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 ...
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
Sabrina Rivers has worn her fair share of dreaded bridesmaid dresses and lost track years ago how many weddings she has attended. After spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on these once-in-a-lifetime events, she began to wonder how wedding expenses could be more economical. To her amusement and surprise there were many ways this could be achieved. Today, it is Rivers' mission to inform brides and grooms everywhere. When she's not finding ways to cut wedding costs, Rivers is a healthcare and marketing professional who resides in the Washington, DC, metro area.
From the Introduction 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.
IntroductionChapter 1 The Cost of Today’s Weddings Chapter 2 Getting Organized and Managing Your WeddingChapter 3 For Love or MoneyChapter 4 Wedding Tax-Deductions Chapter 5 Savings You Never Knew ExistedChapter 6 The Beauty of Sponsors and BarteringChapter 7 The Eco-Techno Wedding Chapter 8 Your Core Support Team ResourcesAppendix Index About the Author