Once you've settled on a date, it's time to send out invitations. If you have friends and relations who won't be attending, it's nice to send a baptism announcement, which can also serve as a birth announcement if you'd like. For those people you intend to invite, a written invitation is always in good taste. Formality isn't obligatory, though. You can send e-mail invitations or make a series of phone calls, instead. If you're working on a tight budget or time is a factor, the important thing is to get the word out. Written or e-mailed invitations have the advantage of being consistent. You won't forget any of the details, and you can add some helpful reference materials like a map to the church or parking recommendations for the reception or after-party.
Be sure to include these ceremony details in your invitations:
- child's name
- name of the church
- names of the godparents
You can also add information about the reception:
- an RSVP request with phone number
Here are some other important details:
- Mention the dress code -- If you're having a formal (or very informal) baptism, it's a good idea to spell out the recommended dress code to avoid misunderstandings and possible embarrassment.
- Assist out-of-town visitors -- If guests will be arriving from out of town, provide hotel recommendations and transportation options.
- Arrange for a christening gown -- This could be a classic white confection you plan to make a family heirloom or a christening gown that's already been in your family for generations. To keep the gown pristine, pack another garment the baby can change into right after the ceremony.
- Take plenty of photos -- Appoint a designated photographer or provide disposable cameras to guests to be sure you'll get some great photos.