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27 Quinceañeras Who Didn’t Settle For Basic Themes

Quinceañera dresses are meant to symbolize purity as a young woman — err, who are we kidding? Nowadays, we just want them to be Instagram-worthy. #Slay

1. White quince dresses used to be as basic as sipping a pumpkin spice latte while wearing Uggs. She took it to the next level.

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Let’s all have a moment of silence for the white lace dresses. #RIP

2. Most of us had photo shoots in the park, these girls have waterfall backdrops.

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Because #mermaidlife is apparently the goal for these fifteen-year-olds. And, um, most 14 year olds back in the day would’ve gotten a chanclazo if they walked out in a bustier.

3. We understand wanting your quince outfits to stand out, but this is something else…

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Forget the fringe skirts for a cumbia surprise dance, these damas thought they were Pitbull’s backup dancers.

4. This quinceañera lived up to the tropical theme.

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It’s like if  Tinkerbell went to Hawaii.

5. That headshot you took for your quince invites? SO YESTERDAY according to this girl in a canoe.

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Does she need to be rescued?

6. Mariachi with a dark and twisted theme.

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The elaborate attention to detail in this fusion dress is cray. It’s mariachi meets princess gone goth.

7. This girl showed her love for all things Arabian night with her dress.

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Here’s hoping she has some actual roots in the Middle East…

8. Old Hollywood Quince

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Adding a bit of old Hollywood flare to this quince undoubtedly pushed the party over the top. Wonder if they did black and white photos too.

9. Pretty in Pink

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This Latinas party theme was easily set by the dress. Her side pony and frills gave her off major 80s vibes from the Molly Ringwald movie.

10. Beach party quince

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This photo shoots speaks to a lovely, simple and timeless theme for the next quince you’re helping to plan. 

11. Disney Princess

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This Beauty and The Beast themed quince brings all of the vibes to a party. Yay for this Latina making her own princess when Disney is still dragging its feet on their efforts

12. Mermaid quince

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This underwater photoshoot is super bold. Not only must it have taken a lot of effort to do a propper shoot underwater, but that dress!

13. Latina Goddess

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Throwing it back to ancient times, this quince dress with draping roses and beautiful columns is proof that you can turn your quince into anywhere event.

14. Grafitti Queen

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This quince shoot is rebellious and bold as hell. The swirls on her dress really speak to her rebelde reina vibes.

15. Rose reina

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You can’t go wrong with a quince shoot and party that’s all about the roses. 

16. To infinity and beyond quince

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This dark starry night quince theme is perfect for the Latina interested in STEM. Why not take your big night to the stars?

17. Twin’s Day Quince

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What better way to celebrate becoming a woman by celebrating with a woman you share your birthday and life with?

18. Beach waves quince

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The ruffles and glitz in this dress speak to a cool concept for a latina looking to go for a mermaid or beach theme.

19. Hippie girl quince

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This quince keeps things chill with a look that is laid back, easy breezy and floral as well. 

20. Cowgirl Quince queen

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Saddling up for a quince never seemed so long than with this theme that’s all about the ranch.

21. White quince dresses used to 2be as basic as sipping a pumpkin spice latte while wearing Uggs. She took it to the next level.

22. Most of us had photo shoots in the park, these girls have waterfall backdrops.

23. We understand wanting your quince outfits to stand out, but this is something else…

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Forget the fringe skirts for a cumbia surprise dance, these damas thought they were Pitbull’s backup dancers.

24. This quinceañera lived up to the tropical theme.

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25. That headshot you took for your quince invites? SO YESTERDAY according this girl in a canoe.

26. Mariachi with a dark and twisted theme.

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The elaborate attention to detail in this fusion dress is cray. It’s mariachi meets princess gone goth.

27. This girl showed her love for all things Arabian night with her dress.

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Details are on point, but one question: how much does that dress weigh?

QUIZ: Are You More of a Modern Quinceañera Dress or a Ruffled Nightmare?

Would you have wanted to have any of these crazy Quince themes? Share with your friends and tell us in the comments below!

Quinceañera’s Are Getting A Makeover In The Time Of Coronavirus And One Teen Is Celebrating The Change

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Quinceañera’s Are Getting A Makeover In The Time Of Coronavirus And One Teen Is Celebrating The Change

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Coronavirus has put the breaks on pretty much everyone’s plans.

I mean, Coachella was postponed. Even the 2020 Olympics, which were supposed to take place in Tokyo this summer, have been postponed. Major family plans like quinceañeras have largely been put on hold as well – for obvious reasons. A quinceañera is usually a large family affair. They’re usually packed with family and friends, sometimes even the whole neighborhood, a church service, and a photoshoot.

So it makes sense for families to have postponed these very special events, since social distancing is proving to be the only truly effective method at combating the spread of the virus. However, one family got creative and celebrated their daughter’s big day.

This San Antonio teen was able to celebrate her big day with friends and family in a safe and fun way.

Like so many teens, Xóchitl had spent months planning her quince with her mom, Kristie. It’s one of the biggest days in many Latina’s young lives.

“Every little Hispanic girl dreams about her quinceañera and her wedding. Those are your two big days in your life,” Rodriguez, 45, from San Antonio, told NBC News.

“Usually, there is a Mass where the priest blesses you as you get ready for your transition, from being a young girl to becoming a woman, which of course we couldn’t do,” Rodriguez said, emotionally, over the phone.

