Are You An Indian In Abroad? Five Ways to Add an Indian Touch to Your Wedding

Paint it Red
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Red or maroon outfits are considered to the traditional wedding outfits in India, if you think that pure maroon will look quite out of place in a foreign country you can pair a white lengha or saree with an embroidered red dupatta for a finish that will pay homage to the authentic Indian bride in red.

Dual celebrations

For couples confused about how to combine ceremonies and rituals from two different cultures, a double ceremony is the perfect solution Traditional Indian ceremonies are often held in the morning because it’s considered an auspicious time of day; if you’re opting for two ceremonies, consider scheduling one in the morning and one later in the day right before the cocktail hour.


mehendi ceremony
Even if you’re not wearing a traditional Indian wardrobe, it doesn’t mean you can’t add some Indian tradition to your look. Deeply colored mehendi designs are a stunning standout when contrasted with an elegant white gown.

Get Desi with the Pre-Wedding Parties

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Some live music and dance performances to your rehearsal dinner to turn it into a glamorous sangeet. The party can even turn into a pre-wedding dance class: hire traditional bhangra or garba dancers to entertain everyone.

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We already know the path to anyone’s heart is through their stomach — the same of course applies to your guests! Incorporating some lip-smacking desi dishes to your menu is an easy (and tasty!) way of adding Indian style to your celebration.

What makes Indian weddings authentic?

Pre-wedding rituals
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Pre-wedding rituals are a very important part of Indian weddings. They are considered to be auspicious and promising for the forthcoming wedding, creating excitement and cheer among relatives and close friends.

Haldi ceremony
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The haldi ceremony is an auspicious ritual performed by the family of the bride and the groom before the wedding day. Generally, the bride and groom have separate haldi ceremonies. Family members and of the bride and groom apply the haldi and milk paste on the bride/groom’s skin. This yellow paste is thought to brighten and even the skin tone and is applied on one of the days prior to the wedding ceremony.

mehendi ceremony
The Mehendi event is a colorful celebration held the night before the wedding, which is traditionally celebrated by the women on the bride’s side of the family but nowadays people prefer doing mehendi ceremonies in banquets and gents are also invited. Guests create a festive atmosphere by dressing in bright colors, singing traditional wedding songs, and dancing to popular music.

Wedding ceremony

A traditional wedding ceremony consists of a series of religious rituals that unite not only the bride and groom, but also their families. In the Indian culture, maintaining close ties with immediate and extended family is crucial. Indian weddings are not only a celebration of union of the bride and groom but also it is a crucial union of both the families, the bride’s and groom’s.


Accompanied by his family and friends in a festive procession known as the baraat, the groom arrives at the entrance of the wedding venue on a horse or a car or maybe a carriage it’s a fun and frolic affair where the family members and friends dance on the beats of the band. The bride’s family at the entrance to the wedding venue meets the baraat.

Milni (Meeting of the Families)

The bride’s family greets the groom’s family with a welcoming ritual. Relatives of the bride and groom embrace and greet each other with garlands.

Arrival of the Bride

The bride enters the hall and is escorted to the center stage where the throne for the bride and groom is placed by her brothers, sisters and friends under a sheet (chadaar)

Jai Mala

Once the bride approaches the mandap, the bride and groom exchange floral garlands, signifying their acceptance of one another.


At this point, the bride’s father pours sacred water in his daughter’s hand and places her hand in the groom’s hand, officially giving away his most precious gift to the groom. The groom’s sister or cousin then ties the end of the groom’s scarf to the bride’s sari with betelnuts, coins and rice, symbolizing unity, prosperity and happiness.

Mangal Phere (Circling the Sacred Fire)
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The bride and groom walk around the sacred fire seven times keeping in mind the four aspirations in life: Dharma,Artha), Karma and Moksha.The bride, representing divine energy, leads the groom in the first three rounds, while the groom leads in the last four rounds, signifying balance and completeness.

Aashirvaad (Blessings for the Married Couple)
Women from both families whisper blessings into the bride’s ear. The couple then bows down to the priest, their parents and elder relatives to receive their final blessings. The guests shower the newlywed couple with flowers and rice to wish them a long and happy marriage.

