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Naming Day

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Naming Day

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Naming Day / Welcoming Ceremony

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Bringing a child into your family is one of the most magical moments of anyone’s life. A Naming Day or Welcoming Ceremony is an opportunity to name and/or welcome a baby, child, adopted child or stepchild/children into the family.

A non-religious alternative to a traditional christening or baptism, it is an opportunity to gather your family and friends to witness the child being named and/or welcomed. Please note that the ceremony has no legal standing.

Having a Naming Party and Ceremony provides a perfect opportunity for parents to make commitments and promises. Grandparents and other supporting adults can also make pledges to support your child’s development. Other children and adults can also take part in the ceremony.

As a fully qualified, independent celebrant, I will create a personalised ceremony and deliver it on the day. It can include anything you like, such as poems, readings, and symbolic or special elements, such as a sand or stone ceremony. It can also be customised to reflect your beliefs and values. If you like, religious elements can also be included. You may wish to include an appropriate reading or poem (follow this link for examples). I have many other ideas that we can discuss.  so simply get in touch and together we will ensure it’s a perfect day for all.

You can hold the ceremony anywhere you like. Many people choose a village hall or a private function room. If you have the space, you could hold it at home. I’m based in Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast and cover the surrounding areas.

I will plan and conduct the ceremony and a commemorative certificate can be signed and presented during the ceremony.

Ceremonies for Adults

  • A Naming Day and/or Welcoming Ceremony can also be carried out for adults who wish to mark an important milestone, transition or blend families together. Simply get in touch to discuss your needs.

Ideas on what to include

Young children dressed up

It’s up to you what you include! Here are some elements that are typically part of a Welcoming and/or Naming  ceremony:

Welcome and introduction – The ceremony can begin with a warm welcome as I explain the purpose and significance of the event.

Naming – The baby or child’s name can be formally announced and they are officially welcomed into the family.

Parents promises – As parents you may want to express your love for the child and make promises to provide guidance, support, and a nurturing environment as they develop. You can write and read the promises yourself (I can help) or you can answer questions as I ask you if you will, for example, promise to support your child through the bad times and the good.

Supporting adults – The ceremony may involve the appointment of supporting adults who will play a significant role in your child’s life. These individuals are chosen to provide guidance, love, and support to your child throughout their journey. They can also make promises.

Grandparents – You may wish to mention Grandparents and they can make promises too.

Blessings and/or wishes – Family members and friends can offer good wishes, or words of wisdom and express their hopes and dreams for your child’s future. You could have a wishing tree. If wished, religious elements can be included.

Reading or poem – Selected readings or poems can be incorporated into the ceremony. Children may wish to take part by reading a short poem or just a line each.

Symbolic actsSymbolic acts and special elements can be incorporated into the ceremony. This can include lighting a unity candle, planting a tree, a letter box, creating a time capsule or a sand ceremony.

Certificate – A commemorative certificate can be signed and presented with a copy of the ceremony for you to keep.

Celebrations – Following the formal ceremony, there is often a celebratory gathering or reception where guests can come together, socialise and celebrate the new addition to the family.

Naming/Welcoming Ceremony package

Free initial chat – We will chat before you commit so that you can ask questions and decide if I’m the right person to plan and deliver your ceremony.

The Naming/Welcoming Ceremony package includes:

A meeting to plan the ceremony – I’ll guide you through the options, bring ideas and plan the ceremony with you. Meetings usually take place in person, however, in some circumstances, a virtual planning meeting may work best. You can include in the ceremony any special touches that you like and as many family members as you like.

A unique ceremony – Once I understand what will make the event extra special for you, I will put together a unique ceremony that you’ll remember forever. You can make amendments and additions until you are completely happy. Symbolic and/or religious elements can be included if you like. Why not include a sand ceremony or plant a tree? It’s no problem.

Support – Friendly support is all part of the service. We’ll keep in touch by email and phone. If you would like help finding poems or readings that will fit perfectly, I can help.

On the day – I will lead your personalised ceremony with professionalism and warmth – putting you at ease and making sure all your guests feel a real part of the occasion.

Certificate – You will be invited to sign and keep a certificate and a copy of the ceremony.

Finally, remember, it’s a joyous occasion reflecting the love and commitment of the parents. It will be personalised and tailored to suit your family’s values, providing a meaningful and memorable way to welcome and/or name your child or children.

Diana at Scarborough castle
Naming Day / Welcoming Ceremony
£350

I’d love to hear your ideas and what your perfect ceremony would look like! The price stated is the fee for most naming/welcoming ceremonies. Contact me and we can start a discussion on how I can help make your dreams a reality.

It’s your ceremony, let’s do it your way - the possibilities are endless!
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