Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors

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Doughnuts as so popular for weddings. Couples are creating doughnut walls, giving doughnuts as wedding favors, and showcasing them at brunch weddings. So of course, I had to make homemade banana doughnuts. For this post. Not because I want to have a dozen doughnuts in our house, but the sacrifices we make.

Doughnuts at weddings are so popular. Make your own with this Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors recipe from www.abrideonabudget.com.

Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors


They were actually pretty simple to make, so I'll probably end up making them all the time. I used my banana bread recipe (without the chocolate chips) to make the doughnut batter. Head over here to grab my recipe, then come back to continue.

Doughnuts at weddings are so popular. Make your own with this Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors recipe from www.abrideonabudget.com.

What You'll Need:

For the doughnuts:

For the shell:

What You'll Do:

Pre-heat the oven to 350.

Make the banana bread mix, without the chocolate chips.

Use the butter to generously grease the cavities in the doughnut pans. I used non-stick doughnut pans, but I still greased them because I really wanted to assure they held their shape.

Doughnuts at weddings are so popular. Make your own with this Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors recipe from www.abrideonabudget.com.

Fill the cavities with dough. For the regular sized pan, filling 3/4 of the way (up to the top of the center piece) works best. For the mini doughnut pan, filling 1/3 of the way was best. I filled most about halfway and those lost shape completely after baking. They still tasted great, but they didn't look good.

Doughnuts at weddings are so popular. Make your own with this Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors recipe from www.abrideonabudget.com.

Bake for ten minutes.

Remove them in the oven and let them sit in the pans for five minutes. This is so important. If you wait, they will pop out so easily. If you don't wait, they will crumble.

Doughnuts at weddings are so popular. Make your own with this Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors recipe from www.abrideonabudget.com.

Leave them on a wire rack to cool while you make the chocolate shell.

Doughnuts at weddings are so popular. Make your own with this Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors recipe from www.abrideonabudget.com.

To do that, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave again for 15 second. Stir.

Doughnuts at weddings are so popular. Make your own with this Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors recipe from www.abrideonabudget.com.

Dip one half of the doughnuts (I dipped top half since it is lighter than the bottom half and the bottom half looks amazing) into the chocolate shell. 

Doughnuts at weddings are so popular. Make your own with this Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors recipe from www.abrideonabudget.com.

Then put it back on to the wire rack. Leave them all about 30 minutes.

Doughnuts at weddings are so popular. Make your own with this Homemade Banana Doughnuts With Chocolate Shell Wedding Favors recipe from www.abrideonabudget.com.


Then, put these in the freezer so the chocolate shell hardens. This shell is usually what is used for ice cream and it's "activated" and hardens when it touches something cold, like ice cream. It doesn't do the same with the doughnuts, so you need to help it out a little.

If this is worrying you, you can make a traditional glaze, but I like the look, taste, and feel of the chocolate shell.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make these homemade banana doughnuts wedding favors?


Monday, October 9, 2017

What To Pack For An Overnight Wedding

More often than not, I've driven home after weddings. I don't drink, so it's no big deal for me to drive home at the end of the night. But there are the occasions where the wedding is far away and we have to stay overnight. That means packing a bag. If you're like me, you probably overpack and then end up not needing half the stuff in your suitcase. So I'm here to help. I put together a list of what to pack for an overnight wedding.

Even better, I actually made a free printable for you too. All you need to do is print it out, check off the items as you put them in your suitcase, and you'll have everything you need -- plus room for the welcome bags the couple is probably giving out.

Before you head out of town for an overnight wedding, make sure you pack everything on this list from www.abrideonabudget.com. Plus, there's a free printable to make sure you have it all.


What To Pack For An Overnight Wedding


Dress/Suit.
If you can leave early in the day and check into your hotel before the wedding, it means you'll probably also have time to get ready at the hotel. So you'll need to pack whatever you'll be wearing for the ceremony and reception.

Shoes/Socks.
If you're driving up, you probably won't be driving up in heels. So you have to remember to pack your shoes. And if you're a man, you'll need to pack your dress shoes and a pair of socks. Even if you don't need a pair for that day, you'll need them for the next day.

Flats/Sneakers.
I have a few pairs of really comfortable heels that I will wear all wedding long. And then I have some other shoes that are so cute, but halfway through the reception, I'm done with them. For weddings where I decide to wear those, I need to make sure to pack flats or flip flops. If you pack something like that, you can drive home in them the next day. If you don't, remember to pack flats or sneakers to drive home in.

