The 5 Best Naming Ceremony Blogs

A naming ceremony is an alternative to a christening, baptism or other religious ceremonies to welcome your baby into the world. Have you recently welcomed a new baby into the world? Have you got an older child who feels they missed out on a ceremony or would even like to change their name? Have you adopted a child or do you have stepchildren and want a ceremony to welcome them into your family? The Celebrant Directory has compiled the top five naming ceremony blogs, written by some of the most experienced Celebrants around to give you all the advice you will ever need! The Celebrant Directory Guide to Naming Ceremonies Where else would we start but in The Celebrant Directory’s…

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The Celebrant and their Role in your Celebration

Times and attitudes to our celebrations are going through mass change around the world.   Throughout this change the Celebrant was founded in Australia thanks to Lionel Murphy, in July 1973 when he appointed the first civil marriage Celebrant. The Celebrancy business has grown in strength since helping people decide on their wishes with their vows be they religious or non-religious, their script, music they want to add, readings, and symbolism. They can also decide their style, Celebrant, venue, day and time. So many options we never had in the past! People now have many more choices from the days when folk were married in a church or the local registry office. The wedding industry has gained vastly from this, especially…

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What Do We Call the Godparents at a Naming Ceremony?

A Naming Ceremony is a wonderful way to bring your loved ones together, show off your new bundle of joy and make promises for your future together. They are also the perfect opportunity to appoint and name your child’s godparents. Unlike a Christening, at a Naming Ceremony there are no restrictions and no prerequisites that your godparents need to fulfil (such as showing that they have been christened). That means you can choose anyone who holds a meaningful place in both yours and your child’s life, you can involve them as much or as little as you wish in the ceremony and you can get creative with their ‘official’ title. What do we call godparents at a naming ceremony? There…

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Celebrants reveal their favourite Naming Ceremony moments-Take 2!

We have been asking our amazing Celebrants to tell us all about their experiences with Naming Ceremonies. They have been revealing their best moments and thoughts on why you should consider having a Naming Ceremony yourself…. This time, New Zealand based Timaru Celebrant Sarah McCambridge. Tell us a bit about your favourite Naming Ceremony and why it was your top choice. I never have a favourite ceremony as people touch you in different ways every time. That’s what makes every single ceremony unique and special. Older children are a bit more of a challenge and you need to find fun ways so that they too have a great day. One ceremony that sticks out the most was twin girls. One had…

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Real Ceremony Inspiration: Malie’s Humanist Naming Ceremony

Real Naming Ceremony Humanist Naming Ceremony for Malie Celebrant: Natasha Gray, The Humanist Ceremony Venue: In the garden at home in Guernsey A celebrant led humanist naming ceremony can be held almost anywhere at anytime. They are a unique and personalised, meaningful and memorable non-religious way of celebrating a rite of passage. Rituals, traditions, and celebrations of these rites of passage in our lives have been around since the days when there was no religion. Humanists believe that it is possible to live a good life without religion and therefore we also believe in celebrating life events in a meaningful and loving way. Although I’m mainly a Wedding Celebrant, I also do Naming Ceremonies and nothing gives me greater pleasure than…

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Lyla’s Naming Ceremony: Inspiration For Your Own Special Day

All you need is love and a gazebo… What a Perfect Place for a Naming Ceremony: an Octopus’s Garden, in the shade.  Ok, so not really an octopus’s garden, but we did play the famous Beatles song at the end of the ceremony – because it is (currently) Lyla’s favourite song. Over the past couple of years, there appears to be a trend towards downsizing weddings to smaller numbers of guests – but upsizing on personalisation and guest participation.  This year, I have also seen a similar movement in the naming ceremony. And I absolutely love it!  I love it because people are choosing what they want and, as their Celebrant, I am able to incorporate their ideas and design…

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Celebrants reveal their favourite Naming Ceremony moments-Take 4!

