Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are pumping the brakes on their whirlwind romance.

The couple was busy planning a Christmas wedding, but Life & Style has exclusively learned that their winter nuptials have been put on hold.

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"Gwen’s friends kept telling her to slow down and not rush into things,” an insider says. “So she and Blake decided to take their advice.”

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However, the delay is not putting a strain on their relationship, and gives Gwen, 47, and Blake, 40, more time to plan their dream ceremony and honeymoon.

"They would love to go somewhere tropical like Tahiti or Hawaii,” adds the insider.

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