Slippers.
I always want slippers when I'm in a hotel. You don't want to put your shoes on the bed, but you also don't want to walk barefoot around the room itself. So slippers are a must. Plus, they're just so cozy and who doesn't want to be cozy as often as possible?

Pajamas.
If you're going to sleep over, you're gonna need something to sleep in. So pack pajamas. In my worst cases of overpacking, I always pack a pair of long pajama pants, shorts, a tank top, and a sweatshirt. All for bed. Don't be like me. Instead, keep in mind that a hotel room has a thermostat so you can bring one pair of season-appropriate pajamas and be okay.

Underwear.
This is a given, although I feel like underwear are the most forgotten thing when you're packing for a quick overnight trip.

Bra.
Chances are, you're wearing a bra with your dress for the wedding. But, true story: on my wedding day, I didn't wear a bra. The dress fit just right. So the next day, when I showered and was getting picked up for church, I realized I didn't have a bra to wear. So now I make sure to always pack one, based on whatever type of dress I'm wearing.

Top and bottom (for the next day).
What are you wearing the next day? Whatever it is, you're gonna need to pack it. If not, you'll be wearing the outfit from the day before again.

Toiletry bag.
I have a travel bag where I keep a travel-sized version of everything I need for an overnight trip. Then, when it's time to go, I just put that bag in my suitcase or overnight bag. Quick rundown of everything you might want to keep in your toiletry bag at all times: makeup, makeup remover, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap, brush, hair ties, bobby pins, hair spray, nail polish, and cotton swabs.

Card/gift.
Don't forget your card or your gift. You'll want to make sure you definitely have that with you.

Purse.
Your daily purse is probably not the one you're going to bring to the wedding reception. You probably have something cute and sparkly with a silver chain that only comes out on special occasions. Be sure to throw that in your suitcase or overnight bag or you'll have to wait for another special occasion before you can use it again.

Credit card (you used to book).
When you're checking in to your hotel, you may be asked for your name and the credit card you used to book the hotel. It may be different than the one you want to pay with, but they often want the credit card you booked with. So be sure to have that handy just in case or you may be in for a delay when you arrive.

Before you head out of town for an overnight wedding, make sure you pack everything on this list from www.abrideonabudget.com. Plus, there's a free printable to make sure you have it all.

The overnight wedding packing list above is formatted to fit on an 8.5x11 piece of paper (so a typical sheet of printable paper). Right click it to save it to your computer. When you need it, just print it. You can reuse it for every overnight wedding if you stick it in a paper sheet and use a dry erase marker to check off the boxes.

What else would you pack for an overnight wedding?

Monday, October 2, 2017

Wedding Deals And Savings (Current as of October 2017)

As I've mentioned before, I usually don't post deals on the blog. Yes, it's about saving money, but I try to keep deals on Twitter or Facebook because deals expire and posts on this blog last forever.

But people were really happy with the deals and savings I posted for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so I decided to put together this monthly post of wedding deals and savings. I'll update it every month. In case you're looking for it, I'll put a direct link to it on the right side of this blog too.

Save on your wedding stationery, grab wedding freebies, and more from this post at www.abrideonabudget.com. Updated monthly!


Wedding Deals And Savings


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CafePress
Deal: 20% off your order
Code: BCA20
Til: 10/15/2017
Shop at CafePress

Expressionery
Deal: 30% off
Code: HAPPY30
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery

InkGarden
Deal: 25% off your order
Code: Join the mailing list for your code/coupon
Til: Ongoing
Sign up for the mailing list at InkGarden

Magnet Street
Deal: 40% off sitewide
Code: (no code needed)
Til: 10/3/2017
Shop at Magnet Street

Minted
Deal: $10 credit towards wedding stationery samples
Code: 10FREE
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Minted

Mixbook
Deal: 40% off $75+; 50% off $125+
Code: MIXIE
Til: 10/4/2017
Shop at Mixbook

Paper Source
Deal: Up to 50% off Paper Source favorites
Code: (none needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Paper Source

Shutterfly
Deal: Save up to 30% off & an extra $20 off
Code: FIRSTGIFT
Til: 10/3/2017
Shop at Shutterfly
*Read about our photo book guest book idea

