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5 Ways to Save Money and Still Get Your Dream Wedding

With COVID-19 still lingering, it's hard to plan that perfect wedding day you've always imagined. Brides are trying on wedding dresses with family members attending via Zoom, going to cake tastings while juggling masks and hand sanitizer, and making deposits on venues they hope won't be closed down by the time their special day arrives. 


It’s been a STRESSFUL season, to say the least! No wonder a lot of couples are choosing the double wedding experience. They’re getting married now in a smaller ceremony and opting for the big reception later on. Double weddings, though, can up the cost even more than you might think, even if you keep the first one relatively simple. If you’re already on a budget, COVID can make it even tougher.


But you can still have your dream wedding if you remember what you want most of all. Write down everything you want at your wedding, noting which items are on the top of the list. If you long to splurge on a massive cake, then be prepared to streamline somewhere else. If you can't get your dream dress out of your mind, then look for ways to cut corners in other places. However, there are lots of inexpensive options if you look for them, and you won’t feel deprived.

There’s a surprising number of ways to cut costs and still have that dazzling day you deserve! We think you know where we’ll start…


THE FLOWERS

With Something Borrowed Blooms, own your memories but rent the flowers for your wedding day. Our beautiful bouquets look real and have a delightful, delicate scent... Instead of settling for expensive fresh flowers that aren't even close to what you envisioned, borrow on-trend silk arrangements that create stunning photographs and will satisfy your wedding daydreams. Then return the flowers in the pre-paid box we provide for you. It's that easy!

Centerpieces, garlands, bouquets, boutonnieres - we have EVERYTHING you need. Review our collections and order your own preview pack to see for yourself!


THE FOOD

A traditional sit-down dinner can be lovely, but there are other, less pricey options equally as charming. A buffet is generally less expensive and requires little staff on hand. You can provide a full dinner, an array of fancy salads, or an elegant line of hor d'oeuvres. 

Another super-popular option right now is food stations. They can fit with any theme or decor, depending on what you choose, and they also can make adorable backdrops for pictures. We've seen pretzel bars with various dipping sauces, donuts, savory pies, candy stations, and charcuterie grazing tables. 

Another bonus is you won't need quite so many tables and you'll have more time for mingling, dancing, or other activities that are important to you. 

Whatever food you love and want to share with friends and family will be a good choice. You can also gear the food bar to your story as a couple. Did you meet in a class learning to speak Italian? Then, by all means, go with an Italian theme. Are you having a beach wedding? Then seafood salads and hors d'oeuvres might be ideal, though a few non-seafood options would be a nice gesture for those who are allergic. 

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Now, be careful skimping too much here. If you have a friend who is a fantastic photographer and has all the equipment, absolutely accept that amazing deal they have to offer you! But don't go with anyone you're not sure can deliver the stellar photos you need to complement your treasured memories. If someone does offer, you can ask if they would please be the second photographer so you can get more coverage, but you can still have your pro. 

Something you can also do to bring down the price is to hire a photographer for a few hours rather than the whole day. This can save you a considerable amount of money, and you still get professional pictures. Here are some guidelines to go by when hiring a photographer. 

Make sure you know exactly what package you purchase will include. You don't want to be surprised on the wedding day or, worse, have to cough up extra money afterward to actually get all the photos you thought were yours. 



THE DRESS

Don't be afraid to try on a few different styles. Have an idea of what you want, but be willing to try on a few just for fun. You never know if a style you didn't consider will end up making you look even more fabulous than you imagined. 

To fit in your budget, check out some sample sales and some off the rack options. If a princess wedding gown is not your style, look into wearing a white or ivory bridesmaid dress! Check out our friends at Brideside for some gorgeous inspiration and budget-friendly dresses that are sure to turn heads while you walk down the aisle. 

But! Do not buy a wedding dress from an online source that ends up rarely looking like the pictures. Do some research. Sizing issues are also a problem from foreign countries that don't use similar measurements to where you're from. 

You'll also be happier if you go somewhere where you can actually try on a dress and see if it suits you. Be wary of buying online at all, but if you do--triple check the source and make sure they're someone you trust. 


