A christening ceremony is child's first formal occasion. The formality of the ceremony should be matched in its invitations. Christening Invitations differ from other invitations in that they must be celebratory, formal and endearing all at once. The invitations must reflect the beginning of the child's spiritual journey, the joy of the parents and the desire to be surrounded by close friends and family on that special day. How the christening invitation is worded determines what invitees will perceive about the ceremony itself.
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List the parents' names, child's name and ask for the presence of the invitee at the christening. For example, you may state "Amy and John Peterson request your presence at the christening of (child's full name)."
Write the words "on this, the" then write out the date. Write the date in the following format: (numerical date) day of (month) (year). The completed phrase should be formatted as the following: on this the 22nd day of September 2010.
State time and location of the Christening ceremony. Include the address of the church or location where the ceremony will be helc.
State any post-ceremony activities and their location. Differentiate whether you will be dining out, serving light refreshments or asking guests to bring dishes for a potluck style feast.
Write an RSVP statement at the bottom of the invitation that indicates whether you want a formal or informal reply. A formal RSVP statement includes your name, number, desired response date and your address so that the invitee can respond by mail. An informal RSVP statement includes your name, desired response date and telephone number so that the invitee can call with a response.
Tips and warnings
- Emphasise the most important information, like the child's name and the date of the christening, by putting it on its own line.
- Include a postage-paid envelope if you require a formal RSVP.
- Add the names of the godparents if they have already been selected.
- Include a scripture, preferably one about children, miracles, love or a combination of these elements.
- Mail christening invitations early to allow for postal delays, especially during holiday seasons.
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