If you're planning a Quinceanera, Sweet 15 or Sweet 16 in the Austin/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 the leader in our Austin and central Texas Quinceanera, Sweet 15/16 and school events (dances, fundraisers and proms), we get to be a part of numerous Quinces and sweets! We also help many families plan their events. We already have several events booked for 2018 and we've seen some trends. Here are the top 3 trends we're seeing for 2018.
1. Burgundy Theme 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're noticing changes. More people are breaking the traditions and going with new, different colors! We're seeing Burgundy really taking over! Gold is another color that is often paired with it. So the newer trend is darker colors, instead of lighter colors!
Jason, ABDJ's co-owner and founder, is a graduate (Master's of Education) from Texas State University, and those happen to be TX State's colors! We promise that we're not influencing these color decisions. :) Diana, ABDJ's other co-owner, is a University of Texas graduate (Master's of Social Work) and swears the trending theme colors are Burnt Orange and White! (UT Austin colors) :)
2. Beauty and the Beast & Other Disney Themes
We're also noticing that Quinceaneras are now opting to have themes, paired with music from the theme. We recently did a Quince with a Beauty and the Beast them. 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 and a personalized monogram, game systems and 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 2018 and we're excited!
Still have more questions? Be sure to contact us, today, and let's celebrate, together!
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The "Austin Quinceanera Expo" will be happening this year, in San Antonio. To our knowledge, there will not be an Austin Expo. This quince expo will be happening on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the Freeman Coliseum, in San Antonio. You can get online tickets, for $8, here. The tickets will be $10 at the door, on the day of the event.
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 for a DJ, photo booth, and uplighting and all your lighting needs, we know some great DJs. :)
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, 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!
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. If you need day of coordination and choreography, we often work with Elba, from Quince Mundo. Be sure to contact her for all your coordination and choreography needs. Elba does a great job and is truly passionate about what she does!
As always, contact us if you have any questions and we'll be happy to help!
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If you're planning a wedding, quinceanera or event, chances are, you have already created a Facebook invite, maybe an Instagram hashtag, and perhaps a wedding website. Though we're in the Austin & central Texas area, we know that this is the case for most weddings and events, worldwide! Cell phones have become such a major a part of our lives that most people simply cannot attend an event, or even go through a regular day or two, without texting, or using social media to post about their daily activities. It's the norm and it's just what we've become used to.
Believe it or not, there was a time before cell phones, where people attended weddings or events and did not take pictures with their phones (remember the old disposable cameras), did not text people, did not post on social media, etc. People simply enjoyed the event and lived in that moment. We actually attended a comedy show, with Dave Chappelle, a few weeks ago, here in Austin, Texas. Dave Chappelle created a no-phone policy and had everyone get a "Yonder" pouch upon entry. Everyone placed their phone in the pouch, and it was locked by a staff. You could keep your phone with you, but you had to have it on silent or vibrate and could not access it, until after the show, when they opened the pouch for you, at the exit. I thought wow, he must be very concerned about people taking video of the show and sharing it online; however, I also thought, wow, this is the first time I've come to an event in a while, and did not use my phone! What a brilliant idea!
Well, why not "unplug" your wedding or event? You'll already hire a photographer and possibly a videographer, so there will be plenty of great pictures and videos. If you want to share those pictures and videos with your guests, you can always post them on social media, later, or send them via email or Google drive, etc. You don't have to go and buy lockable phone pouches, but simply ask your guests to turn their phones off (or on silent) and to please not take pictures or post on social media. Then, you and your guests can fully enjoy the moment, with no distractions, just like the days before cell phones! All thanks to Dave Chappelle or to our blog! :) Just kidding, but really, it can be done!
