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A Christening Checklist

Christening is a once in a life time special event for your baby. A little forward planning will ensure the special day goes smoothly, without stress and avoid the last minute rush.

8 - 12 weeks before

Make an appointment with vicar
Find out about what the church requires (shawls, colour: white/ivory, bonnet)
Choose and approach godparents
Book the date with church and godparents
Plan out the event: what time to arrive, start, what next, finish time, etc...

6 - 8 weeks before

Book entertainers, photographers and caterers
Create guest list
Search for babies christening outfit
Search for all outfits for husband/wife/sibling
Search for gifts for godparents

4 - 6 weeks before

Buy the babies christening outfit (and try it on)
Buy all outfits for husband/wife/sibling
Buy gifts for godparents
Post invitation to guest with RSVP, map

2 - 4 weeks before

Finalise food and drinks menu with caterers
Confirm arrangement with church, godparents, photographers, and caterers
Get accessories such as shoes, socks, bibs, clothes to change into after

1 - 2 weeks before

Finalise all outfits
Design seating plan
Ask a friend to take photographs on the day also
Ask for extra help on the day if needed

1 week before

Check that enough plates, glasses, cutlery are available
Check cameras and batteries
Check transport (or your cars)
Buy flowers and balloons
Check you have correct documents
Prepare a donation for the church

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