Creative Civil Ceremonies offer beautiful alternatives to traditional faith based ceremonies.  Surrounded by family and friends you can affirm your love and commitment to your child.

Naming Ceremonies 

Every naming or welcoming ceremony can be a unique and wonderful alternative to a traditional christening or other religious ceremony and offers the flexibility to meet the needs and wishes of the family.  The ceremony can take place in your home or garden or at a special personal venue.

A naming ceremony is an ideal way of celebrating the birth of a new baby or to welcome a child into the family such as a step or adopted child. 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. A naming ceremony can easily be adapted to express your love and commitment to older children that have maybe become part of the family through adoption or as step-children. This kind of ceremony gives the child freedom to choose their own beliefs when they grow up.

It is also an ideal choice for couples that bring different cultural or religious backgrounds to the partnership.  I can help you create a ceremony that will beautifully express and combine both elements as a symbol of how both sets of cultural values or beliefs will play an important part in the development and upbringing of your new little one.

It is important to choose music, poems, readings and blessings for these wonderful occasions whilst also incorporating family traditions which reflect personal beliefs and values.  If there are other children in the family it can be lovely to directly involve them in the ceremony and make them feel special as well as the new baby.

You can choose other family members or friends to take on important roles in your baby’s/child’s life and for them to make their own promises too. You can still use the word ‘Godparent’ for these roles. Others have started to use new terms such as ‘Supporter’, ‘Guardian’ or ‘Mentor’. You may even have your own choice of words that you’d like to use.

You may also wish to add a few elements to recognise your new roles or symbolically welcome your child: designating guardians, lighting candles, giving gifts or planting a tree making it a real heartfelt ceremony it needs to be.

Many people, who have been to a Naming Ceremony say that they wished they’d known about them when they had their baby. They would have made this their first choice!

So, if you’re thinking about celebrating a new arrival and need to know a little more do please get in touch.

My fees for consultation (a minimum of two meetings, plus unlimited phone calls and emails) preparation, planning, friendly support, writing and conducting of the ceremony on the day is £195.

Further costs to be agreed:

  • If you require additional certificate’s for grandparents, guardians or mentors.
  • Candles, tree for planting or balloons for releasing
  • If you want your ceremony to be held at a venue or time that incurs an overnight stay.
  • Mileage over 15-mile radius of North Nottinghamshire, please ask for price.