7 awkward wedding traditions Indian Couples Go

1.Pre Wedding shoots
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Nowadays pre wedding photoshoots are trending, and every couple has to go through the horror of goofy faces. In India most of marriages are arranged Marriages and giving cozy poses and acting to feel the love that does not even exist in the couple before wedding in front of the over exaggerated setup of studios and cameras is nothing but AWKWARD.

2.Haldi ceremony
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Haldi ceremony is indeed a very funny wedding tradition in India, the groom sits half naked in front of tons of women and get a free haldi pack everywhere on his body, especially the face! And the smell of haldi is also no close to rose elixir.

3.Talking about the night
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When super excited aunties tease them about their first night & give advice based purely on personal experience, I am sure neither the groom nor the bride wants to advise on this topic atleast! Also hearing to loose comments like, “Haaye! Haaye! Ruka nahi ja raha hoga ab toh…” and “Ghabrana mat bilkul.”

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The girl is made somewhere equivalent to Thakur in Sholay mehndi is applied all over her arms and its in so detail it takes hour to dry up, and the poor women has to request people for everything from feeding her to help her drink some water. She becomes dependent for All the vital tasks which becomes very funny for people to watch.

5.The over-rated aashirwads
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Relatives build a pyramid of gifts on their laps & simultaneously expect them to take aashirwads, the bride is expended to bend and touch feet of every elder and take their blessings while wearing a lehnga which weight three times more than her.

The couple is supposed to maintain a permanent smile on their whole time. I seriously pity the couples and their jawlines, it would just hurt so badly.They might not be able to do it but are they even given a choice? NO!

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And of course! The tonnes of laddoos that they are forced to have after every second. Because, ‘Mooh meetha karna toh banta hai!’, the couple is soo stuffed by the end of the ceremony I don’t think they will ever want to have sweet dishes again atleast till 3 month.

Thanksgiving gifts on your wedding for your loved ones

1. Say it with a postcard
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What you could do is to choose a lovely couple picture from the wedding album, and emboss a thank you note on it. Wrap it up and give the same to the recipients in person. The picture postcard could have the date of the wedding, the couple on it and some cool graphics that make it a mushy and an emotional affair.

2. Wall hangings
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A plate in neutral tones made from pottery or ceramic, with pretty cute hand drawn designs or romantic notes on it can be a good thank you gifting option. This would be best to give the office colleagues that have done so much for you and have helped made this wedding a success..

3. Wines
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Don’t forget the hard work put in by your guy friends. All the physical work and running to and fro.working their way up ensuring every single detail and logistic at the wedding was nothing short of being a perfect one. From the lights to the decor, to running around and managing transport and more, they did it all for you.

4. Aromatic candles for the lovely grandparents
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Without the blessings of our elders, a marriage isn’t a successful one. This is why, our grandparents do their best to be present at the wedding and to provide as much as help as they can. They have been around to help with advise and pitched in to make the wedding a success too.

5. Gift out favour tags to the little ones
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Don’t forget that the little ones too have had a big role to play at your wedding. Their innocent smiles, their laughter and the sheer joy they bring was enough to spruce up the ambience around. Moreover. So thanking them for their time is a must as well, because everyone needs to feel special! You could present them with favour tags!

6. Pendants for the bridesmaids
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Another way to thank your bridesmaids, would be to present them with cute pendants, maybe normal silver pendants or customized pendants with the names of the bridesmaids on it.This could be made from metal and embossed with their names personally. You could also have glass or crystal pendants on silver chains as well. The choices are limitless, and it speaks of a gratitudinal act too.

7. A special tag for dad
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Dad has always been the first man, the first-ever you interacted with in all your life. Your first best friend, every girl wants a husband like her dad. He has managed your life, your emotions and your career too, with all the ups and downs involved. Today as you walked down the mandap, dad made it special by handing you over to the groom. He has worked so hard to make you who you are, and into a lovely person – a special tag is the best way to appreciate his love.

A Complete Checklist On Choosing A Reputed Wedding Planner

Be clear on your requirements
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Ideally You should look for a professional wedding planner who will arrange a full-service wedding to the tee with all cultural and traditional details kept in mind, You may also need them to help you choose the wedding location and the right vendors too, and a coordination head who will report all the progress to you.

Why wedding planner?
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Why hire a wedding planner and add more costs, you ask? There are many reasons as to why like You save big time on your energy, You get to focus on other wedding tasks, You get to focus on yourself and you henceforth, you save a lot of money.

