By Vanessa B
Planning your baby’s christening can be a very exciting time. Here are some tips on how to plan this important event in your child’s life.
Choose the godparents
Choosing the godparents is usually the first step and should be celebrated. After all, they will become a part of your baby’s life – hopefully for many years or a lifetime. When determining who should play this role, consider the following:
Godparents must be chosen by the parents or guardian and cannot be the child’s mother or father. They should also be at least 16 years old and be a good role model for your children.
Decide on the location
Location is important. You may want to go to your local church or the church where you got married. You also need to think about where you want to hold the lunch/brunch after the ceremony. This is often an important part of a christening reception where relatives and guests who attended the event gather and can enjoy a meal or buffet together. This is either an afternoon tea or a sit-down meal and can be a good idea, especially if your guests need to travel to attend the christening.
The choice is down to you and your budget
Whether you plan a large event or prefer the christening to be rather small, depends on your taste but also on your budget. Large ceremonies can be costly which is why it’s important to determine what budget you have available before you plan the day.
Many people prefer to send special invites which they choose or design themselves. Make sure you send them well in advance so that guests can organize their schedules and won’t have to miss it.
You’ll want to remind everyone to turn up at least 10 minutes before the designated start time. The whole service should take about 30 minutes. If you’re looking to hold a get-together after the christening, ask guests to RSVP.
Pick a photographer
You’ll want to remember that special day so try to book a professional photographer, make sure you book this well in advance. Speaking to the vicar of the parish as early as possible is equally important as is choosing the christening gown. The gown is worn by both boys and girls and is typically white or cream.
If you plan enough in advance, you will be able to enjoy this special day fully.