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If you're having a wedding, quinceanera, party or event, you'll need a "save the date" card or reminder. Sure, you can certainly make an online only version, to send to your friends and family, but it's best to send out actual cards. Why? Well, not everyone is tech savy or uses the internet well. Think about older relatives, grandparents, those who may not have internet access, etc. Plus, it's very nice to have a nice, printed version of your special event! :)
If you really want to save, then just do the online version for everyone that you know has internet access and only print invitations for those who may not, or your immediate family and close friends. You can certainly print your own, but they may not be the same quality as having them printed with a high end printer. We chose to do magnets for our save the dates, so no one misplaces them. They'll simply put them on the fridge and have a reminder! Here's a link to vistaprint. A very good option, that is also pretty economical!
Good luck and feel free to comment with other ideas!
- Austin's Best DJs Team
When you're planning a wedding, quinceanera or party, one thing you may have already found out, is that it's a lot of work! It's almost like having a part time job! We meet with clients who are having their wedding or event in the Austin or Central Texas area, every week, and they tell us exactly this! We know, from experience, just how much goes into planning, since we planned our own wedding, too! We always appreciate any helpful tips and great websites, beyond the usual Pinterest and other sites. This is actually why we write this blog, too!
One great website for all the DIY Brides and clients, is Oriental Trading. They have all types of decor and supplies for nearly any type of event. They have decor and supplies for weddings, birthdays, holiday themes, etc. For weddings, you will find wedding decorations, cake toppers, centerpieces, knife and cake servers, champagne flutes, candy for a candy bar, candles, sand for a sand ceremony, arches and columns, aisle runners, and just about anything you may need for your own wedding or event. The prices are very reasonable and the quality is good! Visit www.OrientalTrading.com and get all your supplies for your wedding or event! Good luck!
- Austin's Best DJs Team
So it's 2017 and we're still providing the same great DJ and photo booth services for Austin and central TX weddings, quinceaneras & events! Everyone wants to be "new and improved" for the new year, and though we always strive to improve, we still want to continue providing great services and wedding planning tips to all of our clients and even those who don't book with us, though we can't imagine why they wouldn't! :)
This January is our busiest January we've ever had. January tends to be a "slow" month for most DJ companies, but more and more, we're seeing weddings and events taking place in the "off season." Why? Well, you can save a lot of money! Everyone is slow in January and February, so take advantage and have your event during this time and reap the benefits! If they don't offer you a discount, simply ask! Most venues and vendors would much rather be booked at a discounted rate, than not booked at all! So go ahead, ask and see what happens. The worst that can happen is that they say no, and you decide to book somewhere else or with someone else! Good luck!
- Austin's Best DJs Team
Weddings, quinceaneras, parties, and any event where you may need a DJ or entertainment require a lot of planning and preparation. We often tell our clients that wedding and event planning can be like having a part time job! We certainly recommend that you start planning as soon as possible, to ensure you get to have the wedding or event that you want to have!
Planning 12 months or at the least 9 months, in advance, is ideal for booking your DJ, photo booth and other vendors. However, in the Austin area, you may want to plan 12-18 months in advance (if possible), to pick your wedding venue. There are only so many venues in Austin, and there are nearly 1 million people living in Austin; as we all know, more and more people moving to Austin (about 125 per day), every day! A recent study showed that Travis County netted more people moving here in 2015, than the other top 10 counties, combined! So as you can imagine, planning your wedding or event and having an available venue requires planning well in advance, especially if it's a Saturday event! Most venue owners/managers have told us that there is an 18 month wait-list for a Saturday event!
We're seeing more and more people planning 18-24 months in advance, for their event. The struggle with this, for us, is having the staff who are willing to commit to being available for an event, more than 12 months in advance. Our general rule is that we only book out up to 12 months in advance. Due to the increasing demand, however, we may change it to 18 months, since we're seeing the trend of early wedding and event planning!
So overall, the earlier you plan, the better! Don't forget, we offer wedding (ceremony and reception) and event (parties, quinceaneras, etcetera) planning assistance, FREE! Don't take on this task, alone! We're here to help you plan and we also offer FREE day-of-event-coordination, too! We want our couples and clients to simply show up, the day of their event, and have fun! Leave the stress to us! :)
- Austin's Best DJs Team
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 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
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.
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 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
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