If you're planning your quinceanera, in Austin, San Antonio, or anywhere, then you have already figured out how much time it takes to do! It's literally like an intro to wedding planning class! :) Quinceaneras require just as much time and effort as weddings from the planning standpoint. They're also very similar to weddings with the details and even the vendors you'll need to make your quince special!
Luckily, as one of central Texas' leaders in the quince industry, we're here to help. We are a part of quinces, every month, all year long. We get to help many quinceaneras and their families, celebrate this pivotal milestone moment! We're always honored to be a part of these special moments. Also, Jason & Diana are certified wedding/event planners and have created their exclusive planning forms for ABDJs' clients. We noticed that many people struggle with the day-of-timeline, so we created this timeline to help. Simply download the timeline and fill it in with your info.
As always, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help!
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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?" It's a very popular question and not an easy question to answer.
If you haven't been to a Quince, Sweet 15 or Sweet 16 lately, then you wouldn't know that they're more and more becoming "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 sweets are planned about a year or more, in advance, just like weddings. That being said, the rules for attire are similar to weddings. Let us explain.
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 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. As a female, definitely be sure to not wear the same color(s) as the dresses of the court or the guest of honor (La Quinceanera). Male or female, you can certainly wear similar colors, but not the same.
Many people 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. Anything you'd wear to a wedding is suitable to wear to a quince or sweet.
Conventional suggestions for men are to wear darker colored suits or tuxedos. 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 rule for weddings is the same as quinces and sweets, people don't want to "upstage" the guest of honor.
We have seen many younger guests wear jeans and a dress shirt (men and women), which is okay, as well. Formal works best, but if formal clothing isn't available, just dress up as you see fit.
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 quick article has been helpful. As always, contact us with any questions and we'll be happy to help!
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The "Austin" and San Antonio Quinceanera Expo will be happening this year, in San Antonio. To our knowledge, there will not be a Quinceanera Expo actually in Austin, TX. The next expo will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2019, from 12 pm - 5 pm. The expo will be in downtown San Antonio, at the the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, located at 900 E Market Street San Antonio, Texas 78205. 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!
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If you're considering booking Zilker Clubhouse for your Austin wedding, quinceanera, or event, you've come to the right place! :) We have direct experience from two sides. First, as wedding DJs and photo booth providers, and second, as guests at an event there. So here are our thoughts, based on our experiences. Oh, and no, we were not paid to write this. We're simply trying to help anyone who is considering this venue for their wedding or event.
I like to start with the cons, simply to get them out of the way. I want to end on a positive note! :)
Cons of Booking Zilker Clubhouse in Austin, TX
Pros of Booking Zilker Clubhouse Austin, TX
Now, let's get to the pros of booking at Zilker Clubhouse. There are a few great things about booking here! Let's discuss these.
Overall, the Zilker Clubhouse is a great venue, if you know what you're getting. Check out more info and read the complete list of details about renting Zilker Clubhouse in this PDF. We hope this has been helpful! As always, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help in any way that we can.
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As certified wedding/event planners, and owners of Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, Jason and his wife, Diana, help many people plan their weddings and Quinceaneras in the Austin and central Texas area, every year. Today, we're writing to discuss a few great tips to plan the perfect quince!
First, let's discuss the prominence of Quinces in the US. In the United States, the Latino population grew about 57% between 2000 and 2017 (according to the Pew Research Center). About 17% of teens are of Hispanic origin, today. This means about 1 in 6 teens will be turning 15, and many will be celebrating their Quinceanera, in 2019! Wow, that's a lot of teens!
Planning a Quinceanera, today, is very much like planning a wedding! There are so many details to consider, and the average Quinceanera is planned about 12-18 months before the actual date! Let’s discuss a few great tips, and how you can plan your perfect Quinceanera!
1. Determine Your Quinceanera Budget
As we mentioned before, Quinceaneras are a BIG DEAL! They take so much time to plan and there are so many details involved. There are numerous things to consider. The very first thing to consider before everything else is your budget. How much will you spend, total, for the Quince? If you’re looking for great ways to save, check out the Quinceanera.com Quince on a Budget page, for lots of great budgeting tips! They have tons of ways to help you save money and to help you in the planning process.
If you need an easy template to help you get organized, feel free to download our Quineanera Budget template, and simply input the items and costs for your quince. We've done the hard work for you! :) Just click the file, below, to download it!
2. Choose Your Quince Venue
After you've determined your budget, the next step is to choose the right venue for your Quince. You'll have to decide on how many guests you're inviting, before choosing your venue. Many quinces have well over 100 people. We've often seen 200 - 300 guests at some of the quinces we've done. How big you want your quince depends on your budget. Remember, the larger the venue, the more expensive it is, usually. You also have to consider feeding all of your guests. So inviting your tio's neighbor's neighbor, may not be the best idea. :)
If you want to invite everyone, but can't afford to feed everyone, consider scaling down your list. How? A basic rule of thumb that we tell our wedding and quince clients is this: If you haven't actually spoken to the person in any meaningful way in over a year, you can probably take them off of your list.
