The quinceañera has been a tradition for many generations, but today’s quinces are not your mother’s traditional quinceañeras. Today, Latinitas push the limits of this coming of age celebration with new and exciting trends.
The vital quince court has been a staple in quince celebration. Now, courts come in all different varieties. Some are all girls or all boys, others have couples, and some have no court at all! Elodia and Bridal Novias specialty store is seeing more and more quinceañeras who elect to have smaller courts. “The parents just don’t want to spend the money on dresses and tuxedo rentals anymore,” mentions Elodia Adamson, owner of Elodia and Bridal Novias. Although courts are getting smaller, Adamson says that economizing does not mean the loss of the court altogether. “Courts are always going to be part of the quinceañera, whether it is large or small,” adds Adamson.
The traditional image carries a strong image of a Latina girl becoming a woman in a beautiful white gown. The top trend in quinceañera dresses is no longer a vision in white, but in color. Color is no longer reserved for the court, and according to Elodia’s, “color brings excitement to the overall look of the celebration.” The top three colors for spring and summer at Elodia’s are fuchsia, turquoise and lime green because of their light and vibrant shades. In winter and fall, the top three colors are a more traditional ivory, chocolate brown and a dark rose red. “Usually, we see all shapes and sizes of dresses, short and long. Some quinceañeras even just wear wedding dresses,” says Adamson. “Even though we see many colors, we still see the traditional white.” With white being the staple, one wonders if the color trend this season will fade. Today, dresses become the focal point of the quinceañera, often carrying the theme itself.
The idea of a quinceañera theme is a relatively new trend that has slowly become the standard in quinceañeras today. UniquelyQuince.com is a quinceañera leader for creating and perfecting themes. This online quince mecca specializes in theme sets and props, as well as displaying new and hot trends. This season, Uniquely Quince has themes that range from winter wonderland to rock and roll. The top five themes on Uniquely Quince include: fairy tale, castle in the clouds, red carpet, princess for a day, and butterfly garden. Although mostly whimsical, many other unconventional themes include: quinceañera royal, underwater wonderland, Arabian paradise, paradise island, and, if your quince happens to fall during this time, a Mardi Gras theme. Uniquely Quince also sells blank kits for those who are especially creative. Most themes take imagination, and a lot of time to put together.
In the quinceañera world, details are everything. From the flowers to the dress, many qirls are turning to a professional for the planning. Organizational skills are a must for laying out the theme to food, up until the day of; the big party. In the past, most of the planning was organized by the mom, tias and abuelita. One of the top trends occurring today involves quinceañeras choosing highly recommended event planners. Emily’s Flowers and Bridal specializes in quinceañera packages which include the custom dress, doll, photo album, commemorative wine glasses, pillow for shoes, and tiara. “We are always booked, so we only take about 20 quinceañeras a month,” informs Emily, the owner and operator of Emily’s Flowers and Bridal. Emily’s Flowers and Bridal plans and packages about over 200 quinceañeras a year, and often resorts to a waiting list. Because of the growing popularity of quinceañera planners, Emily suggests that parties book early. “As soon as possible would be the best time to start planning,” Emily recommends.
Accessories no longer just include the usual rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. When being a queen or princess for a day, accessories must follow accordingly. A growing trend in quinceañeras are whimsical and royal accessories. “Scepters and tiaras are our number one seller, for every theme we see,” says Elodia Adamson. Adamson also adds that the tiara has become a growing staple. With so many styles and colors, any quinceañera can find the right one that corresponds to her theme. Although a little more elaborate, scepters are becoming more popular as well. “For the scepters, usually girls have a more fairytale theme that is little more elaborate,” describes Adamson. Uniquely Quince also specializes in scepters in different styles such as the “Corazón Scepter.” Scepters are not only for accessorizing, but have evolved into a modern tradition. Uniquely Quince suggests that, “The scepter signifies the responsibility being given to her [the quinceañera] as she becomes a young woman.”
Many trends stick, while others are in the moment only lasting long enough to bask in their fifteen minutes of fame. As trends become more popular, there is no telling if they are here to stay. When trying to create a trendy quinceañera, it is always important to watch the latest trends, but it’s also important be true to yourself. Oftentimes, the trends that stick are the trends that are timeless and define you. Even though there are many trends out there, there is one out there for you.