www.bilingualweekly.com (bwnews) SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA – Obdulia Chavez, owner of Stockton’s based Vanessa’s Decoration takes detailed information to ensure that she makes dreams to a reality. For over 8-years Chavez has fined tuned her specialty in understanding her clients — 15-year-old teens who dream of having their Quinceñera parties (Tradicional Latino 15th Birthday parties similar to a Sweet Sixteen), “Every year the demand for more specialized themes challenges the industry,” explained Chavez.
Business owners suspect that the quinceañera tradition has grown from ancient native rituals from Mesoamerica which eventually adapted to Christianity following the Spaniard invasion resulting in expensive luxurious events in modern times.
Today, the quinceañera costs may exceed the expenses of a wedding or university education, "You spend around $30,000 at a wedding depending on the culture and quinceañeras spend about $50,000," explained Juan Medina, Regional Director at San Joaquin County’s Quinceañera Magazine; adding, "Our [Latino] culture is very nice and we do not measure what we spend."
While the religious ceremony is vital to the Quinceañera celebration there are some who opt not to attend church, “It is important for the young ladies along with their families and friends to understand the values God offers them as they become of age,” explained Fr. Dean of St. Mary’s Church. “We encourage the families to consider a moderate celebration and to consider the risks involved with exceeding their budget which may better serve their daughters’ university education,” added Fr. Dean.
During July 31st young ladies had an opportunity to explore an extensive variety of options for their celebrations at the first Quinceañera Expo in Stockton. The expo offered venue rentals, video production, photographers, decorations, and accessories in numerous packages to make the birthday girls’ wish come true.
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