3. Find a Great Catering Company
Now that you've determined your budget and booked your venue, it's time to take care of the food! Do you want to serve appetizers? Do you want to serve a plated dinner, family style dinner, or a buffet? Buffet style is the cheapest option to feed a lot of people. Generally, your venue and food will usually take up most of your quince budget.
Always get 3-5 quotes for everything you need. Food, music, decor, etc. After you've received your quotes, find out what the food options are. If you really want to save money, consider getting food from a local restaurant, versus a catering company. Just be sure to ask if they offer catering. Be aware, that local restaurants will not always offer service staff, so you and your family/friends will have to all come together to help out with dinner, if you choose to hire a local restaurant.
If you want to save even more money, ask your family to help with the food and bring a dish. This is an easy way to save, if you need to. Be sure to check out the Mi Padrino site for a few helpful articles on how to save on catering costs.
4. Book Your Entertainment
The next important step to think about is your Quinceanera entertainment. Do you want to hire a band, or a DJ? Generally, bands cost more and they do take breaks, understandably. Bands won't always MC your quince ceremonies, either, but some do. As we stated above, be sure to get 3-5 quotes and find out what's included with the price. Many companies will offer a low introductory price, but have nothing included with the package, making you spend more to get things you may want, like dance floor lighting, uplighting, etc. By the way, we know some awesome Austin/San Antonio Quinceanera DJs, if you need a DJ! :)
Next, think about what other entertainment you'd like to offer. Many quinces are now adding a photo booth rental as part of their entertainment. Everyone loves taking selfies! Additionally, you can ask for social media uploading from your photo booth provider, and this will be great! Just ask everyone to use your hashtag, or location, for your Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat.
5. Choose a Quince Theme
Now that you've got the main parts of your quince at least booked, it's time to focus on one of the best parts, choosing a great Quinceanera theme! What theme are you looking for? A Disney theme has been very popular for 2018 and upcoming 2019 Quinceaneras. We've seen "Beauty and the Beast" Quinces, "The Little Mermaid" Quinces, "Frozen" Quinces, and many others! You don't have to have a theme, of course, but many love the idea!
Choosing a theme comes before choosing your Quinceanera dress, because you'll need to choose a color that goes with it. There are plenty of great places to choose a quinceanera dress. In California, one of the most popular places is Moda 2000. They have an online shop with tons of colors and styles to choose from. Looking online helps you save time, since you can narrow down your favorite styles and colors, before going to the shop.
In Texas, you can simply visit Mary's Bridal Store, for tons of great Quinceanera dress options, as well. Though they're located in the Houston, Texas area (Stafford, TX), you simply have to enter your zip code on their store locator site, to find stores closer to your area. There are many stores for you to be able to try on your dress.
After you select the perfect dress, you can then focus on decor. You can choose your matching colors for the table linen, add centerpieces, add uplighting, perhaps add a custom-made monogram with your name or quince logo, and much more!
Overall, these are the top 5 tips to help you get started on planning the perfect Quince! Of course there is a lot more to do in the months before your Quince, but these are the 5 things to do to ensure your Quince goes just the way you want it to. If you're too busy to plan the quince, consider hiring an event planner to help you along the way. Planners can be very helpful and take our all of the stress of planning. Your job will simply be to show up and have fun! If you're curious about new quince trends, check out our article, 2019 Quinceanera Trends, for lots of great info on the latest trends, new dress styles and colors, and more!
Also, an easy way to talk to all of your vendors for your quince, at once, is to attend the Austin/San Antonio Quince Expo, this February. Simply click the link for more details. A great thing about attending these expos is that vendors really want to book as many events as possible, that day, so you'll often be able to get great discounts! As always, contact us if you need any info and we'll be happy to help!
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Events go from good to great when you start to personalize the details. From choosing a wedding processional song that speaks to your love rather than keeping it traditional to adding a photo booth to your event where you can make memories that you will keep forever, these little decisions will make all the difference.
If you’re planning on hosting a holiday party this season, or a wedding, quinceanera, party or event, here are a few great ways you can personalize your event!
Choose the Right Music
Begin by choosing music that you and your guests will enjoy. For holiday parties, try to incorporate a mix of classic holiday tunes with a variety of more modern hits. For weddings, parties and events, definitely add all of your favorite genres, and be sure to consider music that your guests may want to hear, too. If you're not sure, simply ask your guests to requests music.
Many couples will set up a wedding website, and guests can often visit the website and give song suggestions for the wedding. Simply ask your guest, what 2 songs will make you get up and dance? Collect the responses and be sure to filter through them, since you'll have the ultimate say in what your DJ plays at your wedding or event. Be sure to give your DJ a list of all the suggested songs ahead of time so that they know what to play, as well as the kind of vibe you’re trying to set. If you need some song ideas, check out our Top 200 Wedding & Party Songs article.
Create Unique Decor
Wow your guests as soon as they step in the door by transforming the venue with new, unique decor. A fun way to do this is by creating statement floral balloon garlands. FTD has 3 floral balloon garland tutorials to help you personalize your decor. Just pick the one that fits your theme and give it a try! The tutorials make it simple to easily create your decor by breaking it down in a few, easy steps.
