How to Ask Someone to Be a Godparent


While being a godparent is a serious task, your proposal does not have to be. Deciding how to approach someone about becoming a godparent can be an adventure in and of itself. We’ll walk you through some creative ways to request someone to be a godparent for your child. 


Who are godparents?

Godparents are the perfect understudy for this parenting show. What about the old adage that it takes a village to raise a child?

Godparents are a very essential part of this village. Godparents were initially referred to as “sponsors,” a term derived from the Latin spondere, meaning “to promise.” Even in our modern world, becoming a godparent entails making a pledge to guide the child all through life. That’s a pretty big deal.

How do you approach someone about becoming a godparent?

Are you ready to jump in? Here are some of our favorite godparent proposals: 

  • With love from your child: If you want to be amusing, leave a note that says: Help, these folks need backup. Please serve as my godparent.
  • Bubbling over: If you’ve already had your baby, make a card with their picture and a speech bubble that asks, “Will you be my godparent?”
  • The fairy tale: Fairy godmothers are among the most magical godmothers in every story. What are some creative fairy godmother-themed ideas? Bind the question card to a pair of pretty wings, a cute toy magic wand, or a bottle of glitter.

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  • Mafia fashion:  If you can’t say the word “godfather” without thinking of the Francis Ford Coppola film, it’s time for a themed invitation. There are numerous approaches to this. A Godfather-themed greeting card? A fedora with a question that is folded up inside? A card on a cigar, bow tie, or rose?
  • Lock it up: A unique locket with a picture of your baby inside can be the ideal gift to demonstrate how much it would mean to you and your family.
  • During a game of scrabble: Welcome them to a game of scrabble if you’re the wordy type. Have a question ready for them when they arrive: Will you be my godparent? scribbled on the board 

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  • Put it in a box: Make a box of trinkets that are special to your relationship or friendship with them. Then write something like, “You’ve already had so many adventures with my mama and papa. I was hoping you’d be willing to share some with me. Will you serve as my godparent?”
  • An embarrassing photo from your past: Yes, we all have those lying around somewhere. You can finally put them to use.  You can write something like “Please, please be my godparent” at the back.
  • Make it palatable (or drinkable): Cake? Cookies? A bottle of champagne with the all-important question written on it? Why not make this delightful?