The Baby Naming or Name Giving Ceremony is the highlight of the day; and one of the most memorable as parents you make promises and reaffirm your love and plans for the future of the child. What you say and what is done in the ceremony seals the love between you.
You will need to give your ceremony careful thought and attention as this will be a lasting memory for you and all involved. You also need to be happy and comfortable with your celebrant; and trust that everything will be created in an intelligent, thoroughly professional way with fun, imagination and creativity.
Knowledge is the key to my ceremonies and ask for a fee which expresses the work involved
My fee includes initial meeting, writing first draft of ceremony and revising draft until itís just right for you both. Liaising with people involved in ceremony, rehearsal of ceremony, which may include readers, singers and musicians, supporting family and friends, use of ritual o family objects, and of course conducting on the day the ceremony with heart warmth feeling and meaning.
The payment is made in 3 stages.
At the initial meeting I ask for the first payment which is offset against the cost should you wish to proceed.
I then ask for the second payment for the first draft of the ceremony to go ahead, this is a non refundable deposit.
I will invoice you for the remainder of the fee (third payment), payable prior to the ceremony plus any agreed expenses incurred beforehand.
Please call for a no obligation quotation.
I am also able to provide a PA System if required, useful for large areas or ceremonyís outside
The Circle of Life. Baby Naming or Name Giving Ceremony enables you to consider your dreams for your childís future and openly declare your love and support for the child as an individual human being.
We will work together as Celebrant and parent(s) to ensure your childís ceremony is unique offering suggestions and ideas to find the right words, poems and if requires music. As an Independent Celebrant, I can include some religious or non religious elements in the ceremony, perhaps to reflect the mixed religions of the parents or family, non-religious to reflection your cultural identity and background.
I can create ceremonies for newly-born, older children and adopted children.
You can hold your Baby Naming Ceremony or Name Giving Ceremony at home, a community hall or commercial businesses such as hotels at any time of the day or evening.
What happens at the Ceremony?
The role of Special Adults is akin to godparents at a christening Ė they make promises of commitment and support to the child and sometimes to the parents. These can be referred to by a variety of names - Supporting Adults, Mentors, Guide - parents.
There is no required number; itís entirely up to you.
Religious welfare aside, the criteria for choosing Special Adults are usually similar to those for Godparents.
You may like to recognise the special bond between grandparents and grandchild by giving the option of including them in commitments made to the child.
What happens during the service?
The following illustrates the typical structure of a ceremony.
The entrance can be formal with the parents and child entering after the guests have assembled or an informal gathering around the celebrant; the guests are then seated
The celebrant welcomes the guests and introduces the special adults and grandparents if specifically included
The child is formally named
The parents, special adults and possibly grandparents make promises of commitment to the child
Readings and music can be incorporated in the ceremony.
A record of the ceremony is signed and presented as a memento by the Celebrant
Depending on the number of readings and the options chosen, the ceremony usually lasts about 20 minutes.
A baby naming ceremony does not replace the need to register your babyís birth. This must be done within 42 days of birth in England and Wales and 21 days in Scotland.
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