Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Shark Week Wedding Inspiration Board

UPDATE: Shark Week 2020 started Sunday, August 09. Are you watching? 

We don't have cable and I'm already way more nervous in the ocean than any woman my age should be, so Discovery's Shark Week is not for me. But for so many people, Shark Week is a holiday in itself to be celebrated. A week long TV marathon featuring the ocean's not-so-friendly creatures.

To get in on the fun, I was thinking about a Shark Week wedding. It would be great to have it during Shark Week. Then your busiest week of wedding planning would be Shark Week, and you would be able to sit and relax and watch sharks on TV after running around planning all day.

Plus, Shark Week actually lends to a lot of ideas (some of which are really cute).

If you're excited about Discovery's Shark Week, you'll LOVE these Shark Week wedding ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com!

For a Shark Week-themed wedding, you're going to want to focus on blues for your decor. Personally, I would go with a navy and add in pops of a lighter blue. It lends to really great wedding photos (and, after all, it is a wedding).

If you're excited about Discovery's Shark Week, you'll LOVE these Shark Week wedding ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com!
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\I would absolutely put the bridesmaids in navy as well.

Have the groomsmen match with navy vests and ties and in a gray tux because, come on, this is Shark Week. You have to have them in shark gray. If not, that's a big missed opportunity.

If you're excited about Discovery's Shark Week, you'll LOVE these Shark Week wedding ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com!
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I would keep flowers really simple and go with baby's breath bouquets for the bridesmaids. 

Gypsophila bouquets are really popular right now -- and budget friendly. Plus, you can say the white represents a shark's white teeth (that and I think any other color would really take away from the theme).

And red would just be terrible.

If you're excited about Discovery's Shark Week, you'll LOVE these Shark Week wedding ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com!
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During the reception, you'll have a ton of places that you can add in a pop of shark, but you really don't want to go overboard (What a terrible -- and unintentional -- pun that was). If you do, you'll look like you're throwing more of a birthday party than a wedding.

But there's no way you can have a Shark Week-themed wedding without those painted toasting flutes. They're really cute and are a nice keepsake for the future. See, most of your Shark Week wedding decor will get tossed or lost, but you will definitely keep these -- and use them during Shark Weeks to come.

If you're excited about Discovery's Shark Week, you'll LOVE these Shark Week wedding ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com!
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I absolutely think you need shark cake toppers too.

Personally, I think wedding cake toppers are a place to shine. They're really a great opportunity to tie your wedding theme into your cake.  Plus, if you have a really cute topper, you can have simpler cake decorations.

And, small aside: Cakes are expensive and elaborate decorations add to that expense. Any intricate and ornate decorations involve a ton of manual labor -- which you will end up paying for. So yes, it would be cute to have waves piped all over your cake with a ton of fondant air bubbles, but you will be paying someone to sit and roll those fondant bubbles, and that labor cost adds up.

If you're excited about Discovery's Shark Week, you'll LOVE these Shark Week wedding ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com!
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But if you do decide on it, can be cute.

Also cute: Shark-themed cupcakes.

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Regular cupcakes with blue-tinted frosting and a chocolate shark fin. Who wouldn't love those? Plus, they're really eye catching, especially since frosting just lends itself to looking like waves. 

If you want to be simpler, you can dress up plain cupcakes with shark cupcake toppers. Just drop them off with your baker and they'll show up to your Shark Week wedding already decorated.

If you're excited about Discovery's Shark Week, you'll LOVE these Shark Week wedding ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com!
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If you're planning on a candy buffet, you're in luck. 

You can have foil-wrapped candies alongside shark gummies. They're cheap if you buy them in bulk. And if you just have a little bucket of sharks mixed in with the other candies, it will make your guests really smile. Plus, it won't be overkill.

Or you can just make Shark Pudding Cups and hand those out as your guests are leaving your reception.

If you're excited about Discovery's Shark Week, you'll LOVE these Shark Week wedding ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com!
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And favors are easy. Shark bottle openers. That personalized set above is a little pricey, but I found this shark bottle opener pack on Amazon for a bit less.

And, no Shark Week wedding post would be complete without mentioning this photo that went viral a few years back:

If you're excited about Discovery's Shark Week, you'll LOVE these Shark Week wedding ideas from www.abrideonabudget.com!
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Seriously, that would be the perfect ending to your perfect Shark Week wedding.

