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Create the Perfect Christening, Baptism or Naming Ceremony Celebration in Sydney


Planning a christening, baptism or naming ceremony in Sydney may seem like a big task, however it’s important to break it down into different steps to make the process more manageable. Whether you choose to have the ceremony in a religious venue like a church or choose a celebrant to carry out a non-religious naming ceremony instead, here at The DOG hotel in Randwick we’re here to help make sure the celebration after is one you and your guests will remember fondly, even if bub can’t recall it!

The celebration after the ceremony is a great way to welcome the new arrival into the group of extended family and friends in attendance. It can be a quiet and relaxed reception or something a little livelier, in other words ‘wetting the baby’s head’! Like any large family event or celebration, its an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and catch up with family members or friends who have travelled some distance to attend. Below are 5 things to remember for the perfect christening, baptism or naming ceremony reception in Sydney:


·       Invitations: Your invitations should be sent out with ample time for your guests to RSVP (typically at least 3-4 weeks prior to the event). Invitations should naturally include details of the ceremony and reception including date, time, location of both parts of the event, instructions of how to RSVP and dress code details if required.

·       Catering: Once your guests have RSVP’d to your event, you’ll have definite numbers to work with. It’s now time to pick a venue which can accommodate a group of your size. Here at the DOG Hotel, we have spaces to cater from very small groups of 10-12 people right up to huge groups of 1,000 or more! We have a wide range of menus to cater for all different taste buds and budgets with options for adults and children.

·       Drinks: It’s important to decide whether there will be an open bar or if guests will be buying their own drinks. Some people opt for an open bar for the first 30-60 minutes as a thank you to their guests for attending while others opt to cover the tab for the entire event. Many also opt to pay for the food and let guests pay for their drinks altogether. There’s no right or wrong, it’s all up to you and your budget!

·       Entertainment: Entertainment can be a good idea especially if there’s quite a few children in attendance. Popular entertainment can include magicians, clowns making balloon animals etc to keep the kids amused while the adults catch up. Live music is also another option and we can advise on popular local musicians if you are searching for options.

·       Enjoy: This may sound like an obvious one but it’s a special day for you as parents also, so let our events staff at The DOG take care of everything on the day, so you can relax and enjoy your special day!

I just wanted to send out thanks and compliments. Our function yesterday was amazing, both the food and venue were very impressive. We had so many comments from our guests on both how delicious the meal was and the great venue. Baptiste and his staff were excellent. Couldn't be happier with the day. 

Alexis - May, 2017

I would like to thank you and the staff who worked at our function on Saturday who provided seamless and efficient service. There were many compliments from those who attended on the quality of food and the venue itself. Can you please pass on our thanks to the Chef and the rest of the staff.

Colleen O – July 2016

I had a great experience at the DOG last weekend. i had booked outside however due to the cold weather the team changed the booking at the very last minute and set our group of 20 up with a new spot indoors. Roast dinner was delicious and only had good feedback from other guests. Love the beer selection!!

Blake S – July 2016

We had a great day & everything went to plan. The music was brilliant & got the atmosphere going! 
Thanks so much for your help, I would definitely use the DOG again for a function or recommend you to others.

Laura M – June 2016

I just wanted to say thanks to the staff at the Dog on Sunday for making our function a success!
It was the perfect day and everyone really enjoyed the food and space you've created in the courtyard.

Christy - November 2016

I was going to send you a BIG thank you tomorrow. The staff were wonderful, friendly and organised. Everything went so smoothly and the food was fabulous, compliments to the chefs who were working so hard in the kitchen. We had a lovely evening and the table was perfect. Thank you for helping our night to be such a good one. We will be back for sure


Julie- December 2016

All guests had an amazing time and were really well fed. The staff at the DOG were very polite and accommodating, no issues with them at all.  Really impressive. The Manager was very helpful and attentive.  I did not need to ask for remind him or the chefs on anything. I did say thank you to the staff, but if you could please pass on my compliments again. I will definitely recommend your venue.



Penelope - June 2017

It was a good night. Our older guests were very impressed with the refurbishment of the hotel.We were very happy with the attentiveness and help of your Manager on the night....can't remember his name but seemed to have a French accent. Also bar staff good, particularly the young woman who came out from the bar and helped us during the night in various ways.

Lara - July 2017


The party was sensational.  Please pass on our thanks to the staff at the DOG, they were great and definitely went above and beyond…Thanks for all you help,  I’m sure it wouldn’t have gone as smoothly without your hands-on management.


Peter - June 2017

Thanks for your help organising my function. We had a great night and Baptiste was fantastic on the night.

Nicole - July 2017

Thank you for all your help in making it such a great night. Everything went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time!

Scott - August, 2017

Thank you for your support for our event last night. It was a HUGE success from our standpoint – and we really appreciate the efforts of you and the DOG team. Angel (manager) in particular was extremely helpful – and provided great service to the team

Daniel - October 2017

Everything was really good at The Dog on Saturday, I have to say the staff were fantastic on the night and we really enjoyed ourselves… Thanks for helping to organise it and please pass on my thanks to the staff that night. 

Gabrielle - September 2017

The party went very well last week! I had a great time

Melissa - September 2017

It was an amazing night and the hospitality was fantastic, I can’t remember her name but the lady helping us working at the bar was great!...Thanks for everything, everyone loved the venue and we were already suggesting we should hire it again for our birthdays

Ryan - June 2018