Samara O'Shea

Work in Progress

Back in February, I made the announcement that I would add wedding-vow writing to my services on this site. At the time I was hoping it would only take a few weeks to get together, but life got in the way. You know how that goes. Today, however, I am much closer to seeing it to fruition. I have written the text for the new pages on the site and sent everything off to my web designer. She will design, add, upgrade, when she is able and volia! we’ll have some fun new features here at LetterLover.

I plan to offer vow writing and also toast writing—specifically maid-of-honor toasts. I was once a maid-of-honor. I know the drill. I hesitate, however, to offer to write best-man toasts. I feel a best-man toast is an animal all its own—something only men can understand. The pressure to be funny is really on. I can be funny but not on demand. I got a few laughs during my toast (see below), but it has to come to me. I can’t force it. The thought of having a customer say to me “Make it funny! Make it funny!” is disconcerting. Sentimental is my forte.

Interestingly enough, I’ve come across some people who do promise to be funny as they help write any speech, toast, or presentation. Over at the Oratory Laboratory Nathan and Victoria are two performers who promise a side-splitting toast. I admire their gusto. Perhaps I’ll inquire as to what business relations with a best-man-to-be has been like for them. For now, I’ll stick with what I know.

My Maid of Honor Speech in July 2007: