“If it was just friends and family that would be one thing, but there are so many people telling us, ‘We’ll be there, we want to come!’ So we said, Okay, the wedding is turning out to be a bigger production,” Chmerkovskiy tells PEOPLE. “We want to take our time. You don’t want to piss anybody off or hurt anybody.”
One thing the couple has decided on is the time of year they want the ceremony. “Next June is when we want to have the wedding,” says Chmerkovskiy. “We are currently interviewing a few wedding planners because we figure we could use professional help.”
In the Meantime, Chmerkovskiy – who stars in ABC’s upcoming athletic reality competition show The Superstars premiering June 23 – says he and his fiancée aren’t rushing to find the right venue, the right outfits, or the right wedding rings.
Two weeks ago the couple were photographed at Beverly Hills jewelry store David Yurman, but Chmerkovskiy says they were not trying on rings.
“Karina gave me a necklace from there, and there were a couple diamonds missing,” he says, noting that when the time is right the couple will likely choose something “traditional” for their wedding bands.
Between all the planning, Chmerkovskiy and Smirnoff will do some traveling this summer – and he’ll work on his golf game.
“It’s very therapeutic,” Chmerkovskiy says, noting that fellow ballroom pal Tony Dovolani “is a huge part of it. I’m getting good. I’m going to try and utilize the summer to get much better.”