Mixing business with pleasure

By on January 31, 2011

Although fun, wedding planning can entail difficult decisions, especially when it comes to the guest list. Close friends and family are usually a given; business associates, clients and colleagues, on the other hand, are not. While some couples might find the decision a no-brainer and just nix the idea of mixing business with pleasure, others, especially those higher up the ladder, might have a much more difficult time making the decision.

When you are a high-level executive, leaving people you work with off the guest list might not be such a good idea. You should certainly invite your boss, and depending upon where you are in your career and what’s going on at work, you may need to invite business associates, clients and colleagues. If a big client is in town the weekend of your wedding and your boss is entertaining them, you may want to go ahead and invite them to your wedding. That way, your boss can attend your wedding and bring the client with them.

Before you make any decisions regarding the people you work with, you should speak to your beloved first and find out what they think. They may not be too keen on mixing business with pleasure. On the other hand, they may be in the same position as you and feel it is essential.

Once you have made the decision, you will have to determine how many people from work to invite. If you are having a large wedding and have the budget, the easiest solution may be to invite everyone. If you are more restricted, you may have to make some difficult decisions. You should most definitely invite your boss, as well as close colleagues. If you work regularly with a group of associates and clients, you may want to invite them as well.

When inviting clients, you need to be aware of the products and services they sell and accommodate for that at your wedding, if needed. If a client owns a vineyard, for example, you may want to serve some of their offerings at your wedding. Be careful that you do not serve offerings from their biggest competitor.

To avoid conflict, you may want to throw a separate party before or after your wedding for those you work with. That way, no one will feel left out.

Whatever choices you make, try not to turn your wedding into a day at the office. Remember the reason you are there and keep the mood light and the tone celebratory.

by Tresa Erickson, MultiAd