DIY Wedding Wednesday: Signature Drink Station How-To

signature drink station how to

It’s the holiday season, which just so happens to double as the best time of year to work through some trial runs for your wedding day details. From perfecting place settings, to trying out centerpiece concepts, now’s the time to test and put your ideas to good use. In the spirit of strategic celebrations, today we’re sharing a how-to for a guest treat sure to be a hit at any holiday party or wedding, the Signature Drink Station. Whether you make it a mocktail or a cocktail, sweet refreshments perfectly presented will no doubt be enjoyed by all. Here are all the elements you need to pull off your mini bar.

 The Supplies

signature drink station supplies

The How-To

drink dispenser cling

Step 1: confirm with your venue that they’ll accommodate a specialty drink request (most will) and ensure that a bartender can be dedicated to servicing your drink station. If you are going with a non-alcoholic beverage you can skip the latter and treat your station as a self-serve option.

Step 2: come up with your signature drink recipe. Go with something that acts as an homage to the two of you, your favorite drink recipe for example, and if possible, have it color coordinate with your overall event color scheme. For our main recipe we went with a simple and delicious mix of cherry vodka and cranberry juice.

Step 3: come up with a name for your signature drink and have customized signage created to display it. We went with an Expressions Cling which fit perfectly onto the dispenser.

Step 4: flash forward to the day of and get set up! The first and main component is of course your drink, which should be featured in your dispenser. You can keep this as a non-alcoholic mix, so that even little ones can enjoy, and have your bartender mix in the alcohol to order. If you’re sure that everyone will enjoy a pre-mixed cocktail, then have all your ingredients added to the dispenser. Finish with ice to keep the mix cool.

paper straws mini martini

Step 5: have a few pre-poured drinks setup as part of the overall presentation. Setup should occur just before the start of your cocktail reception, to ensure drinks are served chilled. Poured drinks should include all the trims, i.e. sugared rims and color coordinated paper straws. Rest should be poured and served to order.

Step 6: enjoy!

A Recipe for the Tasting

sweet cherry bliss 2

To get your taste buds going, here’s a recipe to test this holiday season.

Sweet Cherry Bliss

To an ice filled martini shaker add:

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Industrial Chic – Mini Pinch Pot Favors

diy pinch pot favors

Pulling together the visual creative content for a wedding magazine is hard work. Coming up with the concepts, coordinating the shoots, and producing the imagery takes close to a year to complete. But what’s harder still is having to wait to share the results! To help us cope with the anxiety of the wait we’ve been releasing some peeks into the content of the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting stands in just a few weeks, and we figured it only made sense to fit a DIY into the mix. Given our particular excitement over our Industrial Glam full feature (see the sneak peek here), we just couldn’t resist sharing one of its many DIY treats. Here’s how to pull the effortless, chic and sophisticated feel of Industrial Glam into your guest favors.

The Supplies

diy pinch pot favors - supplies

  • miniature two-tone pinch pot  (in willow green)
  • succulent
  • potting soil and shovel
  • thank you tag (design shown here being released december 2014)
  • clothespin (new product for release december 2014)

The How-To

diy pinch pot favor - how to

It’s as simple as 1-2-3!

Step 1: fill your pot with soil to just below the top rim.  (Note:  Soil is for visual presentation and for propping, not for actual planting purposes.)

Step 2: place your succulent on top of the soil. For the freshest look, place the succulent the morning of your event and keep refrigerated until then.

Step 3: attach your tag to the front of the pot, at an angle.

The {Chic} End Result

diy pinch pot wedding favor - 1 diy pinch pot wedding favor - 2 favor tag favor trims - clothespin succulent diy pinch pot wedding favor - 3

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Will You Be My Bridesmaid – 3 Creative Ways to Ask

will you be my bridesmaid

You could ask your girls if they’ll be your bridesmaids by making the simple ask. Or you could do it by way of a creative and thoughtful gift that shows them just how much their involvement in your big day means to you. We vote for the latter! Becoming a bridesmaid is a big commitment and we’re all for getting things started on the most positive of notes. Set the stage for a fun and exciting planning journey no one can say “no” to with one of these three lovely and creative ways to pop the big question.

