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 and central Texas covered. We are Austin's #1 Quinceanera, Sweet 15 and Sweet 16 DJs. We also provide our DJ and photo booth services to school events and proms for every district in Travis County, and many surrounding areas. 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 gladly help you plan the quince or sweet and 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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