The Office Party

It’s March! For most people, this is a good thing. It means that the long winter is almost over (although definitely not here in Boston!) and spring is just around the corner. The days are getting longer, so walking out of work at 5PM just isn’t as depressing as it used to be. And it also means that Opening Day is that much closer… and that’s a BIG deal over here.

For others, March is one of the busiest months of the year. Accountants like Papa Latte are in the middle of tax season, and are working hard for long hours. And college admissions officers like myself are buried in applications from high school students around the world.

Working in a career or an office where a “busy season” exists develops a special sense of community and camaraderie amongst the employees.

In my office, the other admissions peeps are the only ones who fully understand all the pressures and struggles we go through. They’re the only ones who can REALLY empathize with me when I complain that my eyes hurt from reading too much. They’re the only ones who REALLY understand the internal struggle between absolutely loving an applicant, and wishing they had just worked a little bit harder in high school. Through these shared experiences, we’ve developed a unique relationship that brings us all closer together.

On top of that, most of my co-workers are pretty darn cool. They’re all relatively young in age, and we have a fun time when we’re together. We work in teams (shout out to Team B! Yeah-uh!) so there’s even more of a sense of unity. I love my job because of the impact it allows me to make on the lives of young people, but I love it even more because of the cool people it surrounds me with.

So, imagine how hard it is for me to finalize the guest list for the wedding. Hands down, it’s been the hardest aspect of wedding planning for me. Early on, Mr. Latte and I agreed that we would rather throw an AMAZING party for fewer guests than have a GREAT party for more. We are trying to keep our guest count down to around 150, which sounds like a lot… but it really isn’t when you break it down. In addition to the guest lists of the FILs and Mama and Papa Latte, and as a result of being in a long-distance relationship, Mr. Latte and I have very few mutual friends. This means that my “cut” of the guest list is teeny tiny.

I’m not complaining here. Thanks to our super understanding, supportive, and accommodating parents, Mr. Latte and I have been given a generous portion of the list and we’ll be able to have our closest friends with us on our big day. It just means that we won’t be able to invite everyone we would’ve liked to have celebrating with us… like some of the friends I’ve made in the office.

I’m still struggling to finalize my portion of the guest list to accommodate as many of my friends as possible.

Anyone else in the hive struggling with this same dilemma? How did you decide who in your “office party” to invite?


Mrs. Latte

Wedding Date:
July 2009
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    MightySapphire 7632 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:16 am

    I kept my office list super low because I’m in the military and I move around so much that I don’t really get a chance to know my coworkers that well…I guess in terms of a guest list that’s a blessing!

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    lovelerae 241 posts, Helper bee @ 8:43 am

    I’m a law school admissions counselor! I totally understand your “busy season” and loving an applicant and wishing he/she had done a little more.

    I’m just inviting my department, but my FI is a high school teacher and we’re inviting most of his coworkers.

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    TechGirl 268 posts, Helper bee @ 10:05 am

    We’re having a small wedding, so small that most of my FH’s first cousins are not invited, so it’s made it easier for me to explain why some people are not invited. I am inviting people from the office, but these are people that are my friends outside the office too. You can’t make everyone happy, and I think for the most part people understand that and don’t take it personally if they’re not invited.

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    Mrs. Quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:39 am

    Only one person from my current job, who isn’t going to blab it around :) More from past jobs, though, who are wonderful friends now.

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