Inviting Your Quinceañera Court
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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,
tips and budgeting advice. Have fun planning and enjoy
your special celebration!
Have the best quinceanera court with helpful tips and advice from BeingGirl.com.