a Quinceanera / Sweet 15 Planning
Sweet 15 is a major
milestone in a girl’s life—a long-established celebration all over
the world. As a time-honored tradition for girls, planning this
celebration takes a great deal of planning. The attention to rich
culture and tradition is important and many celebrate it
differently. Adding a little extra must fit your taste and that of
your family’s customs. The beginnings of Quinceañera go way back to
the combining of Christianity, the Aztec religion and lifestyle when
the Spanish conquered the Aztec Indians in the 1500’s. It is still
popular amongst the Hispanics in Mexico, the United States, South
America and in other Spanish-speaking countries.
celebration marks the beginning of womanhood as she “comes out” to
be presented to society. Tradition places additional
responsibilities on the young woman after her Quinceañera such as
household duties, family needs, work, volunteerism, or even
marriage. While a great deal of attention is placed on the party and
the celebration, the basic belief is for the young woman to live a
life of faith, good moral principles, devotion to her community and
live a wholesome lifestyle. The ceremony is value and moral
centered. Like the milestone markers of birth, baptism, and
confirmation, the Quinceanera gives thanks to God.
Spiritual reverence is important for some families planning this
event. They also have the duty to assist with the financial costs of
the event along side the godparents and other special friends and
Decide who will be members of your court. Fourteen couples (one for
each year of your life) are chosen. Fourteen Damas (maids of honors)
and fourteen chamberlanes (chamberlains) may include family members
and/or close friends. You might also consider having flower girls
to scatter rose petals or to carry a basket of flowers. Visit the
pages through this site for planning tips & ideas.
When? Customs & Traditions. The birthday girl is serenaded
by a mariachi band in front of her house the night before her 15th
birthday . A celebration is planned for her birth date or the
Saturday closest to her birthday—Quinceañera!
Typically, a church
mass is celebrated. The dinner and dance celebration can be held at
the church hall, a reception/banquet hall, or other unique
How? will have a touch of protocol and a touch of special creativity
as discussed with your Priest or Pastor. As with most ceremonies,
consider the following as ideas:
-Special Scripture or Poem reading by a designated person
-Candle Lighting Ceremony (14 candles for the Court, parents,
Godparents and the Quinceañera)
-Signing of the Certificate (Parents and Godparents can personally
sign)....see above certificate
-Acknowledgement and Recognition of other "special people"
-Special Prayer or Verse
After the Court is presented and then the Quinceanera, special
dances are reserved as follows:
The first dance is a waltz danced with the Quinceanera and her
The Court of Honor is presented
The Godparents join in
Lastly, the dance floor is open for guests
Males usually take turns dancing with the Quinceanera
After this presentation, the toast is given and the cake is served.
Things to Consider
Talking with the Priest
Favorite theme color(s)
Dress color (white, pink or another color?)
Table treats & decor
Choice of Chambelanes and Damas
Formal wear rental
Hire a Coordinator, party planner or wedding consultant
Religious & Cultural aspects of the Quinceanera Mass is a very
important part of the tradition. Be sure to reserve the church well
in advance. The Quinceanera is accompanied by her parents and her
godparents (padrinos). The Quinceanera is presented to the center of
the altar for Mass. The service also includes the blessing of
special gifts by the priest, scripture reading, music and song. It
can be at this time or after the banquet, yet it is customary for
the mother of the Quinceanera to place the tiara upon her daughter’s
head, the father change her flat shoes to high heels and the
Quinceanera gives her youngest sister (or parents) her porcelain
doll. This is like the “cutting of the apron strings” where the
Quinceanera becomes a young woman.
OUT BELOW & START A PLANNER WORKBOOK
of Invitations to order:
Name of Priest or Officiant:
RECEPTION SITE LOCATION WORKSHEET
Fee Per Hour
# of Tables
# of Chairs
DJ contact information
pickup date and time:
pickup date and time:
Reserve needed hotel
Arrange Rehearsal with
Names of Contributing Sponsors & What they
will Pay for:
Name of Quinceanera____________________________________
Reception/Dinner: ___:___ to ___:___
___ Dinner Music Provided
___Background ___Classical ___ Jazz ___Latino ___ Mariachi
___ Music Not Provided
Guests begin arriving: ___:___
Grand Introduction: ___:___
Damas/Females by Chambelanes/Male Escorts
Godparents/Padrinos of the Quinceanera
1st (baptism godparents, please indicate if
Grandparents of the Quinceanera (if any)
Parents: of the
The lucky charm is the one who carries the healed-shoes on the
pillow to the Father who changes the shoes on the Quinceanera. The
Quince changes from a little girl into a young lady. The lucky charm
is usually like the little sister or another family member. Also,
the Quince traditionally will carry a doll and this doll can be
handed down to her lucky charm. It is just a part of the tradition
but it has very special meaning to the Quince.