What to keep in mind?
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Before you start talking to wedding planners, sit with your fiance and finalize the following;
1. Your budget
2. The number of guests on the list to be invited
3. The date of the wedding
4. The theme of the wedding
5. Your vision of the wedding


Firstly, you need wedding planners who are easy to contact and responsive to your needs. If they don’t return your calls promptly or don’t seem organized, look elsewhere, Make sure you speak to a previous client that has been serviced by the planner. Recommendations will help you understand the work pattern of your wedding planner better, Beware of wedding planners who are getting commissions for recommending certain vendors, Make sure that you like the taste and style of your wedding planner– you want your big day to reflect your personality and be ‘you’. If your wedding planner shares your sense of aesthetic, nothing like it! Like any vendor, you’ll want to have a clear contract with your wedding planner that spells out their duties, costs and expenses, and deposits and payment schedules, Make sure your wedding planner has not taken more than 1-2 more weddings other than yours in that particular month and has enough time to plan your wedding. Wedding planners that provide full-services in India also help scout the best location, vendors, and venues for the wedding.

Consider the following points
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1. Have they ever used the same venue before?
2. Contingency plans they provide for incase it is bad weather!
3. Do you have to choose only the vendors they have or can you hire from outside?
4. Who pays the vendors-is it all inclusive of the vendor fees or would you have to pay separate!
5. Who checks on with the quality of services provided by the vendor?
6. What if the vendors don’t turn up on time at the wedding venue on the day of the wedding?
7. What logistical planning can one provide as back-ups on the day of the wedding and after that?
8. While the wedding venue is being decked up, who is going to be supervising!
9. Do you have your own team of wedding photographers?
10. Do you have your own bridal makeup and hair team?

Wedding E-Invites- to be or not to be?

Traditional expression of emotions?
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Indian weddings just like other weddings too, can have plenty of emotions involved. But when creating e-invites or paper invites alike, simple emotionless guidelines for the wedding at banquet hall in delhi is always the best way to go. With e-invites, you have got to judge the audience you are sending out the invitations to. While some of your elders will not have access to e-invites there is a huge possibility that you may just end up forgetting some really important people, or hereby, offending some.

Wedding websites
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IF you are planning to launch your own wedding website, or create a social media page for the same by sending out ‘save-your-date’ invites, give your guests complete information on what the wedding will be like, where it would be held, the climes at the moment, how to get there, which rituals on what day would be held and all important information that they need to know. You need to set the privacy of such events to only your relatives, where you might just leak out some information or some surprises to people before your wedding day.

Email or not to email?

Yes, emails would save plenty of your time, postage money and transport money, especially if the attendees aren’t staying in the vicinity, the same city or the country for that matter. Sending out formal e-invites with an RSVP here makes sense. But here arises the same problem of reach, many people have disused email-ids some might just change it with time and many people don’t have a habit to open it daily.

Catching up
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While you send out e-invites, ensure to leave a RSVP number for the attendees to follow-up with. If it isn’t a large number of guests attending your wedding, and if the attendees are around close by; drop in personally and present them with the invite. However, if the invites are for a small group, you may go ahead and email them all-solo or in a group. But understand the group here; not everyone is net savvy-elders especially.


Almost all our blogs about wedding have a point about budget, indian weddings are indeed a very expensive affair Paper wedding invites per piece can touch the skies cost wise. But if you hire the right wedding graphic card designer, you can cut on your cost and send e-invites have save yourself a huge chunk of cash

eco friendly
Lets go all conventional and understand the importance of paper its no rocket science to understand that we have to Save trees and lessen the carbon footprint, Wedding cards in paper are very seldom kept for memory sake,and they eventually make their way to the bin soon after the wedding.Do your bit for nature and stop the felling of trees; make your wedding an eco-friendly one-save time and energy and resources on the same.

Typical Indian Excuses For Getting Married

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You are getting old. You should get married AND old in India does not mean 35, you can be as old as umm.. 22?

You are going to be ugly, Go Marry!
According to Indian parents logic their child will get bald, fat or ugly with time, and if they are ugly they won’t get any groom/bride to marry, so best way to solve the ageing problem. You should get married.

