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How does a Naming Ceremony differ to a Christening?
How do you choose your Naming Ceremony congregation?
Can we involve our other children in the Naming Ceremony?
Can I have a transgender Naming Ceremony or Renaming Ceremony?
Ideas for your Naming Ceremony
How can I come up with ideas for my Naming Ceremony? Your child’s Naming Ceremony is a personal, meaningful celebration of their place in your special family and your dreams for their future. You can be as imaginative as you wish when it comes to choosing ideas for your Naming Ceremony.
You can add spiritual and unique moments throughout the service that reflect your love for your child and who they are as a person. As there are no legal restrictions for a Naming Ceremony, there truly is no limit to the way you craft the service.
What are some ideas for a Naming Ceremony?
Planning your naming ceremony is both a fun and wonderful experience. Here is some inspiration for things you may want to include:
- A book can be available at the celebration which guests are asked to sign or write a message for the child and the family.
- Guests could be asked to bring something small for the child, such as a letter or a flower, which is collected at the start of the ceremony.
- The celebrant can ask if any guests would like to say anything about the child after the ceremony.
- A video can be made with guests saying a message for your child at some point in the future.
- Asking someone to write a special poem about your child that can be read at the ceremony.
- Creating a naming certificate with the details of the day and name which can be kept after the day for the child.
- Taking photos of your guests with the baby and making a collage of everyone involved in the day. This could also be sent to guests after as a memento for them.
- Planting a tree either as part of the ceremony or after at your home. This can symbolise growing as family.
Will my celebrant help me with ideas for the Naming Ceremony?
Yes! Your celebrant will spend time with you planning your perfect ceremony. They will do this by getting to know you and your family. They will ask you questions and pull out information about your story before bringing it all together in a ceremony that feels like a perfect reflection of your little one.