Quinceañeras / Sweet 15s with Party Specialists
Quinceañeras A Sweet 15 is a major milestone in a girl’s life, a long established celebration all over the world. As a time-honored tradition for girls, planning this celebration takes a great deal of planning. The attention to rich culture and tradition is important and many celebrate it differently. Adding a little extra must fit your taste and that of your family’s customs. The beginnings of Quinceañeras go way back to the combining of Christianity, the Aztec religion and lifestyle when the Spanish conquered the Aztec Indians in the 1500’s. It is still popular amongst the Hispanics in Mexico, the United States, Central and South America and in other Spanish-speaking countries.
This special celebration marks the beginning of womanhood as a young woman comes out to be presented to society. Tradition places additional responsibilities on the young woman after her Quinceañera such as household duties, family needs, work, volunteerism, or even marriage. While a great deal of attention is placed on the party and the celebration, the basic belief is for the young woman to live a life of faith, good moral principles, devotion to her community and living a wholesome lifestyle. The ceremony is value and moral centered. Like the milestone markers of birth, baptism, and confirmation, the Quinceañera gives thanks to God.
Spiritual reverence is important for some families planning this event. They also have the duty to assist with the financial costs of the event alongside the godparents and other special friends and family members.
Decide who will be members of your court. Fourteen couples: one for each year of your life, are chosen. Fourteen Damas, maids of honor, and fourteen chamberlains may include family members and/or close friends. You might also consider having flower girls to scatter rose petals or to carry a basket of flowers.
Customs & Traditions:
A celebration is planned for her birth date or the Saturday closest to her birthday Quinceañera! Typically, a church mass is celebrated. The dinner and dance celebration can be held at any type of venue, a reception/banquet hall, or other unique possibilities. We will have a touch of protocol and a touch of special creativity as discussed with your special event.
Consider the following as ideas:
Special Scripture or Poem reading by a designated person
Candle Lighting Ceremony 14 Candles
Signing of the Certificate (Parents and Godparents can personally sign)
Acknowledgement and Recognition of other “special people”
Special Prayer or Verse
After the Court is presented and then the Quinceañera, special dances are reserved as follows:
First dance is a waltz danced with the Quinceañera and her father
Court of Honor is presented
Godparents join in
Males usually take turns dancing with the Quinceañera
The toast is given and the cake is served
Things to Consider:
Talking with the Priest
Favorite theme color(s)
Dress color (white, pink or another color?)
Table treats & decor
Choice of Chambelanes and Damas
Formal wear rental
Religious & Cultural aspects of the Quinceanera
The Quinceañera is accompanied by her parents and her godparents (padrinos). The Quinceañera is presented to the center of the dance floor. The event also includes the blessing of special gifts by the priest, scripture reading, music and song. It can be at this time or after the banquet, yet it is customary for the mother of the Quinceañera to place the tiara upon her daughter’s head, the father change her flat shoes to high heels and the Quinceañera gives her youngest sister (or parents) her porcelain doll. This is like the “cutting of the apron strings” where the Quinceañera becomes a young woman.