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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?
Who is a Naming Ceremony for?
This is a very special, unforgettable celebration for your treasured new addition. It is a ceremony all about them, their important role in your family and your hopes and dreams for their future.
The celebration could be held when your child is very young, or later in life to signify their naming and welcoming them as part of your family. If your child is a baby you will be organising it all, but if your child is a bit older you could choose to involve them in the ceremony.
This is a popular route, as the child is able to remember the day and play an active role in it. You could ask them if they would like to choose a reading or their favourite song, or even say a few sweet words to the congregation themselves!
A naming ceremony can be for a newborn, a toddler, an older child, a step child or an adopted child – essentially, it is for any child that holds a meaningful place in your heart and for whom you want to celebrate their role in your family with your loved ones.
What should my child wear to the naming ceremony?
This is a celebration of your child so this is the day to put them in something special! This could be a traditional gown that has been passed down through your family, or an outfit that you think suits them and their personality.
You may opt to have a dress code – or even fancy dress! – for the service. If so, you should consider whether you want your child’s outfit to reflect this dress code.
What happens if my little one is asleep during the ceremony?
This is not a problem at all. After all, you cannot control when a little one chooses to nod off!
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.