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 godparents or guardians 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 £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.