Naming Ceremonies

A Naming Ceremony delivered by a celebrant

As a celebrant, delivering naming ceremonies is a real pleasure as I get to be a part of welcoming your a child into the world with the special people in your lives.

The child’s name is announced halfway through the naming ceremony but this doesn’t mean you have to have the naming ceremony when the child is a baby. In fact, as a celebrant I have delivered naming ceremonies on a child’s 1st and 2nd birthday. It can also be a beautiful way to welcome your adopted child to the family.

Creating the perfect script

I want to give you some ideas of how a naming script is created and how the ceremony is conducted. Before the ceremony, to help me write the script, I meet you and find out more about your family and your new arrival – any little personal detail which make your story unique.

This could be: how you found out you were pregnant, how you shared the news, the arrival of your little one or little habits/personality taits you see your baby developing. These gives me an idea of who you are as a family and helps me write the perfect script.

The Naming Ceremony

Naming ceremonies generally last around half an hour. During the ceremony the parents make vows promising their love and commitment to their child and share their hopes for the future. They may choose to express their feelings using a reading and there are some beautiful readings out there (trust me, there won’t be a dry eye in the house!) Naming ceremonies can also have guardians (the equivalent of godparents) who also make promises to the child and parent(s), pledging to support them throughout their lives.

Ideas for readings and symbolic gestures

Special people in the child’s life maybe give a reading in the ceremony and this is a lovely opportunity to celebrate someone who has played an important role in the child’s life.

Finally, my favorite part, you can include a symbolic gesture – some ideas for this include creating a time capsule for your child; planting a tree; giving the baby a present; or as some of my current clients are doing, asking guests to record a message to the child for the future which is such a lovely idea (check out my blog on symbolic gestures for more ideas).

Unlike Humanist celebrants, civil celebrants are not restricted in any way so if you wish to incorporate elements of worship and prayer you can do so.

Fees

£200 – this includes:

  • A meeting pre-ceremony meeting to discuss the content of the script, the running of the day, special people involved, ideas for readings and more.
  • The writing and continual editing of the ceremony until it’s exactly as you want it.
  • Delivery of the ceremony
  • A commemorative script to remember your special day.
  • A certificate to commemorate your ceremony

“Due to time restraints we were in two minds whether to hold a naming ceremony for our little boy or not. After a quick chat with Nancy about what was involved we were convinced. Her bright, positive personality made the process really easy and she managed the planning around us. She delivered the ceremony with warmth and humour – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Our friends and family didn’t know what to expect but they loved how relaxed and personal it was to us. We’re so glad we did it!”

Laura Hebron

“Nancy did a fantastic job with the naming ceremony, she led the ceremony in a really calm, thoughtful and inclusive manner and did a fantastic job despite the best efforts of lots of small children trying to interrupt her! We would highly recommend her as a celebrant for your occasion. Thanks Nancy”

Louise & Ian