Memo to Nick Lachey: Vanessa Minnillo has marriage on the mind — and hand, reports.

Pointing to a five-carat ring on her middle finger, Minnillo, 28, told Las Vegas columnist Robin Leach, “It will be 10 carats when it moves to the fourth finger!”

Leach says it was tongue-in-cheek, but in the brief interview, Minnillo mentions marriage three times.

Noting that Lachey, 35, couldn’t make it to Vegas with her because he of a friend’s birthday, she pouted, “So once again it looks as if I’m always the bridesmaid but never the bride.”

Not that there’s a problem, she quickly adds. “This romance is still going strong,” she said. “There will always be rumblings and rumours that we’ve broken up, but in fact, it’s very much still on — and it keeps on getting better.”

So much so, she says, that “maybe this will be the one time I wind up the bride instead of the bridesmaid.”

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