This is probably going to strike a lot of you as a naive question, but here goes. A few of my younger friends and colleagues aged in their twenties have been living with their partners for some time now. Some of them have recently announced their engagement, and made quite a big thing out of it. Okay, what I don't understand is why make such a big fuss out of the engagement? I can understand the engagement being a big deal if you weren't already living together. However, if you're already cohabiting and have been for some years, you've surely already made the big statement that you're attracted to each other, and the announcement of a forthcoming wedding is merely rubber stamping an ongoing relationship.