Preparation of the baptism and choice of the announcement
Your child is born and you would like to organize a ceremony to share your happiness and that of the father with your entourage. What is the difference between a religious and a civil baptism? What are the necessary steps to prepare for the celebration? How to write the baptism announcement?
- The first decision to make with the father: do you want to baptize your child in church or at the town hall? If you are both believers, you will naturally opt for a Christian ceremony. If the religious aspect is not important to you or if you are of different faiths, a civil baptism is an ideal option.
- However, you should know that these two types of ceremonies do not require the same preparation. Religious baptism is more restrictive. You will have to file an application and probably participate in accompanying sessions with the priest of your parish.
- Whether you choose a church or a town hall, you should find out about it and reserve the place in advance. The same applies if you plan to invite your loved ones to lunch after the ceremony. Some people choose a village hall, others a restaurant. You can also organize the meal at home with the help of a caterer. You should allow an average of three months for these preparations.
- Another important decision to make in consultation with the father is the choice of godparents. Even if they have no legal obligation, these two people are morally bound to your child.
- Once you've managed all these steps, it's time to create the christening announcement to invite your friends and family to the happy event. Draw up a list of guests to make sure you don't forget anyone. Paper or digital, invitation card or short video, classic or humorous tone, it's up to you to personalize this invitation!
- The invitation includes essential information, such as the child's name, the date, time, and place of the ceremony, the address of the eventual reception, and the parents' email or phone number to confirm their presence.
- If you have made up a baptism list, attach it to the invitation. It is recommended that it be sent 1 to 2 months before the date of the baptism, by mail or e-mail.