28 Bride, Bridesmaid and Wedding Gifts That Don’t Break the Bank
With April Showers happily behind us, that time of year we all know and love is finally upon us: Wedding Season! After all sorts of cozy engagements over the holidays and winter, your friends, family and maybe even YOU are getting married in just a few months’ time. We’ve teamed up with BHLDN to share a collection of beautiful (and budget-friendly!) gifts for brides, bridesmaids and couples from their brand new gifting collection. That’s right — the site you know and love for swoon-worthy gowns, accessories and straight up ethereal vibes now carries gifts, and most of them are under $100!
The collection is just as unique as you’d imagine, with exclusive collaborations with the likes of Rifle Paper Co., Knot and Bow and more. From a vintage-inspired box clutch to personalized banners and garlands, there’s something for just about everyone in your wedding party in this collection.
We combed through this beautifully curated collection to select a whole smattering of favorite picks for bridesmaids, brides and couples. Scroll on to see what caught our eye.
FOR YOUR BRIDESMAIDS
Forget about getting all of your bridesmaids the same pashmina — BHLDN’s Bridesmaid Gifts Collection has the perfect necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings for each of your bridesmaids. Even though it takes a little extra time to choose individual gifts, that time is worth it to show them how much you love and appreciate their support.
1. You Can Wear It Again: A Celebration of Bridesmaids’ Dresses ($15): This tome of nostalgia is part humor, part how-to and shows you that you really can wear it again, even if it has shoulder pads, puff sleeves and a gold lamé train.
2. Ecru Box Clutch ($110): On the left, a simple but stunning clutch. It’s not too that it’ll get annoying on the dance floor, but it’s big enough to carry lipstick, a phone and Band-Aids :)
3. Louisa Crystal Bracelets ($50 each): Available in three different styles, these crystal bracelets are timeless. They boast an heirloom quality, which makes them a perfect gift for your girls.
4. Cupid’s Arrow Necklace ($45): You may be getting married to the person of your dreams, but your girls have been the loves of your life from the start. Gift them this cupid’s arrow to remind them just how special they are.
5. Perle Pendant Necklace ($45): This delicate treasure of a necklace is perfect for gals with a more understated sense of style.
6. Petite Crystal Drops ($60): You can never go wrong with a pair of quintessential crystal drop earrings.
7. Pellucid Earrings ($50): How gorgeous are these gem clusters? We’re obsessed.
8. Thanks For Being My Maid of Honor Card ($8): Don’t forget to thank the lady you’ve chosen to stand by you. Taking the time to write a heartfelt note will go a long way.
9. Thanks For Being My Bridesmaid Card ($8): And of course, the bridesmaids deserve gratitude too!
FOR THE BLUSHING BRIDE
Next, we’ll turn our attention to the blushing bride. Oftentimes, the bride spends so much time taking care of all the plans, gifts, flowers and more, that it’s easy to forget she could use a little somethin’ somethin’ as well. The gifts in BHLDN’s Collection for the Bride add a touch of sentimentality to her big day.
10. Fortune-Telling Book for Brides ($10): There’s no official guide to bring a bride, but there is a highly informative and slightly satirical fortune-telling book!
11. Gilded Seashell Ring Holder ($38): Leave that velvet ring box at home. You’re a beautiful mermaid, and you need a ring holder to match ;)
12. Blushing Clutch ($180): Beads for days. This one-of-a-kind clutch is one that you will treasure for decades to come, and would be a great thing to pass down to your daughter, niece or friend.
13. Francoise Bralette ($59): Though the bride is probably wearing a dress with the bra built in, she’ll want something light and lovely to change into at the end of the night.
14. Blushberry Bracelet ($220): This bracelet is definitely a splurge, but would go beautifully with almost any wedding dress.
15. Viburnum Cuff ($100): This cool cuff has an earthy vibe to it that we love, and so will all the nature-loving brides you know.
16. I Really Like You Card ($8): Attention people who are marrying said brides (aka grooms or fellow brides)! Leaving them a love note on the day of your wedding is the best thing you can do. Seriously.
17. I Adore You Card ($6): Fill this card with the reasons you love your bride.
18. Petite Flora Hairpins ($105 for 2): Though we’re all about adding real flowers to bridal hairstyles, sometimes they’re too unpredictable. These flora hairpins will stand by you, through thick and thin, wind and rain and all your inevitable costume changes. (Note: Arriving to your wedding brunch in the hairstyle you had at your wedding IS totally acceptable.)
19. Fiora Necklace ($150): We love the airy feel of this delicate necklace. It could also work as a mini hair crown for an updo!
FOR THE HAPPY COUPLE
Lastly, the happy couple! All of the gifts in BHLDN’s Collection of Gifts for the Couple would make great supporting characters to whatever they’ve registered for. They’re an easy way to add a more personal touch to whatever you give them. And many of them make great stand-alone gifts as well!
20. Just Married Dessert Plates ($38): The hand-lettering on these plates makes us melt.
21. You & Me Pencils ($12 for set of 7): Mac & Cheese, Milk & Cookies, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Bread & Butter, Pancakes & Syrup, Salt & Pepper. Me & You.
22. Letterpress Vows Journals ($28): Though I’ve personally been at several weddings where the bride or groom busts out a smartphone or tablet to recite their vows, the old way is the best way. Take your pen to paper and write them out. You can even use this journal as a way to work through what you want to say. Then give the journal and final vows to your spouse on your one-year anniversary!
23. Enchanted Forest Thank You Card ($6): Woodland weddings, take note.
24. Hooray Cake Topper ($38): More amazing hand-lettering!
25. Rifle Paper Co. Monogram Garland ($17): This garland by Rifle Paper Co. lets you customize whatever message you want. Cheers!
26. Rosy-Cheeked Coupes ($68 for 2): Pair these with a bottle of bubbly and you’re golden.
28. Je T’aime Card ($7): And finally, love. We love it.
Have you checked out BHLDN’s gift collection? Or shopped there for any other wedding things? Talk to us in the comments below.
This post is a collaboration with BHLDN.
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