Post # 1
I have walked into maybe 10 Hispanic wedding shops (several in Dallas, several in Houston). You walk in and there are nothing but gorgeous quince dresses and accessories. I ask: “do you have WEDDING dresses?” Each place had the same situation: Maybe 10? 15? wedding dresses. They just pointed me to the catalogs and said: “you can order one.” And, sometimes they ignored me or were snarky. Has the 15th birthday become so much more important to families to the extent that he bridal shops barely care about brides? Why?
Post # 3
Yeah I think you’re right… here in Wisconsin it seems to me that the Hispanic brides go to the same stores as the American brides, but you still have to go to the Hispanic shops to get your arras coins and lasso if you’re using them. I haven’t noticed any snarky salespeople though. You’d think they’d be happy to get a customer?!
Post # 4
Well if you think about it you can go to TONS of places to find wedding dresses but not a lot to find quinceanera dresses. I tried the Mexican shops but like you said they were all by catalog.
Post # 5
We live in the Houston area and while shopping for my daughter’s wedding dress, a young girl stepped out in her Quince dress- which was actually a white bridal dress. It was a ballgown with a ruched skirt… very bridal, and certainly not cheap. My niece had a photo shoot last year in a beautiful white dress for a social club she belongs to- that also, I was informed, was basically a Chinese made wedding dress, which my sister had altered to remove the train because the club forbad the girls having trains on their dresses. Absolutely gorgeous dress- but I was shocked to hear that these girls were spending that kind of money on their “white dress”. This has an old origin in the wearing of white for graduation- my Mom has a story about her white graduation dress and of course, any little girl who goes through Holy Communion has worn the miniature version of the white dress and veil.
It seems as though the older girls can’t wait to wear the princess dress and that is what is driving the market- and the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Here in Houston, Quinces are big business… as big if not bigger than prom. I think it’s a sweet tradition, but I would like to see more age/stage appropriate dresses on the girls rather than low end wedding gowns.
Post # 6
I live in houston too and while i didnt have a 15th I honestly just kinda stayed away from places that sold the 15th dress. I got my wedding dress at Ventura Bridal. While yes they do sell 15th dresses there its in a totally different section and i didnt see it while i was there. Also, there is this places called Impression off of Westheimer only bridal dresses and also the Bridal Mall, winnie couture, you guess it Davids bridal.
Post # 7
I’m from Houston and I would agree, Quince’s are HUGE revenue streams. I’m not entirely sure if there’s a difference between dresses carried in a “hispanic” store vs “american” store style wise. If you’re looking for a more ‘ornate’ dress, they can be found in american stores as well. The Houston market is VERY hispanic catering… Is there a reason you’re not trying any of the popular “bridal” stores. The Houston Bridal market is amazing!
Post # 8
@KLP2010: Hi everyone, sorry I didnt answer before, I was under the impression that Hispanic shops would have a better prices and also carry more Hispanic-like thinks like arras and lazos. I was wrong about the prices. Thus, I bought a dress on Ebay.