The Letter Writing Revolution

Revitalizing a Lost Art One Letter at a Time

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Letters on a Wedding Day

Many people are planning weddings this time of year especially if their wedding is scheduled to take place in the summer months. My own brother is planning a wedding and we are all eagerly anticipating June 18th when we will gain a new member to our family......officially.

I wanted to post about a really cool idea that I have only seen one time at one wedding. If you or someone you know is getting married in the coming months, you may want to consider incorporating this letter writing twist to your festivities.

My sister, Stephanie, and my brother-in-law, Robin, were married at an outdoor ceremony on the property of a beautiful log cabin in the Ottawa valley in August 2004.

After the marriage took place, there was a sit down dinner under a tent followed by live bluegrass music. We danced in our bare feet as the sun shone down upon us. The bride and groom requested that each one of us spend a few moments at a table that had been set up off to the side of the dancing. There was paper and pens, pencil crayons and markers. There were also pre-labeled envelopes with titles such as: Christmas 2005, Valentine's Day 2010, 10th Anniversary, 25th Anniversary, St. Patty's Day 2009, Easter 2005, etc. There were a lot of them and we were instructed to write a letter to the couple on their wedding day and then choose an envelope, insert the letter and seal it. The envelope was then placed in the basket for safe keeping.

Everyone took part......young children drew pictures of the day's events and some of the older guests wrote words of wisdom and tips for a happy marriage. Some of the guests have since passed on and those children are quickly growing up. I love this idea and wish I had done it for my own wedding.

My sister and her husband have had seven years of events where a letter written on their wedding day by one of their guests has been read. And they tell me they still have several to read in the coming years.


  1. We did something similar to this (although I like this idea much better because you don't have to wait as long as we have to to read them! lol). We had everyone write down where they thought we would be in 10 years (3 1/2 years from now still!) and put their answers in a box. So we said we'd wait until our 10th anniversary to open them but I don't know if I want to wait that long lol

  2. I forgot about this! I wonder what event my letter is in?? So cute to see Kai and Jamie in these photos.
    Maybe John and I can do this at an anniversary party. A good idea for someone on a milestone birthday, too...hint, hint..

  3. These photos capture that day for us! We love our letters, and look forward in particular to one we're to open on our 50th anniversary! We know that the person who wrote it will likely be gone by then, so it's bittersweet, but he's one of the funniest people we know so we're likely to get a giggle when we're in our 80s!

  4. JK, this is wonderful! May I share it on my own blog? I am inspired by TLWR; keep writing!

    Your fellow Canadian letter writer,
    EMP in Alberta (where spring may be on her way at last)

  5. what a fabulous idea! i wish i knew of it before our wedding.

    btw, i've been trying to get to a pal-sac event here in toronto ever since you posted it on your blog, but haven't been able to. hopefully, in may! i think of your each time i try to schedule it though. :)

  6. What a lovely thing to do. It would be interesting to revisit the day by getting letters from the bride 10, 20 or 30 years later. Even a year later would be wonderful.

    I wrote letters to my daughter her first week home. We've moved so many times, to so many states, towns and cities since then. I have no idea where they could be. Would love to find them one day.

    I so love the little girl in the photograph. Would give a lot to know what she wrote. :D

  7. Limner- That little girl is the bride's and Julie's daughter. I so love that photo, too!
    She is now 9 and I'm guessing that her "letter" was a drawing! (She was just almost 3 then)
    Perhaps the bride and groom can share it with you when they do open it- if they have not already.

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