When it comes to expressing your love and affection for someone, there are countless ways to do so—from grand gestures like planning a luxurious vacation to simple acts like cooking a homemade meal. But there is one gift that stands the test of time as the most romantic and heartfelt: a love letter.
It's easy to say, “I love you,” or send a quick text or email to express our love. But the power of a love letter lies in its ability to convey the depth of your emotions in a way that can’t be done as well in person or via text message. Because of the feelings and truths articulated in the letter, a special bond and deeper connection can be formed between you and the receiver.
A love letter is a physical reminder of the love you share and a keepsake that can be treasured for a lifetime.
One of the very first love letters written in old English is dated back to 1477. It was from Margery Brews to her fiancé John Paston. She was promising him her undying love as he considered the unsatisfactory dowry from her father...
"Myne herte me bydds ever more to love yowe truly" (My heart me bids ever more to love you truly).
Luckily, her words made a difference because they did in fact get married and their descendants were later found and able to cherish the letter.
Letters are such a personal, unique, and memorable way of capturing loving thoughts and transferring them onto paper so the recipient can read it again and again, feeling the emotion behind the words every time.
This is exactly why I added a love letter listing to my shop where you can have your letter printed on beautiful handmade paper so it can become a keepsake to be cherished forever.
So, how do you construct a love letter? Here are some tips to help you get started:
Start with a heartfelt greeting. Use the person's name or nickname and express how much they mean to you and how much you care for them.
Use descriptive language to paint a picture of your feelings. Use sensory details to make the letter more vivid and personal.
Share specific memories or moments that have made an impact on your relationship.
Express your hopes and dreams for the future with that person.
End with a heartfelt closing and a statement of your love.
Here is an example from one of my customers.
Obviously, it's not always easy for me to put what I'm feeling into words. I'm sorry that my deepest thoughts often come without a clue of how to express them, or at least in a way that truly shines a light on my emotions. All I can say is that I unfathomably cherish that I have the privilege to wake up next to you. That I can reach over and touch you on your arm and without hesitation, you'll reach back and put your hand on mine. I don't know how rare it is for two people to feel the way we do about each other. I don't know if I'll ever truly be able to demonstrate how much I love you. I do know that what we have is special. I know that whatever we go through in life, we'll always have the love and support of one another. I suppose simplicity is our secret. A boy loves a girl and she loves him back, with no strings attached. Laura, I'll never take it for granted.
Thank you for being you.
How beautiful was that?
If you're still not sure what to write, just write compliment after compliment!
If you prefer to only write a few lines versus a whole letter, buy or make a small card to write inside of. The cards I sell are 4” x 5.5” so you just need to write a few sentences to fill it up. Here is a romantic card with a quote by R. Clift that I love: “I look at you and remember why I was ever given a heart in the first place.”
Remember, a love letter or love note is a personal expression of your feelings, so there is no right or wrong way to write it. Just be genuine and heartfelt, and it will be perfect. In my opinion, writing a love letter is the most romantic gift you can give someone for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or just because. Do you agree?
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