The Basics of a Love Letter
Don't just write "Dear [name]". Instead write, "To my Darling" or "To my one true love" or even use their pet nickname like, "Dear Buttercup"
- The first paragraph
Start off by saying why you are writing the letter. It could be something like, "I feel so full of love for you today that I just had to express my feelings." Or, "This will be our only Valentine's Day as an engaged couple. It is unique, just like my love for you."
- The heart of the letter
This is where you describe your love, and how you feel. It's important to be yourself.
If you are someone who is sentimental and flowery, then your letter should be too. But if you're more of a funny person, don't be afraid to add a little humor or silliness here. These should be your words and your voice, speaking from the heart.
I might write something like, "I feel so incredibly lucky right now - planning a wedding to a man that I love so much. But it's not just the wedding that makes me feel lucky; it's every day when you walk through the door and I see your handsome smile. I feel lucky when I lay in your arms, surrounded by your strength and warmth. And I felt especially lucky last night at the party, seeing you be witty and charming and knowing that I was the one you were going home with. I want to bottle this feeling. I want to capture it, to remember that wedding planning isn't about stress and guest lists, but it is this feeling of anticipation and joy. And most of all, it is about our incredible love for one another, which truly seems to grow bigger, and deeper, and wider, in ways previously unimaginable, everyday."
- Finishing your letter
In the last paragraph, you want to both tie back to the beginning, and look to the future. You might say, "It's hard for me to express everything I am feeling right now - these words are only a small measure of my love for you. So I am thankful that I have the rest of our lives to tell you over and over again how much I love you."
Or, if you started by writing about the uniqueness of this Valentine's Day, close with a paragraph like, "So on this unique Valentine's Day, I am so glad that you are my Valentine. I can't wait for the next February 14th, when I also get to call you my wife."
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Sign your letter with an extra bit of romance. "With all my love always, John" or "Yours forever, Alice." Consider spraying it with a touch of your cologne, or sealing it with a kiss. Put it in a pretty envelope, write their name on the front, and leave it in a place they'll be sure to see it.