Tiaras, beautiful gowns, Quinceañera dolls and more. The Quince Girl & Latino Bridal Expo, a bilingual bridal and Quinceañera show designed as a one-stop shop for the Quinceañera and bride, will be held Sunday, November 5 at Fairplex, Building 5 from noon to 5 p.m.
A feature of the Expo is the Quinceañera, a celebration of a 15-year-old girl’s transition from childhood to maturity. The ceremony celebrates religious traditions and the virtues of family and social responsibility. Derived in part from rites celebrated among Indians of the Americas more than 500 years ago, the Quinceañera signifies an adolescent girl’s passage into adulthood and acceptance of responsibilities.
Young girls – la Quinceañeras – wear a long gown resembling a wedding dress. The traditional color is pink; however Quinceañera dresses now are also in shades of blue, turquoise, red, hot pink and even white with color accents. Accent pieces match the girls’ dresses, including pillows, the toasting glasses, bouquets, bible and memory book. Even the Quinceañera doll will match the exciting bold color of her dress.
The young male escort has become an exciting part of the celebration. Young men dressed in various styles of uniforms and tuxedos escort la Quinceañera into the church and reception. The escorts perform choreographed dances to waltzes and Latin pop as they present the Quinceañera to the honor court.
The Expo will include special fashion shows, dance demonstrations and workshops throughout the day. Custom designed dresses from Mexico by Karisma Novedades feature styles to fit the discerning and adventurous girl. The dresses are handmade in Mexico and are available in the United States.
Quinceañera Elegante presents some of its latest accessories during the fashion show. Some of the products and services showcased at the Expo are gowns, cakes, limousine services, flowers, salons, tuxedos, specialty foods, lazos, arras, baskets, and other items for the bridal and Quinceañera ceremony.