Your only problem, honestly, is the start. I was looking and only found one shark-themed invitation that wasn't strictly for a birthday party. And I wasn't crazy about that invitation suite at all. If you really do plan on having a Shark Week wedding and need stationery, your best bet is to go to a designer. P

And trust me, with this type of theme, invitations are important. You want your guests to immediately know they're invited to a Shark Week wedding. This isn't something you want to spring on them like a shark attack (womp womp womp).

BRIDAL BABBLE: What else would you add to your Shark Week wedding?

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Wedding Deals And Savings (Updated for July 2020)

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 wedding 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.

It is updated every month with the current deals and coupon codes. The post is separated into three sections: Wedding Stationery Deals, Wedding Deals (for anything other than stationery), and Wedding Freebies.

No matter what you are up to in the planning process, this list is sure to help you out.

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


Wedding Stationery Deals


CafePress
Deal: 15% off everything
Code: JULY15DEAL
Til: 7/7/2020
Shop at CafePress
*Check out our review of wedding items at CafePress.

Expressionery
Deal: 30% off sitewide; free shipping on $50+
Code: HAPPY30
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Expressionery

InkGarden
Deal: 25% off everything (includes wedding invitations) when you sign up for the mailing list
Code: (will be emailed)
Til: ongoing
Shop at InkGarden

Magnet Street
Deal: 75% off sitewide
Code: (apply on the homepage)
Til: 7/7/2020
Shop at Magnet Street

Minted
Deal: 25% off save the dates
Code: ENGAGED25
Til: 7/13/2020
Shop at Minted

Mixbook
Deal: Up to 50% off everything
Code: SMRFAV50
Til: 7/8/2020
Shop at Mixbook

Paper Source
Deal: Free shipping on $50+ orders
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Paper Source



Shutterfly
Deal: Up to 40% off everything
Code: PAGES
Til: 7/8/2020
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: 25% off everything
Code: SAVE25
Til: 7/7/2020
Shop at Tiny Prints

Vistaprint
Deal: (nothing right now)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 6% cash back

Walgreens
Deal: 50% off all cards and premium stationery
Code: FIREWORK50
Til: 7/11/2020
Shop at Walgreens' website


Wedding Deals


Alex And Ani
Deal: 15% off
Code: (sign up for the mailing list)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 8% cash back
*See our post about using Alex And Ani as bridesmaids gifts.

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



Beau-Coup
Deal: 20% off your total
Code: UNITY
Til: 7/12/2020
Shop at Beau-Coup

Blurb
Deal: 35% off
Code: Join the mailing list for your code.
Til: (no expiration)
Shop at Blurb

Bold Loft
Deal: Clearance sale, plus free shipping on $40+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Bold Loft
*Cute couples gift ideas

Cufflinks.com
Deal: 15% off $150+
Code: DAPPER
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Cufflinks.com

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

Expressionery
Deal: 30% off sitewide; free shipping on $50+
Code: HAPPY30
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: Free shipping over $45
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Frecklebox
*Perfect gift ideas for ring bearers and flower girls.

Indochino
Deal: Up to 70% off
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (while supplies last)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 2% cash back

Julep
Deal: Free shipping on $29+
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
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 through Top Cashback for an extra 4% cash back
*Find out how to get a free tuxedo rental from Men's Wearhouse

Michaels
Deal: 20% off all regular price items
Code: 20MADEBYYOU
Til: 8/1/2020
Shop at Michaels' website

Minted
Deal: 25% off save the dates
Code: ENGAGED25
Til: 7/13/2020
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: MWFSALE25
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at My Wedding Favors

Napkins.com
Deal: Save up to 50% off sale items
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
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

Personal Creations
Deal: Up to 50% off everything
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop through Top Cashback for an extra 20% cash back

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

Pura Vida Bracelets
Deal: Free shipping on $35+ orders
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Pura Vida Bracelets
*Bridesmaids gift ideas starting at $5

Shutterfly
Deal: Up to 40% off everything
Code: PAGES
Til: 7/8/2020
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 Sole Serum review.

