The 15th birthday, or "Quinceañera," is a Mexican tradition that celebrates a young woman's coming of age. The Quinceañera celebration begins with a religious ceremony, followed by a grand feast and party for friends and family. Most young girls fantasize about this day for years. The preparations are exciting, but they can also be overwhelming. Careful planning will be critical to making your Quinceañera as stress free as possible.
Party Size and Budget: Before you can begin your preparations, you will need to sit down with your parents and discuss how many people you will invite and agree on a budget. Once you have these details worked out, you can get to work planning your special day.
Location and Invitations: Start planning early to make sure you get your first choice of church and reception hall. Meet with your priest to discuss the ceremony and rehearsal. When visiting the reception hall, make sure you know exactly what's covered in your contract. Finalize your guest list and order your invitations early.
Food: If you decide to have your party catered, try to get a referral to a caterer from someone you know. Ask the caterer if you can sample his food. Your family can also choose to prepare the food themselves. This can save a lot of money, but it will also be a lot of work.
Music and Photographer: Hiring a live band is a special treat, but it can be expensive and can limit the variety of music you have at your party. If you'd like a wider array of music, hiring a DJ is a great way to go while also saving you money. Decide whether you want to hire a professional photographer, or if you can rely on a trusted friend to take your photos.
Theme and Color Scheme: This is where you can let your imagination run wild! You can choose a romantic theme, such as moons and stars, or a festive theme, such as a luau. Visit party supply stores for ideas. You can use the color of your dress as the central color scheme and select flowers accordingly.
Make sure you receive written contracts from every vendor you hire, and take your time going over the details. Be sure to ask friends and family for referrals to caterers, DJs and other vendors they trust. Enlist help and start your Quinceañera preparations early to help ensure your special day is enjoyable and worry-free.