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As a godfather or godmother, making a speech after the Christening can be daunting. We have looked at lots of different ways of approaching a Christening speech or toast, but, if you are looking for more ideas, don’t forget your godchild’s parents.

This may seem an obvious suggestion, but it is easy to overlook two of the most important people present at the service.

Firstly, it is worth talking to them before the big day to ask if there is anything they would like you to say. There may be a relative who has travelled a long way who deserves a mention or a friend who has been particularly supportive during the pregnancy who needs recognition. There may be something they would like you to say on their behalf.

Secondly, they’ve probably put a lot of effort into planning the Christening day, which is no mean feat considering all the other stresses and strains placed on young parents. So it is worth including a few words about Mum & Dad … how well they’ve done, how lucky your godchild is etc etc

Good luck with the speech!

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We’ve touched on the difficulties of making a speech at the Christening a few times (see speech). Here a just a few more thoughts for what you may wish to include:

Congratulate the parents on the production of such a beautiful child.

Congratulate the child on choosing to be born into such a close and loving family.

Thank the parents for giving you the honour and responsibility of being the little bundle of joy’s godparent.

Reassure everyone that you will be there for the child through good times and bad.

And don’t forget to thank the vicar / priest, thank all the guests for coming, thank whoever was responsible for providing the food and drink.

Keep it short, don’t get too emotional, avoid “in” jokes and finish off with a toast.

I was at a Christening once for a lad called James and his godfather simply raised a glass and said: “Lucky Jim” …. I wouldn’t recommend being quite this brief.

See Christening Toasts for more ideas

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As a godparent, it is sometimes difficult to get the tone right when choosing a Christening gift. You need something that the parents will appreciate and that your godchild will take with them through life. There’s a lot of rather sickly baby gifts out there that I doubt will last and will certainly go out of fashion, but I recently came across these Christening Bibles – something that will last and carry memories for years.

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Be careful when you accept the role of godparent for the first time. Godchildren are like London buses, you hang around for ages and then three come along at the same time.

No sooner have you left one Christening all aglow with good intentions than you get signed up for another. There is no solution to this problem, just accept the fact that once you have joined the club you have to pay your membership dues.

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Standing up in front of a large group of people can be nerve-wracking for the best of us, but beware of the aftermath of making a Christening speech.

You’ve tried to be a touch witty, you’ve injected a bit of emotion, reflected on the world in which the wee little sausage will grow up and, with any luck, left the assembled company with a warm glow of hope about the future. With a hearty slap on the back you retire to the drinks table with the sense of a job well done.

The adrenaline is still pumping, so you knock back the first couple of glasses like a Cossack at the Vodka Olympics before returning to the party to glad-hand your admirers … Do not at this point ask to hold your new godson and wittily, as ever, stick a cigar in his mouth “because he looks just like Winston Churchill” …

… It’s amazing how quickly that golden glow fades.

See Christening Toasts for more ideas

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