Tiny Prints
Deal: 25% off everything
Code: SAVE25
Til: 7/7/2020
Shop at Tiny Prints

Visible Interest
Deal: Free shipping on all orders
Code: (no code needed)
Til: (no date noted)
Shop at Visible Interest

Walgreens
Deal: 50% off all cards and premium stationery
Code: FIREWORK50
Til: 7/11/2020
Shop at Walgreens' website

Wedding Freebies

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

Bridal Guide Magazine
Deal: Free two-year subscription
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request here

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

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

The Wedding Shop By Shutterfly
Deal: Free sample kit
Code: None needed
Til: Ongoing
Request at The Wedding Shop By Shutterfly

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: 5 free samples of wedding stationery
Code: 5WEDSAMPLES
Til: Ongoing
Request at Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Paper Divas
Deal: Free wedding website
Code: None needed
Til: Always
Request at Wedding Paper Divas


Looking for a fun bridal shower game? Get this Bridal Shower Word Search free printable at www.abrideonabudget.com.

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

Note: Deals are subject to change. A Bride On A Budget is not responsible if they do.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What are you looking for savings on?

Friday, June 26, 2020

Homemade Pudding Cups (perfect for bridal showers)

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I like dessert a lot. It's my favorite part of eating, really. Sometimes I'll eat lunch only so I can get to dessert. So if I'm planning a party. you can rest assured that I will have dessert covered. Dinner may be an afterthought, but there will be dessert.

If you're planning a bridal shower, you can have dessert covered too. Just make our homemade pudding cups. This homemade pudding cups recipe is so easy, and you probably have all the ingredients for it in your kitchen right now (I did).

Homemade Pudding Cups (perfect for bridal showers)


Looking for an easy and tasty bridal shower dessert? Try these homemade pudding cups from www.abrideonabudget.com. They're perfect for bridal showers.

What's great about this recipe is you can make it ahead of time, then keep it in the fridge until you're ready to serve it at the bridal shower you're hosing.

Looking for an easy and tasty bridal shower dessert? Try these homemade pudding cups from www.abrideonabudget.com. They're perfect for bridal showers.


What You'll Need:


What You'll Do:

Looking for an easy and tasty bridal shower dessert? Try these homemade pudding cups from www.abrideonabudget.com. They're perfect for bridal showers.
Separate the eggs. Put the whites in a container to save them. You don't need them for this recipe, but you could use them for breakfast tomorrow.

Whisk the egg yolks by hand for about a minute until they start to foam up. Whisk in the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of milk.

Set aside.
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Put sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and the rest of the milk in a sauce pan. Cook over medium-high heat until bubbles start to form, stirring constantly. 

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Remove from heat. Slowly pour 1/4 cup into the bowl with the egg yolks. Stir quickly until completely combined. Repeat four times.

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Pour the contents of the bowl back into the sauce pan and cook on high until it reaches a full boil. Turn the heat down and it will basically thicken instantly. Stir it, then remove from heat.

Stir in the vanilla.

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Pour it into a cool plastic bowl and cover it with plastic wrap, making sure to press the plastic wrap on to the surface of the pudding.

Set it in the fridge for about three hours.

Looking for an easy and tasty bridal shower dessert? Try these homemade pudding cups from www.abrideonabudget.com. They're perfect for bridal showers.
Using an ice cream scoop, place three scoopfuls into a 4oz. mason jar.

Top with a layer of mini chocolate chips.

Add a generous helping of whipped cream and drop on a few extra mini chocolate chips.

Looking for an easy and tasty bridal shower dessert? Try these homemade pudding cups from www.abrideonabudget.com. They're perfect for bridal showers.

Serve immediately (before the whipped cream starts to melt).

Best toppings for homemade pudding cups:


I topped our homemade pudding cups with chocolate chips and whipped cream. But you could also top them with:

How long does homemade pudding last?


Homemade pudding will last in the refrigerator for up to one week. So if you're planning a bridal shower and you have other things to do, know you can make this homemade pudding ahead of time and keep it in the fridge.

Of course, if you do that, be sure to store it in an air tight container. And don't spoon it into the mason jars until you're ready to serve.

Planning a bridal shower?These links will help:


Looking for a new recipe? Our Mint To Be mint chocolate muffins are PERFECT -- and so easy to make too. There's no butter or eggs ... or, really, anything that makes baking a little bit of a pain!  Get the recipe AND a FREE printable for the flags at www.abrideonabudget.com.

More bridal shower desserts:


Looking for a fun bridal shower game? Get this Bridal Shower Word Search free printable at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Bridal shower games:

Want a tasty (and easy) bridal shower or engagement party favor? Make our DIY "She Got Her Rock" Rock Candy Favor from www.abrideonabudget.com. Even better, there's a free printable for the tags in the post too!

Bridal shower favors:



BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you top this homemade pudding with anything else?