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What is a Naming Ceremony?

A Naming Ceremony offers the chance to celebrate your new addition to the family. It is a wonderful chance for your family to celebrate the birth of your child or children, to officially name them and to share the dreams and aspirations for your child’s future.It can also be a chance to welcome new step-children or an adopt... Read more

What happens during a Naming Ceremony?

A Naming Ceremony is a celebration of family and life. Your Celebrant will write a ceremony for you that is personalised and meaningful. It will include officially naming your child and declarations of promises and commitments from parents and other significant members of the family.Parents will also state their hopes and w... Read more

How does a Naming Ceremony differ to a Christening?

Naming Ceremonies are usually not held in a church and have the option to include or not include religious content. They are also not officiated by a priest or member of the clergy. A Christening is about the beginning of a journey of ‘faith’ and usually requires the family to belong to their local Church. It will involve r... Read more

Can I include Godparents?

Absolutely! You can appoint Godparents/ Guideparents/ Supporting adults (sometimes Oddparents!) to your little one and they will be asked to make commitments during the ceremony.You have no restrictions at all and unlike a Christening, these people do not have any prerequisites to fulfil, such as confirming they have been c... Read more

Will I meet our Celebrant before the ceremony?

Many Celebrants will offer home consultations so you get to meet them before the ceremony. You could choose to only have contact with your Celebrant online such as through Skype, WhatsApp or other video call software, but if its possible, we would recommend meeting the Celebrant in person.   Throughout the process, your cho... Read more

We want a Christening, yet don't go to church. Is a Naming Ceremony a good alternative?

If you want to celebrate the birth of your little one, or a child joining your family, however, you aren't religious, then a Naming Ceremony is for you. With a Celebrant you may wish to include bible readings or hymns, or other special symbolic additions such as lighting candles. With a Humanist ceremony, these are created ... Read more

Can we involve our other children in the ceremony?

Absolutely. This is a celebration of your family, and your new addition joining that. Their siblings can choose to write and say a reading or poem, or perhaps make their own commitments.  You have total freedom to be creative and involving any siblings is a lovely addition to further personalise the ceremony. It also makes ... Read more

What happens if my little one is asleep during the ceremony?

This is not a problem at all. Naming ceremonies are a time of celebration so most Celebrants will either wait for your little one to wake up, or the service can be done with your baby asleep.    Read more

How long are Naming Ceremonies?

Depending on how many symbolic additions, readings you include, or any other personalised aspects, a Naming Ceremony usually last around 20-30 minutes. This would include the ‘official’ naming part of the ceremony and the guideparent affirmations, plus certificate signing, which all usually take place towards the end.  Howe... Read more

Where can we hold a Naming Ceremony?

Anywhere you choose. Typically Naming ceremonies are held in village halls, gardens or event venues. The options are limitless and entirely up to you where you’d like to have the ceremony. Read more