In a digital age, when it’s easier to send a text message than to slip a love letter in the mail, there is something so incredibly intoxicating and powerful about the ritual of exchanging words on paper describing the way we feel about our beloved.
That’s why hand-penned keepsakes (think love letters, quotes and vows), make the perfect wedding gift to give your sweetheart. Deeply intimate, beautiful prose transcribed onto paper that serves as a constant reminder of your eternal love.
Since we could curl our hands to hold a tool, we’ve been declaring our love, with the oldest surviving proof written on a clay tablet dating back to the eighth century BC. “Bridegroom, dear to my heart, goodly is your beauty, honeysweet,” it begins.
There have been some heart-melting missives since then… Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved” letters, which open with, “My angel, my all, my very self,” and close, “Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.”
And John Keats to Fanny Brawne: “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.”
They say a picture paints a thousand words, but a certain string of words can conjure their own images. And more than a freeze frame, they spark a little movie reel in your mind.
The opening lines of a song whisk you back to the first time you locked eyes. Your heart beating fast, everything else in the room disappearing. Words can do that.
“At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over. And life is like a song,” sings Etta James. Al Green’s smooth plea to always stay together, almost like wedding vows, “Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad.”
However, you don’t need to be a writer or use overly descriptive language to write a love letter to your significant other. The best love letter will come straight from the heart, sharing your inner most thoughts with your other half about why you love them and what you are most looking forward to in your future together.
Or why not use your own vows? Those words you have achingly deliberated over, to sum up exactly how you feel about your partner, will translate beautifully into a tangible love letter. Or consider taking a quote from your vows that can be written up and framed or printed as a custom artwork, so every day you are reminded of the undying love you declared for each other.
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Whether you choose the age-old art of calligraphy or the specialised craft of letterpress using hand lettered typography; the lyrics to your special song, a line from a movie you quote back and forth, or something you have created all of your own, a hand crafted keepsake is the perfect way to say, I love you. Always have. Always will.