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Thursday, April 16 2015

Christening and Naming Ceremony Invitation Wordings

Christening and naming ceremony invitations can have a wide range of wordings - these days there is no real right or wrong and the wording for christenings/baptism, thanksgiving and naming ceremonies are generally interchangeable. People tend to choose wording that is most appropriate for the atmosphere they are trying to create for the event.

Who does the invitation come from?

The invitation will usually come from the parents of the child, although very occasionally the godparents get a mention, for example if they are helping out with the cost.

Generally, surnames are used only in the most formal of invitations:  

Lisa and Adam Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at the christening of their son

Using nicknames eg Lizzie rather than Elizabeth would be appropriate for a more informal atmosphere or where all the guests would normally use the nickname.

Lisa and Adam
would like to invite you
to join them at the christening of

For a very relaxed feel, leave out the parent's names altogether (although you might want to add them to the RSVP information to avoid any confusion). 

Please join us for the Baptism of our son

You’re invited to the naming of

Some parents want to emphasize a very family focused event by including older siblings on the invitation:

Lisa, Adam, Jolie and Jordan
would like you to join them
to celebrate the naming of

Child's name

The usual format is to have child's name on a separate line to give it impact.  

Lisa and Adam would like you to join them
to celebrate the Christening of

Brandon Michael

Generally the first name and middle name is used, although the surname can be included if it hasn't already been used for the parents.  This can also be useful to clarify the name the child will use if the parents have different surnames

Lisa and Adam would like you to join them
to celebrate the Christening of

Brandon Michael Smith 

Time and place

The standard format would be to give the time, date and the place for the ceremony:


At St Andrew's Church, Bangor
on 5th August at 12.30pm


Sunday 5th August 2008 at 12.30pm
at St Andrew’s Church

To be held at home on August 5th at 12.30pm

Reception afterwards

For a reception in a venue the wording is usually

Reception to follow at
Saratoga Hotel, Randleswood Road, Bangor

or

Afterwards at Saratoga Hotel, Randleswood Road, Bangor

Where the reception is at home the wording can simply be:

Afterwards at home

or

And afterwards at their house

This can be followed by the home address or the address can be included in the RSVP information.

To give guests a bit more of an idea of what to expect wordings can be customized, for example:

Followed by a BBQ at our home

Followed by afternoon tea at our home

And to celebrate afterwards at their home

and afterwards at
at 89 Plaza Drive, Bangor
for drinks and lunch to celebrate

For a naming ceremony where the reception is in the same place as the ceremony, the wording can be adapted as follows:

and afterwards
for drinks and a buffet

And to lunch afterwards

And we hope that you’ll stay for some lunch afterwards

RSVP

Traditionally guests would respond in writing to the home address.

RSVP to 89 Plaza Drive, Bangor, ME 01223

For a more contemporary look or where time is short, an email address or telephone number can be included:

RSVP to 89 Plaza Drive, Bangor, ME 01223
Email: lisa_smith@gmailmail.com

Including a date by which to respond is becoming more common and can help with planning particularly where guest numbers need to be confirmed in advance.

RSVP by 14th July 2008 to
89 Plaza Drive, Bangor, ME 01223

Where the home address has already been used, the following wording is suitable:

RSVP to the above address

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