What is a Naming Ceremony
A 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 Ceremony
As well as the naming of your child, you can consider these ways to involve others.
As 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 Godparents
A 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.
You may like to include the child’s grandparents in the Ceremony and their vows 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.
Where does a Naming Ceremony take place
You 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 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.
In this time of huge uncertainty, planning your naming ceremony may feel impossible. You may have needed to postpone your original date or you may be unsure what 2021 will bring. Whatever your circumstances – I feel for you!
As a Celebrant I can offer flexibility and creativity. I am very happy to lend an ear, talk through your options and float ideas. I will do all I can to help and support you.
If you are needing to scale down your naming ceremony to meet government guidelines, please be assured that intimate ceremonies can be very special and beautiful.
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
If your Ceremony is within 30 minutes drive time from my home in east Bristol, this package costs £295 (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.
This fee includes travel within the city of Bristol. Beyond Bristol I will charge for travel and will keep these costs to a minimum.
2021 Ceremonies – As I do not want to waste your time, please note that I am fully booked for May and have limited availability in June, July and October.
For an informal chat and to find out if I’m the right Celebrant for you – please get in touch about your naming ceremony >