"I think we're more excited about having kids than actually getting married!" Booth jokes to PEOPLE

By peoplestaff225
February 17, 2016 01:45 PM

They’re not in a big hurry to tie the knot, but Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth are excited about expanding their family — and soon!

“The idea of family is more exciting to us than planning a wedding,” Bristowe tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We know we’re going to get married, but we’re really pumped to start a family! I don’t feel like there is a specific order we have to go in.”

Adds Booth, to whom Bristowe became engaged on the season finale of The Bachelorette last July: “I think we’re more excited about having kids than actually getting married!”

Photographs by Jim Wright

Joking aside, the pair, who already have a “full-time kid” on their hands with golden retriever Tucker, are playfully debating about that magic number.

“I want five kids, she wants four kids,” says Booth, 29. “We decided we’ll talk after one kid.”

Says Bristowe: “We might be like, ‘That’s enough. Tucker and one kid is fine!’ “

For much more from Kaitlyn and Shawn, including exclusive photos in their new home, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Aili Nahas