Because Norms
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You should get married because all your friends and batch mates are getting married and having babies. Peer Pressure taken to a new level altogether

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Best way out to kill boredom Is not to turn on their TV sets but to get married.

Because you have nothing to do.
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School done. College done. Job done. You should get married.

Raise A family
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Late marriage means late kids. Which means more complications for women,You should get married.

To make way
In India it is officially illegal according to Indian parents for younger siblings to get married if they have a elder brother or sister who is unmarried. Indeed a very legit reason to get married

Because People ask
Indian relatives are always more concerned than you yourself your wedding, talk about peer pressure here.

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Now this is a serious one. Indian parents especially in the case of their daughters We want to be free from their apparent ‘responsibility.’ And hence You should get married.

Emotional blackmail
it was their great grand parents last wish to see their, niece/nephew get married so you should get married for their “happiness” or be blamed by the family forever. And also forget about your wishes.

Because “Acchha rishta hai”
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Ladka/ladki foreign se padh ke aaya/aayi hai. An unlimited offer like a sale in zara which if don’t grab anyone else will. So basically this should be enough of a reason for You to get married.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Wedding Makeup Artist

1. Begin your search early
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If you ever are in attendance at a wedding where you just love the bride’s makeup, do make it a point to ask for her makeup artist’s details. Even a contact number will do. Even if your wedding is not on the cards in the near future, it is quite handy to have the contact details so you can refer to it when you require the services. At least you have an idea of the artist’s work. Make use of the internet wisely to your benefit.Most professional makeup artists will either be listed on these websites or have their own websites, showcasing their portfolio and other details.

2. Decide for yourself first,
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Have an idea of the kind of look you want for your wedding day. Look through magazines and the internet and keep a file of photos that you can show your makeup artist later to give her examples of the kind of look you desire. Sometimes a visual can get your message across better than words and actions.

3. Ask Questions
Once you have shortlisted the artists give them all a call and have a short conversation with them. Have a list of questions ready to ask them. The questions could be as follows:-
Are you available on my wedding date?
Do you have experience with makeup for brides?
How many trial makeup sessions will you do and will the charges be included in the fees?
Do you require an advance payment?
Are you flexible enough to travel to my location?
What products do you use? Will you be bringing all the necessary makeup equipment or do you expect me to get them?
Will you be able to manage to do the makeup for my friends and other members of my family? Do you have the resources for it? If yes what are the costs involved?
Can you do both hair and makeup?
Are you certified?
What if you are unable to make it on the day of my wedding? Will you be able to send a replacement? If yes, who will that be?
While talking to them observe how they interact with you. They should have the patience to listen to you and answer all your queries to your satisfaction. They should be glad to share information about the products they would use and services.

4. Compare Prices
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Weddings are an expensive affair, no doubt. But this is not an aspect where you should try to economize. There are makeup artists available for far less than the others but then one cannot be too sure of the results.. It is, therefore, wise to prefer a professional who does great work.

5. Trial makeup
Once you have finalized your makeup artist, keep in touch with her. Have discussions over the look and the products she will be using. Inform her of any skin allergies you have. A professional makeup artist would use the time to begin your trial makeup, suggest any dermatological treatments if necessary, advice about skin care regimes to follow, and work with you towards achieving your ideal wedding look.

13 Creative and Unique Indian Wedding Invitation Cards

1.Comic Invite

A comic style wedding invitation telling your guests about your wedding so creatively within its dialogues, credits, venue and dates.

2.Pharmaceutical Invite

You can make a replica of the first aid kit write out venue, date, credits in the form of bandages, ointments etc. it can turn out to be wacky but innovative. The scheduled warning goes “Not to be sold. Only to be exchanged for a lot of love, togetherness, loyalty, and faith.”

3.Whats App

WhatsApp has inspired many creations, wedding invitations being one of them. See how this couple tells their story and invite with the help of a “conversation”, screenshots, videos stories etc. you can also use WhatsApp to send countdowns for your wedding day to your guests.

4.Video Invite

Couples have taken to making video invites more often these days. There is more scope to convey more in a few minutes and it stays longer in memory, is innovative and is more impactful than any other paperback or card invite.

5.Theme Based

Got a favorite movie theme? Couples may find a particular theme very enduring and adapt them for the venue and invitation you can make a graphic for the same and mail it to your guests or use a traditional box covered with fabrics with bright colors in real time.

