Checklist for Planning Your Baby's Christening



Planning a christening, baptism or naming day can be quite stressful so we have compiled a handy checklist to help you get organised. The list can be viewed below and also downloaded for free from our gallery. If you're confused between the two terms Christening or Baptism click here to read the article which explains the subtle differences. 

6 - 8 weeks before your Christening

  • Decide on the church or other venue, date and time of your Christening.
  • Book an appointment with your priest, vicar or other celebrant.
  • Select the Godparents, Guide Parents or Special Friends and approach the relevant people.
  • Choose and book (if relevant) an appropriate venue for the Christening afters.
  • Book photographers and caterers (if appropriate).

4 - 6 weeks before your Christening

  • List your guests and send invitations with RSVP information. Click here for ideas on invitation wording.
  • Organise the Christening or Baptism cake.
  • If you have booked caterers finalise the menu (if you are doing your own catering, plan your menu).
  • Start looking for your baby's Christening gown., baptism robe or Christening outfit and also yours and other family members.

Baby Christening

2 - 4 weeks before your Christening

  • Draw up your final list of guests and confirm final numbers with the caterers (or for yourself if you are organising the food and drinks).
  • Confirm the final arrangements with the vicar, priest or celebrant and others such as photographers, godparents or cake supplier.
  • Decide how you will travel to the venue and who will accompany you and confirm an arrival time at your chosen venue.

1 week before your Christening

  • Finalise your baby's Christening gown, baptism robe or Christening outfit and ensure your baby is comfortable.
  • Finalise your own outfit and other family members outfits.
  • Check you have all the necessary documents and paperwork for the ceremony.
  • Collect the Christening or Baptism cake.
  • Ensure your camera or phone is charged and working correctly so you can take plenty of pictures.
  • Buy and prepare the food and drinks if you are doing the catering yourselves and ensure you have enough plates, cutlery and glasses.
  • If you have hired outside caterers re-confirm numbers, times and any other special requirements.



By Jane O'Neill