updated 01/25/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/26/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
What kind of bride-to-be is Reese Witherspoon? A focused one.
The actress, 34, hit Paris with three of her closest girlfriends for a whirlwind pre-wedding weekend on Jan. 20. Gearing up for her nuptials to showbiz talent agent Jim Toth, 40, Witherspoon – whose Parisian getaway included wedding gown fittings, says a source – has made it clear that she is eager to begin her new life with the low-key Toth.
“He makes her laugh,” an insider tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “She’s truly enjoying her life right now.”