A Naming Ceremony is an increasingly popular way to welcome a new child into the family. This is a non-religious ceremony, and while it is not to be considered a Christening or a Baptism, it is a perfect opportunity to introduce your baby to relatives and friends that will become an integral part of his or her life.
There is no correct time to hold a Naming Ceremony. Some parents like to have a Naming Ceremony shortly after the child's birth, but the first birthday is another popular time to hold such a ceremony. Older children, say up to 12 years of age can also have a Naming Ceremony. You might even like to have 2 – 3 children named in one ceremony together. The age of the child or person being named is not critical, and in fact an adult can also be 'named'.
Sometimes celebrants are asked to perform a combined marriage and naming ceremony. In this instance, the naming component generally follows the marriage ceremony, and your celebrant will be able to guide you about how this can be done.
Naming ceremonies can include godparents, mentors or guardians. Guests and family members can be involved in the ceremony, and your celebrant will have many ideas including suitable readings and symbolism to create a special welcome to your precious addition.
Each family is unique in what they require. I am very happy to hear about your ideas and what you have in mind and work with you to create a lovely ceremony that is personal and one which will be remembered for many years to come.
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- 1 face-to-face meeting to discuss and plan your ceremony content.
- As much email/phone correspondence around the content of your ceremony and changes to be made.
- My time for crafting your personalised Naming Ceremony.
- Travel to and from your chosen ceremony location.
- Performance of your ceremony on your chosen date and time (subject to availability).
- A Commemorative Certificate for your ceremony.
- Use of my PA system if required.