This is the last in our series with Celebrants telling us all about Naming Ceremonies – but definitely not least! Hilary Channing is a Wedding and Family Celebrant who particularly specialises in outdoor ceremonies. She loves conducting Naming Ceremonies and here she tells us a bit about why. Tell us a bit about your favorite Naming Ceremony and why it was your top choice. My favorite Naming Ceremony was for a little boy called Benjamin.  I chose this one because when I met Becky, his mum, we clicked immediately and over a cup of tea and a biscuit we chatted easily about what was important for them as a family and the values they held for bringing him up.  She…

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Why Celebrants are increasing in popularity

One experienced ceremony officiant looks at the rise of the Celebrant and how they offer an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional ceremonies of our past. Why have Celebrants become so popular? Over five years ago very few people had really heard of Celebrants and those that had were not really sure of what they did. Yet in the last 3-5 years, it seems that more and more people are choosing to use a Celebrant for one of life’s milestone ceremonies, such as Weddings, Baby Naming’s and Vow Renewals or Funerals and Memorial Ceremonies   What does a Celebrant do? A Celebrant creates and officiates a unique and bespoke ceremony to mark life’s milestones. These Ceremonies can also be themed…

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Why You Should Celebrate The Birth of Your Baby

I’m sure you’ll agree there are so many reasons why you should celebrate the birth of your baby! Celebrating the birth varies in lots of wonderful ways around the world from Baby showers, Christenings, Naming Ceremonies, Circumcision, Ear piercings to Family shrines and many, many more. There are lots of ways you can do it and the traditions differ from culture to culture which is what makes it so exciting! It’s completely up to you how you decide to celebrate the birth of your baby. You’ve just brought new life into the world which is awesome and having a day where you family and friends can celebrate the birth of your baby is fantastic. However you decide to celebrate, it…

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Celebrants reveal their favourite Naming Ceremony moments

We asked some top Celebrant’s to tell us all about their thoughts on Naming ceremonies. They just LOVE them and have revealed some of their favourite (and exciting!) moments from ceremonies they’ve had the pleasure of officiating… First up, Yorkshire based Celebrant Deborah Page from True to You Celebrancy. Tell us a bit about your favourite Naming ceremony and why it was your top choice. My favourite ceremony has to be the one held for a couple who were quite nervous about having a naming ceremony. Neither parent identified with a religion. We had a few meetings so that they had the opportunity to ask questions. I spent a lot of time talking them through what a celebrant could do, getting the right balance of gravitas to respect the…

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Celebrants reveal their favourite Naming Ceremony moments – take 3!

Naming Ceremonies are a wonderful reason to celebrate, and our Celebrant’s love being asked to take part! London based Celebrant Holly Smith was delighted when we asked her to part and shares her experiences here. Tell us a bit about your favourite Naming Ceremony and why it was your top choice. My favourite ceremony took place in a beautiful family garden underneath blossoming trees. Guests sang Love Is In the Air as they passed Jago around for cuddles and kisses – he loved the attention! Afterwards guests toasted him with bottles of champagne kept back from Mum and Dad’s wedding when kids were merely an idea! Have you had any unusual requests? The beauty of working with a Celebrant is our…

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How To Organise Your Naming Ceremony

A Naming Ceremony or Baby Naming as it is sometimes referred to is the perfect opportunity to bring your friends and family together, show off your new little one and make promises for their future together, without the traditional and full religious ceremony. Naming Ceremonies are also a fantastic way to welcome adopted children into the family, or to celebrate when two families are blending into one. So how do you begin? What are the key steps to organising and arranging a Naming Ceremony? We are here to help with those questions! Who will lead the Naming Ceremony? Firstly, you need to find a Celebrant to officiate your special occasion. Your Naming Ceremony Celebrant will help you decide on the…

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Top 10 Naming Ceremony Reading Ideas

With a dizzying array of Naming Ceremony reading suggestions on the internet, this task can become overwhelming. Before you trawl through websites, think about what you are trying to achieve? A Celebrant-Led Naming Ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the birth of your child, acknowledge people that will play an important role in their life, and bestow good wishes upon them for their future. Oh, and eat a lot of cake. That is essential. Choose readings that best represent you as a family… Don’t be tempted into selecting readings you think you should choose (or that you think Great-Granny would like to hear). The readings should reflect your values, your ethos and your beliefs – whatever they may be. If…

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