A quinceañera is a very special celebration in the Hispanic culture. On a young woman’s 15th birthday, she is admitted into womanhood. The Spanish word quince, meaning fifteen, and año, meaning year, are combined to form quinceañera: the rite of passage into womanhood. A remarkable celebration in the Hispanic culture, these celebrations often include both ceremony and festivities. This day is long awaited by families and especially coming of age girls – it’s likened to the American ‘Sweet 16.’
Much like planning a wedding, quinceañeras require up to 12 months or more to plan for. And by planning the smallest of details the months beforehand a family can ensure that the big day will be smooth running. Here are Novare Events‘ top five tips for planning a memorable quinceañeras celebration:
Start With A Budget
Budgets are important for every aspect of event planning. You’ll need to plan on the cost of everything from the invitations to the dress. Wise planning can save a lot of stress later on. 2017 statistics show that hosting a quinceañera will cost anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000. Traditionally, godparents play a big role in contributing to the planning and financial support of this milestone celebration.
Book Your Venue
We might be a little biased, but we believe that booking your venue at Novare Events will ease your party planning! However, no matter the venue you select ask these detailed questions:
Does the venue have a preferred caterer list or provide catering?
How are beverages and bar services structured?
Does the venue have any restrictions on decor or candles that you should be aware of?
What are all of the specific spaces included with rental?
These are a few of the key questions that you’ll want to nail down so that you fully understand what your rental contract covers and what it doesn’t cover.
Choose Your Guest List
Now that you’ve chosen your venue, it’s time to make that guest list. Remember that you’ll be sending out ‘Save the Date’ cards as well as invitations. In quinceañera tradition, a court of 14 members is also chosen to represent the young lady’s last 14 years of life.
Dress, Accessories, Makeup, Oh My!
Your beautiful young woman is going to be the star of the show. Now is the time to choose a stunning gown, decide on the color theme, and schedule makeup and hair appointments. It’s common to give the birthday girl a new pair of heels, to start her journey as a woman. Just like the bride at a wedding, she will be given traditional items to wear and will be decked out from head to toe wearing the perfect outfit.
Invitations And Final Touches
It’s traditional to send out invitations no less than 2 months in advance. During this time it’s also a great time to confirm the final details of the grand ceremony with your venue. Dress and tuxedo fittings should be done beforehand as well.
Novare Events knows how significant quinceañeras are for the families planning them – we love being a part of these milestone events and getting to know every family member involved. Click here to connect with our professional events team to plan a spectacular and stress-free quinceañera at one of our breathtaking venues!