Tutorial for “Welcome a Son-in-law or Daughter-in-law into the Family”

Tips

Writing a personal letter to a prospective son-in-law or daughter-in-law can establish an open, friendly relationship with him or her. The letter should communicate unqualified acceptance.

Steps

1. Start with a direct statement of welcome.

Sentences

  • We are very happy that you are going to be part of the family, and are looking forward to meeting your family before the wedding in July.
  • We enjoyed your visit last week. We think you and Jane are perfect for each other.
  • We are delighted that you are joining our family.
  • We are so happy to have you join the Doe family.
  • Welcome to the Doe family!
  • We are delighted to have you as part of our family!
  • We are pleased to welcome you into the family.

Phrases

  • are delighted that you
  • are very happy that you
  • are all excited about
  • are eager to meet your
  • as your future father-in-law
  • can't wait to meet you
  • delighted to welcome you
  • eager to get acquainted with
  • enjoyed your visit
  • getting to know you better
  • happy to have you
  • into the family
  • join the family
  • look forward to
  • meeting your family
  • part of the family
  • pleased to welcome you
  • seem so right for each other
  • such a happy occasion
  • welcome to the family
  • were delighted to hear that

2. Provide information about yourself and the family that will help the reader become better acquainted.

Sentences

  • I am sure Eric has told you a little about us. John and I have been doing a lot of traveling since his retirement two years ago, but when we are home he keeps busy in his shop and I like to tend my garden.
  • The Doe family has lived in Springfield for three generations, and we are thrilled that you have decided to move to this area when you finish school.
  • We are a very close family.
  • We have a very large family, with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
  • I have worked in industrial sales for 25 years now, and I will soon retire.
  • Since I have no sisters or daughters of my own, I have long looked forward to my son's wedding.

Phrases

  • am thrilled at the prospect of
  • are thrilled that
  • are quite a large family
  • are quite a small family
  • for several generations
  • has scattered all over the
  • have long looked forward to
  • have lived in Springfield for
  • have worked in
  • is very important to us
  • is employed at
  • like to keep busy with my
  • many aunts, uncles, and cousins
  • one of our favorite sayings is
  • our family enjoys
  • our family has lived in
  • share an interest in
  • since his retirement
  • spend much of our time
  • tells me that you also enjoy

3. Offer any help or assistance the newlyweds might need that you are willing and able to give.

Sentences

  • We are sorry that our house is not large enough for you to live here while you are getting started, but I am sure there are other ways we can help.
  • I know you are not interested in the construction business right now, but there will always be a place for you in my company if you change your mind.
  • You are always welcome to visit or call at any time.
  • I hope you will always feel comfortable talking to us and seeking help when you need it.
  • We are happy that you will be staying with us for two months this summer before fall semester starts.

Phrases

  • all need a little extra help sometimes
  • always welcome to
  • any way in which we can help
  • are sorry that
  • as you establish your own family
  • as you set out on your own
  • don't hesitate to ask
  • happy to help in any way we can
  • happy that you will be
  • hope you will always feel comfortable
  • regret that we are unable to
  • understand if you would prefer to
  • until you get on your feet
  • want you to be able to
  • want you to feel comfortable
  • want you to know that
  • welcome to stay with us until
  • will be happy to
  • will always be a place for you
  • will try not to give unsolicited advice

4. Express anticipation of a good relationship in the future. If you have not yet met, it might be appropriate to suggest or arrange a visit.

Sentences

  • Again, we are happy to welcome you into the family.
  • We would love to see you on Thanksgiving so we can talk and get better acquainted.
  • Why not come and spend a weekend with us? Any weekend this month would be fine.
  • We are holding a small party on 1 September to celebrate John's sixtieth birthday. We would love to see you there.
  • We realize that your schedule is tight, but we do hope you will be able to visit with us for a few days before the wedding.
  • You are always welcome to visit or call.
  • We have never seen her so radiant as she is when she talks about you. We look forward to seeing you again at the wedding on April 23.

Phrases

  • are anxious to meet you
  • are always welcome to
  • before the wedding
  • come down to meet us
  • could you join us for
  • getting to know you better
  • get better acquainted
  • hope you will be able to
  • look forward to
  • meeting your parents
  • realize that your schedule is
  • seeing you again
  • spend a few days with
  • visit or call any time
  • visit with us
  • welcome you into the family
  • will be happy to
  • would be happy to see you
  • would love to see you
  • would be delighted if you could

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