Information on Christening Ceremony Etiquette
It is good christening etiquette to arrive early for the christening ceremony. You as parents should have enough time to dress the baby in his christening gown before the christening ceremony begin. Like the christening invitations, the christening gown should also be white or off-white in colour, and is generally lacy or frilly in nature. You, together with your guests, should be dressed in business casual to business attire. Together with other prayers, the customary words, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" are pronounced as water is sprinkled or poured over your baby. It is also acceptable for some churches to immerse your baby in water instead.
What does Post-Ceremony Christening Etiquette involve?
It is good christening etiquette to take pictures of the parents, godparents, and baby with the priest/minister at the church after the christening ceremony has concluded. Some of the other family and friends would most likely also like to be photographed. It is customary for the priest/minister to be invited to the christening party held after the christening is over. Either coffee or tea together with cake, or a full meal, can be served to those attending the christening party. Either way, guests will likely give your child presents such as a bible or cross. It is good post-ceremony christening etiquette to send a personalized thank-you note to each guest shortly after the day the christening was held.
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