|A quinceañera is an important milestone in a young girl’s
life. In many Hispanic cultures, the celebration recognizes her entry into
womanhood by officially granting her permission to use makeup, wear heels, and perhaps
even date. Coinciding with her 15th birthday, the coming of age
event is rich with tradition and involves all the pomp and circumstance of a
wedding. If you’re planning a quinceañera for the first time, here are some
traditions that you’ll need to include to make your little girl feel like a
princess on her first big day.|
These are a few traditions common with most quinceañeras.
The Gown and Accessories.
The Quinceañera traditionally wears a ball gown, with her Court dressed in
gowns and tuxedos. Traditional accessories used to enhance her elegance range
from tiaras, sashes, and medals to cross necklaces and a scepter.
The Court. Much
like a bridal party, the Quinceañera gets to invite close friends and family to
participate in her Court of Honor. The Quinceanera's Court of Honor can be
comprised of either girls and boys, all girls (Damas), or all boys (Chambelanes).
The Ceremony. The quinceañera celebration
traditionally begins with a religious ceremony. This typically begins as mass
at a Catholic Church and is followed by a reception. During the ceremony, a
special Kneeling Pillow is placed for the young girl to kneel upon.
The Reception. Hosted at a home, venue or banquet hall, the
reception is a festive gathering of friends and family that includes music, food,
dancing, and several ceremonial traditions.
The father/daughter dance- Much like a wedding reception, the father
and the Quinceañera share a dance.
The waltz- A choreographed waltz is typically performed by the
Quinceañera and her Court.
The changing of shoes- The father (or close male relative) of the Quinceañera
ceremoniously changes her flat shoes to high heels. This symbolizes her transformation
from a little girl to a young lady.
The toast to the daughter- Known as the brindis, guests are invited to offer their congratulations and best
wishes by toasting the Quinceañera.
The last doll- A decorative keepsake, the quinceañera doll symbolizes
leaving childhood things behind and is often gifted to a younger sibling.
The Gifts. Traditional
quinceañera gifts include a Bible or prayer book, rosary beads, and flower bouquets.
Celebrate in Style
Whether you are planning a small gathering or an extravagant
celebration, Bella Collina is the perfect venue to
host your quinceañera celebration. We offer multiple areas to accommodate parties
of any size. Enjoy a stress-free, intimate evening with friends and family in
our Tuscan-styled atrium, dance under the stars on our grand lawn, or party the
night away in our stylish formal ballroom. We’ll create the fabulous and
memorable celebration your quinceañera deserves. Call us today at 407-469-4999,
to schedule a tour.