Your baby’s christening or baptism is a momentous occasion that you will want to remember for years to come. In this post, we will discuss the details you should plan, including your guest list, the choosing of christening gowns, and more.
Picking an Outfit
Your baby’s christening gown can become an heirloom to pass down in your family for generations to come, so it is best to choose an outfit made of sturdy material. Christening gowns come in various styles, such as traditional and modern, and you can even choose an outfit that incorporates a tuxedo. You’ll want to take the climate and the time of year into account and decide accordingly, and consider that breathable fabrics may be more suitable for your child’s comfort. Essential accessories include a bib to protect the christening gown, shoes, socks, a slip, and a sweater if it is going to be cold outside.
Putting Together Your Invitation List
Speak with your partner about the number of people you would like to attend your child’s christening, and discuss in private whom you would like to invite. Speak to the church leaders beforehand to find out how many people they are able to accommodate, and send out formal invitations that require guests to RSVP, including the number of people they wish to bring. Family from both sides should generally be invited as well close friends, and christenings can be small, quiet affairs or large events with dozens of guests.
Choosing Your Child’s Godparents
Traditions can vary, but in many cases, a child’s chosen godfather will sponsor his or her baptism. In addition, the godparents are often called upon to provide spiritual guidance and advice for the child as he or she grows. Sometimes, the agreement between the godparents and the child’s parents will include an arrangement that the godparents assume custody of the child in the event that he or she becomes an orphan, and this, of course, would require a legal document to make it binding. Either way, the godparents are assuming a potentially heavy responsibility and commitment, and as such, the parents will want to consider the integrity, character, and spirituality of the people they would wish to be their child’s godparents.
Choose a Church
If you already attend church, this step will be easy. If you don’t, you generally will have to fill out paperwork to become a member of the parish where you wish to hold your child’s baptism. You may be required to take a membership class and contribute regularly in time and or donations. Your church may have specific guidelines determining that your child be christened before he or she is a month old, so be sure to contact your church of choice as soon as the child is born or even a few weeks before.