Charlotte Balbier
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Beautiful On A Budget. Supplier Showcase: First Impressions Wedding Invitations PLUS 10% Off For Wedding Blog Readers

March 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Something I’m often aware of as I write these pages is the need to be inclusive.  I know from your emails and messages that not all of my readers have the deepest pockets, a six figure salary or easy access to the bank of Mum and Dad.  Here at Brides Up North it’s my job to showcase the loveliest ideas, inspirational weddings and dream dresses, but I also think it’s important that our content is attainable.  Sometimes you want the pretty without the price tag. 

Half the battle is thinking local and using the brilliant regional suppliers right on your own doorstep and the other half is having all the options available to you.   I’m aware that I often only feature high end products and aspirational shoots, but today I would like to introduce you to a stationer who is keeping her prices real but her products still sparkling: Brides Up North Featured Supplier Paula of First Impressions Wedding Invitations

For those of you on a budget who still want some bling – Paula’s your gal!  Let’s meet her…

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What is the story behind First Impressions Wedding Invitations?

First Impressions Wedding Invitations started trading in the summer of 2010 initially on eBay. I had just had my second son Ryan and was unable to return to work due to childcare issues. I have always had a creative flair and had done stationery for a few close friends, therefore decided to start my own business doing wedding stationery, which was an instant success.  

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Who is a First Impressions Wedding Invitations bride?

A First Impressions bride is someone who wants to have beautiful handmade wedding invitations and stationery but doesn’t necessarily have a big budget to spend on their stationery. That is where we step in: creating beautiful wedding stationery at affordable prices so the bride can get the best of both worlds.

Where are you based? 

We are based in Wigan, Lancashire. We mainly work online using email and telephone as our main way of corresponding, but do work face to face with brides to be in our locality.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

Our ranges include our butterfly designs, floral designs and hearts designs. All of our designs are embellished with gorgeous sparkling diamantes, to give each design an elegant and classy feel. In all of our designs we do the following products: save the date cards, wedding invitations, RSVP cards, money request cards, order of services, menus, name cards, table numbers, lottery favour cards and table plans.

Can you produce completely bespoke designs? 

Yes. The client would contact us with their requirements and any examples of the designs they like. I will go away and put a design together within that brief and email a proof image to which they can make as many changes as needed until they are 100% happy. We do not charge extra for bespoke designs.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment or do you think will be popular for next season?

Our most popular designs are our butterfly ranges. This has always been a favourite amongst our brides. The butterflies represent hope, joy and new beginnings, perfect for a couple embarking on their journey into married life. For next season I predict that people will still go for the more traditional designs but using brighter colour combinations. A popular colour scheme in the last 12 months has been fuchsia pink and tangerine.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Make sure the stationer can match your chosen colour scheme if this is what you desire, order a sample to make sure it is the correct colour.

Proofs are a must!  Avoid companies that do not provide proofs either via post or emailed images.

Find out whether the cost of invitations includes envelopes or if they are extra.

Order your invitations and stationery at the earliest convenience and make sure the stationer can accommodate your needs.

If paying online for your stationery, I always advise paying through PayPal, for that extra bit of protection.

Does all the stationery have to match?

It is totally up to the bride! It is their big day and can have anything they choose, that’s a brides prerogative. They could choose different designs for different items of stationery having them all the same colour or they could have the same design throughout their range. We aim to please all our brides and make it as easy as we can to meet their needs.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Which designs are your bestsellers?

Our best sellers are our butterfly designs including our “Butterfly One range” which is decorated with 11 separate diamantes to really sparkle. One of our new designs, named “Willow” is proving to be a big seller, and is of two birds in a bird cage – another popular trend with recent brides.

What sets First Impressions Wedding Invitations apart from its competitors? 

Our unique way of embellishing with diamantes definitely sets us apart from the rest. Our prices, quality of products and customer service makes us stand out from the crowd.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

How long do you take to turn around an order?

From our first contact with clients we will advise of a production date. We supply dates on a first come first serve basis, that is why it is imperative to contact us as early as possible to secure your date. We will then dispatch your items within 7-10 working days of this production date.

What are your prices, are you doing any special offers?

Our prices for our handmade wedding invitations and stationery are very affordable but we do not compromise on quality. Our prices range from £0.75 for save the date cards including envelopes to our invitations priced from £1.00 to £1.80 again including envelopes. Our on the day stationery again is extremely affordable with no individual item being over £1.80 and our A1 table plans are £49.99. Our prices include all personalisation and every design hand embellished with our diamantes. We offer free delivery on samples and on orders over £150.00

Can you offer a special discount to Brides Up North readers?

