We decided when we got engaged that we would plan our wedding for the summer of 2005, so that meant a 2-year engagement - plenty of time for planning, and a lull in the major life events.
This is how I remember the conversation going:
me: "you know, Garett - in 2002, I moved to Virginia, last year we got engaged and next year we'll be getting married. What's happening this year?"
Garett: "let's get a dog!"