Turning 15 is both a huge deal and… also kind of not? Obviously, if you’re a huge party person, celebrating your 15th birthday in a sparkling gown with choreographed group dances can sound like heaven. But if it’s not your thing, hey. Don’t stress.
Here’s why it’s perfectly OK to not want a big, fancy quiceañera:
1. They can get expen$ive as hell.
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Venue space, photography, table rentals, a DJ, food, cake, drinks, a dress, a second outfit, dance instructors, a sparkling tiara made of frozen puppy tears… it all adds up!
2. If you hate being the center of attention, they can feel super awkward.
Not all of us love dancing or posing for photos in front of everyone we’ve ever met. (Not to mention all those strangers parents invite without telling you.)
3. If you can’t dance, you gon’ cry.
Practicing a vals for six weeks and still looking like an inflatable tube dancer is not cute.
4. …And having to practice dance routines WILL take up a huge chunk of your time.
Just a casual few months while you also go to school, sports practice, make time to study for exams, go to your part-time job, and try to have anything resembling a social life.
5. You might have to exclude friends when picking your court…
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There’s just not enough room in the court for Caro A., Caro F., and Caro G. 🙁
6. …Or you’re forced to include primos you’re not even that close to.
Great, now you have to add booger-eating Nidia into the mix.
7. You have to fight the fear that your chambelanes are going to drop you on your ass and/or face.
8. At some point, your dress will swallow you into a black hole of itchy tulle and too-tight bodices.
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TFW when you weigh 120 pounds and your dress weighs seven tons.
9. There WILL be fights over centerpieces.
Tía Esmeralda is gonna knock your abuela TF OUT.
10. Inevitably, strangers will take pictures of you having your picture taken in a park.
“Now stare off into the distance while leaning against this tree. No, no, like you LOVE the tree.”
11. Some traditions, like having your dad put your heels on you, feel… Well. They’re just not for everyone.
“Can’t I ‘become a woman’ while putting my own shoes on? And while we’re at it, what’s wrong with sneakers?”
12. It can get so busy that you don’t find time to eat.
Ignore the hordes of tías! Side-swipe abuelo! Jump over that person who everyone says is your cousin, but you’re not quite sure! Just grab that macaroni salad and hang on for dear life, girl!!!
13. Not everyone feels “grown up” at the same time.
There’s no real point when a person “becomes” an adult. It’s a process! Some of us might be forced to grow up a little faster because of responsibilities, sure, and some of us don’t quite feel like adults until age 172. So do you. We won’t judge.
Did you have a quince party? If you didn’t, do you regret it at all?