Swoozies
Deal: 20% off
Code: Join the mailing list for your code.
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Swoozies

Tiny Prints
Deal: Save up to 20% on all orders
Code: SAVE
Til: 10/3/2017
Shop at Tiny Prints

Walgreens
Deal: 50% off photo cards
Code: EZCARDS
Til:10/4/2017
Shop at Walgreens' website

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: Save $20 off $20+
Code: FIRSTGIFT
Til: 10/3/2017
Shop at Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Deals

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AC Moore
Deal: 40% off any regular price item
Code: None, but you need a coupon from their website
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at AC Moore stores

Bachelorette.com *NSFW LINK!
Deal: Free gift with every order
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at Bachelorette.com *NSFW LINK!

Beau-Coup Favors
Deal: 15% off $50+; 20% off $99+; 25% off $199+
Code: CLASSIC
Til: 10/2/2017
Shop at Beau-Coup

Blurb
Deal: 20% off
Code: Join the mailing list for your code.
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Blurb

Cufflinks.com
Deal: Free shipping on $50+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Cufflinks.com

Dollar Tree
Deal: Everything's $1
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Dollar Tree
*See our post on why you should always go wedding shop at the dollar store.

Expressionery
Deal: 30% off custom stamps
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery
*Read our post about 5 Times You'll Wish You Had A Stamp During Wedding Planning

Frecklebox
Deal: 10% off sitewide
Code: WINTER2016
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Frecklebox
*Perfect gift ideas for ring bearers and flower girls.

Indochino
Deal: Suits from $329
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (while supplies last)
Shop at Indochino

Julep
Deal: Free shipping on $10+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at Julep
*We've used this nail polish before and loved it. It would be great for at home manicures.

Men's Wearhouse
Deal: 40% off
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Men's Wearhouse
*Find out how you could possibly get a free tux rental from Men's Wearhouse.

Michaels
Deal: 50% off one item
Code: 50SAVE10117
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Michaels' website

Minted
Deal: $10 credit towards wedding stationery samples
Code: 10FREE
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Minted

Montage
Deal: Photo books starting at $29
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at Montage

My Wedding Favors
Deal: 25% off your purchase
Code: MONTHEND
Til: 10/2/2017
Shop at My Wedding Favors

Napkins.com
Deal: 20% off your order
Code: Join the mailing list for your code/coupon
Til: Ongoing
Shop at Napkins.com

Paper Source
Deal: Free shipping on custom print orders of $75+
Code: CUSTOM75
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Paper Source

Deal: Free shipping on orders of $35+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (ongoing)
Shop at pinkEpromise Boutique

Shutterfly
Deal: Save up to 30% off & an extra $20 off
Code: FIRSTGIFT
Til: 10/3/2017
Shop at Shutterfly
*Read about our photo book guest book idea

Sole Serum
Deal: Free shipping on orders of $30+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Sole Serum
*Read our review here.

Tiny Prints
Deal: Save up to 20% on all orders
Code: SAVE
Til: 10/3/2017
Shop at Tiny Prints

Visible Interest
Deal: 10% off your total
Code: Join the mailing list for your code/coupon
Til: Ongoing
Shop at Visible Interest

Walgreens
Deal: Up to 30% off photo gifts
Code: MORE2GIFT
Til: 10/4/2017
Shop at Walgreens' website

Wedding Freebies


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Amazon
Deal: Wedding freebies when you create a registry
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Create your registry at Amazon.com

Exclusively Weddings
Deal: Free wedding invitation samples
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at Exclusively Weddings

Minted
Deal: Free wedding sample kit
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at Minted
*Learn more about the Minted's free wedding sample kit.

Target
Deal: Wedding freebies when you create a registry
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Create your registry at Target.com
*Find out more about Target registry rewards.

Things Remembered
Deal: Free personalized silver keepsake heart
Code: Join the mailing list for your code/coupon
Til: Ongoing
Join the mailing list here

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: 10 free samples of wedding stationery
Code: R10WEDSAMPLES
Til: Ongoing
Request at Wedding Paper Divas
*See what Wedding Paper Divas' free wedding invitations look like.

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: Free wedding website
Code: None needed
Til: Always
Request at Wedding Paper Divas
*Get more details about Wedding Paper Divas' free wedding websites.

*Be sure to check out all our free wedding printables too.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What are you looking for savings on?