A Catholic baptism is the welcome into the church. It is not only welcoming the baby into the faith but asking the parents to commit to raising their children Catholic and attending church on a weekly basis.
Each family celebrates this occasion in their own way. We always invite all of our friends and family and throw a big party afterwards.
Your children should wear white. During the ceremony, there will be reference to the meaning of this color. Call the church ahead and ask if they are expecting you to bring a candle or if they will provide one.
At our parish, the baptism is divided into two ceremonies. The Rite of Welcoming and the actual baptism. The parish explains that the Rite of Welcoming is really for the parish members to welcome their newest member and the baptism is for your celebration and to complete the sacrament. By this time, you should have chosen friends or family to be the godparents. Ideally, these individuals should be practicing Catholics and good examples of having faith.
Your children will be annointed with oil and water. Usually the priest will provide time for pictures to be taken.
This is a very special occasion. Dads are usually in suits and mothers dressed up. Congratulations!