THE TUXEDO

Instead of renting a tuxedo or suit, you could buy the groom's ensemble for a decent price. If you go for a suit with or without a vest, rather than with the satin accents you find on a traditional tux, the groom can wear the outfit more often. Accessorizing with cufflinks and a satin bow tie will definitely give him that tux look, but he can also dress down for a less formal occasion. 

But if you want to fo full tux, here's a guide to choosing one. 

For a source of quality, well-priced tuxedos and suits, check out The Groomsman's Suit. You will find a great selection and they can help your groom find the suit that fits him, his groomsmen, and their personality. 

Best wishes for your special day and more for your new life together. However you end up spending the day, may it be a memorable one!

XOXO

The SBBlooms Team 



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13 September, 2020

Our Favorite Fall & Winter Color Palettes

A new season is upon us and with that comes fresh new wedding inspiration.

Fall Bridal Bouquet

Fall is one of our favorite seasons for weddings and this year, that’s especially true! So many spring couples were pushed to wed this fall, making for the longest anticipated wedding season ever. But wait no longer, it will soon be time to embrace the wedding season once again with chilly nights and warm ambiance. And so, we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favorite color palettes for the coming fall and winter season.

Mauve Meadows


@dukerweddings

A perfect transition palette from Summer to Fall, these colors are soft and dreamy, just right for the modern bride. An authentic vintage feel, combined with soft greens and greys with vanilla roses and delicate hues of lavender and mauve. Our Taylor Collection embodies all of these perfectly paired hues and works best with light and neutral bridesmaid dresses, such as Brideside’s Toasted Sugar and Crepe Taupe.

View more Mauve Meadows inspiration here!


MOODY MARSALA


@anatreuilphotography

A full-toned romantic palette of all our Fall favorites including deep burgundy, coupled with emerald green, muted mauve, and delicate light pink. This color scheme screams passion and warmth with a hint of delicacy. Emerald dresses are high on our trend radar this season, and pair flawlessly with our Stella Collection. To recreate this dramatic look, check out Brideside's budget-friendly dresses in Evergreen and our Premium Gold Candlesticks for a breathtaking ambiance. 

View more Moody Marsala inspiration here!


JAUNTY JEWEL TONES


@anatreuilphotography

Vibrance and glimmer are the only two words to describe this stunning color arrangement. The sophisticated mix of radiant magenta and zesty citrine is perfect for a glamorous fall ceremony. Be on the lookout for citrine this season, because it's a trend that's sure to make a statement. All good of course!

The bougainvillea in our Gemma Collection is the perfect pair for this bold and vibrant look. For the perfect shade of gold, look no further than Aura's Citrine. Have your man and his groomsman wear navy suits like these from The Groomsman Suit, and the two colors together are a match made in heaven!

View the full jewel-tone inspiration here!


WINTER BLISS


@anatreuilphotography

A breath of fresh air and a cold winter chill, this cool color palette is complete with shades of white and ivory, accented with the most stunning shades of soft blue and caramel. Our Audrey Collection is a classic white collection with peonies, hydrangeas, and roses. We love Brideside's blue haze and soft blue dress colors paired with this collection for a beautiful winter look. Add some warmth with your favorite winter fur and cue the first snowfall...you'll feel the pure bliss of a winter wonderland.

View our full Fall/Winter lookbook HERE!

Tell us, what color combinations are at the top of your list? Comment below. For more inspiration, browse our floral collections, and follow us on Instagram for real wedding inspiration.

XOXO,

The SBBlooms Team





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31 August, 2020

Heather & Jerrod's Colorado Elopement

A COVID Wedding Cancelation Leads to the Most Intimate & Beautiful Mountain-side Ceremony



After six months of planning and organizing the wedding of their dreams, Heather and Jerrod were forced to make a difficult decision amid the pandemic. Although canceling their wedding was not ideal, the end result was better than they could have ever imagined. In the time of uncertainty, the love they share and the willingness to elope at such great heights was true!

Heather was frantically searching for the best places to elope and came across Sean Oblizalo’s one-of-a-kind Vows and Peaks. A full-service guide, taking couples on a unique journey through some of the most amazing destinations to start the beginning of their life together. Sean takes couples through the entire day and is invested in his craft, “to capture authentic, candid shots paired with gorgeous portraits that highlight the relationship and the landscape equally.”

