• How to write a Quinceanera Speech

    For your quinceanera speech, I want to pass along one of the best pieces of advice I was ever given about how to figure out what to say. The man told me to break everything down to one phrase, and from there, add everything else.

    It sounded so simple, but it made my speech writing so much easier!

    Can you think about what you want to say for your quince speech and break it down to one line?

    Let’s run through this together.. I have no notes, so I’m just going to do this off the top of my head.

    Message: Thank you
    That’s a common message for a quinceanera speech.. let’s keep going.

    Let’s add some of the W questions - Who, what, when, why, and how.

    Who are we going to thank?
    1. Parents
    2. Madrinas and Padrinos
    3. Family
    4. Guests
    5. Best friends (maybe?) and the Court of Honor
    What are we thanking them for? Again, I’m just going with the flow here. Brainstorming..

    Parents – generosity, upbringing, values, confidence, setting a great example, support, unconditional love.

    Madrinas and Padrinos – participation, support, love, being there for your parents, helping you make this day special.

    Family – support, fun, understanding, love, shaping your personality, learning, guidance.

    Guests - participation, showing up, being a part of your life, confidence, support.

    Best friends and Court of Honor - Understanding, being there, participating, funny moments, accepting, listening.

    **Throughout the speech, we can add a story here and there, to make it flow nicer.

    When is this all happening?

    Well, on this special day, obviously. :) But maybe here, we can mention something about ever-present support and love.

    Why is this so important? Why are we thanking them?

    You want to express your gratitude and your love for them.

    How has their impact made a difference in your life?

    I think for this, we can add something about the future. For instance, how all their support, guidance, and love has affected you and how it will affect your future.

    Okay, those are enough notes to get us started. I’ll just run with that for a first draft of our quinceanera speech.

    Hmm.. I think a pretty quote would be a nice start. I’ll look for one now.. Okay, found one.


    Allan Cohen said,

    “Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”

    I have plenty to be thankful for, tonight, and I’d like to take the time now to express that now.

    -I’m grateful to have everyone here. I’m so happy you could make it. Ten years from now, I’m going to be looking back on this day and remembering how special you have all made me feel, with your presence.

    There are a few people here that have made so much of this possible for me. Without my madrinas and padrinos, none of this would have happened. I feel very lucky to have such supportive people in my life. Thank you for all the work you’ve put into this. Thank you for my gifts.

    If you want, you can single out certain madrinas or padrinos and thank them, personally, in public.

    My family is also here – primos, primas, tios, and tias. You have no idea how much it means to me that you’ve made it! Growing up, I’ve felt honored to have such an amazing, wonderful family who loves me. Thank you for showing up. Not only are you my family, but you are also my closest friends and I’m extremely grateful for that.

    It was a challenge to gather up the Court of Honor for my quinceanera. All of you worked so hard at dance practice. And I think we looked good, didn’t we? I appreciate all your hard effort and your friendships. Some of us weren’t very close in the beginning, but I’m so glad dance practice has brought us closer together.

    [Again, you can single people out after thanking your Court - like maybe your best friend(s).]

    Mother Teresa said,

    “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”

    My parents are the epitome of love in action. I’m sure it hasn’t been easy trying to make the best life for me and it especially hasn’t been easy putting this night together. Thank you for creating such a wonderful night for me to remember for the rest of my life. I’m honored to have you as my guides in this life and I hope that as a woman, I will become someone who makes you very proud. Thank you, Mom and Dad. I love you.

    As I’ve said, I’m very grateful for all of you – guests, padrinos, madrinas, my family, my Court of Honor, and my parents. I appreciate all of your ever-present love and support. Thank you very much! Enjoy the rest of the party!

    From there, you can move onto something else. Get them dancing, make announcements, cut the cake, or whatever else is next on your itinerary.


    I hope the above gives you ideas on how to write your quinceanera speech.

    If you need any help with your speech, I’d be happy to help you! You can email me at: TuQuinceanera [at] gmail [dot] com. Or you can visit our contact page.

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