The How-To #1: The Goodie Bag

What girl doesn’t love to be pampered! Ask your besties to stand by your side by treating them to some standard girlie comforts.

bridesmaid tote

What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. The essential component is of course the bag. Select one that’s cute and compact, one that pops the question but can be used time and again.

2. A mini notebook that sets the stage for fun but organized planning.

cooper mini notepad

3. Luxurious hand and body balm to get her skin glowing.

bridesmaids gifts - hand and body balm

4. A pretty and useful treat she’ll appreciate always.

5. Some pink bubbly to mark the celebration. We went with a mini for the perfect fit and because it’s oh so cute!

bridesmaids gifts - mini champagne

6. Bath salts to unwind after a long day of wedding planning.

bridesmaids gifts - bath salts

The How-To #2: On a Sweet Note

A great option if you know the emotion of the moment may get to you. Make it easier by letting a printed handkerchief do the talking.

bridesmaids gifts - personalized handkerchief

What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. A personalized handkerchief that says just the right thing in just the right stylish way.

2. A peekaboo envelope that’s just as pretty a keepsake.

The How-To #3: Locket Love

Jewelry is the ultimate no-brainer. Go for an option that reveals your request in the loveliest way.

bridesmaids gifts - necklace

What You’ll Need – The Supplies and The Details

1. The locket and your handwritten message on a piece of printed craft paper.

bridesmaids gifts - locket

featured here: filigree vine orb locket (box included)

2. Fabric ribbon to line your jewelry box for a pretty presentation that completes the look.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Tabletop Details – Burlap Napkin Wraps

diy burlap napkin wraps

There’s a very simple formula to getting gorgeous wedding table settings. Textures + Layers + Florals = Guaranteed Pretty. It’s all about the details and the more of them you pull together, the more jaw-dropping the big picture becomes. Today we’re putting the principle to practice with one core DIY supply, burlap wrap by the roll, pairing it with a range of textured elements to create napkin accents sure to take any table from simple to stunning. And just in case napkin wraps or rings don’t suit your fancy, just slip these lovelies onto a vase or a pillar candle to just as easily incorporate the details into your day.

The Supplies

burlap napkin wrap supplies

the essential supplies:

for a woodland inspired design add:

  • craft paper in three varied shades of green
  • paper punch in a leaf design
  • mini wooden clip  (you’ll need to paint with a natural wood finish to get this exact look)
  • dried eucalyptus

for a shabby chic inspired design add:

for a rustic inspired design add:

Look #1: Naturally Woodland – The Step by Step

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 1

Step 1: punch out several craft paper leaves, a few in each of your three shades. Set aside.

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 2 & 3

Step 2 (not shown): measure out the required length for your wrap, considering the width you require for a completed wrap when folded over on itself, and cut.

Step 3: fold your wrap over in half such that the top becomes rounded while the bottom remains frayed.

Step 4: fold over the ends, creating the required wrap width for your napkin fold (our completed wrap was approximately 5 inches wide) and glue to secure.

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 4 & 5

Step 5: glue on a scattering of leaf cutouts to the front of your wrap. Cluster a grouping at the top left and scatter the rest to the right.

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 6

Step 6: to finish the look, attach a couple stems of dried eucalyptus by your top left cluster of cutouts, using a mini wooden clip.

The End Result

diy woodland napkin wrap mini wooden clip eucalyptus

Look #2: Layer Upon Shabby Chic Layer – The Step by Step

diy shabby chic napkin wraps - step 1 & 2

Step 1: measure out the required length for your wrap, considering the width you require for a completed wrap when folded over on itself, and cut.

Step 2: fold over the ends, creating the required wrap width for your napkin fold (ours was approximately 5 inches wide when complete) and glue to secure.

diy shabby chic napkin wraps - step 3 & 4

Step 3 (not shown): cut a strand of ruffled fabric ribbon to the same length as your wrap.

