What it means to be a godmother?
A godmother is a woman who’s a godparent—a person who has pledged to help with the upbringing of a child, especially in a religious way. Those adults are the child’s godparents, and the child is their godchild.
Is Godmother considered family?
In the United States, the godparent has no rights because he or she is not a member of the family or tied into the family legally. Even if the child wants to see the godparent and the parents do not want this to happen, they get the last say as the legal guardians of the youth.
Is a godmother like a mother?
They carry their own characteristics that distinguish them from other family members. A godmother doesn’t necessarily have to be related to her godchild by blood. Godmothers can be the mother’s friends, or some other person that has played an important role in her life, such as a cousin, for example.
What does the godmother pay for?
Because the Godparent is the official Christening sponsor, the responsibility falls on them to pay for any expenses associated with the ceremony itself. This includes the white baptismal outfit, white towels, bottle of oil and the oil sheet, the witness pins, and the cross.
Can a friend be a godmother?
Yes, blood relatives and members of family can be chosen as your child’s Godparents too. You can also be your own child’s Godparents in the Christian faith.
Does the godmother dress the baby?
The godmother is often the woman who buys the most elaborate gift for the baby, especially if the child is female. In some cases, the godmother will have a hand in selecting the infant’s christening outfit or will purchase the blanket or bonnet that the baby wears for the ceremony.
Are Godparents immediate family?
Aside from teachers, grandparents and a local babysitter, many families also choose a godparent. This is someone outside your immediate family who helps you guide your child spiritually throughout their life. Usually it’s someone who follows the same faith as you.
How do Godparents work legally?
A godparent’s role is a moral and religious one; it is the role of a ‘sponsor’ and being named as a godparent to a child does not create a legal relationship between the godparent and the child. If both a child’s parents were to die the godparent would not automatically become the child’s guardian.
What should a godmother wear?
Sleeveless dresses are usually acceptable ( although some faiths may require arms covered). Short skirts or low-cut dresses that show cleavage aren’t the right choices for this blessed occasion. You can never go wrong with a modest, elegant, figure-flattering dress that has modern details.