With the Super Bowl come and gone, the next big event on the calendar is Valentine’s Day. There’s some planning that needs to be done. How to celebrate the big day? Where to go for dinner? What gift to buy? And, what to write on Valentine’s Day cards?
Tips for writing an amazing Valentine’s Day Card
Let’s focus on the last question. The personal messages on a sweethearts’ Valentine’s Day cards are some of the most closely examined words read each year. Well written messages might be read and reread several times. A great card might be kept for a keepsake. It’s important that the Valentine’s Day card message is the best it can be. This is important stuff!
Where does one seek inspiration when writing a Valentine’s Day card message to their sweetheart?
Many have looked to the past. We’re all familiar with the classic:
Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
Sugar is Sweet,
And so are You.
This was inspired by a book written in 1590 by Sir Edmund Spenser called The Faerie Queene.
- “It was upon a Sommers shynie day,
- When Titan faire his beames did display,
- In a fresh fountaine, farre from all mens vew,
- She bath’d her brest, the boyling heat t’allay;
- She bath’d with roses red, and violets blew,
- And all the sweetest flowers, that in the forrest grew.”
Adapting and modifying well-written words is certainly a direction to consider. Keep in mind that messages have greater meaning to recipients when they’re personalized. Sure, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel completely. But, try to customize the message so your Valentine knows that the words were chosen with care. Your Valentine’s greeting should be memorable.
Another technique that some writers use is to write down words – nouns, adjectives and verbs – that come to mind when thinking about their cherished one. The first part of the exercise calls for the writer to move quickly and not spend time editing – just quickly write down the words that come to mind. The second part of this technique entails a more thoughtful approach of experimenting with the various combinations of the words written down to try to formulate sentences to express your feelings. Start wide with a lot of words and then narrow down to the choicest words to express your sentiments.
Another approach is to consider using a simile. Bruce Lee once wrote, “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” Or, “Love is like the wind; you can’t see it, but you can feel it all over.” What comparisons can you make?
Coming up with just the right words can be tricky. We try to make it easy for folks on our Valentine’s Day page at GreetingCardPoet.com. Here’s just a sampling of some of the selections that you can draw inspiration from.
Valentine’s Day Greetings
- So many of my smiles begin with you.
- Thank you for all the countless, caring ways you’ve filled my life with love.
- Thank you for being a constant source of laughter and love, strength and support.
- Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with you. Happy Valentine’s Day!
- Will you be my valentine, this year and every year?
- Wishing you a day filled with happiness because you’ve filled my life with love.
- Words cannot express how much I appreciate you for bringing a spark of excitement, a touch of tenderness, the light of love to every day of my life.
- You + Me = Perfect
- You amaze me with your strength, your kindness and your beauty. I will always love you.
- You bring so many wonderful things into my life. Your love makes me feel so alive! Happy Valentine’s Day to the most (beautiful woman/handsome man) in the world!
What to write on Valentine’s Day Cards
So, when you’re looking for what to write on Valentine’s Day cards, don’t panic. Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to inject some humor, but balance it with some sincere expressions of your affection. It’s ok to go long – when you’re telling some one how much you love them, more is better than less. And, while the written communication is a critical part of the day, it’s not the only thing. Plan the day, the activities and the experience. Happy Valentine’s Day.