6.Royal Cards

Royal wedding invite

Satin cards embellished with an elaborate pin give the feeling of opulence for those royal themed weddings attract them with box of dry fruit and sweets and present them to your guests, a royal invite does not only make your event look luxurious but also give a sense of being “special” to your guests.

7.Caricature cards
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Let the fun begin with your caricatures. Make caricatures of yourselves and present a story or an image inspired by humor you can use bitstrips or even bitemoji’s to give out a personalized look to your graphic invites.

8.Simple but honest

Make you wedding invite humorous and creative. Keep it simple with minimal designs and information inviting your guests to shower their blessings on the couple, you can make it more elegant by making it in the form a scroll or a parchment.

9.Box of sweets and an Idol
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Make sweet beginnings by sending a box of sweets with your invite – A creative box type invite with a beautiful idol of a god, as a memento to your guests . The invitation contains sweet boxes neatly mounted at the back of the idol. Such an invitation will not only pleases the eyes but taste buds too.

10.Boarding pass / theatre tickets

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The boarding pass and theatre tickets kind of wedding invites mostly reflect the couple’s love for travelling and theatre or their professions keep it small and simple like a entry ticket to your wedding, it will add a fun element to your wedding.

11.Blow up the balloon

Funny invite

This couple sent out their wedding invites printed on balloons and included a little note to blow up the balloon in order to read the invite. This sets a light and fun tone right from the very beginning so guests may expect the same at the wedding.

12.Passport style
passport style invite

Another style of a wedding invite for the travel bug. If you would like to chronicle your travels or convey your story in pictures, like where you both met, where you proposed, places you visited together etc put it all in the wedding “passport”. Include pictures, a few words about your travels or a poem.

13.Musical paper Invite

Music is magical. Moreover, if you are going to have a great musical themed wedding set the tone right from the start with musical wedding invites. Your guests are going to remember your wedding whenever they hear the song later.

Top 10 Bride Fashion Trends

1.The statement back

No matter black is the one of the most common colour and also one of the favourite for everyone but deep black cuts are also very much in so you can carry a perfect backless outfit make it design standout and make a statement of your own.

Traditional saree

2.Steal the deal with Pastel ghagras

Yes, It’s too much out there but if you are one of those people who like it loud and ‘jhatak’ you will love them. Pastel coloured choli paired with a neon ghagra is a perfect pick for your mehendi or sangeet ceremony.

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3.Experiment with chick jackets

Chick Jackets Are usually carried with Kurtis or western tank tops but they never refuse to be worn with sarees and lehengas It’s stylish and will compliment both your saree and lehenga. You have so many options like plain, velvet, intricate embroidery, heavy beadwork, beautiful embellishments, etc.

4.Try long cholis

Extremely chic and gorgeous long cholis on your lehenga will deck up your look and make you stand out. It’s striking, comfortable and there is so much scope of experimentation.

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5.Mix Western with Indian fusion lehengas

Cocktail and reception are events when you can relax and chill. And wearing a heavy lehnga which is too shimmery is not cool try to mix the right colour with right design with a touch of western elements to get your perfect cocktail dress.

6.Black & White is always a win

Black is not considered as an auspicious colour for wedding, so you might not be carrying that on your D-day, but for other peripheral functions, a stunning ensemble in black and white will rule the evening.

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7.Flaunt Your Shoulders with “off-shoulders”

Tube tops and dresses can sometimes be considered as inappropriate for an Indian wedding, but if you fuse the off shoulder with your bridal outfit, it looks really elegant and graceful. Don’t hesitate from trying something new try and do things which are not conventional and break the norms to create your own style statement.

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8.Try Shimmers

It can be little bold to carry the gold outfit, jewellery and make-up all together; but if you have got it in you, and you are confident enough that you can carry it out right then don’t think twice before going for that look. You are going to kill it.

9.And… if you decide to go red, do it right!

Team it up with gold make-up and stunning jewellery. Don’t let it have too much red or it will lose its charm you can also try different shades of red to suit your convince. And when it comes to choosing the perfect outfit, always pick something which you have not seen already a lot of times.

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10.Go multicolour!

It’s always been about reds and pinks and oranges. Why not try something different this time? The royal blue, or different shades of white, peach, yellow etc.

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