PARTY DJ AUSTIN
Wedding & Event Planning Tips
Relax, we're here to help!
2019 Quinceanera Expo Austin, TX
Finally, Austin is now having Quinceanera Expos! For a while, they were only taking place in San Antonio. We were a part of the quince expo in mid-March of this year. This was put on by El Mundo Newspaper and Ricky's Events. There is another one happening next weekend, June 23, 2019, at the Diamante Event Center, located at 7801 N Lamar Blvd suite b148, Austin, TX 78752. The time is from 1 - 4 pm.
It is FREE to the public, so be sure to stop by and meet many great Austin Quinceanera vendors, sample great foods, and win some great door prizes at the event. In March, they gave away prizes every hour! If you need directions to the event center, just click the map below.
2020 Quinceanera Expo San Antonio, TX
The 2019 "Austin" and San Antonio Quinceanera Expo took place, this year, in San Antonio, Texas. The quince expo took place on Sunday, February 17, 2019, from 12 pm - 5 pm, in downtown San Antonio, at the the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, located at 900 E Market Street San Antonio, Texas 78205.
The next Quinceanera Expo is already set for Sunday, March 22, 2020. The time is the same as last year, 12 pm - 5 pm. The venue is also the same, which is helpful. If you need directions, simply click the map below. :)
You can buy tickets to the San Antonio Quinceanera Expo, online, for $8. The tickets will be $10 at the door, on the day of the event. Also, be sure to register for FREE prizes, for your Quince, at QuinceaneraExpos.com
Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths will actually not be at this event, this year, but we know a lot of our clients and perspective clients are searching for Quinceanera info, so we wanted to share this info with you. You'll be able to talk to all the vendors you will need, in person, at the expo. If you're looking to book an awesome Austin or San Antonio Quinceanera DJ, or a great Austin, San Antonio, or central Texas photo booth rental, contact us!
At the Quince Expo, You can meet and chat with Austin and San Antonio:
Photographers, videographers, Quinceanera DJ's, bands, caterers, cake or bakery
decorators, mariachis, jumping balloons or inflatables, limo services, party buses, tuxedo shops, bridal stores, jewelry Stores, choreographers, makeup artist, bartending services, florist, anything and everything else you can think of that you'll need for your Austin or San Antonio Quinceanera! Additionally, if you're searching for a great place for Quinceanera dresses, be sure to check out Mary's Bridal, for unique, affordable Quinceanera dresses! Be sure to check out our interview with Austin Quinceanera Dress shop, Ceremonias 15 and Bridal.
We are always happy to help clients plan their Quince and/or Sweet 15, Sweet 16. Business owners, Jason & Diana, are certified wedding/event planners and gladly offer great tips and advice to help you plan the big day. As always, contact us if you have any questions and we'll be happy to help! Be sure to check out our Top Quinceanera Trends article, or 8 Great Planning Tips for Your Quinceanera article!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
Note: This article was originally written in 2017, but we update it, as new quince expos happen, yearly.
Sunday, we had a great time providing a DJ for a fun Sweet 16, at the Hummingbird House in Austin, TX. Even though it rained most of the day, Sunday, fortunately, it stopped just in time for the ceremony to start! Though this was a Sweet 16, the family decided to incorporate some of the ceremonies and traditions from a Quinceanera. Our guest of honor, Trinity, received a crown, jewelry, a bible, and also did the changing of the shoes ceremony, as seen in the picture above.
Trinity and her dad danced to "Butterfly Kisses," which is always a favorite father/daughter dance song for many Quinceaneras, Sweet 15s & 16s, and even weddings!
For the cocktail hour and dinner, guests enjoyed amazing food and drinks, provided by Gourmet Gals Catering and Events! They had a taco bar with amazing chicken and beef tacos, queso, chips, and all the other fixings. They also served Sangria and a few lemonade drinks, in addition to their favorite beers.
Once the dance started, Jason and Diana kept the guests dancing to every song, all night! They played Country, Hip Hop, Top 40, Tejano, Cumbia, and Pop hits, keeping their guests having fun, all night. At one point, one of the guests came up and said "y'all are doing an amazing job! You even have my grandparents dancing. They haven't danced in YEARS!! We're taking lots of pictures of them dancing!" That was certainly great to see and hear, and it put a smile on our face! :) We made sure to play music for everyone!
Thanks, again, to the Reyes family, for allowing us to share your special day with you and your family!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
If you're looking to hire a DJ for your Quinceanera, Sweet 15, Sweet 16, birthday party, or event, you've come to the right place! We're proud to be Austin's #1 Quince, Sweet 15, Sweet 16 & school event DJs! How did we get to be Austin's favorite Quince, party & event DJs? Well, that's not an easy answer, but first and foremost, we do our best to provide our clients with a great, fun, memorable experience at every event, every time! Doing this has kept clients happy and kept us busy! Simply put, we put our clients' first!
Every month, we provide DJs, photo booths, uplighting, games & much more, for weddings, quinceaneras, parties, corporate events, school events, and more. Besides Quinceaneras and Sweet 15s and 16s, we also do many 21st birthday parties, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th and even 80th birthday parties, too! We often provide DJs for kids' (10 and younger) birthday parties, too! Whether you need a photo booth for your Austin event, or a San Antonio photo booth rental, we've got you covered!
Regardless of the type of event, we'll always play the music you choose and we only play clean/edited, age-appropriate music at every event! We also know that you want a variety of music, which we're happy to play. We always plan the music selections with you, to ensure that we're playing what you want to hear, and not playing what you don't want to hear. We always play a variety of music to keep everyone happy!
