You have found perfect Baptism invitations, now you need to consider what to put on them. Be sure to give your guests all of the information they need to arrive at your location and enjoy the occasion. Here are some things to include when creating your invitations:
1. Introduction: A simple statement of invitation with the name of the celebrant is a great way to start. Here are some examples:
“ Please join us for the Baptism of…”
“With love and happiness, we invite you to celebrate John Mark’s Baptism…”
“Matthew and Karen Mason request the honor of your presence at the Baptism of their son Sean….”
Another option is to start with an inspirational quote from the Bible:
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart. –The Bible, Jeremiah 1:5”
“Whoever welcomes a child in My name, welcomes Me. –The Bible, Luke 9:46-48”
Finally, be sure to list the full name of the baby, parents and if desired, the God Parents.
2. Logistics: While letting your guests know when and where the baptism will occur, seems obvious, it is most often the part of the invitation has errors on it. Be sure to correctly list the:
*date and actual day of the week
*time of the ceremony and if there is a party to follow
*complete name and address of the church
3. Celebration information: If you plan to have a gathering after the ceremony, be sure to let guests know the details including the name and address of the location. You will also want to let guests know the type of food being served. Some parties include cake and coffee, while others provide guests with finger foods or a full meal.
Other tips: If you are having a party after the ceremony, it is helpful to have a way for your guests to RSVP. List a cell phone number of a key member of the family as the RSVP contact person. It will help you determine the amount of food, chairs, tables, and space you will need for the celebration.
The most important step when creating your invitations is to proofread them carefully, especially the date, time and location. Ask a family member or friend to read the invitation to ensure everything is correct. You will be happy that put in this extra effort, as your guests will arrive informed and ready to enjoy your wonderful event.