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How To Throw the Best Quinceañera on a Budget

Becoming a woman is a young girl’s most memorable moment. Many civilizations worldwide celebrate this coming of age, and in Mexican culture, we do this with the popular quinceañera. You will be hard-pressed to find a Mexican girl below the age of 15 who can’t wait for that special day when they feel like la princesa. Every girl who wants this should be able to have it; this is how to throw the best quinceañera on a budget.

Have a Buffet

Catering is usually the part of the planning process that will take the biggest chunk of your money. You can’t have a quince without food for your guests, but you can still stick to your budget and feed everyone. The best way to satisfy everyone without breaking the bank is by having a buffet—your guests will love a delicious meal no matter how you serve it to them.

Cut Down

We all know about the centerpiece of the party—the Corte de Honor, traditionally made of 14 girls and 14 boys, known as las damas and los chambelanes. The Corte de Honor is a quintessential part of a quince, so you might wonder how you will find the perfect chamebelanes and damas. Usually, they are family and friends, but sometimes, people will hire them for the night.

Don’t worry just yet, as there are acceptable ways to cut costs here, and you won’t have to hire anyone. Many people will cut the Corte de Honor in half or only have the chambelanes—doing this allows you to keep everything friendly and familiar.

The Dress

Of course, no quinceañera is complete without having the perfect dress. But how can you throw the best quinceañera and have the picture-perfect dress on a budget? You can have the best of both worlds by using a hand-me-down, buying secondhand, or renting the dress. The truth is that a quince dress is a once-in-a-lifetime wear, so it will be easy to find a gorgeous dress at a discount.

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