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Houston Chronicle by Marcy de Luna July 12, 2019

Houston quinceañeras have become big budget celebrations, while sticking to simple traditions

Houston resident Denise Toledo's quinceañera was a lavish $120,000 affair. It took Claudia G. De Velasco, who owns local event planning company A Day to Remember, six months to plan.

That amount of time and expense for a quinceañera, a Latino celebration marking a girl's entrance into womanhood when turning 15, is not uncommon as tastes and demand for extravagance grows, she said. Such ceremonies that are more often held in all inclusive-halls, for example, are now taking over ballrooms at upscale hotels.

"It's the way society is designed these days," De Velasco told Chron.com.

The cost of the party she organizes usually ranges from $50,000 to more than $100,000, she noted. Her clients, she said, are mostly mid to upper class.

"It's like the MTV show "My Sweet 16," De Velasco said. "The bigger the better."

Included in the bill are the event planner's services, from booking the venue to ordering the cake.

"It's a lot of work and time," she noted. "It's like planning a wedding from mass to the celebration itself."

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