And on the rare occasion that someone does craft an eloquent email or a touching text—how can you possibly tuck it away in your shoebox of keepsakes?
Isn’t it about time to bring back the love letter? You don’t need to be a poet to pull at someone’s heartstrings. And since seeing something personal among a stack of bills automatically triggers happiness, you’ll have them at hello. But we can help you do better than that.
Simply think SWEET: Sit. Write. Emotion. Examples. Time.
Find a quiet place to give full attention to your letter—and your relationship. Think about why you fell in love, what makes this person special, and what you want to say. Then immerse yourself fully in the project. Whether you end up with three paragraphs or three pages, your letter deserves your undivided attention.
There’s nothing like the age-old act of putting ink to paper that better symbolizes “pouring your heart out.” You’re single-handedly creating a cherished keepsake, possibly a piece of family history. Present your words in a classic way—on personalized stationery, or inside a blank card, for shorter sentiments.
Express your feelings! But don’t overdo it. Especially at the beginning of the relationship, keep things subtle and simple. Let your loved one read between the lines. As your feelings intensify, your language will, too. But even then, don’t get too dramatic. Write the way you talk. Your love letter should sound like you, not Shakespeare. Keep it real.
You both know the details of your love story, but you can give mutual experiences a fresh perspective by reminiscing from your point-of-view. Does a special moment stand out in your mind? Why? Be descriptive. A good love letter speaks plainly and illustrates perfectly. “When I saw you that day, I knew. With your gentle kindness, your quiet confidence, your passion for life — I knew I could give you my heart.”
When your letter is finished, put it aside for a day or two and then come back to it. You may be surprised at how different it sounds, and it might need some tweaking. Once you feel like it’s your own personal version of a romantic card, then you know it’s ready to send!