Baby Naming Ceremonies
Informal and unique events.
Tailored to meet the individual needs and wishes of the family.
Every Naming Ceremony is an informal unique event and offers the flexibility to meet the individual needs and wishes of the family.
Ceremonies can be specially created using the family’s own selection of words, poems and readings from the wide selection provided. During the ceremony a Souvenir Certificate is signed by the parents, supporting adults and myself.
There are many ways to make your child’s ceremony a very personal, meaningful and unique event for all those involved.You can hold your ceremony at any suitable venue. The venue does not have to be licensed in any way, nor does it have to be local to you. Perhaps you have a hotel in mind, or maybe a favourite restaurant or a village hall.
Of course, you might prefer to hold the ceremony at home, or at a friend or relative’s house (subject to suitability, see section below ‘Ceremonies at Home’). Ceremonies can be held outside but there will need to be an inside room available in case of bad weather.
A naming ceremony is an ideal way of celebrating the birth of a new baby or to welcome a child into the family. Many couples feel that it is appropriate to have a special occasion to celebrate the birth of a baby that can be shared with their family and friends. They can also be used to celebrate adoptive children and step children becoming part of a new family.
The event is a dignified and formal way to:
- Welcome the child into the family unit
- Announce the names that have been chosen for the child (and possibly the reasons behind the choice of names)
- Make promises and commitments to nurture and support the child through to its adult life
- Choose other adults and family members who are prepared to promise a special supportive relationship to the child
- Give and receive gifts.
Any parent can arrange a naming ceremony, whether they are married or not and irrespective of spiritual, religious or cultural backgrounds.
Things to consider when planning a ceremony
- Have a word with neighbours to ensure that they know when a ceremony is to be held at your home. They will be able to plan for their activities i.e. by not cutting the grass or using other power tools.
- Make arrangements to have pets looked after. They can detract from the ceremony, make noises and pester the guests.
- Think about decorating the event using baby naming napkins or balloons.
- Make sure that you have a table available for use during the ceremony and for putting the presents on.
- If someone is to read a poem or say a few words, make sure that they prepare their script. Ask them not to make it too long.
- Research readings and poems, making the right selection to suit your family. (I can assist you with this)
- Siblings of the baby may wish to say a few words or read a nursery rhyme.
- Think about what music you may wish to include in the ceremony.
- You may wish to have a special guest book in which each guest can write their personal message to your baby.
- Make sure that you consider the time of day. Try to avoid your baby’s regular feeding or sleeping times.
- Decide who is going to hold the baby, you may wish to have your baby held by one of the special friends selected to look over the child during its life.
- Photography. It is an idea to nominate one or two of the guests (if competent) to act as official photographers. Too many people crowding around with cameras can be off-putting for the rest of the guests and for the child. An electronic photo album can be created and shared with guests via email or copied onto discs.
- You may wish to plant a tree in the garden to commemorate the day.
- You may wish to have a candle during the ceremony. If this is the case then provide a clear vase to put it in to ensure that the wind does not blow it out.
- A naming ceremony can be an emotional time for all the family and is a time when parents can take the opportunity of making a vow or pledge to each other and a pledge of parenthood to the new arrival. Siblings can make a promise to look after their little brother or sister.
Research into the well-being of children who have been adopted indicates that a child who has been adopted settles better in their new home and family if there has been an official welcome or party.
Naming ceremonies can be written to welcome an adopted child into the family, There may or may not be a new name for the child, however, the ceremony can include all the elements of a naming ceremony but focus on the new life the child has been given.
I have had the pleasure of conducting several adoption ceremonies, they are always an emotional experience for the new parents and their families. The children tend to get on with enjoying the party. However, it is clear that by joining in with the formal welcome of the child the family is brought together and encircles the child with love and devotion.