My boyfriend and I have been together for over 6 years, and have talked about marriage since about 2 months into the relationship. At first, we were both gung-ho about the idea "Ooh, let's get married as soon as we graduate college!" and that tapered off into a "wait and see" pattern once we hit the real world.
At this point, we've both been out of college for over three years... we're living together... and have settled comfortably into a marriage-like relationship. As such, the talks about marriage have gotten considerably more serious within the past year.
Several months ago, I mentioned that 10-10-2010 would be an awesome wedding date. He's a Software engineer... so the nerdy quality of getting married on a date that's essentially in binary code is hard to pass up. Additionally, it's very close to the anniversary of when we started dating (10-14-2003).
When I brought up the date, he quickly came on board and his entire attitude towards weddings started to change. On a romantic weekend in October, I thought he was going to propose... but instead we just had a heart-to-heart about it where he said he DOES want to get married on that date, but he needed more time to gather the funds to purchase an e-ring. When I expressed concern about the tight timeline, he said "go ahead and start planning whatever you can now."
I know that he's in the process of ordering my e-ring right now... but I'm really starting to panic about not having enough time to plan once we make it official, which could be any time between next week and the end of January.
I'm especially worried about finding a venue. Yeah, it's a Sunday... but it's also a "trendy" date... so I'm afraid of being up a creek with no paddle. And I have sort of high standards for venues.
I already have a lot of things planned out in my mind, but would it be totally crazy to start officially planning things before it's 100% official?