Your Quinceañera is a very important part of your life, you’re introduced to society as
a Beautiful young woman full of dreams and hopes for the future!
Read through our notes below on how to plan your Quinceañera/Sweet 16. You will also find explanations of the traditional events in a
Quinceañera/Sweet 16 including the presentation of the last doll and the first dance.

  • Religious Celebration: During the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 religious celebration, the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 is walked down the aisle
    accompanied by her parents and her godparents. The Quinceañera/Sweet 16 is presented to the center of the alter for the mass. After the
    Quinceañera/Sweet 16 mass, the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 can choose to do the crowing, changing of shoes, and the doll presentation.
    However, it is customary to do these Quinceañera/Sweet 16 traditions at the reception.

  • Quinceañera/Sweet 16 Reception: After the religious ceremony, the festivities can begin with lots of food, drinks, and music. These
    Quinceañera/Sweet 16 parties are usually arranged around a particular theme. For ideas on many great Quinceañera/Sweet 16 themes, see
    our Quinceañera/Sweet 16 Themes idea page!

Every Quinceañera/Sweet 16 reception usually includes the following:

  • The Introduction of the Court of Honor: To begin the festivities, the court of honor is first presented prior to the Quinceañera/Sweet 16
    . Each name of the court of honor is announced as they enter. This announcement is usually done with background Quinceañera/Sweet 16
    music. For a list of popular Quinceañera/Sweet 16 music, see our Quinceañera/Sweet 16 songs suggestion page.

  • The Presentation of the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 : After the presentation of the court of honor, the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 is finally
    introduced. A Quinceañera/Sweet 16 may choose to walk in on the arm of her escort. A special song is also played for her entrance.

  • Changing of the Shoes:

  • Crowning of the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 : The crowning of the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 is traditionally done by the mother of the
    Quinceañera/Sweet 16 . The headpiece worn by the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 is to be replaced with a Quinceañera/Sweet 16 tiara or crown. A
    scepter can also be presented to the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 at the same time.

  • Presentation of the Last Doll:

  • The Quinceañera/Sweet 16 Waltz: The main highlight of the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 is the waltz or el vals. Months of practice are spent
    for this special dance prior to the day of the Quinceañera/Sweet 16. In most cultures, the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 first dances with her
    father during a special Quinceañera/Sweet 16 song. The Quinceañera/Sweet 16 can then dance with her honor escort and finally the
    Quinceañera/Sweet 16 court of honor can join in.

  • The Toast: The father usually leads the toast for the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 . The toast can also be done by the master or mistress of
    ceremony, bandleader, or even the honor escort.
  • The Thank You: The parents of the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 give thanks to the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 for turning out so beautifully and also
    thank God for bringing her to them. The parents of the Quinceañera/Sweet 16 also gives thanks to God for seeing her through every day up
    to her Quinceañera/Sweet 16. The Quinceañera/Sweet 16 then gives thanks to her parents for everything they do as well as giving her the
    party. The Quinceañera/Sweet 16 also gives thanks to the sponsors for their contributions and to the guest for coming.
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