Sunday, June 23, 2013

Planning a Quinceañera

Quinceañeras are often very elegant and full of intricate decorations, in other words, beautiful celebrations! Not to mention the beautiful gowns the celebrated Quinceañera wears to the party! However, these well-organized and beautifully designed celebrations require a lot of a work and organization in order to come together such as who to invite, where to get the decorations, what about the food and most importantly the ballroom! These questions can seem overwhelming but with good planning skills and most importantly, time, things can get done and the party can be well on its way! Here are some tips on how to prepare for the big day and have a beautiful and well-organized party.

Brainstorm and research: First and foremost, grab a notebook and pen and jot down all the things that will be needed for the quince. At this level in planning, you will not have the small details down, but think of the big picture. Look up local ballrooms or event centers where you might want your quince to take place. Think of the Church where you would like to have your ceremony. Also, talk with your parents of what the budget is so you can make sure to stay within that price range. Lastly, think of potential themes and color schemes you would like to have at your quinceañera.

Plan the quince with enough time:  One of the most important steps in planning a Quince is to think ahead and plan at least twelve months in advance. Planning almost a year ahead of time allows you to have a better selection of the many elements required in a quince. Also, most ballrooms are booked months ahead, so this will allow you to secure a space. Also, think of the food arrangements and entertainment you would like to have at the party.

Make arrangements: This is where the exciting things begin to happen, after you have discussed a budget with your parents, begin to make reservations for the ballroom/ event hall you selected, the food caterers, the decorations, bakery,  photographer, DJ etc... and most importantly having your dress designed or finding the perfect gown. Most of these things will require you to go to different places and try the food or hear the music. Basically, you will have a lot of choices to make from what invitation design you like best to what cake design you want, and this is why it is important to plan ahead.

Select the Quince court: The usual number of couples in a court are seven, but there can be more or less depending on your preference. One of the important things to do once you have selected your court is to schedule rehearsals with them and decide on what they will wear to the quinceañera. At this point, since you more or less know who's going to be part of the party, begin to make limousine or other transportation arrangements.

Focus on your own personal touches:  A couple of months prior to the quince, make sure to make an appointment with your hairdresser and make up artist. Most times you will meet before with them to have a test run and see what way you want to go. Also, check up on your dress and look for shoes and accessories that you will wear.

Several weeks before the big day: Go over all the details and call to check in with the service providers to make sure all is still set as arranged. You should also call any people who have not responded to the invitations to have a better idea of who is going and who is not. Also if you had your dressed designed make sure to get it in time if it is ready. Also, make sure to get a good amount of rest and eat healthy so you are well for the big day.

The day of the party: Make sure to be on time to your hair and make up appointments. The most important thing to do on that day is to have a lot of fun! 

"I loved it," exclaims college student Jissel Reyes. "I was the last of my friends to have a quince, so I was able to get a lot of ideas and follow some of their examples. I was trying to outperform my other friends.... My parents did a lot of the organization for me. We started about 6 months in advance. My top tip is to voice your opinion and tell your parents what you like and what you don't, so you will be happy with how everything turns out. You can really personalize the party and make it your own. I had a big party with family and friends. My theme was tinker bell and the color red. I was able to add personal touches by picking my own dress, the music, the theme, the decorations and the dances."

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