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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.