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Book a naming ceremony
A naming ceremony is a special way to involve family and friends
in the celebration of the birth of a child. It is also a wonderful
opportunity to welcome and pledge love and support for the new
arrival. Mothers and fathers are able to declare promises to be
good parents and adult friends and relatives have the opportunity
to confirm a special relationship with the child.
Book a celebrant for your ceremony
Phone: 01634 33 88 99
Where can I have a naming ceremony?
Ceremonies can take place in the Library Room within the
register office building or at other venues licensed for ceremonies.
What happens at a ceremony?
- introduction and welcome
- naming of the child (or children)
- parents’ promise
- promises by supporting adults
- closing words
More parts can be added, often including reasons for the names,
hopes for the child's future, a presentation of a gift to the
child, parents' vows and grandparents' promises.
Most people decide to have their ceremony conducted by a
professional celebrant. However, you can choose to have it led by
someone you know instead. Ceremonies usually last around 15
minutes, but if more readings or extra options are chosen they can
last up to 30 minutes. Ceremonies are often followed by a reception
either at the venue itself or elsewhere.