Baby Christening Checklist

ChecklistHOW TO PLAN YOUR BABY'S BIG DAY

Since there is plenty of organising to be done for a baby's christening, it is helpful to have a checklist handy to tick off all the tasks which need to be done in preparation for the big day! We have put together a checklist for you which can be viewed here and also downloaded for free in our gallery. 

6 - 8 weeks before your Christening

  • Decide on the church or other venue, date and time of your Christening.
  • Book an appointment with your priest, vicar or other celebrant.
  • Select the Godparents, Guide Parents or Special Friends and approach the relevant people.
  • Choose and book (if relevant) an appropriate venue for the Christening afters.
  • Book photographers and caterers (if appropriate).

4 - 6 weeks before your Christening

  • List your guests and send invitations with RSVP information.
  • Organise the Christening or Baptism cake.
  • If you have booked caterers finalise the menu (if you are doing your own catering, plan your menu).
  • Start looking for your baby's Christening gown., baptism robe or Christening outfit and also yours and other family members.

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2 - 4 weeks before your Christening

  • Draw up your final list of guests and confirm final numbers with the caterers (or for yourself if you are organising the food and drinks).
  • Confirm the final arrangements with the vicar, priest or celebrant and others such as photographers, godparents or cake supplier.
  • Decide how you will travel to the venue and who will accompany you and confirm an arrival time at your chosen venue.

1 week before your Christening

  • Finalise your baby's Christening gown, baptism robe or Christening outfit and ensure your baby is comfortable.
  • Finalise your own outfit and other family members outfits.
  • Check you have all the necessary documents and paperwork for the ceremony.
  • Collect the Christening or Baptism cake.
  • Ensure your camera or phone is charged and working correctly so you can take plenty of pictures.
  • Buy and prepare the food and drinks if you are doing the catering yourselves and ensure you have enough plates, cutlery and glasses.
  • If you have hired outside caterers re-confirm numbers, times and any other special requirements.

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE CHECKLIST

 

If you are looking for inspiration on what to write in christening invitations click here

 

By Jane O'Neill