The HIKE

As a couple who loves everything outdoors - bowhunting, 3D archery, hiking, and camping, Vows and Peaks was a perfect fit. Heather and Jerrod settled on a 2-day, 12-mile backpacking route in the front range of beautiful Colorado.

FROM HEATHER

“6.5 miles, 2,800 feet elevation gain, and almost 5 hours later, we made it to the top. We both carried in a backpack full of gear - mine obviously carried my dress, flowers, shoes, and camping gear. We had about an hour until sunset (exhausted, sore, and hungry), so we put on our wedding attire (Jerrod got dressed outside down by the lake, and I wiggled my way into my dress inside a two-man tent ((not recommended lol)). We had our first look down by the lake just as the sun started to set.”


(LOOK at that stunning JANE Bridal Bouquet!)

The VOWS

“...We woke up around 5 am to obtain alpenglow shots for our vow exchange. It was a quiet, pristine, gorgeous morning for our ceremony surrounded by the most beautiful landscape and you guessed it, our wedding guests, the mountain goats. Without hesitation, we continued our picture taking regardless of them photobombing us. It was us in nature, just as we love to be. At one point we counted over 3 dozen goats including the tiniest, cutest babies who kept running all around us. After our ceremony, we walked back to camp to make pancakes for breakfast and we performed our unity which included the chord of three strands that we built together using branches from a spruce tree to make a cross. After breakfast, we packed up camp and headed back down another 6.5 miles to the trailhead - another grueling hike. This is when we ran into many hikers along the trail who complimented on how pretty my bouquet was - one lady even asked where I picked those wildflowers because she couldn’t tell they were silk.”


The BLOOMS

“When I first started my initial wedding planning last year, I researched the cost of wedding florals and was stunned by how big of an investment they were. I almost had to decide between florals or having a DJ. Fortunately, I did some more digging and researched other floral options where I read about Something Borrowed Blooms (SBBlooms). When I read about SBBlooms, I instantly said Y E S, this is perfect! And it fit right in my budget which was a huge lifesaver! I knew at the time I wanted a lot of greenery, with white florals and a mixture of texture. When I came across the Jane collection I knew that would fit with my original “country/outdoor” theme. Luckily the Jane fit perfect for our mountain elopement as the colors fit perfectly with our setting.”


“Even with having to cancel my original wedding plans, which included having to cancel the majority of my SBBlooms order, I had nothing but the best experience. They were timely on their follow up emails and assured me that I would get my blooms in time even with having an address change. I have been recommending SBBlooms to all of my friends or future brides who are hung up on the cost of florals for their wedding day. It was the best decision I made and am so happy I chose SBBlooms to be a part of our special day!”

Heather and Jerrod’s wedding elopement is certainly a breath of fresh air. It reminds us to focus on the positive and make the best of what we’re given each and every day. Although their original wedding plans were sure to be beautiful and special, the magical elopement between the two was more than perfect in every way. We hope that all of our COVID affected couples can find this much joy, happiness, and love on their wedding day and always.

Congratulations, Heather and Jerrod!

We love hearing from our #sbbloomsbrides. Share your favorite wedding details and memories with us below.

XOXO,

The SBBlooms Team


Photos: @Vows_and_peaks

https://vowsandpeaks.com




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16 August, 2020

Traditional vs. Modern Bride



All those picture-perfect weddings on Instagram and Pinterest may have your head-spinning. With so many choices and so many styles, you’re probably left wondering, what’s right for me?

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the social inspiration, your wedding style should be defined by YOU and represent your unique personality as a couple. For some, that’s a trendy shindig and for others, that may mean a simple and elegant ceremony.

So what kind of wedding do you see yourselves having!? Are you leaning towards a more traditional ceremony at a beautiful grand chapel, with a white lace dress and black tie attire? Or are you considering a scaled-back intimate ceremony at the location of your first date? Either way, it’s sure to be beautiful and special in every way.