Step 4: run a thin layer of glue down the center of the ruffled ribbon and attach it to the center of your burlap wrap.

diy shabby chic napkin wraps - step 5

Step 5: using 4-5 paper flower petals, layer and glue a completed bloom. Let dry for 10-15 minutes.

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Step 6: when dry, glue your completed paper bloom to the left side of your wrap.

The End Result

diy shabby chic napkin wrap burlap diy trim paper flowers

Look #3: Rustic Appeal – The Step by Step

diy rustic napkin wraps - step 1

Step 1 (not shown): create your  napkin wrap by following steps 2 – 4  from the Naturally Woodland wrap outlined above.

Step 2: pull 3-4 threads from a strand of ivory burlap.

diy rustic napkin wraps - step 2 - 4

Step 3: tie your loose ivory burlap threads around your napkin wrap.

Step 4: thread through your mini wooden circle slice.

Step 5: secure the slice into place with a double knot, and finish off with a bow.

diy rustic napkin wraps - step 5

Step 6: complete the look by tucking in some dried seeded eucalyptus.

The End  Result

diy rustic napkin wrap mini wooden circle dried seeded eucalyptus

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: 10 Tips for Successful Wedding Budget Management

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I don’t think I’d be the odd woman out if I said that wedding budget management is not fun. In fact, it’s a major pain. But it’s also an absolute necessity, a top priority in the wedding planning process. As difficult as it is to muddle through the business of managing your wedding spend, it would be downright impossible without a guiding framework. And we’re not talking about anything fancy. Just an outline of the total amount you’re able and willing to dish out, and how you want to allocate those dollars. So in the spirit of a fresh week and getting things off on the right foot, we’re sharing our list of top tips for successful wedding budget management.

Tip #1. First Things First

This may seem obvious but it’s so critical that it’s worth the mention, and the top spot. Setting your wedding budget should be the first thing you do when you set out on the wedding planning journey. Before you book anything, before any of the planning stress sets in, before you even set a date, your first task should be to sit down and map out your maximum total spend.

Tip #2. Where to Start

wedding reception venue

You may be in complete agreement that a budget is essential, but theory isn’t worth much unless put to practice. And here’s where most couples get stuck. They want a controllable budget. They just aren’t sure how to set one. The short answer is that there is no magic formula applicable across the board. Every couple’s budget is bound to look different. There is however a pretty solid rule of thumb you can go by: take your projected venue / reception spend, double it, and the result is an estimate for total average spend.

Tip #3. Be Realistic

dove release

When setting your budget, and throughout the entire planning process, remember that everything comes with a price tag and unless you have an infinite budget, you can’t have it all. You may find it helpful to list out your ‘must haves’, the event details that matter most to you, and your ‘nice to haves’, the extras that you can do without if necessary. For example, a dove release is lovely but not an essential element of a meaningful ceremony. Leave the booking of the extras to the tail end of your planning/spend, and be prepared to make compromises if necessary.

Tip #4. Team Work

Tips 1 to 3 make for a solid wedding budget foundation but unless worked through by both bride and groom, cracks are inevitable. Make sure you’re both comfortable with the total spend set out, and that your list of ‘must haves’ is a shared one. If not, you may find yourself in a tough situation later on down the wedding planning road, at a time where changes aren’t easily made.

Tip #5. Less is More

The number one, fail-safe way to stretch your total spend is to reduce your guest count. It’s simple math. The same total spend will do a lot more for a group of 50 versus for an event hosting 150. And although it may seem like common sense, the challenge arises when tradition, culture and overall community are taken into consideration. So although it’s an easy  concept to understand, it’s a lot harder to put into practice, but an important consideration for budget management nonetheless.

Tip #6. Bring on a Pro

Potentially the most challenging aspect of wedding budget management is the time it takes to get it right. The easiest way to ensure you get it right from the get go, and that you stay on track, is to enlist the help of a professional wedding planner. An experienced planner can handle the process on your behalf, based on the parameters you set together.

