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1-MINUTE GUIDE TO

CHRISTENING

Outrageous stat alert! 10% of parents spend £10,000 on their baby's Christening!!! 

But whilst some may splurge on a Mega Christening, we’ve got cheap and FREE options for food, invitations, gowns and more

So you can celebrate your baby's Naming Day without spending their inheritance!

 

Need to know

  • A buffet is always cheaper than a sit down meal. Instead of gifts you could consider asking your guests to bring a dish and then all you have to provide is drinks
  • Get discounted drinks by checking out the multi-buy deals on mysupermarket.com.  Now may also be the time to use those first time buyer discounts (along with deals) at Tesco and Ocado which will get you money off your first online spend with them
  • If you’d rather buy a cake than DIY, our favourite combo is getting a plain celebration cake from a supermarket (M&S have one for £8) and then decorating it with cake toppers from Amazon. We have heard of Christening cakes costing as much as £100 so this is MUCH CHEAPER!
  • Do you have a MASSIVE family and a tiny house? Consider hiring a village hall, some come in for as low as £5 an hour. Or ask to host at the home of a friend or family member
  • If you want to decorate your home or hall, a £3.50 spend on Amazon should get you a banner, confetti, balloons AND CHANGE
  • Invitations only need to cost you money if you want something specificEmail invites from companies such as evite are free and look great. And Jib Jab do thank you e-cards. Or if you’d rather post invites and cards you can make and print your own using Smilebox these look great and will only cost you the price of ink and card
  • It can be easy to spend LOADS on a Christening outfit or traditional gown. Ask your family, there may be Christening gown already in the family or an outfit ready to become the next heirloom!  Oxfam online have a few pretty outfits or we found Christening style outfits for as little as £1 on Ebay
  • If you opt for a baptism, churches do the ceremony for free although a donation is normally expected. A non-religious Naming Ceremony with a professional Celebrant can cost £100-£250 depending on your Local Authority, however, there are scripts widely available for free online so it is perfectly acceptable for you or a friend to conduct the ceremony instead
 

Invitations and thank you cards

 

evite

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Why we like it:

  • free e-invitations
  • LOADS of design choice (general templates)
  • you can send out to email addresses
  • RSVP options means you get emails

Watch out:

  • it's an American site
  • we had to 'fudge' the ZIP code as it wouldn't accept UK Postcode, so put it in the main part of the address. It didn’t affect the invite
  • only 3 Baptism specific invitations

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Jib Jab

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Why we like it:

  • animated e-card site
  • great free thank you e-cards with animations your kids will love – A LOT of fun!
  • you can preset the date to send out In the future
  • if you’re sending lots of cards a year and you want the choice. It’s worth spending £8 a year for the choice

Watch out:

  • choice of free cards limited- look for the red banner
  • more adult choices for invitations but good for thank you’s

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SmileBox

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Why we like it:

  • download the app free to your pc or mac
  • access to 1000 customisable designs for cards and invites
  • customise Christening invite and then email or share on Facebook ALL FREE
  • invites come with RSVP feature
  • create photo scrap book
  • free 7 day trial for Premium

Watch out:

  • after 7 day free trial you have to join for $6.99 (£4.32) a month to be able to print invites and access music

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Christening Outfits

Tesco's Florence and Fred also deserve a mention as they have a really lovely gown for £20

Oxfam

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Why we like it:

  • vintage gowns for as little as £9.99
  • 21 day 'no quibble' return period

Watch out:

  • not currently a wide range- stock depends on donations
  • delivery £3.95

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ebay

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Why we like it:

  • gowns from £1.75- £300+
  • grab bargains through bidding
  • vintage gowns
  • ask questions about the gown you want

Watch out:

  • lots of options are from Hong Kong
  • returns policy depends on seller
  • quality may vary
  • LOOK OUT FOR SCAMS- check seller ratings

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Preloved

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Why we like it:

  • outfits from £12-£70
  • really good selection of second hand outfits
  • lots of choice for boys

Watch out:

  • return policy depends on seller
  • LOOK OUT FOR SCAMS- pay via pay pal

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The inside track

  • Invest in plastic tableware, save the environment and your money! 50 paper plates from ASDA are a cheap £1 BUT 50 plastic plates from ASDA will cost you £2.75 and you should get more than 3 parties out of them (if you can face the washing up!)
  • When you are looking to print off photos of your Christening make sure you grab a bargain- Boots Photo, Snapfish, PhotoBox and PrinterPix all offer free prints the first time you use them
  • If you are attending a Christening or Naming Ceremony, John Lewis, Amazon and eBay are GREAT for gifts, or you could try a Secret Sales site as they often have some lovely designer gifts at a fraction of the cost!

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