Are you preparing for your quince and wondering what some of the traditions are? Read on to learn more about some basic quinceanera traditions.
A quince court, or Court of Honor, are selected to share in the special day of the quinceanera. They are boys and girls who are family or friends of the quinceanera.
The traditional amount is a pretty huge court: 14 damas, 14 chambelanes and 1 chambelan de honor.
Very common is the court with 7 damas, 7 chambelanes and 1 chambelan de honor.
More recently, it has become perfectly acceptable to build the court to suit your needs.
Maybe you have 4 damas, 4 chambelanes and 1 chambelan de honor.
Or, maybe you have all damas and a chambelan de honor.
It’s your call–it’s your day and it’s best to do what makes the most sense for your situation ~
The first part of a traditional quinceanera is a religious ceremony.
The mass is a time of celebration and prayer for the quinceanera.
There are readings the quinceanera will recite during the ceremony. She will also be presented with gifts during the ceremony.
Gifts include one or more of the following: pillow, cross, rosary, Bible, tiara, or other item with meaning.
The quince court will be seated in one of the first pews in the church, and parents of the quinceanera and immediate family will also sit in the front.
Similar to a wedding, following church is the actual reception. If a church service is not part of the event, the quinceanera starts at the party.
The party could take place at any kind of venue, from a private home to a grand ballroom, a party in a tent, banquet hall, to even a destination quinceanera.
The reception will involve a combination of dinner and dancing.
Probably the most well known quinceanera tradition, a large, fancy ball gown is what quinceaneras typically wear for their big day.
This is one of the most amazing parts of the party planning: finding the perfect quinceanera dress.
For a long time, most quinceanera dresses were strapless style.
Recently, the trend has shifted and although strapless is still popular, other styles are also common.
Many dresses feature sleeves, sequins and appliques, cap sleeves, multiple layers. The dresses available now in 2022 are exquisite, and often are quite expensive.
In Quince Dresses you will find a selective Ball Gown and very good prices in New York
It is a tradition for the quinceanera to carry a ramo, or bouquet. It can be artificial, real, or even made of surprise elements, like paper flowers.
The quinceaneras flowers bouquet or “ramo de la quinceanera” (as it is known by the Hispanic community) is a must-have accesory that complements the overall glamorous look for the quinceanera.
Here is the natural type, made out of real, fresh flowers and roses and there is the plastic one. Both are designed based on the quinceanera dress color (or colors!) and the quinceanera’s color theme and decorations. I personally prefer the first choice, as it brings in a fresh, more natural add on to the quinceanera portraits. The quinceanera’s flower bouquet is the type of accessory that quinceaneras might want bring along for every single event throughout the quinceanera’s celebration, although for some specific shots it’s OK to put it away. Even though there might be obvious similarities, the quinceanera’s flowers bouquet should not be an exact copy of bride’s bouquet.
There are two formal dances. The first is the father/ daughter dance.
The second is a dance performed by the quinceanera and her court. It is usually choreographed (either by a professional, or by an “expert” family member or friend).
It will be the first dance of the evening, and takes place after the meal. After the Waltz, a lot of the pressure is off and you can really enjoy your party! Popular waltzes for quinceaneras are Vals de las Mariposas (Cheyo Carillo), Es Mi Nina Bonita (Vicente Fernandez) and Tiempo de Vals (Chayanne).
You can choose any songs you want, and in English or Spanish.
Padrinos and Madrinas
Padrinos and madrinas are patrons of your quinceanera.
This means they will play a special role in your day by sponsoring a specific item, such as your ramo, tiara, quinceanera cake, food, venue rental and so on.
Family members, close family friends, and possibly church members will serve as padrinos.
There will be Padrinos de Honor, essentially the main padrinos for the event.
They will play a role in the quinceanera ceremony, stand with the quinceanera at various times and present the quinceanera with special gifts.
These gifts (see: Mass) are first blessed by the Priest.
THE CROWNING CEREMONY
During the party, the birthday girl gets the royal treatment when she receives a crown and scepter. The crown symbolizes that she is a princess in the eyes of God. The scepter represents her acceptance of the responsibilities of becoming a woman. Traditionally, the parents or godparents will present the birthday girl with these gifts.
The last doll is symbolic of the quinceanera leaving her childhood, and receiving one last doll prior to being considered a young lady.
Some quinceaneras receive a last doll with a dress matching her specific quinceanera dress.
The last doll can also be displayed at the party after it is presented to the quinceanera, and is a keepsake to keep forever.
Sometimes instead of a doll, a plush bear will be gifted to the quinceanera.
Changing of the Shoes
The changing of the shoes is a ceremony performed at the reception, and it involves the quinceanera removing her flat shoes.
Her father, or other important male figure in her life, will replace the flats with heels.
This is symbolic of the quinceanera growing up and is a popular (and emotional!) quinceanera tradition.
Sweet Sixteen Photography New York
THE CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY
The candle-lighting ceremony is a moving part of the celebration. The birthday girl takes time to honor instrumental loved ones in her life. There should be one candle lighter for each candle. It is common for each member of the court to light a candle and for the girl’s parents to light either the first or last one. Instead of the court doing so, the girl may choose fifteen people with whom she has a close relationship to light these candles.
One traditional gift that the girl may receive is the “last doll.” Usually, a porcelain doll dressed like the girl on the quinceañera, the gift signifies her passage from childhood into adulthood.
Other traditional gifts are a Bible, a rosary, a cross, or a medal. These religious gifts are often given during the Mass. Another gift given during the Mass could be 15 red roses from the girl’s grandparents. Each stem signifies strength, and each petal displays sweetness.
The family may also decide to give the girl a tiara or crown to signify responsibility. In many cultures, the birthday girl will receive a birthstone ring or bracelet to represent femininity and coming of age.
It is traditional to give your guests party favors to take with them at the end of the quinceanera.
Favors range from candles, candies, baked goods, or religious items.
You may also give special gifts to your padrinos and madrinas, and especially to your padrinos de honor
COMBINE TRADITION & ELEGANCE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE QUINCEAÑERA
A memorable quinceañera celebration should incorporate aspects of traditional Hispanic customs and modern elements. Marking such an important transition in the young girl’s life, you’ll want to deliver the quinceañera she’s dreamt of for years.
With the fancy dress, extravagant decorations, gift preparation, and more, a magnificent quinceañera takes lots of planning. With assistance from the event planning experts at Knowles Hospitality, let’s work together to create an unforgettable quinceañera holding traditional and modern elements that suit your birthday girl the best.
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