What does Hiam Yazbeck, this week’s Event Pro, do on a typical day? The Sales and Events Executive at The HIGHLINE Venue spends her days’ meeting and getting to know her clients. Hiam loves tailoring packages to each client and works with many couples to ensure their wedding day is perfect. She loves seeing each event come together and always like to be there to greet her clients on the day of their event. So join us as we experience a day in the life of Hiam Yazbeck…
8.00 am | WAKE-UP
I enjoy my mornings, the very first thing I do when I wake up is play a good tune followed by a quick glimpse over my inbox and check my day’s schedule to plan ahead.
If I can squeeze in a morning walk I will, but this generally isn’t the case during the colder seasons.
I believe the way you start your morning can set the mood for the busy day ahead. I’ll have a coffee with the family and am out the door by 9.30 am to meet the team.
10.00 am | FIRST STOP FOR THE DAY [Office, Meeting or Onsite]
I like to get to the venue before I am expected to settle in, check on all departments and ensure everything is set for clients viewing and suppliers bump in. The mornings start off quiet, however as each ballroom opens to its vendors the rush of the day has arrived and continues through till the events have concluded.
10.30 am | SECOND STOP FOR THE DAY [Office, Meeting or Onsite]
Once everyone has settled in and all checks are complete it’s about that time my consultations start. Showcasing the venue to newly engaged couples and being a part of their milestone is a rewarding experience. I enjoy getting to know each one and every couple, I believe it is beneficial in order to understand them and tailor the perfect wedding package to each bride and groom.
On the run | LUNCH
I am very lucky to work with amazing teams and when it comes to lunch the chefs know how to look after me. Knowing I have back to back appointments and am on my feet all day, they’ll cook lunch and let me know when its ready. Most of the time I am having to get it out of the hotbox, but who’s complaining?
5.00/6.00 pm | AFTERNOON TASKS [Office, Meeting or Onsite]
By 5pm – 6pm I will be concluding my last appointment and heading into the ballrooms for final checks with our operations and coordination departments who have been overseeing the magical set up. I like to call this time “the quiet before the storm” everything is set, background music is running and candles are being lit you can feel the buzz in the air, while our wait staff are ready and waiting to greet the guests with a glass of champagne and start the fun filled night ahead.
7.00 pm | KNOCK OFF or KEEP GOING?
When it comes to working in events/hospitality and especially weddings, you should never be controlled by the clock. I always make sure to greet my clients when they arrive at the venue whether it is a corporate client or a bridal party, I enjoy seeing it through from initial site consultation to the moment it all comes to life.
With weddings I make sure to stick around for bridal entry, my favourite part of the whole journey is lining up the bridal party, making sure they all well-presented and opening the doors the moment they are introduced as husband and wife.
7.30 pm | HOME TIME
Most of the time I am wrapping it up at about 7.30-8pm, depending on my involvement in an event/wedding I may stick around longer and even have a celebratory drink with my client.
I try to keep a healthy work like balance and head out after work to dinner with friends or family.
12.00 am | BEDTIME
By the time I get home and unwind, I’ll check in with the staff to see how the events concluded and call it a day.