I have a friend preparing to wed in December, and after I refused Maid of Honour duties (a story for another day), we agreed I’d be there to sign her marriage certificate.

So I’ve generally been in the loop with all her planning ups and downs. The other day she sent me a cryptic text message: I’m so tired of this. I don’t even know why we are getting married.

Now, the men should pay attention because this is a learning point. Women love to speak in hints, so a text message like this is an open invitation to call back and ask her what is wrong. It is like someone who is planning to commit suicide and then they announce it.

Couple lying down with bills

They have no intention of doing it; your job is to talk them down off the ledge. So when your woman sends you weird messages, don’t try to understand them, just call her and be sympathetic.