Let’s Talk About.... Baby Naming Ceremonies!
Firstly, I would like to say congratulations to all the new parents out there and a little reminder that you are all doing an amazing job. Last year was not easy for new parents. There was, and still is, so much uncertainty.
I know many of you will not have even thought about any kind of celebration to welcome your child into this world yet, but I am writing this blog for when you are ready.
Baby naming ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, this type of ceremony is an alternative to the more traditional and religious Christening. People tend to lean more towards a baby naming ceremony if they are not particularly religious but still want to have a celebration for their child, and why shouldn't you? It's a major life event.
Below are some questions you may have about naming ceremonies.
Who can perform a naming ceremony?
Usually a celebrant will write and perform the ceremony, they will meet with you on multiple occasions to discuss the content, theme and people you would like involved. Alternatively, if you have a particular friend/relative who loves public speaking, a celebrant can offer to write a script for them to read from.
What does a baby naming ceremony include?
This type of ceremony does not have a fixed template, however most will include:
Music Readings Meaning of the name or why you chose it
'The Naming' Special elements (some listed below) Parents/Grandparents/Life mentor promises Naming parchment to be signed
Special elements can include a sand ceremony, best wishes box, circle of love or the naming ribbon, to name a few (these are all explained on my website). These can all be personalised to suit the theme and wishes of the parents/guardians.
Who is involved in the naming ceremony?
Parents and grandparents often use a naming ceremony to pledge their care and love to a child as well as promising to support them throughout their life. You may also wish to include children/cousins/step-siblings. There is no written rule, you can involve whoever you wish to. It has also become increasingly popular to name a few 'life mentors' who can make their own promises to your child.
Overall, you can have as many people as you would like at your naming ceremony. You can even involve everyone present, by using special elements like the naming ribbon and the best wishes box. Your guests will be a part of your child's community, so it's usually a lovely gesture to get them all involved at some point in your child's naming ceremony.
Can we have any theme and be creative?
You can pick any theme you like- your event can be whatever you want it to be.
Parents sometimes choose a theme they think the other children will enjoy e.g. Disney, pirates, Harry Potter etc. Once a celebrant knows your theme, they can be more creative and tie your ceremony into the rest of the day. We can help you research readings and music that fit the theme as well and give you some ideas.
Alternatively, you can keep it simple and choose more traditional readings and poetry.
Where can I host a naming ceremony?
A baby naming ceremony is not bound to any time or location. You can have it in a hotel, beach, your back garden, you name it! As long as you have the landowners permission you can have your event anywhere.
How long is a naming ceremony?
Ceremonies usually last for approximately 30 minutes depending on the content.
I hope you have found this blog useful. These are just some of the questions you may have about naming ceremonies, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions!