One of the most important parts of the Quinceanera celebration is the speech. This can be a difficult time because, while a speech is expected, it is challenging to put the significance of this traditional event into a brief speech, especially if you have never had to give a speech before. Here are a few suggestions when you are considering the topics for your speech:
To start, you might want to include a bold statement. This is more than anything an attention getter to make sure that everyone is paying attention to what you have to say. You might also try a related story, perhaps a story from your childhood to signify the transition into young womanhood that the Quinceanera tradition celebrates. This is another good way to captivate everyone’s attention.
If you or your family are religious, then you might want to take the time in your speech and relate what influence God has had on your life and how special this faith is to you and your family.
Remember to be very thorough in thanking the important people in your life and those people who have contributed to your Quinceanera celebration – especially your parents, your Padrinos, your Damas, and Chambelanes. This could take a while, but it is important to show gratitude to everyone who helped to make your celebration such a wonderful event. You want to be very careful to be as thorough as you can so that you don’t unintentionally leave anyone out.
Lastly, you want to have a friend or a close family member listen to you giving your Quinceanera speech ahead of time. Make sure it is someone you trust and someone who will give you an unbiased opinion and constructive advice. It is also a good idea to write your speech out on index cards to keep with you, and practice. In fact you should practice your speech at least 5 to 6 times before you ever give it in public.
This coming of age celebration for a Latina is an incredibly memorable and exciting time, and one of the highlights of this occasion is the Quinceanera speech you will give. While you may be nervous and a bit unsure, by following these simple steps you are assured of giving a touching and thoughtful speech that will be just as memorable as the event it was written for.