Wedding Trend Alert: 17 Ways to Use Mirror Decor on Your Big Day
Nothing puts the finishing touches on your nuptials like a little sparkle and shine, and nothing inspires us more than this latest wedding trend: mirror decor. Mirrors are the perfect way to bounce light around your venue, and using mirrors as bar signs, centerpieces and even seating displays will give your event that extra flair. Plus, who couldn’t use a little reflection to make sure that your lipstick is in place. Scroll on to see how these 17 mirrored wedding decor details will make you take a closer look.
Polaroid Guest BookSet up a mirror sign near your photo booth or selfie station! It can double as a last-minute hair and makeup check. (via Carrie King / Style Me Pretty)
Mirror Ball CenterpieceDisco balls are always a fun idea. This DIY mirror centerpiece is the perfect addition to your whimsical wedding. (via A Bubbly Life)
Cocktail HourGet crafty by using a mirror for your bar menu. Display your signature cocktails in a unique way that everyone can see. (via White Loft Studio / Style Me Pretty)
<b>Snazzy Swizzle Sticks</b>Everyone knows that drinks taste better with an accessory. These mini-mirrored swizzle sticks are the perfect addition to your Champagne toast. (via Minted)
5. Hop Studio Gold Mirror Coasters ($26): Display your new titles with pride! Golden mirrored coasters can be used on your wedding day and every day after.
Laser Cut Place SettingDisplay these laser cut place settings for your guests as a little something extra. They can keep their name as a favor that will remind them of your celebration. (via Emma Jo)
Bridal ReflectionsAsk your photog to snap a picture of your whole wedding dress with a mirror shot. Using a mirror will give the 360 effect of your dream dress. (via Grace Loves Lace)
Sweet Sign-inGreet your guests with a beautiful welcome table. The mirrored silhouettes and hand-lettered sign create a vintage vibe for your affair. (via Jose Villa Photography / Style Me Pretty)
Seating ChartTalk about a grand entrance! A floor-length mirror makes a sophisticated seating chart for your reception area. (via Jana Williams / Belle the Magazine)
Detailed Art DecoWelcome your guests with a mirrored sign that says it all. The text on the mirror will direct folks to their seats, before the bride takes one last look and begins her confident walk down the aisle. (via Alicia Swedenborg / The Knot)
11. Sugar and Chic Shop Hand-lettered Mirror ($95): This ornate mirror will make your bar sign hard to miss. Personalize it with your signature drinks so guests can ask for them by name.
Table NumbersUsing mirrors for table numbers are a great way to add a little pizzazz to your table decor. The intricate details will make them stand out for your guests to see. (via Ether & Smith / Style Me Pretty)
Reflective CenterpieceDisplay a unique centerpiece by using a mirror as a tray. Choose different frames and accessories for each table to create an eclectic look. (via Wes Roberts Photography / Le Rae Events)
Mirrored WallCreate a mini hideaway for your guests to visit during your cocktail hour or reception. This would be great for photo ops and a place to socialize. (via Mirelle Carmichael Photography / Style Me Pretty)
Bridal PortraitMirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the most beautiful bride of them all? Using a mirror for your bridal portraits is a great way to admire your wedding day look. (via Simply Sarah Photography / Ruffled Blog)
Quote MirrorDisplay your favorite quote or love poem on a mirror for your wedding decor. DIY this beauty with a thrift store find and stickers, for a forever keepsake from your big day. (via Mikkel Paige Photography)
Pretty PrimpingGetting ready for your wedding day is a big deal. Make sure to grab a photo of all the details that went into making you aisle-ready! (via KT Merry / Style Me Pretty)
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