At Something Borrowed Blooms, we know all Brides are different! We work hard to deliver silk flower designs that are versatile and affordable to meet the needs of every Bride-to-Be. Offering fourteen unique floral collections covering all shades of the color spectrum, we continue to expand our line of florals.

With our most recent refresh of The Audrey Collection we took the design a step further, offering TWO styles! The end result, a traditional round nosegay bouquet and a modern hand-tied bouquet --- both equal in beauty but opposite in style. Featuring an all-white color pallet and a versatile design, The Audrey Collection fits the floral needs of SO many Brides.

Take a LOOK at the NEW Audrey Collection...



Isn’t she PERFECT? We think so too! Looking at the two styles, you should instantly be drawn to one! Our round bridal and bridesmaid bouquet appeals more to the Bride who dreams of wearing her great grandmother’s pearls on her special day, with a lace dress and soft color palette. The hand-tied bridal and bridesmaid bouquet style is for the fun and trendy Bride, who isn't afraid to make a statement, even when the colors are as simple as ivory and white.

So are you a traditional or modern bride? 

Take a look at some other traditional and modern wedding examples, which may help you define your style.


TRADITIONAL WEDDING INSPO

White chapels are what wedding dreams are made of and for good reason! If you're all heart eyes, find a cute little chapel and you don't need much to make it pretty! You can recreate this look with our rent and return florals. Consider using greenery garlands like the Spiral Seeded Eucalyptus and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus to create a timeless and natural look. Or our custom Audrey Garland for lush and full bloom florals. Totally swooned - You're a traditional Bride!


MODERN WEDDING INSPO

Details are everything when it comes to a modern wedding! If a casual venue or this simple champagne wall accented with a neon and matte black wall is singing your tune, then you're far from a traditional Bride. Recreate this champagne wall with our WTOO Bridesmaid Bouquets to WOW your guests while staying in budget.

Traditional or modern --- or maybe a mix of both; pick a style and own it. After all, it is YOUR special day! For more inspiration browse our collections, and follow us on Instagram for real wedding inspo!


XOXO,

The SBBlooms Team



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09 July, 2020

How Much Do Wedding Flowers Cost?


Know What You Want

As a bride-to-be, you’re weeks into wedding planning and as you confirm more selections for your wedding day your budget begins to close in on you. And so comes the most basic floral question - How much are wedding flowers going to cost me!? It seems like a pretty simple question, expected to be followed by a pretty simple response. But not so much so! Determining the cost of wedding flowers varies greatly from Bride to Bride. Many by rule of thumb budget 8% of their total wedding budget to flowers, but that rule is one easily broken by various factors and considerations.  


By way of example, let’s walk through a few of those considerations... Are you using fresh flowers or open to premium silks? Are your flowers of choice in season or out of season? Because let's face it, if you're looking for fresh peonies or ranunculus in your bridal bouquet during a winter wedding, that’s going to cost a pretty penny! Will fresh flowers be used for the ceremony and reception - how many pieces in total for each? Will the florist need to install flowers on the day of the wedding or beforehand... The list of questions goes on, and with all of these variables and other considerations comes the dreaded price point. 


Know Your Budget

According to our friends at Wedding Wire, the average cost of wedding flowers in the U.S. is around $1,500 for small to medium size weddings and up to $5,000+ for large weddings. Whatever your wedding budget is, it is safe to start with 8-10% of your total budget dedicated to the florals. From there, you can work your budget up or down based on your needs.


If spending thousands of dollars on flowers that will die, makes you weak in the knees… we have a great alternative option for you. Something Borrowed Blooms offers gorgeous, premium silk flowers all at a fraction of traditional costs. Our premium silk wedding flowers look real, smell amazing, and are always in season! We are our constantly expanding options of bridal bouquets, bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres, flower combs and crowns, aisle markers, and more to rent for your wedding day. Take a look at the potential savings associated with Something Borrowed Blooms’ silk wedding flower rentals compared to the average cost of real flowers:


                                   

Average Wedding Flowers

SBBlooms Wedding Flower Rentals


Bridal Bouquet

$175-$250

$65

Bridesmaid Bouquet

$60-$65

$32

Posy

$35-50

$15

Flower Crowns

$35-$40

$15

Boutonnieres

$15-$35

$5

Corsages

$15-$35

$12

Flower Girl

$35

$15



The difference in cost is J A W  D R O P P I N G right?


