Her Mormon father has advised that “the minute you get engaged, you have to set a date,” but Hough says in the latest issue of PEOPLE that she and Laich are “just really enjoying” this stage in their relationship.
“In Mormon culture, three months is a long time to be engaged,” she says. “But we plan on being together forever, so we have time.”
Which is a good thing, because Hough, 27, and Laich, 32, are a little busy right now.
Hough is rehearsing to star as Sandy in Fox’s upcoming Grease: Live (airing Jan. 31) and Laich, a Washington Capitals centerman, spends his weeks traveling across the country for NHL games.
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Despite the frequent physical distance between the two, Hough says Laich “grounds” her.
Still, neither half of the couple plans to slow down in the near future. So even though Hough says she’s wanted to be a mom since she was 5 years old, that won’t be happening “any time soon.”
“I’m all over the place,” she says. “So it’s really nice to have a solid path [with Brooks] now.”