What is a Naming CeremonyA Naming Ceremony provides the perfect opportunity to welcome a child or children into their community; a time of celebration with family and friends. It is particularly suitable for those seeking a meaningful and joyous ceremony without a church based Christening or Baptism. This is not to say that some religious or spiritual content cannot be included. Some parents choose to hold a Naming Ceremony to coincide with their child’s first birthday. However, Naming Ceremonies can be held for newborns and older children too. Siblings are sometimes named at the same time. In essence, a Naming Ceremony helps us to pause and focus on the uniqueness of a child.
What is included in a Naming CeremonyAs well as the naming of your child, you can consider these ways to involve others.
For parentsAs parents, you can choose to make vows about how you intend to bring up your child or children and if it feels appropriate, you can also renew your commitment to each other.
For supporting adults, guide parents or GodparentsA popular reason for holding a Naming Ceremony is for parents to choose Supporting Adults, Guide Parents, Godparents, or, even, S'Parents. You may wish to ask significant people in your life to support your child as he or she grows older. Their vows can be included in the Ceremony.
For grandparentsYou may like to include the child’s grandparents in the Ceremony and their vows can be included.
For other siblingsIf you have older children from this or previous relationships, you may wish to include them in some way. Each family set up is unique and a Naming Ceremony can be adapted to your needs and wishes.
Where does a Naming Ceremony take placeYou can hold your Naming Ceremony wherever you like. Some are hosted at home, whilst others take place in a more formal venue, like a hotel. They can be indoors or outdoors. The venue is entirely up to you.
A Welcoming CeremonyA Welcoming Ceremony may be an option for you if you wish to welcome, rather than name, a new child or children to your family, for example with newly adopted children.
Rosalind Love Celebrant Naming Ceremony Packages include:
- an in-depth meeting when I can listen to you and understand what you want. We can discuss content, readings, vows, and symbolic actions, and whether you want these to be religious or spiritual in any way. We can also discuss how you may wish to include others within the ceremony and I can suggest creative approaches.
- a first draft of your ceremony that we share, giving you the opportunity to request any changes
- further drafts and a final ceremony script
- your ceremony being conducted at the venue of your choice
- a presentation script as a lasting keepsake of your Ceremony