milumia Off Shoulder Ruffles Shift Loose Mini ($19+): You’ll want to pack this one the next time you head to an island destination wedding — it pairs well with sun, sand, and tropical drinks.
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11. Uterque Coral Dress ($274): Be prepared to field lots of questions over dinner about where you got this baby, thanks to the exquisite pearl beading and lace detail.
12. Ranphee Floral Maxi Long Chiffon Beach Summer Dress ($30): Look no further for your next beach wedding than this dress that looks just as fabulous against a backdrop of sand and surf as it does on the dance floor.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com