So the time has come to tell our nearest and dearest that we're engaged. In my head this has always been the most exciting part, replete with squeals of joy, teary hugs and the popping corks of numerous champagne bottles.
But what if the response you get is more deflated and nonplussed than you expected? What if my mum says "That's nice dear. Ooh, did I tell you about auntie Marge's latest doctor's appointment?" or my best friend can only muster "Great news. I almost forgot, did I show you my new shoes?"
Fortunately, nobody has reacted in such a nonplussed way (so far!) but still, it's difficult to accept that to noone is this news more exciting than me. My friends are thrilled for us but they don't want to hear about our church v civil ceremony dilemma, our tooing and frooing about possible colour schemes or whether we should have the chicken or the fish. I'm scared that after the initial buzz (and champagne hangover) has worn off that I will be cast as a wedding bore, someone who can speak of nothing else but the big day and can't hold a conversation about anything without dropping the phrase "it's like with the wedding..." into it.
Am I right to be nervous? Do I need to befriend some other brides-to-be so I can chinwag away about centrepieces, veils and seatcovers to my heart's content? Do I need to confine wedding chat to my husband-to-be only? Or should I let it all hang out with my friends and hope they don't disown me before the big day?