29 Aug How To Plan The Best Quinceañera Ever
It seems like just yesterday when your little princess was playing tea party, learning to ride a bike, and asking for bedtime stories. But with her 15th birthday approaching, she’s blossomed into a young woman—kind, thoughtful, mature, and ready to take the world by storm. She deserves a quinceañera fit for a queen, and Factory of Dreams Hall San Diego can help you plan a night she’ll remember for the rest of her life. All you have to do is make a few important creative decisions and we’ll handle all the details. Here are 7 easy steps to plan the best quinceañera ever:
1. Start planning early
Planning a quinceañera is very similar to planning a wedding, which means you’ll need to book the church for Mass and reception venue far in advance—typically 10-12 months before the date. Most quinceañeras take place on Saturdays, so you’ll want to ensure you can lock down a date as close to your daughter’s 15th birthday as possible.2. Set a budget
2. Set a budget
Creating a budget and sticking to it will keep spending under control. And because quinceañeras traditionally have sponsors for the celebration, it’s important to determine early on who will be sponsoring the event and how much they will contribute. Once you have a budget set, you can determine how many guests you will invite. Your daughter might want a blowout with 200 people, but she may be willing to host a more intimate affair in exchange for a more extravagant dress or decoration budget. 3. Decide on a theme
3. Decide on a theme
Not all quinceañeras need a specific theme, but at the very least you and your daughter will need to select a color scheme for decorations, her dress, and the Court of Honor’s attire. She will also need to decide which quinceañera traditions she wants to observe during the party, including the changing of shoes, the doll ceremony, the candle lighting ceremony, and the crowning of the birthday girl.
4. Select the Court of Honor
Traditionally, the Court of Honor includes 14 of your daughter’s friends or young relatives, which can be all boys, all girls, or couples. It’s important for her to choose wisely—members of the court must be responsible, dependable, and have a close enough relationship to your daughter that there’s little chance of a falling-out before the event. And if your daughter plans to include her court in the traditional, elaborate La Quinceañera waltz, you’ll want to hire a choreographer at least 3-6 months in advance.
5. Interview musicians and photographers
Music can make or break any party, and you want to ensure guests dance the night away without a hitch. It’s a good idea to interview bands or DJs at least 6-9 months in advance. The same goes for photographers, who fill up bookings early. To guarantee an exciting music experience and high-quality photos that you’ll cherish forever, you can choose musicians and photographers that are vetted by the venue—at Factory of Dreams Hall San Diego, we have a list of excellent professionals who work with us often and are familiar with the space and experienced with the unique customs of quinceañeras.
6. Prepare speeches and toasts
Toasts and thank-you speeches are as important as the dances and ceremonies, so don’t wait until the last minute to write and practice what you will say. The parents’ toast is a chance to show your pride in your daughter, highlighting her achievements and virtues and your hopes for her bright future. And while you could certainly talk about your daughter all night long, it’s best to keep toasts short and sweet—and don’t forget to thank all the family and friends who helped with the event.
7. Don’t sweat the details
The best way to avoid stress when planning a quinceañera is to delegate all the miscellaneous details. At Factory of Dreams Hall San Diego, our concierge services will coordinate the event set-up, including decorating and ensuring all the vendors are on time and ready to go. We offer all-inclusive quinceañera packages that include everything you need, plus optional extras like photographers, videographers, choreographers, flowers, party favors, live entertainment, and more.
Watch your princess blossom into a queen at Factory of Dreams Hall San Diego
Give your little girl the quinceañera of her dreams in our gorgeous historic Spanish Revival banquet hall complete with an LED dance floor, light-up bar, outdoor courtyard, and more in centrally located North Park. For more information or to schedule a tour, give us a call today.