A Quinceanera celebration is an important event in life of a young girl, comparable to planning a wedding in magnitude and it can be a financial strain on her family. Planning ahead and setting up a budget can make the event less stressful. It can also ensure you cover the costs of the items you consider important and help you eliminate the unnecessary features. Start at least 12 months before the big day to give yourself ample time to save and prepare.
Factors to Resolve
There are a number of things to consider when setting a budget. The location for the party has a huge bearing on the cost as does the number of guests Do you want a simple gathering in your home with a small number of friends and family or will you need a large facility to hold crowds of people? Can you live with a simple menu or does it need to be lavish and gourmet? Are you footing the bill alone or are their friends and family who can contribute? Draft your initial guest list.
Get Quotes and Estimates
If you have decided on using a hall, get prices from local providers. If you are hosting at home and using a caterer, get estimates from them based on your menu selections. Consider using n event planner that does this type of occasion for a living as they can provide accurate cost information. Talk to bands, DJ’s, photographers, florists and any other service providers you may be using.
Analyze the Data
Once you have gathered the preliminary data for your daughter’s Quinceanera party, sit down with a calculator and your checkbook and see if this is really doable. You may have to trim guests to keep all the frills. You may have to trim frills to keep the guests. You may have to cut back on both to accommodate your pocketbook. Another option is asking close relatives such as grandparents, aunts and uncles or Godparents to contribute, perhaps asking each to help by covering the costs of one aspect of the Quinceanera party. Perhaps someone has services they would like to contribute.
Once you have completed your analysis, you can start to actually plan the Quinceanera party. Start making deposits on things like the hall, the caterer or the music provider. With a little careful planning your daughter’s Quinceanera party will be the fulfillment of all her dreams and provide a dress rehearsal for the bigger event a few years down the road…her wedding!