Xóchitl and her mom had already spent hours shopping for the perfect gown and hours more planning her quinceañera before stay-at-home orders hit her hometown of San Antonio. In fact, her family had already organized both a mass and a fun-filled reception.

Then the Coronavirus hit and the family had to get creative.

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San Antonio, like the rest of the country, had to implement strict stay-at-home orders in order to combat the pandemic. This left the Rodriguez family struggling to figure out how to celebrate their daughter’s big day and continuing with the tradition – despite a global health crisis.

It took some creativity and work, but Rodriguez and her husband, Jimmy, surprised Xóchitl on April 21 with a low-key but unforgettable version of her big day: a drive-by quinceañera. Xochitl was able to share it with her closest family and friends – at a safe distance.

Still, there are aspects of the tradition that families miss.

“It was very different, because our culture is very much about physical affection — you know, the hugging, the kissing, the touching — and it was really hard to see them and not be able to touch them,” Rodriguez said, speaking of the relatives and friends who came to cheer Xóchitl on.

Her quinceañera has gone viral thanks to the family’s creativity and perseverance.

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They managed to keep the idea from Xochitl until the big moment came.

“We had blown up the balloons the night before and had kept them in the garage and then kind of made the mad dash to decorate the yard when it was time for her to go outside,” Kristie said.

Then, the family went outside and greeted her socially-distanced guests in her dress and her tiara. Instead of damas and chambelanes, the family pulled out some of Rodriguez’s old dolls and teddy bears and used them for a makeshift honor court – while friends and family sang “Las Mañanitas” from their cars and from the sidewalk.

She says she was completely thrilled to see all of the people she loved making an effort, despite difficulties, to make her feel special.

“I kind of lost hope of having anyone over or having a normal birthday where I can see my family,” she told NBC Latino. “I feel like my mom and my dad really made it special, trying to get the people that were closest to me.”

This Abuelita Had To Wait 64 Years But She Finally Made Her Quinceañera Dreams Come True

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This Abuelita Had To Wait 64 Years But She Finally Made Her Quinceañera Dreams Come True

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This abuelita always wanted to celebrate her quinces, and now at the age of 79, she finally did. Complete with the event’s classic necessities, a voluminous dress, tiered cake and chambelanes, this young-at-heart viejita made her dream come true. Gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘better late than never’ right?

The emotional story has social media shook—and naturally, it’s gone viral.

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The 79 year-old danced the traditional waltz with not-so-traditional chambelanes. Her dance partners were all her grandchildren. And what’s more; her own daughter planned the whole thing. 

“Lo más hermoso que te puede pasar en toda tu vida, es ver a tu mamá feliz”

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Okay so get the tissue ready. This woman knew that her mom’s life-long dream had been to have had celebrated her Quince años with a big party —and equally big dress. And although she’s not quite quince anymore, it’s never too late to make someone’s dream come true. So Yolanda Luna set out to make her mami happy.

79 year old Nina Silva is from La Plata, Argentina. 

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When she turned fifteen, her family wasn’t able to throw her the quinceañera party she always wanted, due to economic struggles, so she gave up hope of ever having one. But little did she know that she’d have to wait over 60 years to see her dream come true.

“Tu fiesta de quince años que no tuviste, hoy la estás viviendo como vos querías”

“The quince años party that you never had, you’re now experiencing the way you always wanted it,” read a post that Nina’s daughter Yolanda Luna posted on Facebook about the party. 

The abuelita wore a silver and pink dress, and completed the look with a silver tiara. 

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The party was made possible thanks to the help of family and friends. Many family members made food for the occasion, and everyone helped get the traditional cake. 

No quinceañera would be complete without the traditional waltz.

The quinceañera obviously had her dance, and in Nina’s case, the chambelanes who accompanied her in this dance were all her children and grandchildren —we’re not crying, you’re crying.

Her own children were perhaps happier than the quinceañera herself, who wouldn’t stop smiling all night long. 

Algunas fotos del cumple de mamá un orgullo para mi la mamá tan maravillosa q tengo a sus 79 años le cumplimos su sueño…

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The family hired a venue, a DJ and got the whole town to come together to celebrate their viejita. “A sus 79 años le cumplimos su sueño de tener su cumple de 15 que no pudo tener,“ wrote another one of Nina’s children, Soledad  Luna. “At 79 we made her dream come true.”

Turning 15 is considered a momentous occasion, as it is the moment that they symbolically become young women. 

While the quinceañera celebrations may have more in common with a wedding than a birthday party, they’re a traditional and enduringly popular rite of passage for many young Latinas. The Quinceañera, which literally translates to “the girl who is 15,” signifies a young girl’s transition in becoming a woman, and a lot of the traditions and elements of the party symbolize her transition and growth into womanhood. 

For many, a quinceañera is seen simply as an excuse for a blow-out party with family and friends 

The actual significance of the tradition is tied into both Catholic and pre-Hispanic culture. Many years ago, this celebration was rather more literal than symbolic; in pre-Hispanic times, 15 was considered the appropriate age to begin childbearing, and in the 20th century the right time to be married. Luckily, this no longer tends to be the case, but even so the quinceañera tradition has endured.

Nina’s celebration is proof that you don’t have to be fifteen to celebrate your Quinces. Get yourself a puffy dress and some chambelanes, because you’re never too old to celebrate womanhood.