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!