The 10 most expensive things at a Quinceañera party
The 10 most expensive things at a Quinceañera party

The 10 most expensive things at a Quinceañera party

Having a Sweet 15 party is undoubtedly expensive.

Even if you plan to invite only 50 people and use your backyard as the celebration venue to save a bit, it takes money to make it happen.

We have compiled a list of common costs for a Quinceañera party (based on estimated prices in California) so you and your parents have an idea of the budget you'll need.

Take a look and find out what kind of Quince celebration you can have without declaring bankruptcy.


The venue and Quinceañera Mass


The rental price may vary depending on the additional services included in their packages, such as offering food service, tablecloths, chair decorations, decoration, security, cleaning, and sometimes even cake cutting.

Expect to pay at least $700 (for the space alone) and up to $2,500 for a venue that can accommodate a good number of guests.

As a general rule, Saturdays are always the most expensive day. Now, if you have a Quinceañera Mass, be prepared to "donate" between $250 and $600.

Tip to save: You can have the celebration on a weekday or a Sunday and consider sharing your Mass to split the cost with another Quinceañera.


Your guest list


Your guest list may consist of 100 guests, but this doesn't mean you'll order 100 invitations since most are delivered per family, not per person. Planning to send "Save the Date" reminders too? Each person you invite will cost you money for invitations, seating arrangements, dinners, and cake portions, to name a few.

Tip to save: Plan a VIP Quinceañera with fewer guests and consider creating your own website with all the information instead of sending physical invitations.


The menu


If you're celebrating your Quince in a rented venue or garden, you'll have the following alternatives: menu options included in your package or hiring an external provider. The cost depends on the type of menu and the number of dishes. Prices for food offered by venues usually start from $30 and can go up to $60 per plate, while an external provider may charge you between $8 and $25, again depending on the menu.

"Food trucks" are becoming popular, and their fees vary. Also, to offer a little extra to your guests, you could consider a dessert table with cupcakes, macarons, and sweets, each piece priced at $1-$3.75.

Tip to save: You can have a buffet-style menu, consider your guest list, and skip the dessert table.


Your beloved Quinceañera dress!

A woman in a pink Quinceañera gown posing for a picture

The price you pay for your Quinceañera dress has a lot to do with the fabric, style, and designer. Each time a designer releases a collection, the previous one becomes less expensive. Dresses can start at $400 if purchased during the previous season or if they belong to a not-so-new collection, and can go up to $1,500 or more, depending on the popularity of the designer.

Tip to save: Buy a used dress or borrow one if you're superstitious. Many girls have beautiful dresses that they will never wear again. You can also choose a dress from a less popular designer or collection.


The must-have Quinceañera photography


A professional photographer will charge you between $500 and $3,000 or more, depending on the package you choose and their level of experience. Prices include the photo shoot, prints, digital files, and an album.

A videographer is optional, and their prices are similar to those of photographers. Some offer packages with both services included.

Tip to save: Hire a professional photographer for the ceremony and formal photos, then rely on friends or family for candid shots during the party. You can also ask about discounts or customize a package that fits your budget.




This isn't always considered, but you should plan how you'll get to your Quinceañera Mass and party. Some hire limousines or classic cars, which can cost between $300 and $700, while others arrive in more affordable vehicles. It all depends on your taste and budget.

Tip to save: If your church is near the venue, you could walk, ask a family member to drive you, or even hire a less expensive car.


Floral arrangements and decorations

Decorating your party venue with flowers and thematic elements is an art. Prices depend on the type of flowers, the arrangement, and the decorator's reputation. Most decorators offer packages, including table centerpieces, chair covers, and other decorative elements, starting at $800.

If you hire a decorator separately, expect to pay at least $400 for their services. And remember, if you choose to include flowers, your bill can increase by at least $300.

Tip to save: Consider using seasonal flowers, choose a simple decoration, or DIY (do it yourself) with your friends and family.


The cake


Cakes can be made of foam and decorated with fondant or covered with real pastry. The latter is usually more expensive because it requires more work. The price can range from $3 to $12 per slice. If your cake is part of the catering service, you may have it included in your menu price.

If you choose a pastry chef, you can pay between $300 and $1,000 depending on the cake's size and decoration. Cupcakes are becoming a trend, and their prices range from $1 to $4 each.

Tip to save: If your catering service includes the cake, great! If not, consider cupcakes or a smaller cake for the "cake-cutting" ceremony, and have a sheet cake ready to serve your guests.


The party favors

Quinceanera Invitation, a colorful floral invitation on a wooden background with tacos and tequilas

Giving your guests a keepsake will make your celebration memorable. The most common party favors are engraved with the date and the Quinceañera's name, and prices range from $2 to $8 each. If you multiply this amount by the number of guests you'll have, you'll get an idea of what you'll spend on them.

If your budget is tight, consider more affordable options such as personalized candies or handmade crafts.

Tip to save: Order your party favors online in advance and look for discounts or promotions.


The DJ and music

Music is essential to liven up the party. The cost of hiring a DJ varies depending on the hours they'll be at your party, the equipment they use, and their reputation. Prices range from $500 to $1,500.

If you want live music, bands or musical groups can charge you between $1,000 and $5,000. It all depends on the group's popularity and the number of musicians.

Tip to save: Create a playlist with your favorite songs and ask a friend or family member to be in charge of the music. Alternatively, you can hire a DJ for a shorter period to cover specific moments, like the father-daughter dance and the main dance set.


Professional services


Professional services include hair and makeup, which can cost between $150 and $500. The price will vary depending on whether they come to your home or if you go to a salon. Some packages include a trial session before the big day.

Manicure and pedicure services range from $30 to $60, while beauty salons can charge between $50 and $200 for a complete package. Additionally, transportation for these services may have an extra cost.

Tip to save: Look for packages that include hair, makeup, and nails. Some beauty schools also offer discounted services by students under the supervision of a licensed professional.


The Quinceañera ceremony venue

If your church is not where you'll celebrate your Quinceañera Mass, you'll need to budget for the venue. Prices range from $500 to $5,000 or more, depending on the location's exclusivity and amenities. Some venues include additional services such as catering, but it's not always the case.


Tip to save: If possible, choose a venue that includes catering, or select one that allows you to bring your food and drinks. Remember to check if there are any additional fees.


Choreography classes 


How much do you know about Quinceañera traditions?

After reading these tips, you should have a better understanding of the costs associated with planning a Quinceañera. Remember that these figures are estimates, and actual prices may vary based on your location, preferences, and negotiation skills.

It's essential to start planning early, set a budget, and make informed decisions. Don't hesitate to ask for help from friends and family, and consider cost-saving alternatives without compromising the significance and joy of this special celebration.

Now that you have a clearer picture of the expenses involved, you can embark on the exciting journey of planning your Quinceañera with confidence. Best wishes for a beautiful and memorable celebration!

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