A Romantic Reading is a reading aloud of your wedding day letter to your fiancé.
It's heartening to receive words of love on film because then you have the opportunity to watch it over and over again. It's a way to constantly feel the love whenever you need it. This is particularly important on your wedding day because it's the day where you declare your love, and part of that is putting your love in writing as a way to have it endure for all time. It keeps the uniqueness and specialness of your wedding alive.
5 Things to Include in your Wedding Day Letter
1. Your Reason Why
When your partner starts reading the letter, one of the very first things you want to write is your reason for loving them unconditionally and your reason for wanting to spend the rest of your life with them. It sounds like a mushy way to start the letter but it’s a great way to begin your wedding day. Your partner can spend a couple of minutes basking in all of the reasons why you feel committed, confident, and connected to them.
2. Your Hope for the Day
One thing that’s certain about the wedding day is that it will fly by fast. As your partner begins their day reading your words, add in a part about how you hope the day will go and what you look forward to doing together. Maybe your biggest hope is that you both get to enjoy every bite of the food and a slice, or two of cake, or you’re most looking forward to your first dance (that you practiced close to 20 times in your living room). Either way, share some of your hopes for the wedding day so that your partner can look forward to the fun ahead.
3. Your Promise for the Future
As your partner reads the letter you wrote on the morning of your wedding, one part that they’ll look forward to eyeballing is the part about your promises for the future. Some of those promises might be saved for the vows you read during the ceremony, but in the letter, go wild with some promises that are laugh-out-loud funny. Promises that include inside jokes (like I promise to let you watch Sunday and Monday night football or I promise to let you use my Netflix account) can add some humor and fun to the letter and lend to the more serious vows you recite in front of your closest friends and family members later on in the day.
4. Your “I Fell in Love” Memory
Remember the moment you knew the person you’re marrying was the one for you? Perhaps it was on a specific date, after something they said, or because of an accumulation of things that happened over time. Recalling those memories brings the beauty of your relationship to the surface and lets you walk into the wedding day treating your partner to a spectacle of moments when your love first sparked and how much it’s grown and flourished since then.
5. Your Proudest Moment
A great way to end the letter is with a moment or two when you felt the proudest of your partner. Perhaps it was after they achieved a major life accomplishment or maybe it was when they found themselves closer to conquering a life-long dream. Either way, sharing a time when they inspired you, motivated you, or just made you feel like you’re with the kind of person that’s going to push you toward working hard for the things in life you desperately want is a wonderful way to breathe a final bit of energy and outlook for your future together, taking on the challenges of the world year by year.
3 Tips For Writing Your Wedding Day Letter
1. Take Time to Reflect
Before you begin writing it’s important to position your perspective. No matter what your story is as a couple, this day is the culmination of so many memories and moments that have lead you to this point. It’s so easy to forget all that we’ve been through in a relationship in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. So, if you have a journal that you’ve written throughout your relationship or have old photos stored on your phone or computer somewhere, pull it out! Go back to those old moments like when you met for the first time or back to your first date. Refreshing your memory of all of those special moments that you share together will help you get into a great mindset when you start writing.
2. Write From the Heart
You don’t have to be super gifted with words to write a great wedding day note. Sitting down to write a letter like this can feel like a lot of mounting pressure. You may feel like you have to be super romantic or eloquent. You don’t have to be!! The best thing you can do is to be yourself! Speak from your own voice, share your own perspective, and make your soon-to-be spouse feel like they just opened up a book straight from your heart!! Perfection isn’t the goal here – purpose truly is. Tap into your true emotion, whatever that may be. For you it may look a little comedic, or tear-jerking emotional, or even super serious. Be you and write from your heart!
3. Make it Personal
Drop the generic and dig down deep for the good stuff! Share your story through your note! Share the things that might make him laugh or her tear up. Talk about things from your actual relationship! Things that you like or appreciate about him or her. Memories that you both shared together. The moment when you knew she’d be your wife. Or the memory when he asked you out for the first time. Your wedding day letter is one of the sweetest keepsakes that you’ll treasure for years to come!!