Tip #7. Cut Backs

 

Next to your reception venue budget (including food and beverage), floral expenses are likely to be next in line for highest potential spend. Depending on your overall budget and your ‘must haves’, you may find you have to make major cut backs to meet your bottom line. One way to make the cut without impacting on overall ambiance is to replace floral arrangements with a flood of pretty candlelight.

Tip #8. The Time Factor

To aid in spend management, don’t be afraid to ask your wedding vendors for  payment plans. Most would be more than willing to accommodate you with a well spaced out schedule that helps to avoid an influx of major spend all at once. But be prepared to make all final payments approximately two weeks prior to your wedding day.

Tip #9. DIY it

diy decor

What’s the easiest way to control the cost of a given aspect of your event? Do it yourself. Granted, not all aspects of a wedding can be DIY’d, but those that can are guaranteed to bring down spend. That said, make sure to leave yourself enough time to manage whatever parts you’re taking on, and never do it alone. Now’s the time to turn to a wedding planner, your bridesmaids, and close family members.

Tip #10. Check In

When it comes to a budget, there’s no such thing as too much checking in. The budget management process is a constant one, which should be updated with every single spend as it happens, so it doesn’t get missed. And always remember that nothing, other than your bottom line, is set in stone. So shuffle around on an as needed basis.

Speaking of DIY’ing it

Join us every Wednesday for our DIY Wedding Wednesday posts, where we show you creative ways to personalize your event while stretching your wedding budget.

xoxo.

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The Roundup: 5 DIYS to Try This Weekend

diy round up

Every Friday and/or Monday I have the pleasure of spending the day in the studio, creating and shooting a DIY for the upcoming Wednesday Blog post. I get to play with fun tools, fresh blooms and of course some great Weddingstar products. And I enjoy pulling together each and every creation. More importantly though, I’m so thrilled to see that all you lovely Details Blog readers seem to enjoy them just as much as I do. We officially launched DIY Wedding Wednesday back in February of this year and ever since then fan engagement with the Blog has only seen upward growth. So thank you for that!

Just in case you missed out on any DIYs you may want for your wedding day, for today’s post I’m rounding up the Top 5 most popular DIYs of the year. And with the weekend upon us, there is no better time to get to some crafting!

#1. The Fabric Flower Chair Back

Pretty up your bride and groom chairs or line your ceremony aisle with these fabric flower beauties. Get the look here.

diy fabric flower chair back

#2.  Ceremony Confetti Cones

Forgo the rice for your ceremony send off toss and upgrade to preserved petals for the loveliest of ceremony details. Get the look here.

diy confetti cones

#3. Glittered Tealight Holders

Add a touch of glitter and gold to your wedding day with these easy to do decorative accents. Get the look here.

gold glittered tealight holders

#4. Personalized Hand Fans

Pamper your guests with this impressive and inexpensive outdoor wedding must have. Get the look here.

diy personalized hand fans

#5. Prettied Up Paper Table Numbers

Transform simple paper table numbers into customized papier perfection with this budget friendly how-to. Get the look here.

diy paper table numbers

Fresh Thinking

As thrilled as we are that you love our ideas, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear yours. If you have a DIY idea you’d like us to try, don’t be shy, leave us a comment on the blog! We will try our hardest to make them happen.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Rustic Fall Floral Arrangements

rustic fall floral arrangements

Anytime of year is a good time to have a rustic themed wedding. But Fall may just be the best. With its cool days providing plenty of encouragement for a warm and welcoming reception, and its changing and glorious foliage the perfect inspiration for homespun charms, rustic and Fall simply go hand in hand. Since we had plenty of beautiful Fall blooms laying around the studio from this past Monday’s Fall Floral Guide post, I figured that for today’s DIY Wedding Wednesday feature it only made sense to whip up a few rustic inspired arrangements. From a billy button boutonniere, to a busting with color bouquet, to a radiant and rustic centerpiece, here are three ways to pull together the best of what Fall has to offer.

