Naming ceremonies

Naming ceremonies are not only for young babies, but may also be a celebration for older, adoptive and stepchildren, welcoming them into a new relationship with their new family unit and community.

The ceremonies provide a dignified and formal event to:

  • welcome the child into the family and community;
  • publicly announce their names, perhaps giving the reasons behind the choice;
  • as parents make personal commitments to each other (as well to the child);
  • choose adult friends and/or relatives to take part in the ceremony as “encouraging adults” who pledge a special relationship with the child.

Where can I have a naming ceremony?

A naming ceremony can be arranged at any of our registration offices or approved venues in the county and one of our experienced ceremony celebrants will conduct the ceremony.

What day can they be held on?

Naming ceremonies can be held on any weekday, along with Saturdays and Sundays, during the day. Early evening ceremonies may also be available on occasions.

Can I have readings, poems and music for the ceremony?

There is a range of options for readings, poems and music to choose from for the ceremony.

Prices 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017

DayRegistration office ceremony roomsApproved venues
Monday to Thursday£185£360
Friday£195£425
Saturday£200£460
Sunday and bank holidays£300£490

A non-refundable deposit of £100 is payable at the time of booking one of our ceremony rooms, or £200 when booking an approved venue. Balance of fees are due 12 weeks before the ceremony date.

The next fee review is on the 1st April 2017 and the amount payable will be the fee applicable on the day of your ceremony.

Prices 1st April 2017 – 31st March 2018

DayRegistration office ceremony rooms
Monday to Thursday£185
Friday and Saturday mornings£200
Friday and Saturday 12.00 noon onwards£250
Sunday£270
Bank holidays£300
New Years Eve 2016£300
DayApproved venues
Monday to Thursday£370
Friday£450
Saturday£470
Sunday£490
Bank holidays£495
New Years Eve 2016£495

A non-refundable deposit of £100 is payable at the time of booking one of our ceremony rooms, or £250 (tbc) when booking an approved venue. Balance of fees are due 12 weeks before the ceremony date.

The next fee review is on the 1st April 2018 and the amount payable will be the fee applicable on the day of your ceremony.


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