The top picture shows the classic balloon garland. This will look great at any wedding, party or event. You can also add your choice of colored balloons to match your theme colors. For a holiday party or event, or even a wedding/event that occurs in December, you can add the Christmas Floral Balloon Garland, pictured on the right. New Year’s floral balloon garlands also look great for New Year's Eve parties and events!
Take the Memories With You
Be sure to document your entire wedding or event. by hiring a photographer, videographer, or set up a themed photo booth to capture all the special moments. Photo booth photos also double as the perfect favor to take home at the end of the night! You can also add props to go with your theme, to tie in the photo booth to your decor.
Overall, these are just a few great ways to add unique, personalized decor for your holiday party, wedding, or event. Be sure to check out our other articles to learn about the latest 2019 wedding trends!
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Alexandria Heinz of FTD
2019 Quinceanera Trends
If you're planning a Quinceanera, Sweet 15 or Sweet 16 in the Austin, San Antonio, or central Texas area, or anywhere, then you have probably noticed that there is far less information available for Quince planning, than say, wedding planning. Fortunately, we're here to help!
As 2019 is just beginning, more and more, we're getting asked "what are some new, 2019 quinceanera trends that you're seeing?" Every year, we see different trends, and often, similar trends from the prior, but slight variations of the previous quince trends. As the leading provider of Austin and central Texas Quinceanera DJs and Austin photo booth rentals, (including sweet 15/16s, school dances, fundraisers and proms), we get to be a part of numerous Quinces & sweets, and we get to work with a lot of great teens! We also help many families plan their events. We already have several events booked for 2019 and we've seen some trends. Here are the top 3 trends we're seeing for 2019 (we also included some of the 2018 trends for reference).
1. New Quinceanera Dress Colors!
For most quinces and sweets, we usually see the more traditional pastel colors and lighter colors, like Pink, Tiffany Blue, Emerald Green and often Red. For 2018 events, we noticed changes to these traditional colors. More people broke the traditions and went with new, different colors! We saw more Burgundy theme colors really taking over! Darker colors definitely made their way into many quinces, in 2018. New dress colors are were trending, especially Rose Gold and Mariachi style Quince dresses! Here are some pictures below of those dresses. They'll still look great for your 2019 quince!
2019 Trend: Green Quinceanera Dresses
For 2019 quinces, these colors are changing, again! What we're seeing now, is newer, fresh colors. Green quinceanera dresses are making their way into 2019 quinces and sweets. There are different variations of the green dresses, such as a Mint Green dress, Turquoise, and even Lime Green dresses!
2019 Trends: Royal Blue Quinceanera Dress
Royal Blue quince dresses are also the new trend! Also, if you haven't noticed, quince dresses are also making their way to more than one night the quinceanera's life: Prom! As Austin's favorite school dance DJs, we provide prom DJs and photo booth rentals for many Austin and central Texas proms. We see many young ladies with similar dresses that look like they could be a quince dress, and well, why not? Who says you can't wear these dresses to prom? We love it! :)
Also, if your guests aren't sure about the quince attire, be sure to have them check out our article, what to wear to a quinceanera. Here are some of the Royal Blue dresses and of course, last year's trend, tied with this year's color, in the picture on the right.
2. Beauty and the Beast & Other Disney Themes
We also noticed that many Quinceaneras opted to have themes, paired with music from the theme. We did many Quinces with a Beauty and the Beast theme. Sometimes, the Chambelan de Honor (the Quinceanera's escort) even dressed up exactly like the beast, with a Beast mask/headpiece! It was awesome! We played most of the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, as well, for the different ceremonies.
Other Quinces are also discussing other Disney movie themes, like Cinderella, The Little Mermaid (the court is even dressing up as characters from the movie), and Frozen!
3. More Entertainment Options & Decor
We're noticing that more and more Quinces and sweets are choosing to go "all-out" and add as many options as they can. As we previously stated, Quinces and sweets are like weddings, but for 15 year olds, now. Most Quinces are planned 12-18 months in advance, and have many of the same options. From us, they'll now add a photo booth, uplighting, a personalized monogram, giant lighted marquee letter rentals, giant games, glow sticks and balloons, projector and screen (for slideshows and/or videos) and even now, Karaoke!
Additionally, many quinces will have limo service or a party bus, sparkler entrances/send-offs, and even choreographed father/daughter and now, mother/daughter dances, too! Things are changing for 2019 and we're excited!
Still have more questions? Be sure to contact us, today, and let's celebrate, together!
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Planning a wedding, party, or event is stressful. There are numerous details to think about, and the first, of course, is your budget. Everyone wants to have an amazing wedding or event, and though some people can have an event and not worry about the cost (A-List celebrities), not everyone can enjoy this luxury.
Check out the article "Planning an A-Lister Wedding Party on a Budget" from our friends at Wow Event Hire, in the UK! They wrote a great article on this topic and we were also quoted, too! :) Enjoy the article and the great tips!
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