Perfect Romantic Apologies
Romantic apologies are a way of saying I'm sorry and I love you at the same time.
Like all perfect apologies, saying sorry to someone you love effectively is a direct result of the Art and Science of Apologizing.
In this case, the Art is in taking a romantic approach when extending an apology so that it makes the person that you love feel loved.
By adding romance to your apology you let them know how special they are to you, and how sorry you are to have caused them any pain.
The Science (the mix of ingredients necessary for an effective apology) remains the same as always so on this page we'll focus on some creative ideas that we particularly like, for extending a romantic apology.
Custom Apology CD
CDs may be a little 'old school' but so is romance. Create a custom CD of love songs. Make the first track on the CD your apology and dedicate the CD to the recipient. (If you don't have access to software that allows you to tape yourself and transfer it to CD, use the back cover of the CD to write out your apology and dedication). Customize the front cover with a picture of the two of you and "I'm sorry" as the title.
The Apology Video
Create a video apology. Just tape yourself apologizing and expressing your love for the person. Many of us find it easier to tell a person how much we care for them on tape or in a letter than we do in person. The video itself can be simple or sophisticated. It really doesn't matter. The point is that you are acknowledging your mistake and expressing your regret and love with something they can keep forever.
You can send it by mail, hand deliver it, put it in their VCR or DVD player, or post it on the Web, YouTube or Facebook and declare your love and apologize for all the world to see. (contact us if you would like to post it on this site, we'd love to post it for you.)
The Apology Letter of Love
Write an old fashioned love letter along with an invitation to join you for coffee, drinks, or a meal where you'll apologize in person. Make sure to write the letter out by hand on nice stationery and seal it in an envelope. (As far as romantic apologies go, this is a classic and one of the easiest and most effective ways of delivering an apology to someone you love.)
The Ultimate Apology: Jewelry
This one is a winner for the guys out there who may have messed up. If you're looking for that truly romantic special touch Reeds.com is a great site to explore. They've been in business since 1946 and is completely trustworthy. They offer everything from watches to discount jewelry to designer jewelry to exquisite diamond pieces—ranging from under $100 to hundreds and thousands of dollars—they even have heart-shaped diamonds for those with extra cash on hand.
Jewelry really is the "classic" apology gift. As a matter of fact, we were contacted a while back regarding our take on a poll that was conducted in the US. The survey was commissioned by a jewelry company who found that a substantial portion of their customer base purchased jewelry as a way of saying sorry. Apparently, jewelry does wonders when apologizing.
The Apology Event—Concert or Sports
Is one of you crazy for a particular band or sports team? Do you share a special song or spend time together watching sports events? Romantic apologies are about focusing on your relationship and the other person so if there is something in particular that you share together or your partner loves then find a way to bring it to them by planning a special evening at a concert or sports event...it can really become an important memory in a relationship.
Plan a special evening with your loved one—write out a small handwritten apology, place it in an envelope along with the event tickets and create a romantic memory.
Remember that you don't have to limit yourself to just one idea on this page, combine them, mix and match them, and create something really special for the two of you.
The apology Photo Album
Put together a photo album of pictures showing all the great times that you've shared together. You can also include a hand written apology on the first page or just a simple "I'm sorry" mentioning how nothing is as important to you as the memories in this book.
The Apology Cake
Buy or bake a cake (chocolate's always a good option) and ice it (or have it iced by the bakery) with a personal message from you. "I am sorry and I love you" looks great on a cake.
The Apology Fortune Cookie
Invite them for some Chinese food (either order-in or go out to a restaurant) apologize over dinner and arrange to have a special personalized message in their fortune cookie.
The Apology Pizza
If Chinese food isn't their thing, then have your local pizza shop deliver a custom heart shaped pizza to them along with an apology note. Most pizza places will oblige (when it comes to love people can be so helpful) but if for some reason they can't do it in a heart shape then ask them to arrange the toppings in a heart.
The Romantic Indoor Picnic
Extend an invitation for dinner and apologize. Set up a romantic indoor picnic. Lay a blanket on the floor, light some candles, and serve them their favorite meal (bought or home cooked). Make sure to have several courses to make it a memorable evening and not a quick bite. To 'turn it up a notch' complement the meal with 'traditionally' romantic and sensual foods such as asparagus, oysters, and chocolate dipped strawberries.
Apology Love Notes
Hide little I'm sorry notes AND expressions of your love everywhere—in their pockets, in the coffee can, the cookie jar, the butter dish, a cereal box, their briefcase, the glove compartment, their wallet, their shoes, inside their gloves etc... Make some love coupons that they can redeem whenever they want. Have fun with this idea and if you do a good job, your apology and love messages will be found for months and be a constant reminder of your love and heartfelt regret.
The Romantic Apology & The Heartfelt Gift
Give them your heart as a gift. Get a nice box and beautiful ribbon and place a heart shaped object inside from a small plastic heart charm to a red paper cut-out, to a heart shaped diamond.
Any heart will do because it's only a symbol of your love and your love is the gift (not the object). Apologize and let them know that because they're so special to you that you're giving them the most precious thing you could think of ...your heart.
Romantic apologies are about showing another person how important they are to you AND how sorry you are for what you did. The perfect romantic apology will seamlessly blend the Art and Science of an apology and bring you that much closer to being forgiven.
However, for romantic apologies to be effective you should always complement any of these, or other romantic gestures, with a face-to-face verbal apology.
Need inspiration? Read some of the romantic apology love letters submitted by our readers—they're sure to inspire.