Step-By-Step Quinceanera Guide: Order Of Events

Quince Madrina

A crucial element to have a stress free Quinceanera reception is to have a written program of the important events taking place during the reception.

A great idea is to print this program and place it at the seat of each of your guests, this way, if they need to briefly step outside of the reception, they’ll know by what time to return to not miss anything!


Take a look at the most common order of events at any Quinceanera: 

Your guests’ arrival

While you are taking the Quince pictures at your place of choice, your guests should be arriving to the venue. This would be a good time to have your caterer serve light appetizers and beverages.

Your XV

The Quinceanera Entrance

Minutes before your arrival, the event coordinator, family member, DJ, or MC will announce for all guests to take a seat. While the DJ plays your entrance music, the progression should be as follows: your parents, your padrinos, your Quinceanera court, then you and your chambelan.

The Quinceanera Toast

All of your guests will be standing following your main entrance. Take advantage of this by going immediately into the Quinceanera toast. This is typically done near the MC, DJ, or a microphone. Have your parents and padrinos stand by your side so that they too offer words of appreciation to your guests.

The Quinceanera Dinner

If you’re having a seated dinner, the waiters will make rounds to each table. If you’re having a buffet, your coordinator, DJ, or MC will call one table at a time when it’s time for them to head to the front of the line. It is the responsibility of these individuals to keep the buffet line moving smoothly and orderly. Also, make sure you, your court, parents and padrinos are served first. You don’t want any of them – including yourself – forgetting to eat.

Quinceanera traditions and surprise dance

If you’re having a traditional Quinceanera, the change of the slippers and the dance of the last doll will follow the dinner. Then, the father and daughter dance will proceed, leading into the Quinceanera waltz. So that the excitement of your Quince does not drop, be ready to perform your surprise dance right after.

Your XV

Party Time

Taking advantage of the festive environment that your Quinceanera surprise dance creates, and that your court is on the dance floor, have each of them select a random guest from the room to take them to the dance floor. And with this, the party will begin!

Cake Cutting

About one hour before the end of your party, take a breather from the dance floor and have your parents, padrinos, and chambelan meet you at the cake table for the cake cutting. When finished, rejoin the dance while the servers place slices of Quinceanera cake at each of the tables.

The Last Song

End your party on a high note by dancing the last song with your dad, mom, padrinos, and special people in your life. This is a kind and fun way of telling your guests that the party is officially over.



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  • Victoria Hebberts

    Thank you so much for this, I am doing a spanish project and this helped so much. Other websites are like, OMG, so confusing

  • Vanessa

    Thank you so much for this!! It helped me a lott since my fifteens are in 4 days! 🙂

    • Hillary Lopez

      I really hope you have a great day Vanessa!

  • Esmeralda

    This help es me a LOT thank you

    • Grecia Hernandez

      Glad we helped out Esmeralda!

      • about how much did you pay in all

        • Grecia Hernandez

          Hi Estefani, pay in all for what?

  • Elena

    OMG ! This helped so much!
    My quince is in 3 years!
    Than you so much !(:

    • Grecia Hernandez

      Yay! Happy to help you Elena!

  • Aryana

    My Quince is in about two years and this really helped. Thanks

  • Angela

    This helped alot because my quince is 2 weeks away!!

  • jasmin

    this really helped thanks! my quince is 11 months away cant wait thanks

    • Grecia Hernandez

      glad we did!

  • Thanks this is more helpful

  • Karmen

    This really helped!! I am really planning ahead because my Quinceañera is about 2 years away!!! Just really want to make sure everything is perfect because I know this day will mean a lot to my family, especially my dad 🙂

  • Estela

    Thanks this is really helping, my Quinceneara is a couple months away and I’m getting lots of help. PARTY TIME !!!!

  • Dania Franco

    My quince is next week, and this really helped. Hopefully everything goes as planned!

  • Liana

    I’m Dominican ,I want to combine the dance with more than my father via my father , mi abuelito , my tios, boyfriend, & brother. So can I do a waltz with just my dad & Abuelito , then bachata dance with my dad,abuelito,&tios and then another bachata dance for just my brother & my boyfriend ? BTW i’m having a quinceanera styled 17th birthday party since I didnt have my quince. Please let me know thanks.

  • Nicole Garcai

    Thank You this helped a bit with my confusion. But with date and time I’m still confused.

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  • Mikayla Rodriguez

    My party is July 13 of this year but my actual birthday is May 20th which is only sixteen days away. I got everything I just need help on the speech part. I don’t know what to say /.\

    • Toni Garza

      You should probably just thank everyone for coming. After that, you should write a brief speech for each person in your court leading up to your parents. For the speech for the members of your court, you should add how they’ve helped you mature, how they have made you who you’ve become, and maybe even throw in a couple of memories that you have with them.

  • Veronica madrid

    Well as a mother of the quince girl I am planning her party since the day I found out that I was having a girl so now is getting to pay for the hall, dj, video, photographer, food so this way when december 15th of this year is here I can enjoy her special day, I started this one year ahead looking for places and dress, music also getting ideas from the expos it helps so wish us luck.

    • Elizabeth Rebozo Hanks

      I agree with you, started planning way ahead and how its only a few weeks away for my daughter BIG DAY May 18th….. Planning on partying all night. Liz

  • violeta

    omgggg i loved this . it helped alot , thank you !!