Hola Quinceaneras 2b and Moq’s!
Ready to dive into the planning of your fabulous Quinceanera? Wait, wait, wait, not so fast.
Before you start writing checks and falling in love with the dresses and themes, check out the top 3 decisions to make when planning your quinceanera that will keep you on budget, minimize the stress of planning and give you the party of your dreams.
Head Count (same as guest count)
The amount of guests you want to have will determine your budget in all areas of your event. From the size of the location to the amount of invitations you will order. One common mistake is not creating a realistic head count. Then quinceaneras go out and book a venue too small or too big for their event guest size. This brings us to one BIG question? who to invite? Well, you will feel the need to invite everyone you have known or interacted in the 14 years of your life, But is that a must? nope! Not if you want to keep your budget under control. So what is the Rule of thumb? Immediate family members on both parents side if applicable, closest friends, court members’ parents and siblings. Once you start to write down your list, this will account for at least 100 guests, trust me! Better yet, put it to the test.
Padrinos/Sponsors yay or nay?
Padrinos/Sponsors, Getting a financial sponsor for your quince can be very helpful but can also cause issues if they back out at the last minute. Entrusting someone to be a Sponsor is a big responsibility and should not be taken lightly. A meeting before event bookings begin are a must. Price out your wish list for the event. Make it a social gathering to take the edge off you having to ask for money for your event. It can be nerve wrecking or uncomfortable for the Q2b or Moq. So invite them over for lunch 1 on 1 or have a Sponsors’ lunch. Let them know you are inviting them because you would love them to be part of your event. If they show up you know they’re in!
Court Members, a co-ed court? a boys only court? or just gals? what’s a girls to do? The traditional 14 couples or 7 couples, a Quinceanera & her escort can add up to a whopping 30 or 16 teens, Yikes! Sounds like fun right? well think about the following before deciding on a court size and type. Size of venue? will the dance floor hold all of them for your dances? Will you have a practice place for all of them? Can your limousine hold everyone? Can your guest count afford to add all those parents and siblings? if you’re answer is yes. Then go for it the more the merrier!
In conclusion, making these three decisions early will result in a more cost effective and less stressful Quinceanera planning.
CELIA J. BARRIOS | Event Coordinator/Owner