Registration of Births

Naming Ceremonies

What is a Naming Ceremony

A Naming Ceremony, sometimes known as a Welcome Ceremony, is a celebration of family and life, and wonderful opportunity to celebrate the arrival of a new child, much like a Christening for those for whom a religious setting is not appropriate.

It is also a lovely way of welcoming adopted or step-children into the family.

Where can a Naming Ceremony take place

The short answer is, anywhere!

Your home or garden, a beach or other outdoor location, even a family attraction. The possibilities are endless, meaning you have the freedom to plan the perfect day for your family, in a setting that comfortable to you.

What happens at a Naming Ceremony

Our Ceremonies Co-Ordinator will help you plan a ceremony that is unique to you and your family, but you may like to include:

  • Introduction and Welcome;
  • "What's in a Name" this is an opportunity to explain the reasons behind your choice of name, meaning of the name, etc. This could be done by the parents, or by the celebrant;
  • Promises/pledges of love and care by the parents in front of your family and friends;
  • Pledges of love and support from the child's grandparents, or other significant family members;
  • Mentors/Supporting Adults/ 'Guide-parents' – the chance for pledges to be made by those chosen by the parents to play an especially supportive role in the upbringing of the child;
  • Acknowledging the Siblings;
  • Readings and Music;
  • Signing of the Ceremony Register;
  • Presentation of a Commemorative Certificates;
  • Closing words
  • You might also like to include symbolic activities such as lighting candles or planting a tree.


How much does a Naming Ceremony cost

  • The cost is £100 at the Register Office or £175 at a venue of your choice.
  • A non-refundable booking fee of £45 is payable at the time of booking to secure your date and time. This includes a 20 minute consultation with our Ceremonies Co-Ordinator to help you plan your perfect ceremony.

Please note: Our fee does not include any charges made by the venue you have chosen to hire for use of their facilities.


Important Information

  • Naming Ceremonies are a civil service, and therefore no religious content is allowed to be included. This includes your choice of readings and music
  • Naming Ceremonies are purely ceremonial, and have no legal standing.
  • You cannot use a Naming Ceremony to change the name of your child (although you might like to hold one to celebrate such an event after the legalities have been completed).
  • Any parent, legal guardian or person with parental responsibility for the child may organise a Naming Ceremony. The parents do not have to be married.


How to arrange a Naming Ceremony

Please contact us using the online send a message to service form or call us on 01983 823233.

Please note: We recommend that you register or login into your 'My Account' to complete the online send a message to service form. Using 'My Account' means that we can contact you as soon as possible using the contact method of your choice.