Totally depends on the recipient. I would err on the side of not saying it. But thats because I see love as rare, and I rarely feel it for others. In my early days that would have had me balking. things have changed a bit, but I think most people err on the side of caution when using those words.
Being patient with something as rare and precious as I love you, is not a bad thing.
I hope it went well for ya