This past weekend was my sisters “quienceñera.” A quienceñera for those who don’t know, is when a girl turns 15 years old and gets a big party out of it. Kind of like a “sweet 16” for American girls. However, a quince, has more meaning to why it’s a big deal for Latinos. A quince symbolizes the transition from childhood to now a young women. Unlike a sweet 16, at a quinceñera, it is required to:
1. wear a big, “puffy” dress (usually pink)
2. Have a “court” of your closest friends to dance the waltz with (usually 7 boys, 7 girls making it equal 14, therefore the quinceñera is 15)
3. The quinceñera must have a “caballero” which means a gentleman (a prince of some sort to dance with)
4. Have a change of shoes, from flats (or in my sisters case, converse) to heels-symbolizing womanhood.
5. A father and daughter dance.
Those are the top 5 requirements for a quince, but there is a lot more to it.
My sister (above) with her big, pink dress.
My sisters party was not as huge as most people make it due to the fact that she did not want a quince in the first place- but she had no choice, so we made a simple party for her.
If it were any other quince, I probably would have went with a fancy “cocktail” dress, but since I am the quinceñera’s sister, I had to be dressed a bit extra elegant for the party.
My dress was teal, aqua colored with all sequence. It is a long dress that is fitting but a little lose when it gets to the bottom. Not necessarily a mermaid dress, where the bottom expands out, but oh, did I feel like a mermaid in this dress! Haha 🙂
My dress: bought in Lord&Taylors, brand by “Basix” black label
My heels: shinny nude colored heels, Aldo.
My sisters dress/or any other quinceñera dresses could be found online (where she found hers) or at stores like “Group USA” or “David’s Bridal”