For many of our Brides, saving thousands of dollars on wedding flowers is a sure YES! But for others, we see a thoughtful compromise. If fresh flowers are REALLY important to you, but so is your budget, consider mixing fresh and silk flowers. We’ve seen countless Brides pull off a beautiful look by mixing fresh and silk. And to be quite honest, silk florals complement fresh flowers so well and it’s a great way to cut down on overall costs!



Fresh Bridal Bouquet paired with Silk Bridesmaid Bouquets

Reception Flowers

Switching to silk florals for the reception can also rake in big savings! Every Bride falls in love with elaborate floral installs and lush fresh floral garlands… until they see the price tag. These elements are very labor intensive for fresh florists, so the cost reflects just that! We’ve compared side by side the potential savings on reception flowers and it’s substantial! 



                                   

Average Wedding Flowers

SBBlooms Wedding Flower Rentals


Archway Garland 

$250-500

$45-$65


Greenery Garland

$100-300

$6-$18

Reception table centerpieces

$150-450+

$28


Garland

At Something Borrowed Blooms we’re proud to offer ceremony and reception flowers that rival the rest! Our product line includes a variety of centerpiece collections and greenery garland, AND our newest line of custom garland. 


floral garland

Our custom garland coordinates perfectly with each of the fourteen floral collections, so you are sure to find one that matches your wedding colors. Designed especially for ceremony arches, railings, welcome signs, and other key focal areas and the set-up is as easy as it gets. Simply remove the garland from the box, gently fluff and attach using zip ties. Attach multiple strands together with zip ties for larger areas as needed. Our custom garland line has proven to provide major saving within the wedding flower budget and our Brides are LOVING this new addition. For current Brides interested in adding custom garland to an existing order, simply email info@sbblooms.com and we’ll be happy to assist!




Whew… who would have thought such a long response would be needed for such a simple question! We’re glad you stuck around to learn all the tips and tricks for saving on florals, while learning why floral budgets vary so drastically. And hopefully we provided you with the insight needed to finalize your wedding floral expenses while staying in a budget that fits YOU just right!


XOXO,

Lauren + Laken



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05 July, 2020

Summer Wedding Trends We LOVE

2020 Summer Inspiration


Summer will soon be in full swing and we are so excited for a new season! A season that we hope will blossom into positivity and new beginnings for all of us!


Millions of engaged couples have had to make the stressful decision to postpone or cancel weddings this spring (no thanks to the pandemic) and are now looking forward to rescheduled summer and fall weddings. With this downtime, many were able to gain inspiration from the very things they love most... home and family. For us, this downtime at home with our family has inspired us and brought new light to Summer 2020.


And our minds have been racing with countless summer wedding trends we absolutely love and are too good not to share!


1: Backyard Weddings


We hope backyard weddings are here to stay! The stay at home orders may have forced this on many, but it’s been a great validation that an intimate backyard ceremony can be just as beautiful and even more special than any banquet hall. And, most of us have really sharpened up our gardening skills this spring, so why not show that backyard off! 




Bring the inside outdoors, by moving some of your inside furniture outside to create beautiful lounge areas and open up your inside space for traffic to flow through. We make decor simple with affordable floral and greenery and flower rentals sure to make any space beautiful. Use our lush garland to wrap around your pergola and create the perfect archway for you and your soulmate to say “I do”. And when the sun goes down, our lanterns and votive holders will create a moody and romantic ambiance while guests roast marshmallows! 






2: Short Wedding Dresses and Jumpsuits


Okay let’s face it, Summer is H O T and who wants to wear a heavy bustled gown in the heat? Dare to trade tradition for a chic with a jumpsuit or tea-length dress. Our friends at Watters and Brideside have the most stunning dresses and flowy jumpsuits. Our top picks are below!





3: Summer Blooms


Summer is the BEST season for the most vibrant blooms. Take advantage of your backyard blooms and greenery to accent your space and cut down on your floral budget. Renting your bridal party flowers and bouquets will also save you thousands of dollars while providing an extensive selection of florals.


