Why You Should Buy Your Quinceañera Dress Early | Expert Tips

Why Should You Buy Your Quince Dress So Soon? 

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Listen up ladies, this is important! At Mi Padrino, we are here to make your big day the best that it can be… and that involves a gorgeous quince gown (among other things, but…you know, dress to impress). We sat down with one of our favorite dress boutique owners, Yuri Ramos of Casa Francesca, to really help us understand how important it is, and why you should buy your quinceañera dress early. 

Here’s the thing that most people don’t think about: you can’t just go into a dress boutique and pick a dress off the shelf. There is a lot of work that goes into the creation of these dresses, as well as the alterations to get them to perfectly fit YOU! You don’t want to stress out about your dress possibly not arriving in time for your quince, so take some of Yuri’s following tips into consideration for why you should buy your quince dress early.

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Think About the Cost

Even though we hate to, we have to talk about money. We know quinceañera dresses aren’t cheap, but that’s because they aren’t cheap to make. There are a lot of intricate details, including beading or embroidery in each dress, many of which are done by hand. These details make most quince dresses a bit more expensive than your average formal gown… but a quinceañera isn’t your average event. This is why we recommend that people begin saving for, or creating a payment plan for, their dresses at the 1-½ or 2 year mark.

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The closer your event is, the more details you’ll have to think about. If you get your dress in advance, you won’t have to worry — because you already took care of it months ago! For this very reason, we have a payment plan at Casa Francesca, because everyone’s situation is different and we want to make sure everyone can celebrate these milestone events. We want to see dads watch their little girls grow up in just a moment.

Ease of Mind

People are always calling, and kind of freaking out, because their event is suddenly around the corner and they don’t have a dress yet. You really want to avoid this anxiety by just ordering your dress far in advance. At Casa Francesca, we are all about the experience! We want you to have a great day looking through dresses and choosing one that speaks to you. If you are rushed, this experience is more stressful than anything, and we don’t want that for you!

Coordinating Your Decor

Your dress is a very central piece of your entire event. All your decor, your theme, possibly your invitations, and even the attire of several other people will depend on what you are going to wear. For example, if you get a blush pink dress later in the game, but then realize the blush pink isn’t the exact color you thought it would be, now your decor is all the wrong color! However, if you already have your dress when you go to decide on decorations, you can rest assured knowing that everything will be well-coordinated together. Trust us, this is so much nicer than nightmares about color swatches and centerpieces.


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Pre-Quince Pictures… Without Your Dress?

Your dress can take up to 6 months to arrive to you after you order it, and you want to have time for alterations, too, before you get your pre-quince photoshoot done. Your pre-quince pictures should be taken about 3 months before your event, because you need to give the photographer time to schedule the shoot(s), edit the pictures, get prints around for you, and send them to you. Then you will need time to figure out where the pictures will be at your event, as well as order frames or accessories, if necessary. If you plan far enough in advance, you can then use these pre-quince pics to create decorations, and even use them in your invitations.

The Memory of “Yes to the Dress”

If you are hurrying and rushing around a couple months before your quince, you are doing yourself a dis-service. You should be able to relax on the day you go to pick out your dress. While shopping, parents often have facial expressions of frustration, exhaustion, and stress while their little girl grows up in front of them! Mom hasn’t slept for weeks, and dad is tired of hearing about how stressful it is…  sound familiar? This a really important milestone event that you want to enjoy, not stress over.


It’s more likely than not that you will need some sort of alterations for your quinceañera dress, so plan on setting aside some time to get it altered. It’s better to plan ahead, instead of needing alterations at the last minute and having no time for them. We do a lot of in-house alterations at Casa Francesca, and a lot of moms and brides will come in and ask us to just “cut the dress here and there…”. It’s unfortunately just not that easy. There are several small details and layers to these dresses, so altering them is more than just cutting them. You don’t want to rush your seamstress, either. This dress is a large part of an important day, so you want to give them plenty of time to do a great job. We have a lot of, “Can you do this?” questions, and the answer is always yes, but it will take time.


Maybe you are concerned that buying a dress a year or two in advance will be impossible to determine what size to buy. Just remember it is always easier to take in a dress, than to try to make a small dress bigger. Casa Francesca offers payment plans for quinceanera dresses that actually help with this because you can start paying off the dress even before you figure out what size to order! Be sure to check them out if you are looking for dress shops in the Houston area! 

Happy planning, you #quincequeen!

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