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.