We can offer a 10% discount to Brides Up north readers. When contacting us to place an order quote the reference BUN10% to receive your discount. 

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

All our contact details can be found on our website www.firstimpressionsweddinginvitations.co.uk, this includes a contact form, email address, telephone and postal address. We aim to make it as easy as possible for brides to be to establish contact with us. We have a simple an effective online order form and brides are able to purchase samples directly through our store.

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Attention To Detail. Supplier Showcase: Amoretto Wedding

February 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Amoretto Wedding

Girl’s Best Friend

We LIKE sparkle around these parts, whether glinting from a newly adorned ring finger, the sheen of sequins on tulle or a dusting of Swarovski across a kitten heel. It’s all good.  That said, we were always going to love the bespoke designs of Harriet of Amoretto Wedding then, weren’t we?

Not content with dazzling your guests on the day, Harriet’s beautiful designs give them a little taste of what’s in store, whether that’s elegant sparkle (our favourite), lashings of lace and pearls or laid back rustic romance.

I LOVE.  Just check our her pretty website to see why. 

Harriet is kindly offering a 10% discount for any couples ordering their stationery in 2014.  Just quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Images by Lake Creative Studio.  

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Bow

What’s the story behind Amoretto Wedding?

Amoretto has been running for two years now. As a trained Graphic Designer with a love of packaging and ‘hands on’ creativity the idea to start my own wedding stationery business came to me when planning my own wedding. Like so many others before me that, ‘I could do this’ moment suddenly hit me and it all went from there!

Amoretto Wedding

Tree

Who is an Amoretto Wedding bride?

An Amoretto bride is someone who will appreciate quality design, products and service. Over the last two years I have provided stationery to a wide range of ages and budgets but the common factor is their appreciation of the care and attention to detail spent on each and every client, from the moment pen goes to paper until their beautifully wrapped parcel arrives at the door.

Amoretto Wedding

Candyfloss

Where are you based?  Do you work by appointment or online?

I am based in Lancaster, Lancashire but have clients from all over the Country. I meet with around 80% of my clients but offer a fully bespoke service as standard to clients who approach and order via e mail or telephone as well.

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Snowflake Save The Date

Are all your designs completely bespoke then?

I offer a bespoke service as standard at no additional cost. Couples are welcome to either choose an existing design, making any necessary alterations or benefit from my design experience creating something new and unique.

Amoretto Wedding

Lace & Peal Pocket

What products are available in each design?

All designs have matching items as follows;

Save the Date, Day Invitation, Evening Invitation, RSVP and information card.

Order of Service, Order of the Day, Place Name, Menu, Personalised Menu, Table Plan, Guest Book.

Favour Box, Memory Box, Thank you Card.

Amoretto Wedding

Lace & Pearl

What stationery designs do you think will be popular for next season?

I am seeing a huge demand for my Lace and Pearl designs, but this timeless fabric will never go out of fashion for weddings. The Shabby Chic, Great Gatsby and Rustic Country Garden looks will all remain popular in 2014 with a breakthrough trend for bright colourful florals.

Amoretto Wedding

Rustic

Amoretto Wedding

What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Take a good look around on blogs, in magazines, and at wedding fairs for designs and ideas.

If you are struggling to choose a style, arrange a consultation with a local designer who offers this service for free to chat through ideas. They should be happy to listen to your thoughts and make suggestions that will suit your needs and requirements. There are so many angles to how the stationery contributes to the process, it’s not just about the invitations. I love hearing about my clients ‘on the day’ plans and making sure my wedding day items are going to suit their venue, flowers, table arrangements and vision for the whole day.

Don’t get too caught up in trends and what you think you should have, go with what represents you as a couple and your Big Day.

Never order anything without seeing a sample, online images can be deceiving, you need to feel and see the quality in your hands before committing to an order.

Always ask for proofs and a sample and make sure you get a second pair of eyes to check them over. The last thing you want is all your invitations with the wrong name, date or address on them.

Amoretto Wedding

Carnival

Amoretto Wedding

Personalised Menu

Does all the stationery have to match?

