18 Laser Cut Wedding Invites We Love
You’re putting so much work into your big day, making sure every detail is perfect, and the right invitation is your first chance to set the tone for your wedding. Obvi you need something unique, gorgeous and totally you. We have got you covered with 18 laser cut wedding invites that you can feel confident saying “yes” to. You fell in love with “The One,” and now it’s time to make all your guests fall in love with the invitation.
1. Laser Cut Wood Invites: It’s an invite and party favor in one! We love the idea of using wood instead of paper, and the pop out rings are sure to loved by everyone. (via Classic Wedding Invitations)
4. Mystic Forest Laser Cut Wrap ($46 and up): You’re into big and bold, so the peacock is totally your spirit animal. The overlay of the feathers against the jewel tone is everything you didn’t know you wanted.
6. Lettered Love Hearts: Declaring your intentions with a conversation heart is an oldie but a goodie. There may have been candy hearts that said “call me” in third grade, but we’re digging this grown up invitation version. (via Classic Wedding Invitations)
7. Commissioned Lovebird Invite: Wedding invite or paper snowflake? The love and detail that went into this design were just forerunners to the love and detail you’re putting into your wedding and your marriage. (via Emily Hogarth)
8. Custom Laser Cut “Love Story” ($6): Have your love story immortalized in this personal invitation. It’s a beautiful invite and an even better keepsake.
9. Laser Cut Woodland Wedding Invitations: You’ve already got your rustic, woodsy wedding planned on Pinterest (us too), and now you need the perfect invite to kick it off. Here you go! (via Oh So Beautiful Paper)
10. Great Gatsby Invite: Whether you’re a huge Fitzgerald fan or just want to capitalize on the Art Deco aesthetic, this is a great pick. The design is clean and simple, while still boasting great visual interest. (via Classic Wedding Invitations)
13. Laser Cut Floral Lace ($47 and up): Adding lace to any aspect of your wedding automatically ups the bridal factor — you know the dress you fantasized about as a little girl was lacy and poofy. The delicate overlay on this invite hits the right note without being over-the-top.
14. London Pop Up Wedding Invitation: Remember the opening scene of 101 Dalmations, where the dogs and owners are walking in the London park? This invite achieves that same romantic, whimsical tone. After all, it’s not true love if your canine best bud doesn’t approve. (via Cutture)
15. Enchanted Forest Laser Cut Pocket ($32 and up): This simple, classic invitation design is kicked up a notch with a fauna border. It’s beautiful, but still keeps your eyes focused on the important details.
16. Marfa Desert-Inspired Invites: This custom commission by Southern Fried Paper is the perfect inspo for a modern DIY bride. Make or order a few extras and hang them as decor at your reception. (via Green Wedding Shoes)
17. Laser Cut Rustic Border Invite: We love the casual feel of this invite, punctuated with that little laser cut border. It lets your guests know you appreciate attention to detail, but, after all, it’s really about the party. (via Style Me Pretty)
Are your ready to order some laser cut wedding invitations? Tell us your favorite designs, or send us a pic of the ones you used!
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