Do you love movies like I do, how about having a quinceanera with the theme of movies or a cinema. You could decorate the reception with your favorite movie posters, from the classics to the new blockbusters. Your invitations can be a real ticket shown on the picture below. Your main chair “de coronacion” can be one of those director chairs, how cool is that! And how about giving your chambelanes or padrinos a Trophy Statuette, you know those from the Oscars. For the baile sorpresa, or any of your dances you can be dressed as Marilyn Monroe, or any other classic movie icons.
Quinceanera Decorations – Many salones don’t need a lot of decorations to make it look nice, others do. Cloth table covers and chair coves look much better than plastic. A nice centerpiece can serve as the quinceanera favor too. Less balloon color variety makes your decorations look more elegant. Plastic foam decorations sold in many tienditas look cheap for quinceaneras, they are ok for bautizos. When making your own quince favors, keep it simple, the more stuff you glue to the favor, the more you make it look cheap. Personalized ribbons are not expensive, they look much better than some ugly writings I’ve seen. Church decorations, should not get in the way of your video guy, sometimes these decorations do more damage than good, I’m talking about decorations that ruin the best shot. Photo and video people movement is very limited at the church, and then imagine a huge RAMO tapando la cara de la quinceanera. Do you have any other tips for quinceanera decorations ?
Le’ts talk about quinceanera party decorations. Last week we attended a quinceanera where the decorations were very nice. All table covers were real fabric not plastic covers. The reception site was very elegant. The one thing really wrong is that the people in charge of the decorations started to take away all decorations like chair covers, table covers and decorations, table center pieces, etc at 10:30 p.m. And if you have been to quinceaneras, then you know that the party really finishes at least at midnight. This party ended at 1:30 a.m. If you’re a venue decorator expert, tell us what you think about this?
Planear tus quince toma muchisimo tiempo. Use this basic timeline to check up on your progress in the upcoming months. If you’ve got less time to plan, don’t panic — but do get started right away.
More than 1 year before
Decide on the date of your Quinceanera and book the church and salon.
Start thinking about your budget and number of guests you will have.
Start looking at Quinceanera locations. It might seem early, but remember, you’re competing against weddings and other parties, so these places book up fast. And some reception halls you can pay in payments. If you start paying early, there are less bills at the end.
10 to 12 (or more) months before
Discuss with your daughter who she would like to be her sponsors (padrinos and madrinas), and go with her to ask them.
Discuss with your daughter who she would like to be in her honor court (damas and chambelanes), and go with her to ask them to participate.
Start planning the guest list.
Determine the dances that the court will perform (find a choreographer, if necessary), and set up a practice schedule.
6 to 8 months before
If you or your daughter are ordering a dress (especially one that’ll require tailoring), start shopping now. Order as much in advance as possible to leave time for last-minute alterations.
Same goes for damas — if you’re asking them all to order a dress, get those orders in now.
Start thinking about what kind of food you’d like to have.
Decide on what kind of entertainment you want. A DJ? Un Grupo? Mariachi?
Start researching and booking Quinceannera pros, like your photographer, band or DJ, etc.
Check out party-rental places if you need to rent anything for your Quinceannera (like chairs and tables or a tent).
4 to 6 months before
If you’re getting custom-printed invitations, it’s time to start shopping.
Having a custom-made cake? Start thinking about how you’d like it to look (and taste!), and check out the bakeries in your area.
Choose and order any Quinceanera accessories you need (crown, doll, etc) or tell your padrinos where to get them.
3 months before
Order your invites.
Order your cake.
Decide on formalwear for chambelanes and any other escorts, and make sure orders are placed.
Work with your daughter on creating the program and/or Mass book for the ceremony.
2 months before
Distribute your invitations to your guests
If you and your daughter are having hair or makeup professionally done, make those appointments now. You might also want to do a trial run to see how it’ll look.
1 month before
Pick up dresses from the store and have final fittings done. Same goes for the damas.
Make any last-minute adjustments with your Quinceanera pros.
2 weeks before
If you’re having a professional photographer, work with them to determine a schedule for portraits or other posed shots.
1 week before
Give your site or your caterer the final head count so they know how many meals you’ll need. Don’t forget to include your DJ, photographer, etc. — they need to eat too!
Remind your location about any special needs your other Quinceanera professionals might have (for example, if the DJ needs a table, where the band will be set up, etc.)
Having assigned seats? Don’t forget to create your seating chart.
Call all of your Quinceanera vendors and reconfirm all details: When they’ll be arriving, what they’ll be providing, etc. Make sure they have the phone number of someone reliable in case anything comes up close to party time.
Make sure the chambelanes have picked up their formalwear and had their final fittings.