Not necessarily, a recent client of mine has chosen one of my Lace & Pearl designs for her Invitations as it matches the delicate lace on her dress. Her vision for the wedding day however is much more Shabby Chic and Country Garden so we are introducing kraft card colours, luggage tag styling and dressing props such as a set of vintage step ladders as the table plan backdrop. Two different styles but yet ones that will tie the whole wedding story together perfectly.

Amoretto Wedding

Emma

Which of your ranges would you recommend for a Bride on a budget or if money was no object?

Serendipity at £3.00 is a simple but luxurious design, double mounted on 700gram board this design can be done to incorporate any colour scheme. The modern typography is very popular with many couples and seems to appeal particularly to the Grooms!

Amoretto Wedding

Serendipity

Boxed Cupid at £7.50 is the ultimate in romantic luxury. The ivory paper heart is the centre piece of this stunning invitation, all encased in a mulberry paper wrap and organza bow then presented in box with delicate guest name tag.

BOXED CUPID

Boxed Cupid

What are your prices like?

My day time Invitations range from £3.00 right up to £8.50 for designs that comes boxed and incorporate many elements. 

Can you offer a special discount to Brides Up North readers?

Yes! I would be delighted to offer a 10% discount for any couples ordering their stationery in 2014.

BOW FAVOUR BOX

Bow Favour

How long do you take to turn around an order?

As standard I say four weeks, this includes design, proofing, samples and production. Turn around can be faster than that depending on my schedule. 

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

You can call me on 01524 848744 or 07974 062 425 or visit my website at www.amorettowedding.com  where you will also find links to my Facebook & Twitter.

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Save The Date! Supplier Showcase: All The Little Details PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

July 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier Save the Date Magnet £1.50

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It must be something in the air (the sun perhaps?!) but this week just feels like a good week.  Do you feel it too?  We’ve just announced our most exciting new event yet – did you miss it? – click here for the big reveal – and this morning I’ve a cheeky little discount on some very pretty stationery to pass on to you from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Nicola of beautifully bespoke stationery company All The Little Details.

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Like I said, just feels like a good week!

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For your 10% discount at All The Little Details, just quote BRIDES UP NORTH when booking. 

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals Flat Invitation £3.50

Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals Swept Framed Table Plan £70.00

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Welcome Nicola!  Tell us your story?

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All The Little Details started trading in 2012 after I spent a few years making stationery for friends/ friends-of-friends and course, I made all the stationery for my own wedding in October 2012.

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I was a PA for many years, working part-time, so wedding stationery was my ‘hobby’ and something that I did to help me relax. I was receiving many lovely compliments for my work but it was only after my own wedding that I realised I wanted to make it my full-time job. Then, fate stepped in as I was made redundant 12 days after my wedding (and a day after my birthday!), so I decided the time was right to give it a go.

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I spent three months setting up my website, getting my samples together and sorting out the business side of things. My first wedding fair was on 24 February 2013 and since then, I have attended six including, of course, the Brides Up North Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms on 19 May 2013!  It has been a crazy seven months and business is booming. I just wish I’d have taken the plunge sooner but, better late than never!

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ATLD Aubergine Flourish Table Number £1.95

Aubergine Flourish

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ATLD Aubergine Flourish Pocketfold £4.75

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Aubergine Flourish Table Plan

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Who is an All The Little Details bride?

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There is not a stereotypical All the Little Details bride as all the items I produce are bespoke so I am able to cater to all tastes. Whenever I create a new design, I make a sample to add to my ever-growing box to show to brides-to-be. These are then used as inspiration for their own unique design.

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ATLD Elegant Black Sparkle Mirror Table Plan £95.00

Elegant Black Sparkle

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Where are you based?  Do you work by appointment or online?

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I am based in south Manchester and I work all the time! Seriously, I do not have set working hours and I fit in around brides-to-be and they also fit-in around me as I am a working mum. I prefer to visit clients so that we can have a good chat about what they want and what I suggest and just get a feel for them. This helps with the design process enormously.

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I do also receive orders via my website, which is also fine and just requires a few phone calls and lots of emails with photos so that I can get an idea of what the bride-to-be is looking for in her wedding stationery.

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ATLD Elegant Vintage Grey Damask Order of Service £2.95

Elegant Vintage Grey Damask

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Elegant Vintage Grey Damask Gatefold Invitation

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Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

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As I offer a bespoke service, the designs on my website are there as a guide only. As it states on the website, I am happy to reproduce it with the bride’s own twist. Maybe there are elements from several designs that they like and I will then bring all of those elements together. I can produce anything and everything from Save the Dates to Orders of Service to Table Plans to Gift Bags. Basically, if I can print it, I can make it!

