The Rules: Breaking Off Your Engagement

When "I Do" is definitely "I Can't," here's how to end it as gracefully as possible (19 Photos)

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel on Oct 12, 2012 at 3:50PM

chime in now
  • 3 of 19

The Rules: Breaking Off Your Engagement

Noel Hendrickson/Digital Vision/Getty Images

    Loading slides...

Don't Hem, Haw or Offer False Hope

Brace yourself: Odds are the talk won’t be pretty, but be kind, sensitive and direct. Trying to cushion the blow by dancing around the issue just makes things worse, says Miami Marriage and Family Therapist Lisa Paz, Ph.D. “You’re about to shatter someone’s world, so rip the bandage off fast,” says Paz. “Tell him, 'I made a mistake. I am terribly sorry.'" And don't keep the possibility open that you might change your mind. You’ll only break his heart all over again.

Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web