Tuesday 6 December 2016

Irish parents are splashing more than ever on Christenings – spending up to €200 on their own outfits alone

Published 22/01/2016 | 10:22

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Welcoming a new baby already comes at a huge expense, but new research has found that Irish parents are contributing to their financial blip by spending more than ever before on their child’s Christening Day.

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New research has found that a third of Irish parents are spending up to €500 on the Christening party with many admitting to splashing €200 alone on a new outfit for themselves.

The research, conducted by One4All, pooled the Christening Day expenses of more than 1,366 Irish parents and found that 34pc spend between €250 to €500 on a Christening party, while 14pc spend more than €500 celebrating the big day.

Despite the spend, 45pc of Irish parents admitted that their baby wore a second-hand outfit for the Christening but the remainder said they would purchase a new gown for the day.

More than a third of mums also revealed they’d pay a trip to the hairdressers ahead of the ceremony.

“Christenings are a very traditional celebration of life in Irish culture and more and more we are seeing parents treat the occasion like a mini wedding,” said Aoife Davey of One4All.

“From the gown and matching blanker to catering the after party, it’s a huge pressure and expense on parents,” she said.

The research also found that Christening guests also feel under pressure to give a nice present to the new baby.

“Guests are clearly also feeling the pressure and expense of Christenings but seem at a loss as to what to give as a gift to the child being baptised,” Ms Davey said.

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