Bachelorette alum, SEC Network analyst and CheapTickets partner Jordan Rodgers tells PEOPLE about re-proposing to JoJo Fletcher and what they have planned for their upcoming nuptials.

By Dana Rose Falcone
September 24, 2019 11:05 AM
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Jordan Rodgers and JoJo Fletcher got engaged — for the first time — in the August 2016 finale of The Bachelorette. And over the summer, the SEC Network analyst, re-proposed to “get things really going” with wedding planning, he tells PEOPLE.

“We started the planning process before my re-proposal, which Jojo had no idea about,” says Rodgers, who partnered with CheapTickets.com for football season. “I wanted to be excited again about the planning and the wedding.”

So, during a trip to a California while Fletcher, 28, thought they were checking out wedding venues, Rodgers, 32, rented out one of the potential spaces overlooking the Malibu mountains and got down on one knee — again.

“I always felt like I wanted to have a moment that was just us,” he says. “Not a moment to overshadow or overtake the first proposal, but a moment we could always remember it was just us. And I always knew I wanted to get my own ring for JoJo. I already had it designed. She was completely surprised.”

JoJo Fletcher showing offer new ring after Jordan Rodgers re-proposed.
JoJo Fletcher/Instagram

But that doesn’t mean Fletcher, 28, got rid of the Neil Lane ring Rodgers gave her the first time around. “The Neil Lane ring is special to us,” Rodgers says. “We’ll figure out something we can do with it down the road because it does still mean a lot to us. But she got a little bit of an upgrade.”

With that, the newly re-engaged pair have officially embarked on planning their big day.

“Right now, we’re working on finalizing the venue and the wedding planner,” the Cash Pad co-host says. “We picked a venue. It’s not confirmed yet, but we have it on hold so we’re tentatively playing around with some dates and starting to put together our guest list. We have no idea if it’s going to be 150 or 850! JoJo thinks it’s going to be small. I keep telling her, ‘Wait until you start adding it together.’ It’s going to get going real quick.”

It’ll go especially quickly because the couple wants a summer 2020 wedding. “Because of football season, it has got to be before fall,” says Rodgers, who will also team up with Fletcher for Paramount Network’s Fittest Couples. “We’re looking like June, July.”

Being in the thick of college football season now means Rodgers spends most weekends traveling to stadiums across the country for work. But partnering with CheapTickets makes it easier for Fletcher to tag along.

“The other day she’s like, ‘Should I come?’ And I’m like, ‘Heck yeah”” Rodgers says. “So she booked a flight real quick and came with me. She enjoys traveling for work, so anytime she can grab a CheapTicket comes in a handy.”

Jordan Rodgers and JoJo Fletcher in Nashville in October 2018.

When Rodgers and Fletcher do get time to enjoy the game as fans and tailgate, the former football pro says solid pregame festivities “start with your favorite drink.”

“You’ve got to have some buddies and they’ve got to have some corn holes, so I can win something before the game starts,” he continues. “Or you can play some games with some red Solo cups, I’ve heard.”

Rodgers recommends CheapTickets’ “travel tailgate index” that allows football fans to see “the most budget-friendly games in every conference.”

“Get out there, go experience your favorite team, the tailgating,” he says. “The part of my life that’s been the most significant through my career before my relationship is college football.”