Breaking the Engagement: When You and Your Fiancé Call It Quits

There are right ways and wrong ways to call off a wedding. Here’s what to do (and NOT do) with the ring and telling your family

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There are right ways and there are wrong ways to break an engagement. When my mother heard of a broken engagement, her response was always the same: “Better now than later!” and I agree. There are certainly things you can do to ease the pain — or, at least, to not make it worse than it “has to be.”

Dear Wedding Guru: “For reasons too long to list, I’ve decided to break my engagement to the person I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with. I want to inflict as little pain as possible, and for us to behave properly around our families and friends. How should I do this? Can you help?”

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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