Changing of the Shoes
The changing of the shoes signifies a young ladies transformation
from a little girl into a woman. Usually she will wear flats and
then at the ceremony the Father will go and exchange her shoes to
heals. Kind of like the first dance at a wedding. It will be Dad and
daughter the center of attention for this exchange of shoes and then
they have their first dance. As the young lady now a lady not a
little girl any more.
Person presenting shoes to
Presentation of the Doll
(Will the Quinceanera only dance with her father? If not, specify)
Dance Starts ___:___ to ___:___
First Dance Song:____________________________________
Cutting of the Cake and Toast: ___:___ Toast will be made
Last Song: ___:___
READINGS AND PRAYERS, ETC.
1) Entrance Procession
2) First Reading
3) Second Reading
4) Dedication Ceremony - Lighting of the Candle
A) Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Profession of Faith (with lit
candle, then someone holds it until the Prayer of Dedication)
B) Blessing of Gifts (all but Bible and Rosary)
C) Presenting of the Gifts
D) Blessing of the Bible and Rosary
E) Presentation of the Bible and Rosary (with monition from priest)
F) Acceptance by the Community (applause)
G) Prayer of Dedication (by the quinceaneras)
H) Expression of Gratitude by parents
I) All go to Mary's alter for dedication and to give thanks (the
quinceaneras place the candles back on the alter, take the bouquet
of fresh roses, and go to Mary's alter with their parents.)
5) Prayer of the Faithful
6) Offertory Procession (quinceaneras bring the Bread and Wine up to
8) Final Blessing and Recessional
The 1st Reading
A Reading from the Book of Jeremiah
The word of the LORD came to me thus:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations,
I appointed you.
This means that long before you were born, God knew you as a person.
Before you were born He dedicated you; He knew you would have a
special misson. As a prophet to your own family and friends. He knew
the influence you would have on others. He knew you would speak as a
prophet when you are honest, truthful, and concerned for the World
of God in the lives of others.
"Ah, LORD GOD!" I said
"I know not how to speak; I am too young"
This is true. You don't know how to speak at times so that you may
be understood and apperciated. You are too young, but you have
something to offer: Your love, your youth, your hope, your trust,
But the LORD answered me.
Say not. "I am too young"
To whomever I send you, you shall go:
whatever I command you, you shall speak.
You speak from your experiences. You speak because the LORD gives
you what to say. you must speak in His name. You must speak about
what you believe in; what you hope for, what you love.
"Have no fear before them, because I am with you, says the LORD."
Do not be afraid, God who has given you life is and will be with
you. He will be present to be your Strength, your Courage, your
Hope. He will always be with you.
Then the LORD extended His hand and touched my mouth, Saying, See I
place my words in your mouth!
This day I set you over nations and over kingdoms to root up and to
tear down, to destroy and demolish, to build and to plant.
The Word of the Lord
2nd Reading: A Reading from Paul to the Corinthians
If I speak with the human tongues and angelic as well, but do not
have love, I am a noisy gong, a clanging symbol. If I have the gift
of prophecy and, with full knowledge, comprehend al mysteries, if I
have faith great enough to move mountains, but have not love, I am
nothing. If I give everything I have to feed the poor and hand over
my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous, it does not put
on airs, it is not snobbish. Love is never rude, it is not
self-seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over
injuries. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with
the truth. There is no limit to love's forbearence, to its trust,
it's hope, its power to endure.
This is the Word of the Lord.
The Quinceanera's Prayer of Dedication
I offer you, O Lord, my youth. Guide my steps, my actions, my
thoughts. Grant me the grace to understand your new commandment to
love one another, and may your grace not be wasted in me. I ask you
this through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Savior and Redeemer.
Oh, Mary, my mother, present my offering and my life to the Lord: by
my model of a valiant woman, my strength and my guide. You have the
power to change hearts: take mine then and make me a worthy daughter
of yours. Amen.
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- Have Quince sign
the Ceremony as her commitment!
Printable Certificate available
Certificate Manufactured on Heavy
Wording: Childhood fantasies were yesterday and Womanhood
faith began today. She reaffirmed her commitment to God, her family
and to her community on this special day. (name of Quince):_____ on
___________ (day of week) the ______ day of __________ (year):___ at
____________(church or location) in the City of __________ in
________ (name of State, Country or Territory)
Quinceañera (personally signs) ______
(optional blank line for signature of priest or other signature)
Quinceanera / Sweet 15 Certificate w/Hand-Lettered
Calligraphy & India ink
Personalized Certificate with Calligraphy: $28
Entry Information Procedure:
Copy & Paste required certificate entries (below) into an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or in the payment notes Please Proof-read and spell words out in
full. NOTE: Some prefer a consistent filled-in look, yet if
you plan to have the witnesses and officiate to personally sign the
certificate, leave the space blank.
Name of Quinceanera
Day of Event (Saturday?)
State where Ceremony takes place
Names of Parents
Name of Godparents
Name of Officiate
Title of Officiate