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How to Plan a Quinceañera with $2,500

February 24, 2008 at 11:00 PM by Isabella Wall | Comments

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Quinceañeras can be very expensive (mucho dinero!), but they don’t have to be if you plan carefully, well in advance, and stick to your budget. The most important step to take before you start planning your quinceañera is to ask your family, "HOW MUCH MONEY CAN WE SPEND?"

Partying on a budget requires you to be very creative, that you have as many padrinos and madrinas involved as possible, and that you sacrifice some luxuries, such as an elaborate cake, a fancy beverage selection, or professionally printed invitations. You might also need to have a madrina of hair and makeup — a fashionable aunt or big sister — who can style you, instead of a professional at the salon.

Below, I’ll show you how you can have a quinceañera for 50 guests on a $2,500 budget. Feel free to remove the items that you can live without, and invest more in those that are most important to you.

Dress: $250
Accessories: $40
Hair & Makeup: $50
Venue Rental & Equipment Rental: $350
Ceremony Fees: $60
Flowers & Decorations: $150
Food & Beverages: $500 ($10 per person)
Cake: $150
Music: $150
Photography & Videography: $300
Invitations: $100
Limo: $250
Favors: $100

Remember that idea I gave you with the padrinos of the cake, where everyone bakes a small one? Well, that’s the perfect example for saving — in small pieces. Put aside little amounts of money throughout the year, and before you know it, it will add up to your goal!

What do you think — could you manage on a $2,500 budget?

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Dubbed "The Fairy Godmother of Quinceañeras" by the Latin media, Isabella is the leading expert on quinceañeras.


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