This summer, we are particularly loving bright, bold color palettes and our NEWEST collection, The Gemma. With pops of color from the Bougainvillea and realistic blackberries this collection is what summer weddings are made for! 


But if you're more comfortable with a neutral color palette, Magnolias and camellias are a classic white summer bloom that will bring elegance and a more traditional style to your wedding. Our Shelbie Collection offers just that.



                                                                                                           

4: Cold Treats


When you’re from Southern Louisiana like we are, snowballs and ice cream are a part of an everyday summer diet. Incorporate a D-I-Y snowball stand or rent out an ice cream truck for a fun way to keep your guests entertained and cool. You can even create your own custom flavor and make it a part of the menu. Add garland and aisle markers for cohesive elements to match your wedding colors and theme!



                      

Best wishes to all of our Summer 2020 Brides. We can’t wait to be part of your special day. For more wedding inspiration browse our collections, and follow us on Instagram for real wedding inspo!


XOXO,

Lauren & Laken








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09 June, 2020

Just Bloomed Premiere

Top 4 Reasons to Rent Your Wedding Flowers

something borrowed blooms

It's finally here... the long-anticipated blog of Something Borrowed Blooms. It may have taken a global pandemic and a lot of unforeseen downtime to get us here, but we're super excited to launch this floral blog with the hopes of sharing industry best wedding flower advice. From floral planning, budgeting, styling, and real wedding inspiration, we have so much in store for the Bride to Be!

Naturally, our first blog topic addresses the most basic consideration of many Brides after discovering our Blooms - "Should I rent my wedding flowers?" 

At Something Borrowed Blooms, a rent & return floral boutique specializing in premium silk wedding flowers, renting wedding flowers is such an easy Y-E-S for us! We can think of a thousand reasons renting your wedding flowers makes perfect sense, but for now we'll consolidate our thoughts into our top FOUR reasons to rent.

1. It’s Budget Friendly. Traditionally, wedding flowers can be one of the most expensive aspects of a wedding. From bouquets to centerpieces and ceremony arches, a lot of blooms are needed and your favorite flowers often cost a pretty penny. If fresh flowers aren’t a major priority, consider allocating more of your wedding budget to what’s really important to you: photography and videography or even your honeymoon! Receiving your wedding flowers through Something Borrowed Blooms costs a fraction of what you can expect to spend with a traditional florist. Most Brides save up to 70%, which could be thousands of dollars in savings for you. So if you’re on a tight budget, renting is a cost-effective alternative.

Wedding flowers for rent

2. It’s Sustainable. Today's modern couples are wanting more eco-friendly wedding choices. By renting your wedding flowers through Something Borrowed Blooms, you can reduce waste without sacrificing style. Good for the environment and absolutely stunning? That's a double win in our book!

3. You Know Exactly What You’re Getting. Our bouquets and centerpieces come exactly as you see them on the website: beautifully realistic and crafted from premium silk. You don’t have to worry about a florist replacing the peonies you paid for with roses at the last minute; you receive exactly what you expect. This means, no surprises on your Wedding Day!

4. You'll save time! Planning a wedding can be stressful and time-consuming. From setting up appointments and meeting with vendors to ensure your vision is met, planning a wedding can sometimes feel like a full-time job. By renting your wedding flowers online, the process is super easy and can be done on your own timeline! Simply browse the collections that fit your wedding theme, build your cart to fit your wedding party size and décor needs, enter your wedding date, and make a 50% deposit - DONE! It is as simple and as easy as that. Just sit back and relax, we'll ship your florals to you two days prior to your wedding date.

We pride ourselves on our quality and design. Countless hours go into designing each collection. From hand-selecting each and every stem to multiple design rounds and revisions, we pour our hearts into each collection we deliver. Whether your wedding style is elegant and timeless, bold and fashion-forward, or bohemian and natural, there’s a floral collection perfect for YOU.

rent your wedding flowers

We look forward to bringing you helpful resources and tips throughout your wedding planning and we'd love to hear from you along the way! Drop us a comment and let us know what we can help you with! And be sure to browse our collections, and follow us on Instagram for real wedding inspo!

XOXO,

Lauren & Laken

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20 May, 2020