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The process begins with a consultation where we will look through my samples, discuss the theme, colour scheme, venue and the overall ‘look’ that the bride is hoping to achieve. After the consultation, I will go off and design two or three samples and take it from there.

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ATLD Pink Sparkle Damask Square Pocket Sleeve £4.25

Pink Sparkle Damask

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Pink Sparkle Damask Table Plan

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ATLD Pink Sparkle Damask Table Number, Menu and Place Cards £1.95 £1.75 £0.80

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What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?

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Designs using lace and pearls are extremely popular and I can see this continuing next season given the beautiful lace dresses that were in the recent bridal fashion shows. Then, of course, there will be lots of ‘Great Gatsby’ inspired weddings, and stationery is a fabulous way of bringing the designs of the 1920’s into a wedding in an elegant way.

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I love using florals and they are always popular. They can be anything from vintage chic to bright modern designs.

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Simple and elegant designs highlighted with Swarovski Elements® crystals and sumptuous double-satin ribbons will always be in vogue as both come in a myriad of colours and are therefore a great way of bringing in a particular colour without it being too OTT.

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ATLD Shabby Chic Spotty Rose Save the Date  £1.25

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What other products and services do you offer?

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I have a large Wishing Tree (which can be separated into small ones), wire birdcage frames, swept frames and several wooden easels for hire. I am happy to add to my selection should a bride want a particular item. My table plans can be supplied in an ornate swept frame or mirror.

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ATLD Shabby Chic Spotty Rose Birdcage Table Plan Cards  from £1.95

Shabby Chic Spotty Rose

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Shabby Chic Spotty Rose Save the Date Birdcage

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What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

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1. Your wedding invitation is the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will see so it is important to set the right tone from the outset be it traditional, contemporary or fun.

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2. Choose a design that will tie-in with the overall ‘theme’ of the day.

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3. If you are considering making your own stationery, work out a realistic budget of what everything will cost and then the amount of time involved to make it. It may be worth getting some of the more time-consuming items made by a stationer then make the more fun and less time-consuming items yourself.

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4. Bear in mind postage costs when choosing stationery as adding a simple embellishment can really bump up the postal costs – remember to include postage in your stationery budget.

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5. Stationery is not something you should go over budget with. So, if your ideas are beyond your budget, speak to you stationer to find ways to achieve the overall look you are after, but within your budget. A little tweak here and there can be enough to lower the price to what you can afford.

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Does all the stationery have to match? 

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It all depends on the theme. A vintage theme is more effective when it is more eclectic whereas I’d recommend co-ordinating stationery for a more traditional, elegant theme.

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Winter Wonderland Snowflake with Swarovski Crystals - DL Pocketfold Invitation

Winter Wonderland Snowflake with Swarovski Crystals

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Winter Wonderland Snowflake with Vellum Overlay, and Swarovski Crystals and Ribbon Embellishment - Square Pocketfold Invitation

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What are your prices/price range, are you doing any special offers? 

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There is a Price Guide on my website and it is there to give brides a starting point for working out a stationery budget. I regularly post new Special Offers on my Facebook page so please ‘Like’ then you will be notified when they are posted.

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I’d be delighted to offer a 10% discount to Brides Up North readers, just quote BRIDES UP NORTH when booking. 

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ATLD Vintage Lace & Pearls Pocket Sleeve £4.75

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

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Vintage Lace and Pearls, Sparkle Chandelier and Vintage Grey Damask – these are always popular and elements can be changed to tie-in with a brides chosen colour scheme.

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ATLD Vintage Lace, Pearls & Swarovski Crystal Evening Invitation  £3.50

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What sets All The Little Details apart from its competitors?

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I offer a very personalised service – a lot of my brides will change their minds about what they have initially ordered (if say, the bridesmaids’ dress colour changes – a popular reason for changing the stationery design!). This is not a problem as I want my brides to have exactly what they want.

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ATLD Vintage Pearls & Lace A5 Landscape Invitation  £3.50

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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It just depends on the order book at the time, but the average turnaround time is four weeks.

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ATLD Vintage Lace, Pearls & Swarovski Crystal Evening Invitation  £3.50

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How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

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Mobile: 07450 252997

Office: 0161 998 1777

Website: www.all-the-little-details.co.uk

Facebook: All the Little Details UK

Twitter: LittleDetailsUK

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All The Little Details is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and this is a sponsored post

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