Naming ceremonies

Naming ceremonies are not only for young babies, but may also be a celebration for older, adoptive and stepchildren. The ceremony is a way if 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.

Book a naming ceremony



Where you can have your 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 day except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


Readings, poems and music

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


Fees

1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019

DayRegistration office ceremony rooms
Monday to Thursday£190
Friday£275
Saturday£275
Sunday£300
Bank holidays£300
Special days 24, 27, 31 December£300
DayApproved Premises
Monday to Thursday£420
Friday£460
Saturday£480
Sunday and Bank Holidays£500
Special days 24, 27, 31 December£500

1st April 2019 – 31st March 2021

DayRegistration office ceremony rooms
Monday to Thursday£220
Friday£300
Saturday£300
Sunday£325
Bank holidays£325
Special days

24, 27, 31 December

£325
DayApproved Premises
Monday to Thursday£450
Friday£490
Saturday£510
Sunday£530
Bank holidays£530
Special days

24, 27, 31 December

£530

1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022

DayRegistration office ceremony rooms
Monday to Thursday£235
Friday£320
Saturday£320
Sunday£350
Bank holidays£350
Special days

24 December, 27 December, 31 December

£350

 

DayApproved Premises
Monday to Thursday£470
Friday£535
Saturday£535
Sunday£550
Bank holidays£550
Special days

24 December, 27 December, 31 December

£550

A non-refundable deposit of £100 is payable at the time of booking one of our ceremony rooms, or £120 when booking an approved venue. Balance of fees are due 12 weeks before the ceremony date. The amount payable will be the fee applicable on the day of your ceremony.