When I was still heavy with DW, Saturday was my check-up day. My OB is like a hit movie — pinipilahan sa takilya. No matter how early I come in, there’s always at least 10 other expectant moms in front of me at the queue.
I finally got tired of playing games on my phone when I thought of scribbling plans for DW’s baptism. I was on my 7th or 8th month then and I figured that I might as well plan ahead because I know I won’t have time to when DW’s already out and about.
Godfathers and Fairy Godmothers
We started with DWs godparents. We kinda went overboard so DW ended up with around 14 ninongs and ninangs. I wrote all their names down in my notebook by hand. Truth be told, 14 was already an edited list. Our criteria for choosing the ninongs and ninangs? Our faith that in the event that something happens to us that DW will be left to people who will love him and look after him because if they don’t mumultuhin namin sila! *boo!*
BDW and I wanted a church that would be accessible to both our families in the North and South. So Pasig and San Juan were good choices. We originally wanted to book Santuario De San Jose (SSJ) in Greenhills because that’s where BDW and I got married. However, we planned the baptism on Saturday and we didn’t want our guests to have trouble looking for parking spaces, which SSJ especially on a wedding saturday sorely lacks.
So the next best choice and the winner was Christ the King at Greenmeadows. It’s a huge church with an even bigger parking lot! Their baptistry is found at the ground floor of the church. Common/Group baptisms are done at the small chapel where families share in the ceremony. You can also reserve the small baptistry for your own exclusive use.
at the small baptistry
Tokens for the Grandparents, Ninongs and Ninangs
I ordered the Ivy Crosses online from Papemelroti. Papemelroti has a wide selection of tokens to choose from all of which can be personalized. I’ve always been a fan of Papemelroti eversince they opened their first store at Ali Mall. Transacting with them online was veeery easy. I just deposited the payments at a BPI branch and picked up the crosses at their Roces branch two weeks before the baptism. Best of all, their tokens are very affordable.
Next up the venue. We booked the Acropolis clubhouse right away. It’s just a few minutes drive from Christ the King and the clubhouse is well maintained. The clubhouse can also hold up to 250 guests.
A great online resource I stumbled upon when I was planning for DW’s baptism is http://venues.multiply.com – this site is regularly updated with all the clubhouses and restaurants that one can book for ANY event. It’s a free resource and each album has contact details. Some of the rates are not recent but at least you’ll have more or less an idea of how much to spend. This site is a godsend to people like me who’ve practically planned the biggest events in my life online.
Our criteria for the caterer is that it shouldn’t be expensive, the food must be good (and that we’ve tried before) and the set-up must be elegant. All three we found in Centertable. BDW and I became huge fans of this caterer after feasting on their dishes at a good friend’s wedding reception. The best sellers are the Parmesan Encrusted Dory, Roast beef and Vongole. We’re getting them again for DW’s first birthday. They also have specially themed set-ups for baptisms. We chose the bears and blocks theme. The bears wore bibs and the bibs had DW’s name written on them. It was such a cute detail!
Cupcakes as Souvenirs
We decided to give cupcakes to the guests as tokens so they’d have a yummy reminder of the day. We were also thinking of a practical souvenir and you can never really go wrong with edibles. So, we ordered cupcakes from Yummy Piece of Cake by Yumi Castrillo. Yumi created blue and brown cupcakes with blocks and bear toppers for DW. I ordered an 8 inch cake to top the tower. The cupcakes already came in boxes that the guests took home (by the armful for some!)
I made DW’s invites!!! I used powerpoint and word for these and downloaded the images online 🙂 I had them printed at YooPrints (they’re inside National Bookstore Glorietta) for Php1.00 per invite. I had 50 pcs made and also made gift tags with the same mobile images. We bought generic linen envelopes at National and gave them to our guests.
Decors were our last priority and we only hired one when we figured that there was still room in our budget for one. After canvassing a number of supplier, we hired Apple Cable of Yanple, who did an amazing job of livening up the clubhouse that’s within our budget with drapes, balloon drops and balloon pillars.
Last but not least, the Photographer
Ging Lorenzo is an in-demand photographer who’s a favorite among the moms of newlyweds@work. Go to her blog and see why. She’s amazing with kids! We booked her really early on when we started planning for the baptism knowing how she’s always busy with weddings, family shoots and whatnot.
For DW’s baptism, we received two DVDs of pictures, 30 printed pics of her picks and an 8×10 frame! I have yet to choose pics for DW’s album and for our frame though (nakow!)
Ging took our portraits and some very candid shots of DW on his big day 🙂
All the pics in this post were taken by Ging.
I really enjoyed planning DW’s baptism eventhough I miscounted and thought that the day of his baptism was his 3rd month (4th na pala!). More than anything, the day was a chance for me and BDW to thank the good Lord for blessing our family with our bugoy. It was also great to see friends gather round to celebrate the little one. Also, for me at that time, it was just great to be out! Haha!
If you have any questions about any of the suppliers here please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you right away.
Oh for documents, Christ the King needs the kid’s birth certificate and the marriage certificate of the parents (which to me is unfair because what if the kid was born out of wedlock? hmm?!)