Sending the Christening Invitations

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Christening InvitationsFor Greeks, the Christening can be a huge celebration. After all, this is the day where your newborn receives an important Orthodox Christian sacrament. Family and friends gather to celebrate and after the church, you would like to share the joy even further by holding a party or reception.

In order for people to know when the Christening is, you, of course, need to tell them. The easiest way to do this is by sending out invitations. Here are some tips that will help make this process as easy as possible.

Your Guest List
The very first thing you should do is make sure you have the guest list written out. Start with the essential people (godparents, family, close friends) and then decide how many more people you have room for. For example, some function halls have a maximum number of people they can accommodate which will help you keep the guest list manageable.

Sending Electronic Invitations
More and more people are using their computers to manage their events by sending out electronic invites using sites like Facebook. Some simply email their guest list. The positive aspect of using this method is that it is both simple and inexpensive. The downside is that not everyone has a computer, Facebook account, email, etc, which could potentially cause more work for you in the long term.

Sending Invitations Through the Mail
The most reliable and effective way is to send the invitations in the mail. Yes, there is an expense involved because not only do you need to have the invitations printed, but postage costs money. However, most people you know will have a way to receive mail. If they don’t you could always invite them over the phone.

Choosing Your Invitations
As long as the invitation tells your guests the day, time, and place for both the Christening and the reception, the style doesn’t really matter. You can opt to save money by selecting a simpler invitation or you can make it more elaborate by printing it with color, a photo of your baby, etc. You can also choose a theme for your invitation such as Greek or religious.

Managing Invites
Be sure that you give people a date so they can know when they need to RSVP. This will help you more effectively plan the reception and is especially important when it is at a function hall or other venue. Keep a list of everyone you’ve invited and be sure to mark if they are attending or not. If they haven’t responded, and call them as it gets closer to the RSVP date.

After your child is born, you can begin making preparations for the Christening. After you have chosen the Godparents and set a date for the Christening with the church, the next step is to plan the reception and then invite your guests. There are several methods you can use to notify them including calling them, sending out electronic invites, and sending traditional invitations. Once you know how many people are coming, you can plan the event properly.

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