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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
  • reading
  • 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.