Baptism Invitation Wording - How to Choose the Right Words for Your Baby's Christening
Written by Linda Kling
Sunday, 03 May 2009
When you're planning your baby's christening, one of the first things you will need to personalize is his baptism invitations. Most invitation companies will let you customize your order and leave the choice of words to you. But what wording should you use? Here are are seven tips to help you decide.
1. First of all, make sure you include all the important information. You don't want to forget any significant detail, like the location of the church. No matter how the invitation is worded, it should contain you child's name, date of the baptism, time of the service, church name and address, time and place of the reception with the address, and how to RSVP. Jot these things down.
2. Browse online baptism invitation websites for inspiration. Look for wording that you like. You don't have to order that particular invite or even from that company. This stage is just to get ideas of what you want to say. Copy your favorite phrases. You can take a line from one and borrow something from another.
3. Consider adding a Bible verse. Since this is a spiritual event in the life of your child, it's a nice idea to add a Scripture. There are many verses that are suitable for this occasion. Here's some suggestions that are popular for baptisms.
- Children are a gift from the Lord, a child is a reward from Him. - Psalm 127:3
- Let the little children come unto Me, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. - Luke 18:16
- Whoever welcomes a child in My name, welcomes Me. - Luke 9:46-48
- For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. - 1 Samuel 1:27
- Every good and perfect gift is from above. - James 1:17
- I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. - Psalm 139:14
4. Instead of a Bible verse, you might want to add a quotation. You can search online and find lots of christening quotes and sayings that would be appropriate for your invitations.
5. Decide whether or not you want to put the godmother and godfather's names on the invitations. It's not something that is usually included, but it might be something that would be meaningful to you and the godparents.
6. When you find an invitation you do want to order, look at the sample text used in the card of your choice as a guideline to how much text can be used. For example, if the design you've chosen contains 5 photos of your precious baby, there might not be room to include a poem, long quote or extra words. You might have to compromise on the design or trim your words. If you're not sure your wording will fit, just email the company and ask for their opinion.
7. Once you place your order and receive your proof, check the wording again. Does it still sound good? Is everything spelled and punctuated correctly. Have someone else read it, too. Don't rush to approve it until you're sure that all the words are right.
Yes, of course, the design on your baptism invitations is important, too - you may even want to personalize them with your baby's photo. But nothing matters as much as the words. Spend some time on this. Spur your creativity by checking out sample wording on baptismal invites offered by online companies. Browse through quotes and Bible verses. Then put together your own words, as you ask your guests to share your blessing at your child's christening.
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