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Added April 23, 2014

Inviting Your Quinceañera Court

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Your quinceanera is your special day, and you want to spend it surrounded by your friends that will continue to support you as you get older. Here are tips for choosing and inviting your quinceanera court members.

 

The Tradition

Traditionally, a quinceañera court is made up of 15 young people (including you, la quinceañera). Introducing the Corte de Honor officially kicks off the party. Each quinceañera court member represents a year of your life, with la quinceañera representing your 15th year. These 14 people are special friends and relatives whom you choose as a symbol of the transition to womanhood, which is truly what your quinceañera represents.

 

Inviting Your Chambelàns and Damas

When you choose your quinceañera court, choose carefully. Once an invitation is sent, you can't take it back without some difficult conversations. The members of your court have a lot of responsibilities, and if you feel they may flake out or can't handle it, choose someone else.

 

Your quinceañera court can be made up of 14 guys, 14 girls or a mix of each. Some girls try to keep the numbers even, although most girls feel it's hard enough to choose your court without worrying about gender, too. Some quinceañeras select 14 special friends or relatives and an escorte for each. While it makes for a beautiful vals, or traditional waltz, it represents a rather large crowd and is less intimate than a corte of core people.

 

You can invite your quinceañera court members casually in person, over the phone or in a special handwritten note. An email is OK, but this is a special invitation that you want to make personal. A text message or sending a friend to ask another friend would be too impersonal. Make sure when you invite them that you explain what you'll need them to do. If they're not OK with these responsibilities for whatever reason, that doesn't have to affect your relationship. In fact, it really shouldn't affect your friendship if you're close enough to invite them in the first place. Be cool with it and pick someone else instead!

 

Celebrate Your Guests

You want to ensure everyone has a great time at your celebration. Even if a friend isn’t in your quinceanera court, he/she can still be a part of your special day. Here are a few ideas to give them a special honor at the party:

  1. Grab the mic or have the DJ call them out onto the dance floor with a special song just for all your friends. A short way into the song, request everyone at the celebration join you to dance together.

     

  2. Give your friend(s) a small present or token of your friendship, like a locket or charm, and write them a note or poem telling them how special he or she is to you.

     

  3. Assign the younger girls to be your pajes, or flower girls. They can sprinkle flower petals ahead of you as you make your grand entrance.

 

Assign Quinceañera Court Responsibilities

Being part of your quinceañera court isn't just a great honor for friends and family, it also comes with responsibility. They are there to help you with planning and dancing the on the big day. Here are a few things your Damas and Chambelàns can be asked to do:

  • Address invitations

  • Put together favors

  • Select the music, party theme, and other party details

  • Run errands with you

  • Dance the vals, and attend dance rehearsals to learn it

  • Wear a special dress (for Damas) or tuxedo (for Chambelàns)

 

In return for their service, you have responsibilities to your court as well:

  • Let them know what is expected. If they don't feel comfortable with the responsibilities, it's totally cool if they say no.

     

  • Provide them specific instructions with what you need from them.

     

  • Purchase a gift of appreciation to remember this special day. You can buy them a special favor, like a charm, necklace, a glass slipper for Damas; a pocket watch or shaving kit for Chambelàns. Consider neutral gift ideas that work for everyone: sports duffels, cell phone holders, key chains, picture frames with a photo or collage. Want to make it extra special? Personalize the gift with his or her initials.

     

  • Choose a dress (for Damas) or tuxedo (for Chambelàns) that is flattering and attractive to everyone in your Corte de Honor.

     

  • Select a special song to represent your relationship with each court member as he or she is introduced. Get song ideas from your friends, favorite playlists or TV shows.

     

  • Keep your attendants in the loop with continued communication with updates for dresses and tuxedos, rehearsals, and reminders.

 

Find more ideas on inviting a special guy, quinceañera beauty tips and budgeting advice. Have fun planning and enjoy your special celebration!

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