I am a Celebrant because of a Naming Ceremony! I led my niece’s Naming Ceremony, which involved singing ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ as we all marched to the top of an Iron Age hill fort – a place that was very significant to the family – and high tea at the local cricket pavilion. It was a wonderfully personal and unique – and full of joy and love. Naming Ceremonies are such beautiful events and can be so creative!
Why a Naming Ceremony
A Naming Ceremony provides you with the perfect opportunity to welcome your child or children into your community; a time of unique celebration with your family and friends.
A meaningful and joyous ceremony without the need for a church based Christening or Baptism, though you can still include some religious or spiritual content if you wish.
You may choose to hold a Naming Ceremony to coincide with your 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 your child.
What is included in a Naming Ceremony
For you as parents
As parents, you can choose to make promises or set intentions about how you hope to bring up your child and if it feels appropriate, you can also renew your commitment to each other.
For your supporting adults, guide parents or Godparents
Many families embrace this opportunity to welcome Supporting Adults, Guide Parents, Godparents, or, even, S’Parents – those individuals, significant in your life, who will support your child as they grow older. Their promises or other offerings can be included in the Ceremony.
For your child’s grandparents
You may like to include the child’s grandparents in the Ceremony and their promises or symbolic actions can be included.
For other siblings
If 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. Planning the Ceremony, throwing around ideas, being creative – can be a wonderful process.
Where does a Naming Ceremony take place
You can hold your Naming Ceremony wherever you like. In your home or in your garden, or you can opt for a village hall, a hotel or somewhere that is particularly meaningful.
The venue is entirely up to you – to suit your family, the atmosphere you want to create and your budget.
A Welcoming Ceremony
A 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.
If you book your Naming Ceremony with, this is what I will provide
You will receive a professional and attentive wraparound experience, which will include:
- spending time together, so that I can listen to you and understand your hopes. In getting to know you and your family, ideas for the ceremony will surface and we will co-create the tone and content, which may include promises, readings, rituals and participative actions. There may be some ‘homework’ to help shape the Naming. Let’s have some fun and, together, create something that is just right.
- crafting your ceremony and sharing a written version, which we can hone together until you are pleased with the result.
- further drafts and a final ceremony script
- your Naming Ceremony being conducted at the venue of your choice
- a presentation script as a lasting keepsake of your Naming Ceremony
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If your Ceremony is within 30 minutes drive time from my home in east Bristol, this package costs £425 (an additional charge may be made if your ceremony is further afield due to the extra time needed).
If your Ceremony venue operates as a charity or social enterprise, I will donate 5% of this fee to the venue. Recent beneficiaries have been Doynton Village Hall, Redcatch Community Garden, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Batheaston Village Hall, Frenchay Village Hall and Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust
This fee includes travel within the city of Bristol. Beyond Bristol I will charge for travel and will keep these costs to a minimum.
For an informal chat and to find out more about Naming Ceremonies in Bristol and beyond – please get in touch >