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Advice For Recently Engaged Couples

Congratulations to all you recently engaged couples! The first few weeks of engagement are a blissful fantasy and a memorable time that you and your fiancé will look back upon happily in the years to come. After you spend some time staring at the gorgeous ring on your finger, it is time to start calling your closest family and friends. As you share your exciting news, plenty of questions about dates and planning will come up. Stay calm and get a head start on your wedding planning with these essential first steps!

wedding color schemesDO SOME DAYDREAMING

Now that you’re engaged, you deserve some time to daydream. Purchase some bridal magazines and surf the web for your favorite color schemes, cake ideas and dress shapes. Get your fiancé involved and develop a vision of your wedding together. You don’t have to make any permanent choices, but knowing the style and size of your big day is a great place to start.

INTRODUCE YOUR FAMILIES

For couples whose parents have yet to meet, now is the perfect time to do so. Every family is different, so work with your partner to come up with the best way to bring the in-laws together. Before the big event, decide how involved you would like your families to be to avoid any possible mix-ups in the planning process.

newly engaged coupleBOOK THE VENUE

Before you can sample cakes, order invitations or choose a caterer, the important first step is booking your venue. Many venues must be booked a year or so in advance, so start looking around for your perfect location. Once you’ve booked a date, you can get started on all your other big plans and share the news with the friends and family members who have been asking for weeks!

Treat yourself to a manicure to match your dazzling new ring and kick back on the couch with you partner. Remember to enjoy the little moments during your engagement; you have plenty of time to handle the serious planning later.

When you’re ready to shop for your wedding bands, head to Reeds Jewelers to find your perfect pair! Start shopping online, then visit the location nearest you to try your favorite styles on.

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Way’s To Wear Your Rings

There are few things more beautiful than the sparkling engagement ring sitting on your left ring finger, but as your wedding day approaches, you may be wondering how you should be pairing it with your wedding band. While there are no “rules” to how you should wear your rings, there are a few traditions, some dating back hundreds of years, which many brides follow.

Placed on the fourth finger of the left hand during your wedding ceremony, the wedding band is a sign of commitment and eternal love. Tradition states that it should be placed below the engagement ring, closest to the heart, leading many brides to switch their engagement ring to their right ring finger on the morning of the wedding. This way, after your vows have been said and the wedding band is slipped on your finger, you can place the engagement ring above it.

WEDDING BANDS

Molded from gold then detailed with diamonds, etchings and engraved messages, the wedding band is a beautiful and ornamental piece. But did you know that these rings weren’t always made of metal? The earliest wedding ringswere exchanged in Ancient Egypt more than 4,000 years ago and were created from twisted reeds. Both the circle created by the reeds and the hole within had important meanings in ancient cultures, symbolizing eternity and a door leading towards the unknown. When slipped on a woman’s finger, the ring shows you commitment to a future of never-ending love.

ENGAGEMENT RINGS

engagement ring and wedding band togetherA promise of marriage, the engagement ring is a more recent addition to marriage trends than the wedding band. First given during the Middle Ages, engagement rings came about after Pope Innocent III instituted a mandatory engagement period between betrothal and marriage. Precious stones like emeralds, sapphires and rubies were gifted for many years, and it wasn’t until the engagement of Archduke Maximillian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 that diamonds became the stone of choice. A symbol of eternal love, the diamond is a beautiful stone to pronounce your love with.

While traditionally, the wedding band and engagement ring are worn together, there are other options for wearing your rings. The recent stacked wedding band trend has led many brides to transition their engagement ring to the right ring finger, leaving room for a set of glimmering bands on the left finger.

Regardless of how you decide you wear your wedding and engagement rings, Reeds Jewelers is here to help you find your perfect pair. Browse our online selections or visit the location nearest you to start shopping today!

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The Five Best Places to Get Engaged in Buffalo

From the city’s historical architecture to its tree-filled parks and lively harbor area, there are so many great locations throughout Buffalo, many of which you probably have made great memories at with your soon-to-be fiancé.

Here at Reeds Jewelers, there is nothing that makes us happier than a well-planned, romantic proposal, which is why we have created a list of our five favorite places to get engaged right here in Buffalo, New York.


ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY

Located on Elmwood Avenue, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery looks like something out of another time period, built with beautiful marble columns reminiscent of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. With ever-changing outdoor art exhibits, the grounds offer a unique and artistic backdrop for your proposal.

Albright-Knox Engagement


DELAWARE PARK

Home to the historic Rose Garden, an expansive golf course, playgrounds, trees and the spectacular Hoyt Lake, Delaware Park is the Central Park of Buffalo; a natural gem amidst city buildings and busy streets.

Hoyt Lake is one of the most popular spots to visit in the park and is especially gorgeous during the snowy winter months. Whether you find a quiet park bench or walk down from the Albright-Knox, there are plenty of romantic spots to get down on one knee and ask your partner, “Will you marry me?”

Hoyt Lake Proposal


MCKINLEY MONUMENT

Erected in the center of Niagara Square in front of City Hall, the McKinley Monument is a beautiful marble structure dedicated to President William McKinley. 96 feet tall and surrounded by sleeping lions and a fountain filled with dolphin and turtle sculptures, the pillar is one of Buffalo’s most memorable sights and a great spot to propose.

McKinley Monument Engagement


CANALSIDE

One of the most exciting places to spend a day in Buffalo, Canalside boasts an array of fun activities and events regardless of the season. From summer concerts to winter ice skating on the canal, we can’t think of a better place to get engaged if you are looking to do something bold and unique.

Engaged at Canalside


ANYWHERE OUTDOORS

Not only is Buffalo home to some amazing buildings and monuments, but it is also home to plenty of gorgeous outdoor areas. If the backdrop of your dream proposal includes pine trees dusted with snow and undisturbed winter white ground, there are many bike paths and parks throughout the Buffalo area perfect for your engagement.

Buffalo Outdoors Engagement


With so many captivating and delightful places to propose throughout the area, all you have to do is find the perfect ring and make your plan! Regardless of what style engagement ring you are searching for, Reeds Jewelers can help make your partner’s dreams come true.

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Where Do Reeds Diamonds Come From?

Our cases are full of stunning diamonds and gemstones, but ever wonder where they came from or how they were selected? Clients can be sure that each and every stone has been inspected and hand selected by Reeds’ owner Jeff Zimmer. Here is a first-hand account from his recent trip to India to find and buy diamonds and gemstones.

“Four to six times a year, I travel to India to purchase diamonds. I just arrived home from my latest trip last week. Larry Dautch, the owner of the gift side of our businesses, was turning 70. The trip coincided with his birthday, so I invited him to accompany me.

We landed in Mumbai on Monday evening, and we were in the hotel by 10:45 pm. I met Larry at the bar to have a drink and wish him Mazol Tov on his birthday at midnight.

Bright and early on Tuesday morning, we met for breakfast and then took the quick walk to the diamond bourse. I was hoping to find hundreds of diamonds that have GIA grading reports. Unfortunately, I didn’t do so well. I will only purchase diamonds that meet my standards for quality and value. At one point, I looked at over two hundred diamonds with grading reports, but I only purchased two.

Larry was able to experience our rigorous procurement process first hand. He could not believe how dedicated we are to selecting only the best diamonds and colored gemstones for our stores. Since returning home, he has shared the experience with family and friends.

Since I am only in India quarterly, I have to rely on my relationships there to keep me informed of marketplace trends. I was repeatedly told that my dissatisfaction with the stones being presented was due to the fact that rough stones are currently more valuable than polished diamonds. Thus, vendors were sitting on the rough stones until the polished prices caught up. What was left, for the most part, was what I considered to be undesirable, picked through diamonds.

Everyone is familiar with the national diamond e-tailers. These companies do not own their diamonds, but rather, accept lists of diamonds from the exact same vendors I use. They are not personally inspecting or selecting the stones. Consumers are essentially purchasing the report, not the diamond. On the contrary, Reeds diamonds and gemstones go through a rigorous screening process, and I personally hand pick the stones. This is why our diamonds of a comparable grade should look better to the naked eye and under magnification than our Internet competitors’ stones.

Our pricing is positioned to compete head-on with the Internet players. Most importantly, our customers can trust that we have beautiful, great value stones in stock that have been personally reviewed and selected by myself.”

Hopefully, this gives you a little more insight into our unique stone selection process. We also hope that you will allow us to assist you with all of your diamond needs.

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