Drinks and office parties don't mix – at least for me

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
819 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Lulume:  Girl, I have embarrassed myself more times than I’d like to admit while drinking! I don’t think it’s ever been in front of co workers, but we’ve all been there. You called them and apologized; that’s all you can do! It will blow over.

Post # 4
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

One of my cousins got blackout drunk at a work lunch (she still swears she doesn’t know how it happpened), and danced on top of a bar… At LUNCH… In front of her co-workers.

Post # 5
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Lulume:  I work as a job coach for people with special needs.  I take them to work, and teach them how to work (usually retail).

At a relatively new placement (only been there with a student for 3 weeks) I ended up having a break down due to some issues with the wedding.  I was crying, and felt like an idiot.  The store manager talked to me, and was really nice to me.  She said that until the wedding is over I’m going to want to put a bullet in my eye. LOL

I apologized for my unprofessional behaviour (I also am NOT a crier at all, so I was really embarrassed). Everything was fine, and the placement is still in my program and willing to take on more students.

People understand how hard weddings can be.  It is very emotional and if your family isn’t coming that is extremely emotional. 

The fact that they threw you a surprise shower was nice, but the fact that you don’t like being the center of attention (and I’m assuming they should know that) they sort of set you up.

My shower wasn’t a surprise, but i did hide in the bathroom a bit to get my breath, (and get away from my mother).  I also did not let myself drink much (had a beer and one glass of rum punch). 

Live and learn, and I would not worry too much about it.  Everyone has these moments.  It won’t be the last time something like this happens 😉

Post # 6
5905 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Lulume:  Oh honey…no one’s going to think anything bad about you or think less of you because you got a little shloshed and got it over with and had a good cry….I’ve done it, every lady there has done it and someday in the future, you’re going to be around someone else that does it and you won’t look down on her because you’ll remember what its like to be getting married, kind of drunk and then upset in front of a room full of co-workers.


Welcome to the club, your membership card and t-shirt are in the mail.

Post # 7
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Oh man, I’ve done that so many times when I was younger. I stopped going out with coworkers- my rule of thumb is I don’t go out with them if I dont regularly have them as guests in my home. Its working much better ha

Post # 8
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Don’t worry about it!!  We have all been there and done something we regret while drinking.  If these co-workers threw you a surprise bridal shower, it’s probably because they think of you as their friend, and more than “just a co-worker”!  So, think of it in that light … these are some of your friends, and it’s ok to drink a little too much, and have a good cry with friends.  No harm done, and don’t beat yourself up over it!

Post # 9
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Lulume:  Nah, we’ve all done something embarrassing.  I used to work in an office that rolled like that too.  Everyone just expected those sorts of embarrassing moments and if nothing else it just created fun material to talk about in the future.  No biggie.  Just roll with it and they will too.

Think of it this way.  They’re the ones who planned the party and brought drinks for you (and probably somewhat knew that you’re not into being the centre of attention).  They should have seen it coming. 

Post # 10
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think you’re fine. We’ve all been there. Both with the drinking and crying. People understand a wedding is stressfull. I burst into tears when we were meeting with our pastor 2 night ago. It happens. Just try to calm your nerves (though probably not with alcohol!) and move on. No big deal.

Post # 11
9019 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Lulume:  ((HUGS))  Another one who hates surprises here!

Oh, hon, no need to feel embarrassed.  Stuff like this happens to everyone, sooner or later, it’s nothing to dwell on or feel bad about.  Just don’t mention it and everyone will forget about it. 

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