Oliveaire - South Asian Events

Oliveaire provides the hospitality industry a channel to explore the ethnic event market influenced with culture and tradition. Clients are able to depend upon our knowledge and understanding of the unique needs of the customs, meal preferences, and accommodations generated by these events. Our team, with its ethnic background, has been our cornerstone in provding our clientele the best service in the wedding and special event market.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Meet the Team: Senior Event Architect Sayira Khokhar

          We are very thankful for our Oliveaire Team.  Today I would like you to get to know one of our Senior Event Architect’s Ms. Sayira Khokhar.  Sayira is very professional, hard-working and has fully impressed her client’s with her extraordinary talent in Event Planning. 
Sayira Outside The Office:
Nicknames: Skull Krusher (She got this nickname from Karate, and currently has her Double Black Belt)  Do not let this nickname fool you, although she is very fierce, she is very kind and caring
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Book: The Harry Potter Series
Favorite Television Show: Alias
What Do You Like To Do In Your Spare Time: Martial Arts, Boxing, Cooking & Reading
Sayira As A Wedding Planner:
Why did you become a Wedding Planner?
I went to school for hospitality management. I planned large scale fundraisers during my college days and thought wedding planning would give me a different experience.
What is your favorite part of planning a wedding?
I love the high level stress! I love putting together the different components to function as one. Especially with South Asian weddings, there is a lot of problem solving involved and thinking of creative solutions to make everyone happy.
How would you describe your style as a planner?
I am very much like a drill sergeant with a soft spot. I like to keep things organized and in track. I follow-up with my clients to make sure they do their homework. I get all the details in shape to ensure a flawless event!
What one piece of advice would you give to a newly engaged couple?
Compromise. A wedding is not just a marriage between two people but their two lifestyles and cultures. Don’t think too much, just do! If you start honing on details that really don’t matter, you will make the process more complicated. Have fun! It is a momentous occasion in your life!
Do you have a favorite wedding moment or event?
My favorite moment is when dinner has been served, dessert is out and the bride and groom are on the dance floor dancing the night away!
How would you describe what you do every day?
In one work day I am literally working on 5-10 different weddings at a time. reviewing paperwork, logistics, talking to vendors on the phone, meeting with clients, participating in walk-throughs, confirming menus, finalizing set-up and arrival times and training my onsite support team. Yeah, it’s a lot of work. There is never a dull moment in the office!
What advice would you give someone who wants to start working in the event industry?
You can learn the theory of how an event functions and how to manage an event, however working in the industry is a completely different beast.
Be ready to manage a plethora of personalities, mentalities, and attitudes!
Be assertive and even when you don’t know what to do, pretend you do. But work hard to figure it out and be realistic.
See the whole picture and not a singular element.
Think twice before you act or speak. Decisions and words cannot be taken back
There is no such thing as a perfect event
Think of the solution and not the problem. If something, don’t get trapped in what has already happened. Learn and move forward.
Think positive and have fun!
Breath. Take time for yourself. You cannot help others unless you help yourself

If you are interested in speaking with Sayira about your wedding or special event, call her at 847-885-3200 ex. 30 or email her at skhokhar@oliveaire.com

BBFN (Bridal Bliss For Now),

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