Have a final dance practice to make sure everyone’s got their moves down pat.
The quinceanera tradition varies with the country of origin, these are some terms you should be familiar with. 80% of us quinceaneras are of mexican descent.
- celebration of girl’s becoming adult: a Latin American celebration followed by a formal dinner-dance for a 15-year-old girl, marking her passage into adulthood.
- young Hispanic girl’s escort: a boy who is a young girl’s formal escort in a court of honor during her rite of passage welcoming her into adulthood
- formal escort of girl: a girl who is another young girl’s formal escort in a court of honor corte de honor during her rite of passage quinceañera welcoming her into adulthood
-godfather of girl: a godfather of a young girl who is having a rite of passage party quinceañera welcoming her into adulthood, and who pays for flowers, invitations, and other things. Aka sponsors.
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Hispanic group escorting young girl: the group of formal escorts of a young girl at her rite of passage party quinceañera welcoming her into adulthood
La Ceremonia Religiosa/ La Misa:
-A church service, mass or simple blessing, usually catholic but not always. In each country it is different. For example, in Cuba families do not have a church service; Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Central Americans almost always have a church service. Puerto Rican quinceañeras traditionally have a blessing of all the accessories (rosary, shoes, Bible, prayer book, etc.) during the reception. After this blessing, the mother of the quinceañera places a crown on the her head and her father changes her shoes from flats to heels, signifying the change from childhood to young womanhood.
-Generally following the ceremony is the reception, this is the main party with food, drink and music. It can be arranged around a particular theme, such as Cinderella, Hollywood, flowers, colors, or any favorite thing of the quinceañera. The reception almost always includes the following:
The Introduction of the Court of Honor: Each name of the Court of Honor is announced as they enter into the reception. This is similar to the announcement of a bridal party at a wedding and is generally done by the Master or Mistress of Ceremony, DJ, or bandleader.
La Entrada/The Entrance: In some cultures this is a very dramatic, almost
theatrical moment. In Puerto Rico, the girls walk in on the arm of their Honor Escort to a white peacock chair, where she sits and is crowned and her shoes are changed from flats heels. One Mexican American quinceañera made her arrival on an oversized star which was lowered from the ceiling to the stage.quinceñera location
El Vals/The Waltz: One of the highlights of the reception, this is a very special moment, and is usually practiced months preceding the actual day of the quinceañera. In most cultures, the quinceañera starts dancing (usually to a waltz) with her father. She continues to dance with her father into the second song as her Honor escort dances with her mother. Halfway through the second song, they switch so her escort is dancing with her and her mother is dancing with her father. On the third song, the Court of Honor joins in.
El Brindis/The Toast: The father generally leads the toast, but it can be done by the master or mistress of ceremony, bandleader or Honor Escort. Mexican quinceaneras lately do another dance with the Copas/Glasses to finish with the grand finale toast.
Vals de los Padrinos/Sponsors Walts: Mexican quinceaneras do a sometimes very long walts where every padrino/sponsor dances with the quinceanera. This sometimes takes a very long time since very often they are more than 30 padrinos. In some quinceaneras the mayority of people invited to the celebration are padrinos/sponsors.
La Partida del Pastel/ The Cutting of the Cake: The special moment where the family and friends sing “Feliz Cumpleaños” Happy Birthday to the quinceanera. Don’t be surprised if a chambelan or family member pushes the quinceanera so that her face smashes the cake.
El Baile Sorpresa / The Surprise Dance: This is the dance where every quinceanera chooses a theme and performs a choreographed dance. Sometimes quinceaneras have a choreographer or the quinceanera and chambelanes choreographe themselves.
El Cambio de Zapatillas / Quinceanera Shoe Exchange: This tradition consist of changing the flat shoe to a high hills shoe, signifying the transition from a girl to a grown woman or senorita. This is usually done by the father, where they usually end dancing a song together.
La Coronacion / The Crowning Moment: Tipically the father or mother crown the quinceanera, at this moment also padrinos give her other gifts like jewelry and other quinceanera accesories.
La Ultima Muñeca / The Last Doll: A damita (a kid dama) or the father usually gives the quinceanera her last doll, later the father dances with the quinceanera and the doll. This is usually a big doll.
El Baile / The Dance: The quinceanera starts off the dance with her fafher or a chambelan. This is the last thing that happens and usually ends at 12 midnight or even later.
The Thank You: The parents of the quinceañera read a thank you to the girl for turning out so beautifully and also to God for bringing her to them and seeing her through every day up to her quinceañera. The girl then reads a thank you to her parents for being there as well as for giving her the party, the sponsors for their contributions and finally to the guests for coming.
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