Christening Invitations: Online Resources
The baptism, or christening, of a baby often is the first major milestone in the life of a child in many Christian families and, like other milestones, is shared with friends and family.
There's much to plan and celebrate, but new parents don't have a lot of time to spend shopping for the perfect christening invitations. Online providers make things easy, though. Whether traditional or modern, there is a christening invitation available that's just right for your baby, no matter your budget.
Here are some of our favorite designs.
Royal in Blue: The Regal Monogram christening invitation from tiny*prints is an eye-catching navy blue card with white type, including a lovely monogram featuring your baby's first initial. Pricing ranges between about $1 and $2 per invitation, depending on quantity. Tiny*prints offers a direct mailing option for a fee, and parents can even manage RSVPs on the company's site -- both welcome extra features for busy new parents.
Customized Cards: Custom photo christening invitations are a popular and affordable option. Sweet Pea Greetings offers beautiful options in black and white or color, at around $1 per card. Choose designs printed on regular, matte or metallic stock.
Embossed Elegance: We love the pretty embossed daisies on the understated christening invitations from the First Impressions line at Invitation Elegance. A tiny window displays your baby's name, and the scalloped bottom edge lifts to reveal the invitation information. Prices start at about $5 per card for 25, down to around $2 each for 200 or more.
Thermography and Sparkle: A "3D Bling" option might sound a bit ostentatious for a christening invitation, but this Tea with Thermography line from Storkie.com actually is quite elegant. Unusual tall, slim card designs with raised lettering come with matching envelopes. Choose a clear, ruby or pearl embellishment that you apply to the center of the cross, or opt out of the gemstone and save a dime per card. The standard design starts at $1.89 per card, with many color combinations available.
Made by Hand: Purchasing handmade christening invitations will set you back up to $12 per card or more, but for a truly unusual choice that reflects your personal style, it can be worth it. Papagraphics offers lots of gorgeous individually made designs on rich handmade paper with offset-lithographed text on vellum. The Mykonos, with a starfish embellishment comes with individual handmade boxes instead of envelopes, making the invitation a keepsake for loved ones.
The eCard Way: At the end of the day, what matters is that your friends and family are there with you for your child's baptism. If you're really crunched for time or money, you can always opt for the eVite, which has become an increasingly accepted form of invitation. Choose from a selection of pretty christening invitation designs (or design your own), add the e-mail addresses of the invited guests and the rest pretty much takes care of itself. Follow RSVPs on the invitation page, where friends also may leave comments. And the cost? Free.
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