Many parents in our modern society are choosing to have a naming ceremony for their baby/child rather than a religious christening or baptism, as it allows the child to choose their own beliefs and values when they are older.
It gives me so much joy to hear from couples that I have had the privilege to marry who then ask me to assist with the name giving of their children in the following years – what an honour to become "the family Celebrant"!
The aim of the naming ceremony is to formally welcome a child or children into the family and community of friends and other special people.
Popular times to have a naming ceremony are shortly after the baby's birth or on the child's first birthday as part of the celebrations. There are certainly no age limits to naming ceremonies and can include other children in the family who have not previously been given a naming ceremony.
It is a tradition for the parents to select mentors or guardians who they know will take a vested interest in and guide the child as they grow to adulthood.
I encourage participation of family members and special people in your lives during the ceremony through readings (religious if the parents choose) and poems especially chosen for the occasion. A tree planting, balloon release (with wish cards tied to them) or butterfly release can be a memorable way to include your guests. A wishing box is also a treasured keepsake that could be included.
Naming ceremonies are also a beautiful and significant way to welcome adopted children or step children into a family.
I am happy to offer ideas and suggestions to help make the day a moment in time that you, your family, and your friends will remember. A personalised certificate will be presented to you (signed by all involved) as well as a presentation copy of the service as a keepsake.
Please feel free to contact me for further information and prices.