12-28-2006, 09:27 PM
So, my best friend is having a Quinceanera this march and I'm gonna be in it and we're starting to prepare for it. I know almost nothing about it except I wear a dress, have an escort, and I have to dance. I know a little bit more about it, but not much. I know her parents give her a doll and some other stuff. I'm really nervous for it and I don't want to be completly clueless the day it comes.

So can anyone help me on this subject??

12-28-2006, 10:56 PM
it always rains in oregon!!! what part are you from?

anyho, this gril had a 15th b-day when i was in mexico.
it was awesome, tons of food, cake, and best of all the guy thwoing the party handed me a bag of 50 M-80 i had a great time blowing stuff up all night. so you need some explosives to have a good party.

12-29-2006, 11:25 AM
So, this is wierd. It's like all of the Oregonians decided to post. I'm from the valley. Ok, so is this girl catholic? Because, if so, the ceremony will be held in a catholic church. Additionally, I'm not sure if you know much about Quinceneras, but, they are basically coming of age ceremonies. The one I attended at St. Mary's was very much like a "pre-wedding" if that makes any sense. The young ladies were escorted by young men, all dressed up and the girl who was celebrating her 15th, had on a white gown. THe young girl, from what I can remember, has some vows or some officiation with a priest and her parents. I believe that you help perform a special dance with the party girl at the reception. But, I would talk to the girl giving the quincenera. Chances are, she can fill you in on all the details.

12-29-2006, 02:06 PM
I don't think she's Catholic, i think it's more like a tradition type thing. The girl told me it was like a wedding, or at least as big and festive as a wedding, and there's cake and a reception and everything. All like 6 of us girls have escorts, so it seems alot like wedding. hummm......
Anything else anyone knows?

I am from Milwaukie, Oregon. (near portland)

12-29-2006, 07:43 PM
Families blow off more money on quinceaneras than weddings! It is HUGE!(in case you didn't pick up on that yet)So, yeah, you'll be really dressed up and the party will last intot eh night)knowing Mexicans and parties...;))

12-29-2006, 07:49 PM
ya they're insane. have you been to one?

12-29-2006, 07:52 PM
no, but I hear stories. And I live by Mexicans so I know the party thing firsthand! I've seen pictures from my friends' Quinceaneras so I know that it's huge. And listening to them plan it.... But I guerentee(sp) you'll have fun.

12-29-2006, 08:01 PM
thanks:) i know it'll be fun but i'm nevous i'm gonna mess up real bad:-[ :-[ :-[ :'(

12-30-2006, 12:24 AM
Sarah, live in scappoose, ever heard of it, its on the way to the beach along the columbia 20 miles NW of portland. i know where milwakie is, my grandma and cousins live in Clackmas near sunnyside/ happy valley

12-30-2006, 10:09 AM
My dad works in Milwaukie.

12-30-2006, 04:18 PM
it's crazy how quincineras are like little weddings... almost.

12-31-2006, 12:48 PM
I know it's todally weird. It'd be really weird to have a quinceanera and then grow up and have an actual wedding, it'd be like you already had it.

What's so great about Scappoose? Milwaukie is a wonderful place.

12-31-2006, 08:56 PM
I was in my friends quincenera. I was a literal last second fill in for a cousin who showed up 4 hours late. The service was in spanish so I didn't understand any of it. Lots of stand up, kneel, sit down. I asked my friend what it was about and she briefly said that it was a Catholic ceremony of religious signifigance and that she was making vows to God about serving him or something. I could tell you more about the meaning had the service been in English.

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01-01-2007, 07:43 AM
I have to be in one in March for someone I haven't seen since I was 3. So yea.. awkward. Well I live in Miami so basically every girl here has a huge Quinces when they turn fifteen so maybe I can help you guys out.
Well the way we do it here, it's not really a religious ceremony, but more of a traditional celebration. There's usually fifteen "parejas" or couples dancing .. so they pair you with a guy and there's fiteen guys and fifteen girls. The party starts off with the Quinceneara dancing with her dad and then the couples come out and do their dance (which is choreographed). After that it's dinner and then it's just like a normal party. In hispanic culture quinces is a HUGE thing. In my opinion it's a waste of money... it's just a regular birthday.. nothing big. I was going to have mine in March but I decided it's a waste of money so instead we're doing a cruise (which is common for Quinceneara's here too). So yea i hope that helped =]

01-01-2007, 11:17 AM
Watch that one '80s movie about it. It might not help much, but it will a little, I think. :-\

lol; That is if you can find it!

01-01-2007, 03:34 PM
it's crazy how quincineras are like little weddings... almost.
Yeah. They sure are.
The birthday gal has two dresses. One for the ceremony, and one for the party afterwards. The dresses run into the thousands (of dollars). It's crazy expensive.

01-02-2007, 05:56 PM
^^ thanxs:)
I'm suprised so many people know about quinceaneras. the b-day girls sister is tranlating it because i'm not the only one in it who doesn't speak spanish. so, thankfully, i'll understand... sorta.

02-06-2007, 08:10 PM
I love this tradition :)