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September 26, 2013

The Wedding Present Dilemma!

Your best friend is getting married. You need to think of a present. Something meaningful. Something unusual. Something no one  has ever thought of before! Possibly one of the hardest things to do. I don’t know about you guys, but buying birthday presents for friends is something I find to be very challenging. If I am going to give a present, it should mean something otherwise what’s the point? You can just imagine what happens when it’s time to decide on a wedding present! Many of my friends never got one (sorry guys! now you know why!) -I just never found the right thing.

There is loads of inspiration out there -like on Pinterest that should make life easier! Alas, we all are quite familiar with Pinterest fails  so unless we know for sure that we can do it- we are too scared to try it!

Some people are easy to buy presents for because they are certain kind of people, there is no need to second guess what they may/may not like.

They may be hipsters.



They might be coffee loving Via



They may be Breaking Bad kinda people.BBVia

Or the kinds who love all things pretty.heartsVia 

The ‘vintage’ people.TW1



They could just be regular people .


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In the end though, you just want some really really special to give! Last year, The Unreal Bride worked on a special present for one of our cousins wedding. The project was to make a cookbook with the family’s favourite recipes accompanied by some beautiful food photos. We have worked with food before and it’s fun but we really didn’t fathom the enormity of this project. Somehow though, we managed and the book looked fabulous. This post is an introduction to the wedding present project of the year – expect lots of food photos and maybe some recipes if you want! To give you an idea of what I am talking about- this photo shoot we did for Ketchup Bags  was around the time we were shooting for the cookbook!



What is the most creative present you have ever given anyone? Tell us! We would love to know!

July 28, 2011

Thursday Thoughts:Guest blogging!

Hello hello! Today for your normal Thursday Thought fix, I am sending you over to the lovely Louise’s blog – Bijoux Bride! You must remember her-she did a great guest post {here} while I was away on vacay in Kenya! Infact,it was thanks to her that we had such a great time! I will save that story for a later date,but today you should head over to her blog and see what I have to say!

**Fresh Inspiration Every Thursday**

July 7, 2011

Thursday Thoughts:

There are a hundred, no a thousand ways to get creative at your wedding. Maybe that is not an accurate estimate. There are probably a thousand ways to get creative with ONE aspect at your wedding. Take cake toppers for instance which is what this post is going to be about. Even if you stick to just having a bride and groom figurine for the top of your cake, why stick to the norm? Find something different and fun!

Let’s start with the not -s0-unusual cake topper. You have the bride and the groom all dressed up in their wedding finery looking cute.


What happens if the couple isn’t have a white-dress-walking-down-aisle kinda wedding? Or if it is a same sex wedding? No fear- there are cake toppers for that as well.Got pretty excited to see the little Indian couple cake topper!


The next one is my favourite- simple yet cute! I love the little banner! Via

If you are feeling extra creative- these silhouette toppers are pretty cool, don’t you think? People are so clever. It’s a simple idea but I doubt I’d have thought of it!


How about just having a glittery monogram of your initials ? Again, SO SO easy and looks great too!


See what happens if you think out of the box? You miss out on a gazillion brilliant ideas out there! Don’t be boring, do something different !

Oh! and I am not going to lie that Pinterest is where I found these images,but nowadays isn’t that a given? I LOVE Pinterest.

**Fresh Inspiration Every Thursday!!**

June 9, 2011

Thursday Thoughts: Colourless Cakes

Do you know how many kinds of cakes are out there? There are single tiered cakes, triple tiered cakes, cupCAKES, cake dresses, cakes of all shapes and sizes to choose from! I should’ve been eating some cake while writing this post because only I know how much I need some right now!!! You will too at the end of this post.

After perusing the internet for hours mainly Pinterest – which has become like Google to me- what did we do without it, I wonder? Like I was saying, after spending a few hours too many on Pinterest and then going on an internet hunt, I decided let’s focus on white cakes. They fascinate me- these white cakes. So minimalistic yet definitely the most beautiful of all the cakes I have seen. Even the ones with a dash of colour are amazing!

Via Emmaline Bride

This cake tops my list of favourites- how do they do it? How do they make them so perfect? Problem is, I don’t think I could eat this cake! I would want to just sit and stare at it.

Via Sweet and Saucy Shop

Maybe the entire post should’ve been about the Sweet and Saucy shop! Their cakes are amazing as you can see!

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June 2, 2011

Thursday Thoughts: Under my Parapluie

True story: My cousin meticulously planned her wedding at her parent’s gorgeous country home about two years ago. Everything right from the flowers to her gown to the thousands of lanterns that had been ordered and everything else you can think of was taken care of. Nothing escapes this lady, trust me! Did she check what the weather was going to be on that special Saturday? OFCOURSE she did! (Didn’t I just say nothing escapes her? Pay attention people!)

The weather reports had  said it would be sunny and an absolute gorgeous day – perfect for a wedding. Trust the rain gods to decide otherwise. Literally, an hour before the wedding ceremony- it started raining. Out came the umbrellas- all colour coordinated and put into a basket at the gate for the guests (not sure where they came from but then my Uncle is prepared for anything, isn’t he? So I never asked!). Plastic sheets were pulled out and the tents were covered as best they could at such short notice. Luckily, it was only drizzling when the bride and the groom walked out to the altar but by the time we had to move from one end of the garden to the other tent where the dinner was- it was pouring!

Was the wedding a wash out??? Certainly not!!! We had mud till our knees- umbrellas in one hand, drinks in the other and we danced till the wee hours of the morning! I did have to change out of my sari though- it was hard wading through the slush in a sari- I can’t even walk straight in one on a dry day! Oh, and there were bets who would slip on what part of the dance floor first. My brother made some lucky guy pretty rich that night!

Suffice to say it was an epic wedding and the rain was just an unwanted guest that night who we all pretty much ignored. My point? You can never tell if the weather is going to go all nutso on you. So the best thing is to be prepared and have some umbrellas lying around, just in case. If they are pretty and pink or colour coordinated (or not)- it would be nice. Just saying.

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 Apart from the practical advise, how about the fact that there is something so magical about umbrellas?

Maybe it’s memories of Mary Poppin’s umbrella. Or maybe it’s just because. Either way, they are so pretty and can a real fun element to your wedding? Right from just being props (like hanging upside down over your dance floor) or part of your engagement session- they look lovely!

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And if you haven’t noticed, we love umbrellas here at The Unreal Bride as well!!

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