Naming ceremonies can be for children of all ages – from babies to more grown-up children.
It gives you the chance to make any pledges or wishes to your child (or children), involve any guide parents or supporting adults and thank any family or friends for their support.
You may also want to have your religious or spiritual beliefs represented. This type of ceremony means that you have total freedom to do that and as such any readings that you would like can be included.
Naming ceremonies are a great way to show your acceptance and commitment to your child so that they feel officially part of the family. It’s a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the bond you have with them and brings your family and friends together to share with you the start of this new and exciting journey.
It gives you the chance to express hopes and wishes for their future whilst acknowledging their freedom to grow. Family and friends can also show their support and make a celebration out of the exciting change in the dynamics of your family unit.
It’s vital for a child to feel loved and wanted, so it will mean you can say encouraging words to them publicly and also to give them the chance to feel important. If they are old enough to speak for themselves (and willing), it also gives them the opportunity to say how they feel.
If you choose to have the service filmed for them then it’s a wonderful memory for them to look back on. Family and friends can also join in by offering words of wisdom and you may also like to consider something like planting a tree or a candle lighting ceremony as a reminder of the start of your new lives together.
Your day will have a relaxed and fun feel which is important to make everyone involved feel comfortable, particularly where children are involved! There will be parts to the service that of course has a more serious tone to demonstrate the commitment you are making to your child, but the general tone will be a fun and happy day for all. You will also have a chance for a signing of a certificate, this is not a legal document but is a lovely memento for you to keep. You may include any godparents or guardians in this and it’s also a great opportunity for taking a few photographs.
My fees range for naming ceremonies and blessings in the northwest typically range from £300 depending on your location*. (please note, I’m happy to discuss payment by monthly instalments prior to the ceremony if this will mean you are able to manage your budget more easily.
Somebody's name is the greatest connection to their own identity and individuality.
In my own life, I an often called the wrong name or my name is pronounced incorrectly, I know how that makes me feel - it drives me crazy! Growing up my surname was Pratt and for obvious reasons I hated that name, I used to do anything to avoid having to say it out loud and often pronounce it differently, in a Hyacinth 'Bouquet' (Bucket) type way lol. Saying this, I can never understand just how it feels to not identify with your own name, or to have always hated your name as it feels linked to a gender that you do not identify with.
Whilst I recognise that I cannot completely empathise with you and the journey you have been on, what I can and do- do on an ongoing basis is try to understand and educate myself on LGBTQ issues and equip myself to aspire to be a genuinely inclusive and forward thinking celebrant.
A naming ceremony is a wonderful way for somebody to present themselves to their family and friends with a new name and new identity. It's a great way to celebrate with the important people in your life, that from now on you would like to be known by your chosen name and your preferred pronouns.
You may have chosen a name that is more gender neutral or one that is in keeping with the gender you are transitioning to, either way in my naming ceremonies you and your new name are celebrated in the exact way that you want to be. You will also be completely involved in the creation of the ceremony so it feels completely YOU!
My fees range for naming ceremonies and blessings in the northwest typically range from £200-£250, depending on your location*. (please note, I’m happy to discuss payment by monthly instalments prior to the ceremony if this will mean you are able to manage your budget more easily.