Look #1: The Billy Button Boutonniere – Supplies

diy boutonniere supplies

  • flowers: yellow spray rose, peach hypericum berry and craspedia (billy button)
  • floral tape, wire and pin
  • satin ribbon in willow green
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

diy boutonniere - steps 1 to 3

Step 1: layer your stems. Using the hypericum berry as your base, arrange your rose and craspedia stems on top, as shown in the image above.

Step 2: evenly trim your stem ends at 2 -3 inches in length.

Step 3: secure your stems together with floral wire. Start your wire as close to the blooms as possible, securing them such that they don’t bend over.

diy boutonniere - steps 4 to 6

Step 4: even out your stem base by wrapping it with floral tape.

Step 5: pretty up the finish by wrapping your floral tape with satin ribbon.

Step 6: on the backside of your boutonniere, secure your ribbon with a floral pin.

The End Result

diy boutonniere

Look #2: The Bursting with Color Bouquet – Supplies

diy bouquet supplies

  • flowers: dahlias (in red, orange and two tone yellow – two stems of each), yellow spray roses (three stems) and sedum (three small bunches)
  • burlap by the roll
  • floral shears and a good pair of scissors

The Step by Step

diy bouquet - steps 1 to 3

Step 1: trim your stems of all excess leaves, leaving just a few for texture

Step 2: roll out your burlap and cut it in half, down the middle.

Step 3: lay out all your stems and supplies, grouping your stems by type.

diy bouquet - steps 4 to 5

Step 4: begin building your bouquet, grouping one dahlia, a stem or two of spray roses and a bunch of sedum.

Step 5: build on your base by adding in additional dahlia stems, paying attention to color distribution when deciding how to bunch them.

diy bouquet - step 6

Step 6: continue to build your bouquet, taking care to maintain an even distribution of floral variety and color. Given the delicate nature of a dahlia’s bloom, use your roses and sedum to prop them up as much as possible.

diy bouquet - steps 7 to 9

Step 7: evenly trim your stem ends.

Step 8: secure your stems together with either floral wire, or if you don’t have any, a rubber band will do.

Step 9: finish the look, and cover your wire or rubber band, by tying on your burlap ribbon.

The End Result

diy bouquet two tone dahlia red dahlia

Look #3: The Radiant and Rustic Centerpiece – Supplies

diy centerpiece supplies

  • flowers: queen anne’s lace, peach hypericum berry, craspedia, yellow spray roses, yellow chrysanthemum and orange dahlia. You’ll want to use several stems of each. approximately 4-5, exact number dependent on desired centerpiece fullness.
  • french provencal style pitcher
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

diy centerpiece

Step 1: as we did with the bouquet, trim all excess leaves off of all your stems. Next trim the length of your stems such that they are just slightly taller than the rim of your pitcher.

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Step 2: start creating your arrangement stem by stem. Keep an even mix of floral variety and color throughout, and ensure your arrangement looks good from all angles.

The End Result

diy fall wedding centerpiece

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Boho Beauties – Mini Brown Bottle Favors

boho mini brown bottle wedding favors

I’m not sure if it’s the delicate pansies, the mix of vibrant colors, or the fact that I adore anything boho, but today’s mini brown bottle favors may now officially be my favorite DIY to date. So much so that I took the liberty to make a few extras, and they now act as this week’s office desk decor. And the most arduous bit to pulling them together was finding the mini bottles, which actually proved to be no more difficult than a 30 minute drive to the local antique market, where I found shelf upon shelf stocked with them. And trust me ladies, it’s worth the trip. These darling favors are certain to get your guests oohing and aahing.

