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There are few things more romantic than an handwritten letter expressing your truest thoughts, emotions and deepest love! Keep reading for some ideas on how to craft a romantic love letter of your own for your valentine this year!
When I was single, many, many years before I started even dating my husband, I began writing love letters to my “future husband”. This was before Meghan Trainor’s song and it wasn’t just expectations. It was heart felt prayers and hopes for our future together. I felt a little silly in the beginning writing to someone I’d never met (although I had met my husband, I just didn’t know it yet), but it was a way to help me develop and learn to love myself during my single years.
They weren’t necessarily about wishing for something I didn’t have, but a way to pour out my heart and soul. I am a hopeless romantic, so I was able to get all of my emotions out on paper and keep them safe. Once my husband and I started dating, I continued writing the letters. Slowly realizing that I was falling in love and also realizing that Kevin was the one I had been writing to for so many years. I had quite a few letters when we got engaged. I started giving Kevin a letter each week leading up to our wedding day. I wrote one last letter the night before and had someone deliver it to him on the day of our wedding (because, we were traditional and didn’t see each other before the wedding).
These letters were just written on paper from a stationary set I received as a gift many, many years ago. My husband still has them today.
Last Valentine’s Day my sister and I were inspired to write old fashioned love letters to our husbands. I found instructions on the Hello Giggles blog on how to fold a regency style letter, like the ones written in a Jane Austen novel.
We went with the regency style, because, hello, Jane Austen!
We purchased parchment paper, my sister chose white and I chose the yellow color. Mine was thicker and I wished I had picked thinner paper.
You can just use a regular pen, but for authenticity, I perused the calligraphy section at Hobby Lobby. I was a bit intimidated by the actual quills and ink, so I went with a calligraphy pen/marker that mimics the effect of a quill.
For the seal, you can either buy seal stickers like what my sister used or you can purchase a wax seal kit.
The mistake I made was first having too thick of parchment paper, the second was that I wrote too much in my letter. See, hopeless romantic! So, when mine was folded, it was quite thick.
I had a lot of trouble trying to get the wax seal to stick and so had to add three seals! I feel like mine didn’t turn out quite as pretty as my sisters did!
When choosing what to say, speak from the heart.
If you’d like inspiration here are some of my favorite love letters from literature and real historical great love stories:
“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in
I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.”
-Captain Wentworth, Persuasion by Jane Austen
“Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm – love me – today –yesterday – what tearful longings for you – you – you – my life – my all–farewell. Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.”
“My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me…I would be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you…”
“The charms of the incomparable Josephine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart…. I thought that I loved you months ago, but since my separation from you I feel that I love you a thousand fold more. Each day since I knew you, have I adored you more and more.”
-Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine
And, from my personal love letter. But, this is only the first page, after all it’s personal!
I hope this sparks some passionate and fervent ideas for how to express yourself to your deepest love on this Valentine’s Day!
What do you think of writing handwritten love letters? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
Craving more romance? Check out my post on why St. Augustine is for Lovers!