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From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

From the Mass to the Baile Sopresa: Quinceanera Traditions Explained

“We know all the traditions of a classic quince– a mass with your whole family, the doll, the exchanging of the shoes, the father daughter dance. But Why?”

Symbolizing a time of change, a Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl turning into a woman. This Latino tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, pleasing tías and abuelitas alike. A girl can only become a woman once, so it is important to appreciate and truly understand the experience from start to finish, even with all the silly traditions.

Indigenous tribes used to prepare young ladies to lead the tribes. The young girls were separated from the boys for a period of time to teach them to be ideal wives and caretakers. At the end of the training period, the young girl would take part in an initiation ceremony where she would present all the things she has learned to her community, supported by her family members. When Spain began colonizing Latin America, the Spanish adopted this tradition. The first quinceañeras were meant to shape young women and present them as potential wives. They would learn how to cook and clean, how to be a good wife, and most importantly how to be a good mother. Heavy Catholic influence of the Spanish introduced a dedication mass as the forefront of the quinceañera traditions. Today, Quinceañeras have developed into a coming-of-age celebration with various traditions.

The Mass

The main reason a girl has a Quinceañera is to be presented as a woman before God and before the community. Often in Latino tradition, a Catholic mass is where this tradition takes place. The mass signifies a promise to be a woman of faith and a follower of Christ. The Quinceañera receives blessed gifts such as a bible, a rosary, a tiara, or a ring. The bible and rosary symbolize a strong foundation of faith. The tiara represents how God sees the young girl as a princess and a daughter to be honored and respected. The ring symbolized God’s unconditional love to the young woman. Lastly, a fresh bouquet of flowers is to be presented to the Virgin Mary, while the girl keeps an artificial one to herself. The quinceañera picks her padrinos, which are usually a married couple that will serve as mentors to guide her spiritually. And while in a general mass the Gospel is spoken to the congregation, in the mass dedicated to the Quinceañera, the Gospel is spoken to her directly and is usually about being a woman of God.

The mass is often proceeded with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. But then… its time to party!

The Exchanging of the Slipper

Before the party gets started, the DJ announces the Quinceañera, her parents, and the court of honor. After or during dinner, the Quinceañera takes a seat in the middle of the dance floor, and her padrinos present her with a pair of high heels. Her father then changes her flat shoe (often a sneaker now-a-days) to a high heel signifying the new-found womanhood.

The Doll

The presentation of the doll is supposed to be the last doll the Quinceañera receives as a young girl. The doll usually has an identical ballgown as the Quinceañera, and is meant to be a keepsake from her special night.

El Vals

The waltz is yet another symbol of the Quinceañera’s presentation as a woman to society. The waltz shows the grace and modesty a young woman should possess. Back in the day, young girls were not allowed to dance with partners at public events, so the waltz at her quince was the first time she was able to show off her moves in front of all her friends and family. Typically, the first dance is between the girl and her father, and the song usually reflects the theme of growing up but still being daddy’s little girl. After the father-daughter dance, the court of honor usually dances a waltz as well. Here, the Quinceañera, her chambelán de honor and her court choreograph a dance. In recent culture, it has become tradition to plan a baile sopresa for the guests, which is usually a mash-up of the latest party hits. The surprise dance doesn’t symbolize anything, really, but it sure is a lot of fun to practice for! If you ask any girl who’s had a Quince, the hours of dance practices make some of the best memories.

Learn more about the Quinceañera mass here.

Learn more about the other Quinceañera traditions here.

Learn more about the origins of the Quinceañera here.

This Sky Room Wedding Film Will Make You Shed A Tear

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth trillions!

With a great photographer, memories from your special night will be captured forever. And when the nostalgia sets in, photos will be there to take you back in time. There’s only thing better than photographs: a video! A video can capture your whole wedding day in a fun, special way. Wedding videos can show perspectives from both the bride and the groom’s point of view, show clips of the happy couple enjoying the night, and feature messages and wishes from guests and family members. Watch the video below from Jose and Araceli’s wedding, held at the Sky Room!

A special thanks to Kevin Pope Photography. Check out more of his work or contact Kevin here.

5 Cringey Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Never Want To Get Married

When he’s down on one knee and pops the big question, it feels like nothing can ruin the moment. Some couples prefer to get engaged in an intimate place with family, or on a hill top with a scenic view. Some proposals are spontaneous and unexpected, others are carefully planned out down to the tiniest of details. And although these proposals were carefully thought-out, nothing ever goes exactly as you planned. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious marriage proposals gone wrong!

  1. This proposal was a mistake at the mall

2. The Bible says Adam and Eve not Adam and Leave

3. Sometimes you need a little ∼push∼ to do something out of your comfort zone

4. Times Square proposal gone wrong

5. You need to see this show-stopping proposal

It’s Gonna Be A Night To Remember: A Guide To The Perfect Prom

High School. Four years of homework, friends, crushes, pep-rallies, and sports events. Some say high school was the best years of their life, others might argue that life gets better after graduation.It never seems to be quite like the movies, but when you look back at all the fun you had in those four years you can’t help but smile. And while the end-goal is graduation, prom night seems to be a key aspect of what high school is all about. Prom is made for dancing until your shoes hurt (and then taking them off to keep dancing), making memories with your friends, and it may be the only night you get to put on your fanciest clothes. You can’t do your senior prom twice, so for all those grads out there, it’s important to make prom night the best night. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your prom is a night to remember:

1. Deciding on a Date (Or Not!) – The most stressful part about prom season is the pressure to have a date. It may seem like everyone around you is getting asked in the cutest “prom-posals” ever. If you decide to have a date, check out our Pintrest board below for some creative inspo. However, it is 2018 after all, and dates don’t seem that necessary to have a good time. In fact, going to prom with a group of friends can make the night more fun without all the couple-awkwardness. Whoever you decide to spend prom with will make for a great night, anyways.

2. Finding the Perfect Outfit – Finding the right dress or suit can be challenging and expensive. You need a dress or suit, jewelry, accessories, hair, makeup, and shoes. Paying so much money for a dress you can only wear once simply doesn’t make sense! Try looking into dress rental websites like Rent the Runway. They will ship you a perfectly on-trend dress at half the cost you would purchase it at, and you can return it once you’re done! There won’t be any hassle of selling your old, out-of-style prom dress a few years later.

3. Arrive with your friends, No Limo Required – Carpooling with a group can save gas and save the awkward time waiting for the rest of your group to show up. If you really want to go all out, split the rental cost for a limousine.

4.Take lots of pictures – There’s no better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than with a bunch of photos! Having a ton of pics to look back on will refresh your memories and maybe make you laugh at yourself from 30 years ago.

5. Don’t stress out about it! – Although the hype around prom causes severe nerves and anxiousness, it’s really no big deal! Being stressed about prom won’t make your night any better, so go through this right of passage excited and relaxed, and be sure to enjoy every moment of it.

Gifts For The Girls You Can Count On

Your bridesmaids are such a key piece of your perfect wedding. With all the expenses and time dedicated to your big day, show your girls a little love by giving them thank-you gifts!  Whether it’s a bath bomb, a cute pair of earrings or a bag with their monogram, your bridal party will appreciate any little gift you give them. Check out our Pintrest board below for some gifts any bridesmaid will love!

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