Responsibilities of the Godparents
The obligations of the godparents start with the purchase of the cross and the purchase of the christening package and are completed with the payment of the church fees.
The package includes:
- The candle
- The box with clothes and shoes and socks
- The ladopana (the sheet, underwear, large, small towel)
- The small towel is used to wipe the oily hands
- The bottle with the oil
- The bottle of oil should be filled with the godparents own oil
- 3 candles
- Witness Pins
The number varies depending on the number of guests
Selection of the Godparents
According to tradition, the choice of godparents should not be a frivolous decision. A Godparent is considered as the second parent of the child and therefore should be chosen for life. Usually we choose a good friend, and most often it is the best man/woman, who joined us in the bonds of marriage.
SavoirVivre: The godparents responsibilities are not small, nor is it an insignificant cost, for this reason the parents should be flexible to preferences and desires. In any case when we honor our friends with the role of godparents we should trust them. After all we are entrusting our child to them and should not have unreasonable demands.
Choose a style
Cosmic. Simple. Official. Humorous. Playful. Choose the style that suits you and everything will become much easier.
Choose a theme
After you select a style, it's time to choose a theme: The Sleeping Beauty, Prince, The Pink bubble, the Blue Knight and more, are ideas that you can discuss with the the right professional of your choice.
Select a venue
Style and theme will even help you in the selection of a venue. The space available for carrying out the ceremony and the event is varied. Country estates, Hotels, Playgrounds, Tavernas, Restaurants, Beaches are all available to choose from. You will need to decide on practical issues such as: The proximity of the venue for the event to that of the church?
Choose the right professional
The choice of the right professional to help arrange your baptism is one of the most important parameters for success. Avoid using the term "supplier" because in this case you need a professional who will stand by you from the beginning to end.
Make the guest list
Write a list of all the names ... even your own! Include parents, relatives, friends, colleagues. Request a list from godparents, the grandfathers and grandmothers.
Tip: Assign the creation of materials to one professional only, otherwise it will lead to delays with disastrous results. Invitations, Favors, Decoration, Clothes, etc. are elements of an integrated approach from the same supplier.
It all starts with the invitation
After we’ve prepared our list and we booked the ceremony and the venue we go to the next step, the ordering of invitations. The selection, printing, preparation and distribution of invitations is easy and so this must be done promptly. We need to allow 1.5 to 2 months to complete the process from the moment you start looking for the right professional to the time of shipment. You should bear in mind that you need to send the invitations at least 20 days to 1 month before the baptism. In the meantime you need to: Book the right professional, talk about your ideas and select the right proposal, pick the design, get them printed, written and sent to all your guests.
The decoration of the church and / or table
The decoration is governed by the style and character and the idea that we have chosen. This is all discussed, planned and agreed on a couple of months before the ceremony. We make sure we have a clear and complete picture of everything we are offering. We are never content to simply say “Don’t worry everything will be wonderful." A lot of hard work and planning goes into making sure that it is.
Favors and Sweets
The favors (see note how to calculate the right number) should be ordered at the same time as the invitations, so as to avoid problems with delays or shortages of materials. The pick up is scheduled a week before the christening, so you will have room to correct any mistakes.
Note: The correct amount for favors depends on the number of invitations. For example if you print 600 invitations (this means that you expect approx. 1200 people) you would have to order 1000 favors. If you print 300 invitations (600 people) order 600 favors, and if you print 30 invitations (60 people) to order 70 favors.
The gift for the Godparents
Let's not leave it to the last minute. To be creative and choose the right gift , ask for help, use the "intelligence" of so called friends, girlfriends, parents, aunts, etc., in order to know the tastes and needs of the Godparents. It is wrong to buy the gift based on your own desires. To offer a gift that we know someone will like is a very honorable gesture.
The audiovisual coverage
Photography and Video have now entered our daily lives. Most households have a camera with high megapixels and a good digital video camera. Technology makes life much easier, but - God forbid - do not cover the ceremony with your own camera!! Engage a professional and discuss with them exactly what you want and how you would like it presented. For example, your photographs can be displayed in many original ways and the video can become a real life short movie. Make a few copies and donate to people who want them .
- Specify the people who will hand out the favors and sweets.
- Specify the person who will assist you in undressing and dressing the baby not to create overcrowding.
- Arrange accommodation for your guests who come from far away, because they honor you by making such a long trip.
- Do not forget: a second change, diaper, bottle of water, two pacifiers, bibs