Your Quinceanera is very special, and you deserve a celebration, but you don’t need to go totally broke in order to have a beautiful party. You just have to be creative and be willing to “have it all” but on a smaller scale. Check out these tricks and tips for a fabulous and fun Quinceanera, and you may spend even less than $2,000!
Food: Keep It Casual
- If you choose a formal venue, ask if a buffet is cheaper.
- Or find a formal venue that will let you bring your own food.
- Have an intimate dinner at your house.
- Celebrate with a backyard picnic.
- Have dinner at a moderately priced restaurant.
Save Big Bucks on Your Dress
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Here are some other resources for a beautiful and inexpensive gown:
- Ask a friend or relative to make your dress.
- Shop resale, vintage, and places like Craigslist and eBay.
- Borrow your older sister’s or your friend’s Quinceanera dress.
- Adapt your older sister’s prom dress.
There’s a lot of sentimental value that comes with a dress handed down or borrowed, and particularly one made especially for you, so keep those options open.
Guest list: VIPs Only
Never mind your second cousins and half your class from school. Stick to those who have really been there for you and who will be the most genuinely happy to celebrate with you.
Tip: Yes, you can still have a court of honor. Just don’t have 15 people. Do it like a small wedding: one BFF girlfriend for a dama and one guy you really like for your escort.
DIY Dollar Store Decor
- One dollar store vase or mason jar
- One or two colorful spray paints
- One giant dollar store fake flower or bouquet
Voila! A centerpiece!
Run Your Own Dance Party
You don’t need a pricey DJ. Make your own iPod playlist and pipe it through speakers.
Tip: If you really must have a DJ, find one who’ll do a truly cool package for you with lights and a fog machine and only book him or her for a couple of hours.
eVite Your Invites
Skip the paper, stamps, and snail mail and invite your guests electronically. You do want to use an invitation site, though—don’t just send Facebook invites.
(You can use Facebook for updates—just not too many. You don’t want your Quince to look like a reality TV show! “Keeping Up with the Quinceanera” isn’t a good idea.)
Try one of these sites or find another to your liking:
Paper Invitation Tip: If you really want paper invites, then go for a one-piece design with a postcard RSVP card or, if you can find it, a one-piece invitation with a tear-off postcard RSVP. That way you’ll only need one envelope stamp and one postcard stamp—and postcard stamps are a lot cheaper than envelope stamps!
Make Hair & Makeup a Family Affair
Scout YouTube and magazines for DIY hair and makeup designs, then ask your mom and friends to help you practice for your big day.
Tip: You can get a free makeover at a fancy department store cosmetics counter to get started and also learn where and how to contour. Some salons, beauty schools, and upscale cosmetics places like Ulta sponsor free hairdo days as a promotion.
Use Your Family as Photo Pros
Create a hashtag for uploading photos from your guests’ smartphones, and also buy a bunch of disposable cameras for the tables. You’ll end up with a lot more “important” pictures because your friends and family know who’s most important to you.
Tip for limited pro photography: Book a pre-Quinceanera photo shoot, then use one of those portraits on your invitation. You can also hire a pro photographer just for an hour or two to take formal portraits of you, your court, and your family.
Repurpose Your Ceremony Decorations
Some churches may require that you leave your altar arrangements, and some may tell you no pew bows, but if you can have those you’re good to go:
- Use your altar arrangements on pedestals to flank your head table.
- Set your damas’ bouquets in the middle of each guest table for a low centerpiece.
- Put your bouquet on your cake table as an accent.
- Tack the pew bows around the venue in places like the corners of the buffet and sweet tables, one at the front of your cake table, one on the back of your chair, and hang the rest in a row at the top of a simple backdrop to make an instant photo booth.
Tip: This is a fabulous DIY photo booth setup using PVC pipes and a pretty tablecloth or piece of fabric. Just hang your ceremony bows from the top clips! And even if the church didn’t let you have bows on the pews they’re super easy to make, and you can still attach them to the tables and photo backdrop.
Give some of these solutions a try as you plan your Quince. Even if you only use a couple of the ideas, you’ll cut way down on the budget. Not only will that make your parents happy, but you’ll have a Quince that you can really be proud of because you put the thought and effort into making it gorgeous and affordable!