The Supplies

boho brown bottle vase favor supplies

The How-To

boho brown bottle favors - how to

  • use a mix of bottle shapes
  • alternate your personalized sticker colors
  • stamp an “xo” message onto your paper feathers and attach them to your bottles with twine
  • use a mix of dainty flowers to fill your bottles, using no more than two stems per bottle
  • finish off the look with a pretty display

The Details

boho brown bottle favor - 1 paper feather tag wildflowers boho brown bottle favor - 2 personalized sticker pansies boho brown bottle favor - 3 lavender lavender 2 boho brown bottle favor - 4 twine alstroemeria boho brown bottle favor vases

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Fall Wedding Tablescape

fall wedding tablescape

As if the name of the Blog wasn’t a dead giveaway, we’re a bit obsessed with featuring all the details that come together to create an incredible wedding day. It’s what we love to showcase and how we shape the content we bring you every DIY Wedding Wednesday, in hopes it inspires you, our lovely readers, to create your own personalized unique events. But we appreciate the big picture is just as important. And actually seeing how the details come together is critical to deciding on whether a look is right for you. So in the spirit of curating content, today we’re combining the Fall focused DIYs from the past four weeks, putting them where they belong, into a fabulous Fall wedding tablescape. And if you love what you see, learning how to get the look is just a click of a link away!

The Big Picture

fall wedding centerpiece

diy bottle vase centerpiece

get the diy bottle vase look here
stylist tip: put the finishing touch to your fall wedding centerpiece by displaying it on a wooden slab.

faux flowers - wooden roses dried japanese lanterns diy gold shimmer bottle vases diy ivory bottle vase fall wedding decor

burlap wreath backdrop

get the diy burlap backdrop look here
stylist tip: play with varying color combos and wreath sizes to personalize this look and make it perfect for your wedding day design.

baby's breath stuffed mini pumpkin

pumpkin decor

stylist tip: incorporate a few white pumpkins into your centerpiece for an added easy and instant decorative touch

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Burlap Wreath Decor

burlap-wreath-decor

What’s the number one thing Rustic weddings and the Fall season have in common? Burlap, that’s what! Like peach colored garden roses are to a summer affair, you just can’t have a proper Rustic or Fall wedding without a touch of the textured textile. So in the spirit of the season, and the popularity of one of our favorite wedding themes, for today’s DIY we’re taking arguably the most traditional form of burlap, the decorative wreath, and we’re giving it a colorful twist. From an ombre inspired backdrop to a pop of color chair back, burlap possibilities never looked so bright.

The Core Supplies

burlap wreath decor - supplies

Look #1 – Ombre Inspired Burlap Backdrop

diy burlap wreath backdrop

To Get This Look:

  • Use five wreaths, three large and two small.
  • For the large, spray paint one cranberry, one ivory and leave one as it comes, in vintage pink.
  • For the small, spray paint both antique gold.
  • Make sure to spray paint in a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors, and cover your work space with a drop cloth. And remember your painter’s mask. Spray paint in quick and even spurts, keeping your can approximately 10 inches from the wreaths. Avoid a heavy application as the spray paint will pool. But don’t worry about a perfect application. An imperfect finish lends itself to the rustic look.
  • As a finishing touch, tuck a few stems of water picked white lisianthus into your top wreath.
  • For a larger backdrop, increase the number of wreaths and keep with a mix of sizes and colors.

The Details

diy cranberry burlap wreath lisianthus cranberry burlap vintage pink burlap wreath diy cream burlap wreath cream colored burlap diy antique gold burlap wreath antique gold burlap

Look #2 – Centerpiece Detail

Give a simple cylinder vase centerpiece a decorative boost by using a burlap wreath as your base. Finish off the Fall look with some dried leaves.

burlap wreath centerpiece rustic centerpiece detail- burlap wreath

Look #3 – Cranberry Chair Charm

Mark your bride and groom chairs with a pop of color. Tie on a couple of cranberry colored burlap wreaths with some twine for the right Rustic touch.

burlap wreath chair back bride and groom burlap chair back twine diy cranberry burlap

The Big Picture

The last few weeks have seen several DIYs dedicated to Fall. Come back for a visit next week when we pull them all together to show you what your big picture could look like.

xoxo.

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