The Tax-Deductible Wedding: More Wedding and Fun, Less Fret and Debt

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Some 2.4 million weddings occur annually in the United States, today?s average bill being upwards of $25,000. And, nowadays, only about one in four have parents paying for the whole thing. While the numbers vary considerably, there is one almost universal truth: pre-wedding finances look very different than post-wedding finances. Indeed, many couples go into long-term debt, turning wedding bliss into marriage blues faster than a bride can throw her bouquet.

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Overview

Some 2.4 million weddings occur annually in the United States, today’s average bill being upwards of $25,000. And, nowadays, only about one in four have parents paying for the whole thing. While the numbers vary considerably, there is one almost universal truth: pre-wedding finances look very different than post-wedding finances. Indeed, many couples go into long-term debt, turning wedding bliss into marriage blues faster than a bride can throw her bouquet.

But this needn’t be the case! In The Tax-Deductible Wedding, Sabrina Rivers gives you practical advice for producing a dream wedding the tax-deductible way. Did you know that a wedding or reception held at a museum, national park, or even a zoo can mean a big tax deduction? Or that you can seek sponsors? (Really!) Rivers not only discusses the how-tos, but also gently guides you through the entire process—and even includes a section on tax-deductible honeymoons! Replete with tips, anecdotes, Q&A sessions, checklists, resources, and more for today’s cost-conscious wedding planners, The Tax-Deductible Wedding is one handbook no couple can afford to be without.

Topics include:

What is a tax-deductible wedding?                                                     
Finding a sponsor                                                      
The beauty of bartering                                                                                  
The ecofriendly wedding                                                                               
The tax-deductible honeymoon                                                                                
 
 
 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762750863
  • Publisher: GPP Life
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sabrina Rivers attended a plethora of weddings over the years and, after hearing more than a few horror stories about the costs, concluded that there must be a better way. Today it is her mission to spread the tax-deductible word to brides and grooms everywhere.

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Hand-Holding Advice—All The Way Down The Aisle!

The Tax-Deductible Wedding is here to help take the mystery and anxiety out of finding financing for your wedding. This book is your wedding cost control survival guide and provides practical advice that you will need if you want to produce your dream wedding, save money, and have much of the cost tax-deductible. For example, most people aren’t aware that a wedding or reception held at a museum or nature preserve that is also a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit may be partially or entirely tax-deductible. It all depends on whether or not the rental fee for the space is tax-deductible and if any portion of the reception costs related to food and service is tax-deductible as well. If so, it could prove to be a significant tax-deduction. You also might not be aware that you can get many, if not all, of your wedding paid for by seeking out sponsors, à la Star Jones’ wedding. She famously got most of her high-end wedding for free by soliciting big name sponsors to cover the costs of everything from the stationery for invitations to tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen, bridesmaids’ gowns, airfare, and much more.

Not to worry, you don’t have to be a celebrity to get sponsors, all sorts of brides and grooms are getting sponsorship to cover wedding costs. In fact, there are websites devoted to helping anyone find sponsors for nonprofit fundraising events, sports events, school programs, and yes weddings. On the face of it, it might not be readily apparent what the benefits are to the business, but sponsorship can actually be a great opportunity for any business large or small. For starters, businesses get their name exposed to a large group of people in one shot and at a fraction of the cost of advertising in print and other media. In addition, by signing up to sponsor a wedding, merchants also get the opportunity to lend their name to a couple’s wedding and thus be associated in consumers’ minds with a happy occasion. This kind of name recognition and goodwill can’t easily be bought, or at least not cheaply. In this section, you will learn where you can go to find sponsors, how to work with them to offset some or maybe all of your wedding’s costs and you will find out how to barter with vendors and other service providers to get your wedding’s costs for free or for a significantly discounted price.

This book not only talks about the how-to of planning a tax-deductible wedding; it guides you through the process. So, dream on ladies and gentlemen. You will soon find out that your fabulous dream wedding is not only attainable it can be had for a fraction of the cost you would normally expect to pay. For your buck, The Tax-Deductible Wedding guarantees more wedding, more fun, and a lot less day-after debt.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1         The Cost of Today’s Weddings                                                           

Chapter 2         Getting Organized and Managing Your Wedding

Chapter 3         For Love or Money

Chapter 4         Wedding Tax-Deductions                    

Chapter 5         Savings You Never Knew Existed

Chapter 6         The Beauty of Sponsors and Bartering

Chapter 7         The Eco-Techno Wedding                   

Chapter 8         Your Core Support Team                                

Resources

Appendix                                                                                                        

Index               

About the Author

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