Planning a naming ceremony

Planning a naming ceremony

Many new parents want to celebrate and welcome a new addition to the family but do not feel it appropriate to hold a religious ceremony in a church.

A naming ceremony can be written by your celebrant to say exactly want you want to say, can include friends and family and can be held inside, outside, in your back garden, in your living room, on a beach, the possibilities are endless.

Naming ceremonies are appropriate for anyone at any age. The arrival of a new baby, uniting of adopted or step children within a family, or even an adult change of name.  All a great reason to hold a naming ceremony.

A naming ceremony would involve the important people in the child’s life. Family members, special friends who can be asked by the parents to play a supportive role to the child, a bit like a godparent is in a christening.

Readings, poems and many other special elements can be part of the ceremony and presented to the parents as a record of this special occasion.

We can hear the explanation of the name given and any other relevant stories that some of your family or friends may not know.

Naming Ceremonies and any accompanying documents don’t have any legal status, however they are a wonderful way to welcome your child and celebrate them as they begin their journey through life.

While these ceremonies are non religious, if the parents so wish, a prayer can be included and will in no way stop the child from holding or participating in a religious ceremony at a later stage of life.

Some special elements that you may want to include into your ceremony .


A photo board – Baby photos of those special people involved in the child’s life or photos of them with the child at some stage.

Planting of a tree – Guests help plant a tree as a few words are said. Great when the ceremony is in your back garden.

Time Capsules – A treasure box can contain letters, small gifts, photos any memorabilia from that year ie stamps, coins, music.

So many more elements, that along with your celebrant, you can discuss and bring to life.

The beauty is that this ceremony is not restricted by any law or legislation so you can carry out the ceremony exactly as you wish. Just enjoy every minute of the planning and then the actual ceremony .

Good luck x


Wishing you many smiles and happy times to come.

May life’s adventures be exciting and sweet

Filled with love from the friends that you’ll meet

You’ll soon grow up for time does fly

So cherish each moment as it goes by

From crawling and walking

To toddling and talking

There’s no knowing what you’ll do next


There’s a threshold to cross and a wide open door

And a wonderful world for you to explore

Sleep with the moonbeams and play in the sun

Let your life be a long one and filled with fun

May today and tomorrow and all days hereafter

Be days that re happy and filled with your laughter

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