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As certified wedding/event planners, we often work with many families to help them plan their event. Besides the timeline, ceremonies, picking the right songs for each moment, and announcements, we often get asked by people: "What do I tell female guests to wear to the quince?" We also get many people who ask, "what do guests wear to quinceaneras? Are they very formal? Do we need to dress up in cocktail dresses or tuxedos?" These are all very popular questions and not quite as easy to answer.
If you have never been to a Quinceanera, Sweet 15 or Sweet 16, or haven't been, lately, then you wouldn't know that they're more and more becoming like "mini-weddings!" The planning and preparation, the decor, the food, the outfits, and many other things, often take just as much time and effort as a wedding. Most quinces and sweet 15s and sweet 16s are planned about a year or more (we often see 2 years of planning and saving), in advance, just like weddings. That being said, the rules for attire are similar to weddings. Let us explain.
What Should You Wear as a Female Guest, to a Quinceanera?
Many people, both men and women, often don't know what to wear to Quinceaneras or sweet 15/16s. Again, a quince and/or sweet 15/16 is similar to a wedding, so it's a formal event. Leave the chanclas (flip flops) at home. :) Though you can wear "dressy" sandals, since you should be comfortable. Generally speaking, anything you'd wear to a wedding is suitable to wear to a quince or sweet.
If you're a guest, be sure to ask what the theme colors are, or at least what colors the court will be wearing. As a female, you should try to not wear the same color(s) as the dresses of the court or the guest of honor (la Quinceanera). You can certainly wear similar colors, but try not to wear the same exact colors as the guest of honor or court.
There are exceptions to this. If you are an immediate family member, such as a brother, sister, or parent(s) of the guest of honor, then most often, we'll see that these guests do actually wear the same exact colors as the quince or court. They just will not have the exact dress style of tuxedo style.
For women, evening gowns or cocktail dresses work well. Women should try to stay away from puffy dresses or clothing, since most quince and sweet dresses are usually puffy. To be honest, the general rule for weddings is the same as quinces and sweets, people don't want to "upstage" the guest of honor.
What Should You Wear as a Male Guest, to Quinceaneras?
Conventional suggestions for men are to wear darker colored suits or tuxedos. Again, if you're not an immediate family member or in the court, then be sure to not wear the same exact colors as the court of guest of honor. Also, a male guest, you don't want to wear a tie that's the same color as what the Chambelan (person who escorts the guest of honor) or members of the court will be wearing. The Chambelan often wears a tie, bow tie, and cumberbund, that is the exact color as the guest of honor.
We have seen many younger, male (and female) quince guests wear jeans and a dress shirt, which is okay, as well. Formal works best, but if formal clothing isn't available, just dress up as you see fit. Remember, it's not too complicated. There's no need to go out and buy a fancy suit or tuxedo. Just dress up as you would dress to a wedding, or perhaps going to church. If you follow this rule, you'll certainly be dressed appropriately.
When it comes to Quinceaneras, we've got Austin, San Antonio, and central Texas covered. We are the #1 Sweet 15, Sweet 16, and Quinceanera DJs in the Austin area. We also provide our DJ and quinceanera photo booth rentals to numerous school events and proms for every district in Travis County, and many surrounding areas, too. The more school events we do, the more teen events we do, and vice versa. It's a great thing for us and we're proud to be the leaders in our market! As certified wedding/event planners, we'll also gladly help you plan the quince or sweet 15/16. We have created our helpful forms to make it easy for you!
We hope this article has been helpful. As always, contact us with any questions and we'll be happy to help!
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