40 Ways to Stay Golden on Your Wedding Day
We’re reaching the end of what’s been a pretty happy, shiny and Midas-approved week here at Brit + Co. During our seven day Gold Rush, we’ve shown you plenty of ways to get your gild on. But if there’s one group of people who appreciate style inspiration more than the general public, it’s brides-to-be. For you, our dears, a little inspiration for your solid gold day of dearly belovedness.
1. Art Deco Invites: The Gilded Age might have been long gone by the time the roaring ‘20s came along, but there’s hardly an era that is glitzier or glammier. Give props where props are due and give a nod to prohibition days by living it up with art-deco-inspired invites. (via Style Me Pretty)
2. Petal Aisle Runner: Most brides in the world aren’t going to be as lucky as this bride was. Her aunts hand-stitched each and everyone one of these petals onto her ombre aisle runner. Now that’s love. (via Wedding Chicks)
3. Glitter Escort Tags ($2): If you’re like us, you’re going to want to put gold in every nook and cranny, right down to the escort card details.
4. Vivacious Peep-Toes ($300): Diamonds on the soles of your shoes and gold everywhere else. Yup, that’s the way you roll on your wedding day.
7. Heart Photo Booth Backdrop: Alright, so this mylar heart backdrop is made with the silver variety, but y’all are well aware that that stuff comes in the more tawny variety as well. (via Alanda Jones-Mann)
8. Confetti Toss Exit: If you miraculously find a wedding venue that is cool with your guests throwing anything at all, doing a confetti toss for your post-vows aisle exit is definitely the way to go. (via Easton Events)
9. Berry Accents: If you’re going for gold, think about using berry accents via flowers, your shoes or even ribbon detailing. It’s the best and the only kind of drama you want on your wedding day. (via Elizabeth Anne Designs)
10. Gilded Garage: Backyard weddings are like the best. But some real-life features, like garage doors, aren’t always the prettiest. But that’s nothing a mix of crepe paper and gold metallic curtains can’t take care of. (via Coco Cozy)
11. Backdrop/Guest Book: You guys. It doesn’t get easier or cheaper than this. Get a black roll of paper, some metallic paint and metallic paint pens, and you’ve got yourself a photo booth backdrop that doubles as a guest book. (via Hostess With The Mostess)
12. Bubbly Bar: And while we’re on the topic of black paper and metallic paints, go ahead and make this epic bubbly bar… and then send us an invite to what is obviously going to be the best wedding ever. (via 100 Layer Cake)
14. Golden Winter Macarons: It’s a wedding… meaning your guests are going to want to eat more desserts than you even thought was humanly possible. Let the feeding frenzy begin with these little poppables. (via Ruffled)
16. Gold Glitter Dipped Fortune Cookies: Can we all just agree that one of the best inventions of our lifetime is edible glitter? The Internet might be a tiny bit better, but edible glitter is a close second. (via Lauren Conrad)
17. Sequin Photo Booth DIY: 600 — that’s the number of giant pieces of sequin you’ll need to create a disco ball inspired photo booth backdrop. Just set up your DSLR, get a wireless clicker and get clickin’. (via Oh Happy Day)
18. Gold Russian Veil: There’s just something so elegant about a Russian veil, and one in subtle gold has us totally swooning. Find similarly beautiful wedding accessories at Hushed Commotion in Brooklyn. (via Style Me Pretty)
23. Fall Woodland Gilded Centerpiece: A woodland wedding doesn’t have to be all browns, tans and creams. Grab some sticks or branches from the ground and give them a quick treatment with some gold spray paint and you have an eye-catching, elegant and uber inexpensive centerpiece. (via Green Wedding Shoes)
24. Beach Wedding Dress: The hard and fast rule of wearing white to your nuptials is now open for interpretation. If you’re saying, “I do” next to the big blue, you’re going to want to wear something that gives it a run for its money in the sparkle department. This dress from Badgley Mischka is here to do that for you. (via Style Me Pretty)
25. Peach + Gold Centerpieces: If the deep-berry color and gold combo is too dramatic for you, go with peach tones to soften things up. Gather teapots from garage sales and thrift stores, make use of that can of gold spray paint and hand it over to your florist to let her fill in the stems. (via Style Me Pretty)
31. Paper Clips Gone Glam: This couple wins all the prizes. Not only did they take toy animals, paint them gold and then turn them into napkin rings, but they gave paper clips the same paint job and made them into a totally incredible table treatment. (via Ruffled)
33. Gold Leaves: Wedding Chicks is calling this the ultimate DIY wedding, which, as you can probably guess, caught our attention. The bride made so many incredibly beautiful aspects for her big day, including a gold-leaf crown and gold-leaf napkin rings. Her hard work paid off — big time. This entire wedding only set her back $6,000! (via Wedding Chicks)
40. Balloon Ribbon: If you have, like, zero time left for any DIY projects but still want more-than-plain balloons floating around your par-tay, it’s amazing what a simple shiny ribbon can do. (via Jeleza Rose)
Are you having a gold-themed wedding? What are your favorite gilded elements? Let us know in the comments below!
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