Additionally, we're always happy to facilitate all the announcements throughout the evening. Need a bilingual DJ who can make announcements in English and Spanish? Nearly all of our DJs are bilingual and will be happy to do this. Whether we need to provide announcements for the ceremonies, and key moments, or host games and give away prizes, we're happy to do it!
Overall, all of these factors, combined with many more, help make us Austin's favorite Quinceanera, Sweet 15, Sweet 16, party and event DJs! If you're looking for more great planning tips for your Quince or party, check out our Quince Planning Tips section, on our blog. Contact us, today, and let's discuss your event details. Let's celebrate, together!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team
This past weekend, we had a great time providing a DJ for a fun, Sweet 16, at Brazos Hall. Brazos Hall looked great with all the pink uplighting! Thanks to our great DJ, Jaime, for doing a great job keeping Alexis and her friends and family, dancing all night! Happy birthday, again, Alexis!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
Austin and Central Texas weddings keep all of our DJs busy, all year! However, we also stay very busy doing Quinceaneras, Sweet 16s, parties, and events, too! We've found that Quinceaneras and Sweet 16s are very similar to weddings. Planning these events requires just as much time and attention to detail as weddings. As you may have found out, Austin, San Antonio, and central Texas is a very popular place to have a wedding, quinceanera, party or event. Many of our clients are from other cities and states, and plan to have their wedding, or event in Austin. We know Austin is fabulous, so we can't blame them! :) So our advice is to start planning, early! This often means up to 1 year before your event. So let's get to the details.
1. Determine Your Date
First and foremost, determine the date of your event. If you're having a quinceanera or sweet 16, this will most-likely be on a date, very close to the actual birthday; however, we've seen many people plan to have their event on a different date that works best for their family and friends. The picture above, was from a Quinceanera we did on June 11. The family chose to have the event in June, so that people could travel and attend the party, kids were off from school, etc. So remember, having a flexible date can be an option!
2. Book a Venue
Right after you have your date planned, you should book your venue as soon as possible. Most people want to have a Saturday event, and therefore, many venues get booked up to a year or more, in advance, for Saturday events. If having your event on a different night is an option, consider this to have more venue options and even save a little money, since many venues will offer a better rate for a non-Saturday event!
3. Find a Caterer/Food
I'm sure you're surprised that we haven't said to book your DJ, yet, but we give our honest advice, and don't simply try to pitch our business. :) So now that you have your place, the next thing is to find a catering company or restaurant that will serve your food. We recommend this, early on, simply because the same rule that applies with venues, applies with catering and food. You'll need to find time to actually sample the food, so schedule a future date where you can take a weekend to try the different options. Even attending a Quinceanera or Sweet 16 expo is a good idea, since there are many caterers there, and you can sample their food on site.
4. Find Your Dress
Quinceanera and Sweet 16 dresses are not everyday clothing, so these dresses are limited to very exclusive clothing retailers. With so many people in Austin and Central Texas, your options are limited, so it's best to find these retailers and check out their options. A good time-saver is to go online, to see if they have their clothing online. This will save you some time!
5. Book Your DJ & Photo Booth
Okay, so here we are, finally on the list! Booking a DJ for your event is very crucial to the success of your event. Quinceaneras often require a DJ who is versatile and can play a variety of genres of music. The DJ should also be familiar with all the ceremonial traditions of the Quinceanera, such as the changing of the shoes, jewelry/crown presentation, the last doll, court waltz, surprise dance, etc. All of these traditions are a very important part of this special day, so be sure to hire a DJ that has lots of experience with Quinceaneras. Ask your DJ company what options they have, as well. You may want uplighting, a custom monogram, a photo booth, a projector to show a slideshow, etc. Any professional DJ will have these options. If they do not, find a DJ/company who does.
Additionally, consider adding more entertainment by booking a photo booth! Everyone loves to take selfies at the photo booth. The best part, you can add custom text onto each printout and your guests will have something to take home to remember the special day!
6. Book Mariachis
Many people book Mariachis for the dinner portion of their Quinceanera, or Sweet 16. This is optional, but always nice. Having live entertainment is a nice touch. We recommend booking your Mariachis early, since there are not a whole lot of options, so they get booked up pretty early!
7. Book a Photographer
Quinces and Sweet 16s are a milestone moment in a young woman's life, so capturing these memories is very important! Be sure to meet with a few photographers and view their portfolios, to be sure their work is great! Memories are priceless, so be sure to get great pictures and video, if you prefer, of the entire event!
Last, but not least, is the decor. This is the fun part! Think of the theme you'd like, first. Finding a theme helps you identify what decor to look for. A new trend with quinces that we've been doing, lately, is a Paris theme. Who doesn't love Paris? :) We traveled their in late 2015, and again in 2017, and it was absolutely amazing! Capturing the greatness of Paris is tough, but there are many decorations that you can find, that will do just this! Start on Pinterest for ideas!
We hope that these 8 tips have helped you start planning your event. This is not an all-inclusive list by any means, but a great place to start. We offer a very detailed Quinceanera planning document that helps you plan out the entire reception, from dinner, to the ceremonial moments, to the last dance! Be sure your DJ has a timeline of events, to help guide the night, if a day-of-coordinator is not available. As always, feel free to email us, if you have any questions, and we'll be happy to help!
- Austin's Best DJs Team