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Christening Speech

Christening Speech

The Christening of your child not only marks the beginning of a special relationship between them and your faith, but also between their new Godparents. Of course, it could just be a brilliant excuse to throw a  party and test your ability to juggle hosting with childcare - whilst trying not to get baby-sick on your new fancy clothes. Whatever the case, Speechy is here to help you write the perfect Christening speech.

(*Of course, if you’re looking for more than ‘advice’, check out all the different ways the Speechy team can help you write & deliver a great speech. Or check out our new AI-powered team member, SpeechyAI.)

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How To Write A Winning Christening Speech

  • Keep it between 5-10 minutes long.
  • Thank everyone for coming: Acknowledge your family and those who have helped make this day extra special.
  • Shout out to the Godparents: Touch on why you have chosen these select people to be a huge part of your child’s life.
  • Add some humour: Sharing laughter means sharing love.
  • Finish with a nod to the future: Take a moment to share your hopes and dreams for your child.

 

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Thank Everyone

The perfect Christening is not possible without a wonderful group of friends and family, so ease yourself in by thanking everyone for coming and making this day so special. There will be groups that have travelled far, an Auntie who baked the cake and a few friends who helped blow up balloons so ensure these acts of love don’t go unnoticed.

If your child is still a baby, feel free to acknowledge that it feels strange to be dressed up and not in your pyjamas, covered in baby puree. Confess that you’re no longer sure your conversation skills extend beyond ‘goo=goo, gah-gah’ and that you may feel compelled to point out a dumper truck if one drives past.

On a more serious note, take this time to acknowledge how lucky you and your partner feel to have this little bundle of joy.

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Shout Out To The Godparents

Whilst this day is hugely significant for you and your child, it is also a special day for the chosen Godparents too. It may be worth noting that not everyone in the room will have met the Godparents, so this is the perfect opportunity to enlighten the room on why you value them. So…

  • Explain how you know them
  • Reveal those traits and habits that the Godparents possess that made them suitable for the role. Include the genuinely valuable characteristics and the comedic ones too. For example, ‘I hope they can instil in our child their hardworking ethic and strong moral values, as well as their ability to party till 3am and make a mean mojito cocktail.’

Draw on a few stories and anecdotes that portray how easy and obvious this choice was for you.

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Add Some Humour

This is a celebration and every speech is better with a bit of humour in it. Every 30 seconds of content needs an opportunity for your guests to smile, if not laugh-out-loud.

Sure, the chosen Godparents may be full of love and kindness, but what about their little quirks that may have an impact on your child? Is one of them known for playing pranks? Will another make it their aim to persuade your child to support your football team’s rival?

Of course, if your child is old enough to add a few lines, it could be fun to hear what they hope from their Godparents in the years to come!

Finish With A Nod To The Future

Wrap up your speech with a few final words of appreciation and the hopes you have for your child, be it any career goals, personality traits, or simply the fact they’ll support the same football team as you.

Of course, remind everyone that the terms and conditions of being a Godparent means they should offer at least 50 hours of babysitting a year.

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Deliver Like A Pro

Whether you’re delivering the speech to a dozen friends & family or a packed-out party, a great speech can be ruined by poor delivery. Make sure…

  • That everyone will be able to hear you. Invest in a mic if necessary.
  • Rehearse in advance so you know there are no tongue twisters or anything likely to slip you up. It’s also important to feel familiar with the flow of the speech.
  • Feel free to use notes but don’t resort to reading from tech. It’s distracting for an audience. Old-school paper is still the best.
  • Smile. It’s scientifically proven to be infectious.
  • Read more of our Delivery Advice.

The Speechwriting Experts

The Speechy team are TV-trained scriptwriters/comedians by trade & we’ve helped 1,000s of speakers around the world deliver their dream speech.

Our advice has been quoted everywhere from The New York Times to Grazia and from Forbes to The Observer. Our founder has also featured on the BBC Sounds’ Best Men podcast with Jason Manford and written ‘The Modern Couple’s Guide to Wedding Speeches’, published by Little, Brown.

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