Opening in 1923 in the heart of Phoenix, AZ the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa provides a location of natural beauty and luxurious amenities for your wedding reception. After the hotel graciously hosted our VIP networking event there last month, we had a chance to speak to Rulla Effa, the Director of Catering at the hotel who gave us a sneak peak into planning your perfect wedding at the Arizona Biltmore. Rulla has worked in the industry for over 24 years, moving to and from various 4 and 5 star resorts in the Arizona and Southern California areas. An expert in weddings, Rulla answered some questions for Grace Ormonde about the unique wedding services of the Arizona Biltmore.
GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
RE: I am a hands on type of person so my role is to never let the bride go! Whether she is working with a wedding planner or not; she is still my bride through and through. Our resort is a historic property and unlike any other property. Many stories and history have been made here which makes this a magical location for any bride.
GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
RE: They can expect to gain a new friend in the end.
GO: If you had to describe your property in 3 words, what would they be?
RE: Historic, charming and unforgettable!
GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at your venue?
RE: We have 3 historic ballrooms that we hold our weddings at which make for a memorable event. Each ballroom has something unique about it whether it is a copper ceiling or has a circular shape to it.
GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
RE: Photos may be taken anywhere on the property.
GO: Do you have customizable packages?
RE: Absolutely! We have packages or can customize anything for the bride and groom.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your culinary team?
RE: Our culinary teams are one of the best around! We have so many ethnic backgrounds in the kitchen and we truly can create anything their heart desires.
Rulla advised that if you are interested in booking your wedding with the Arizona Biltmore to contact them immediately as they book far in advance and schedule a site visit. They are also currently working on their website, which will be up and running by the end of April, for more information.
The Arizona Biltmore is truly, as its website describes it, a “Jewel of the Desert”. Thank you Rulla Effa and the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa for giving us a sneak peek into your hotel’s services!