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Baptism and christening invitations

Celebrate their first sacrament with beautiful, customizable baptism and christening invitations. Send via email, text message, or shareable link, track RSVPs, and take adult vs child headcounts.

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Baptism and christening invitations

Welcome your newborn to the congregation and invite the happy godparents to join with a beautifully designed christening or baptism invitation card. (They're perfect for confirmation ceremonies, too.)

Is a baptism the same as a christening?

Often referred to interchangeably, there are distinct differences between baptisms vs. christenings. Baptism is the first sacrament in the Christian church where the sprinkling of holy water takes place. A christening is the baby naming ceremony where the child is given a new holy name. A christening isn’t a traditional sacrament, but it can include a baptism service, although it isn’t required.

Regardless of the ceremonial specifics, it’s traditional to share this significant spiritual moment with the special people in your life—and the best way to do that is by sending an online religious invitation through Paperless Post. Whether you’re searching for christening invitations or baptism invitation cards, you’ll find endless beautiful and memorable designs that reflect the event exactly the way you want. If you’re unsure where to start, we have a host of baptism and christening party ideas for inspiration.

What to include in your baptism and christening invitation

As with any invitation, include the ever-important details:

  • The name of the child being baptized or christened
  • The date and time of the event
  • The name and address of where the event will be held

If you want to add a sentimental touch, you can include a prayer or Bible verse for the person receiving the baptism or christening. Customizable Blocks provide space below the invitation where you can include a picture or video, parking details, or information about the reception following the ceremony (if any.)

Who do you invite to a christening or a baptism?

If you’re having the ceremony alongside your congregation, you may be limited in the number of people you can invite. In many cases, your child will be christened or baptized at the same time as others, so check with your church to confirm the maximum number of guests allowed.

The people you invite to your child’s christening or baptism will typically include immediate family members and godparents. Close friends and extended relatives are also welcome if there is space—if not, you can extend a separate invitation for them to join you after the ceremony, at the reception. While the event might only make the calendars of your nearest and dearest, an announcement of the big day is a great way to let other people in your circle know about this important occasion.

Choosing a christening or baptism invitation template

Pick a baptism or christening invitation template that reflects the event's significance to you. Choose a photo baptism invitation to send a picture of your infant in their Sunday best, or check out templates from our renowned design partners, like Rifle Paper Co. and Oscar de la Renta.

If you want a specific look, like colors that coordinate with your little one’s christening outfit or the after-party decorations, customize your invitation once you’ve landed on a template you love. Blocks ensure your event details are clearly laid out, while Page Styles let you play with everything from fonts and colors to envelopes and liners. Our handy design tools allow you to easily customize your online christening invitation so it comes to life exactly as you envisioned.

Whatever suits your (and your baby's) style, your invitation will make a beautiful keepsake for your guests, no matter what traditions they observe.

Beyond baptism invitations

Baptisms and christenings are beautiful first ceremonies for your little one. For all the rest, you’ll find a wealth of milestone invitations on Paperless Post—next up, browse our baby's first birthday collection (with thank you notes to match, of course.) Before you know it, it'll be time to send out first communion invitations—and we'll be here for that, too.