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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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