Forget prom dresses — Quinceañera dresses are the ultimate wedding dress

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House of Wu purple dress -- I call this dress "Complete Overkill"
House of Wu purple dress — I call this dress “Complete Overkill”

A couple years ago I wrote a post about how prom dresses make daring wedding gowns, and it's still true: they do. But if you're into some KUHRAZY colorful froof, it's really Quinceañera dresses that you should be stalking. Because, UH. MAH. GAH. Those 15 year old Latinas know their colorful froof, let me tell you!

For those of you unversed in American Latina culture, Quinceañera is a girl's 15th birthday party and coming of age celebration. These parties are often a super big deal and not unlike a mini-wedding, complete with religious traditions, flowers, a reception, big dress, etc.

And those big dresses? HOLY SHIT those big dresses… If you're thinking of a sleek modern gown or something eco-friendly and simple, Quinceañera dresses are your worst nightmare. We're talking massive hoop skirts, bright colors, rhinestones, layers upon layers of ruffles, and fancy silver embroidery, and sometimes even glitter. Understated these things are NOT.

I've never been a fan of froof, but these dresses have helped me realize that it's not that I don't like froof — it's the WHITE froof has never really done it for me. Rainbow froof, meanwhile? Mm. Kinda love. I've seen Quinceañera dresses that would be perfect for fantasy weddings, goth weddings, fairy weddings, and just plain ol' crazy colorful weddings.


Like, wouldn't this be the CUTEST lesbian wedding photo ever?

Comments on Forget prom dresses — Quinceañera dresses are the ultimate wedding dress

  1. The other great part about the Quinceanera dresses is that they’re much cheaper than wedding dresses, but often made of the exact same material! A friend of mine found a big, poofy (and white!) Quinceanera dress that she wanted to use as her bridal gown, and it was priced at like $470, whereas if she’d bought a similar dress at David’s Bridal, it would have cost her around a thousand dollars.

    • that is a gorgeous dress. I’m not the big ballgown kind of girl, but that gold and white is awfully nice.

        • The other great thing about Quinceanera dresses is that, more often than not, the corset bodice separates from the dress skirt, and you can wear it separately after the wedding!

          We all know how much OBBs love re-wearing their dresess…

  2. If it wasn’t for the fact ‘Not Huge’ was right up there with ‘Not White’ as the primary requirements for my dress I’d seriously consider one of these, they look fantastic.

    Although I’m not sure how easy they are to get in the UK, we don’t have much of a latino population over here.

  3. I have been trying on Quinceañera dresses and they are perfect for my body type, but I want something shorter to dance in. I just don’t think I’ll be able to dance (FH and I do swing) in a 20lb dress esp in Texas heat.

  4. OMG I would have loved to wear something like this! Thanks for introducing me to a new love!

  5. I agree with Cortney, Prom/Quinceañera dresses are way more cheaper and are made of the same material as wedding dresses. There are only more expensive because they slap the label of a wedding dress in it. My wedding dress is a prom dress and bought it for $100CND at a place called Le Chateau. It is Black with a little bit of white. These dresses that you have posted Ariel are super aweseome colors 🙂

    • haha I keep saying that if I can’t finish my dress on time I’ll just grab something cheap from Le Chateau. Go you!!!!!

  6. My wedding gown (which is a black lace mermaid style) is actually an “informal” Quinceañera gown that I got for such a bargain (around $400). It was also a great find since I am short (only 5’3″).

  7. I think Ive seen a few wedding dresses that must be Quinceañera inspired. I’m in Australia, so not really familiar with Latin culture, so thank you!

  8. OMG! I was so happy to see this post, I’m going to have two pink poofy flower girls (they are 25 and 26 years old) and they are both wearing Quinceañera dresses 🙂

    It’s gonna be amazing!

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