Congratulations and welcome to Hitched!
I was reading this thread and people's stories and then suddenly remembered I was in a similar situation before I got engaged! We knew after at least a year (and probably a lot earlier, I can't remember exactly when) that we wanted to get married, however we wanted to live together first and I was still a student so we wanted to wait until we had our own place and incomes. I was living with my mum and OH moved in with us for about 6 months, I finished my course in August, started my job in October, found a flat but it wasn't available until 17th December and we got engaged on 10th December (after being together for almost 2 years at that point). So we were still living with my mum when we got engaged which wasn't exactly what I'd wanted but at least we had everything in place. We also didn't have a lot of money so my ring isn't very expensive, OH offered to buy me a new one on our 5th anniversary (or whenever we have more money) but I love my ring, its priceless to me because its the one he picked out and gave to me.
I used to get so fed up of waiting for what I felt was 'real life' to start (actually having money, not living with my mum) and I couldn't wait to get married, but at the same time I felt that considering we're going to be spending the rest of our lives together there was no rush and I wanted everything to be right.
OM since 16.12.12. Wedding Report