Drinking Alcohol At Events In The Wedding Industry
One thing I know for certain about the wedding and event industry???
IF YOU ARE A SH*TSHOW - PEOPLE WILL TALK
Hell, even if you aren’t a sh*tshow people will talk about you … I wrote a blog post about the problem with bullying in the event and wedding industry and if you haven’t read it yet, go on over and take a peeksy!
Oh, btw …. the fact that the website I designed for Stylish Details is on my pretty photo of cocktails above has NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS POST … lolol … I adore Sophie Mae completely and utterly and I just love her website … so I used it in the mockup!
When I use the word sh*tshow … and feel free to use your imagination … I am basically saying:
PEOPLE WHO DON’T KEEP IT PROFESH
And along those lines comes into play the topic of:
Drinking alcohol at an industry event or weddings you are working or at networking parties is a touchy subject … because the obvious question that comes to mind is:
CAN YOU HANDLE IT!!??
Can you handle being buzzed … can you keep your sh*t together … or, do you make a complete fool of yourself and are too ‘far gone’ to realize it???
The other issue with this is: even if you can keep it together, what are other industry professionals thinking when you are WORKING an event and getting sloshed at the same time?? Most likely:
THEY ARE JUDGING YOU
Look, back in the day when I was a wedding planner in Seattle, I definitely had a sip or two at the end of the night when the guests were dancing and my time was basically just being used as a ‘prop’ to end the night … it happened, I admit it … was it wrong? Probably, maybe … sure!
I 100% think that if you are WORKING a wedding or event, alcohol shouldn’t touch your lips … but obviously that’s up to YOU to decide for yourself … but, what about:
Industry networking events where you are surrounded by other professionals isn’t a PAID GIG per se … your clients aren’t there … but you know who is there??
A TON OF POTENTIAL FOR REFERRALS
Other industry professionals are YOUR KEY to being referred work … and if you are getting drunk and sloppy in front of them?? Well ……
Clearly this topic is one that we all need to decide for ourselves … in fact there are a lot of people who think they act perfectly ‘ok’ when they are drinking and the rest of us are like … nooooooo … it’s probably a good rule of thumb to stick to 2 drinks TOPS at any networking event where you are with people who are just acquaintances … meaning, if you aren’t surrounded by just your close friends who you trust and who know you when you are sober, then keep it professional and stay alert ;)
With that said: CHEERS TO SUMMER!!!!!