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Bruce Willis Marries

Many media outlets have reported that Bruce Willis married his girlfriend, Emma Heming, over the weekend at his home in Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos.

Obviously, she’s already handled the issue of her passport, name change and marriage …passport, name change and marriage …

Wedding planning is in the air now, which means many of us will be wedding guests.  Here are a few etiquette hints and preparedness tips for wedding guests ..

Choosing a Gift

  1. Most soon-to-be married couples create a gift registry usually with a store or two of their choice (e.g. Target, Williams Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, Amazon, etc.). You can usually find these online by searching for either the bride’s first and last name or the groom’s first and last name.
  2. You can also head to the actual store itself to print out a registry list and purchase a gift there instead of having it shipped.
  3. If you don’t know if they’re registered or can’t find them online, consider contacting a member of the wedding party or another person who knows the couple well.

What to Wear

  1. Usually the date and time of day will give you a few hints
  2. Daytime summer or spring wedding? For the ladies, a nice summer dress or cotton skirt/shirt combo should work.
  3. For the gentlemen, nice khakis or dress pants with a collared shirt should be just fine.

What to Bring

Here’s a quick list of what to bring…just in case.

  1. Any special needs or medications
  2. Bug spray (for any outdoor fun….)
  3. Camera and film/extra batteries/memory cards
  4. Cash and quarters (for bartender tips or if no open bar; for parking)
  5. Cell phone (remember to turn it off before the ceremony!!)
  6. Extra makeup for touch ups
  7. Photo ID
  8. Speech for toast (if you’d like to give one or are asked to)
  9. Sunglasses
  10. Sunscreen (again- good for summer outdoor weddings!)
  11. Tissues/handkerchief
  12. Umbrella
  13. Water bottle (good to have on those hot days)
  14. Watch
  15. Wedding invitation and directions to ceremony/reception
  16. Wedding gift/card (if not being sent directly to the couple or their parents)

Other Helpful Tips

  1. Bringing a guest? Brief the guest beforehand: tell them how you know the groom and/or bride, the names of some of the people you’ll introduce them to and any other important details that might help them prepare for the many faces they’ll meet.
  2. Wear a watch. Weddings can be quite ceremonial, meaning certain events will take place at a certain time (ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, speeches, first dance, bouquet toss, cutting the cake, etc.). Look to the wedding program (usually given to you at the ceremony) for a list of important events and their times. It’s best not to arrive late!
  3. Out of town wedding? Plug your hotel’s name, phone number and address plus the number for a local taxi service into your cell phone…just in case you’re unable to drive.

And congrats to Bruce and his new bride!

– Susan

Wild Wild Weddings

I just got off the phone with Samantha Goldberg, wedding planner extraordinaire, and she has seen some amazing wedding emergencies – torn dresses, security issues, fallen cakes, ruined tuxedos, torrential downpours – you name it and she’s seen it.

The icing on the cake is that she still loves to plan weddings no matter what mishaps occur. After all, no wedding is perfect!

Still we’d all love for your wedding to go on without a hitch so print out our most popular and most downloaded form our on site:

Look for our wedding emergencies story on the site next week, just in time for the wedding season!

Have a wedding catastrophe story that you would love to share? Email us! We just might put your tip and story on the site!

For Richer, For Poorer

brideandgroom.JPGIn honor of National Weddings Month, Keith Ross, Regional Director at Roni Deutch Tax Center, has written up these top tax tips for newlyweds or soon-to-be married couples:

“For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part, and most of all, to lower our taxes.” Yes, that is correct: getting married and filing jointly can perhaps lower your taxes.

1. Filing jointly.

Being married allows you to file “Married filing jointly”, and this alone, can lower your taxes paid to the IRS each year. Once your combined adjusted gross income reaches above $7850, you may be able start saving on taxes. Although there is not a lot of savings, but every little bit helps.

2. Filing separately.

Filing separately may seem to be the solution when one party is normally accustomed to a tax refund and the other party pays into their taxes at the end of each year but the filing status “Married Filing Separately” could have its downfall, too.

For instance, you will not get to utilize certain credits filing this way, such as “Earned Income Credit or Education Credits” and if there are children to report on your return you are giving up on other credits, such as “Child Dependant Care Credit.” So consult with a tax professional before making your filing status choice. A lot can change, in regards to your tax matter, when tying the knot.

3. Name change.

When you are accepting the last name of your spouse, it is important to inform the Social Security Administration of your name change, prior to using your new last name on your future tax returns. (you’ll need to complete and file form SS-5). By not submitting a SS-5 to Social Security, this may cause a processing delay in your tax return.

4. Taxes withheld.

You may also want to make proper changes to your Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate (W-4). Making the Change from “Single” to” Married” means having less federal tax withheld. This again may require consulting with your tax professional or the payroll department of your employer.

Thanks to Keith Ross! Have an administrative marriage tip? Share below!