Naming

FAQs

Does a Naming Ceremony have legal implications?

Where can ceremonies be held

Can I hold my ceremony at home?

Can we have whatever we like in the ceremony?

Can we have religious/spiritual references in the ceremony?

Is there a certificate?

Who can arrange a Naming Ceremony?

When can ceremonies be held?

How long does the ceremony last?

Can we organise a ceremony at short notice?

I have two children, do I pay two fees?

Can I include my other children?

Can we have a joint ceremony with other parents from my family or friends?

I’m a single parent, how does this affect arranging a ceremony?

Any other questions?

Does a Naming Ceremony have legal implications?

Neither the Naming Ceremony nor any document issued as a result of the Naming Ceremony has legal status and any certificates provided are commemorative only.

If it is your intention to change your child's name, we recommend you seek further legal advice by contacting a local solicitor, the Citizens Advice Bureau, or you can make enquiries at your local Register Office for further information on how to change your child's name.

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Where can ceremonies be held?

Absolutely anywhere of your choosing; a marquee in your garden, a village hall or hotel, on a beach, in a forest, in a restaurant, a castle, a boat or in your own living room! The choice is yours.

The venue does not have to be licensed in any way, nor does it have to be local to you.

If you choose to hold your ceremony outside, we would require you to have an inside room or some form of cover available in case of bad weather.

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Can I hold my ceremony at home?

The answer to this is yes, but there are certain conditions that apply. Take a look at our 'Guidelines for Ceremonies at Home' policy, this will give you an idea of the sort of things we will check and you need to consider. If you choose to hold your ceremony in the garden, we would require you to have an inside room or some form of cover available in case of bad weather. If you are booking a standard ceremony there is an additional charge for a home ceremony.

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Can we have whatever we like in the ceremony?

Yes - in our bespoke ceremony.  There are still great choices to make in the more structured classic or standard ceremonies. Please refer to our 'Standard, Classic or Bespoke' page.

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Can we have religious/spiritual references in the ceremony?

If there are religious readings or references that have special meaning for you, you are welcome to include them at any point in a Bespoke Ceremony. In a Classic Ceremony the readings offer you the opportunity to include any religious or spiritual content. The content of a Standard Ceremony is more structured and doesn't contain any religious or spiritual reference.

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Is there a certificate?

Yes, a commemorative certificate is signed during your ceremony. If you would like additional certificates i.e. Supporting Adult Promises and Grandparents' Promises, they are available online in the certificate section.

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Who can arrange a Naming Ceremony?

Any parent can make the arrangements to hold a Naming Ceremony. Likewise, anyone who has parental responsibility or legal guardianship of the child or children. Parents do not have to be married and can come from any cultural background, with any spiritual or religious beliefs or with none.

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When can ceremonies be held?

Our Celebrants can conduct the ceremony for you at any time that is convenient to you. Alternatively, you can purchase a Script Only Ceremony from us and a friend or family member can conduct it for you.

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How long does the ceremony last?

This depends on how much you choose to include. The Standard and Classic Ceremonies generally lasts between twenty and thirty minutes. Since a Bespoke Ceremony usually involves more elements, it normally lasts between twenty and forty five minutes. Do remember that the ceremony itself is part of a potentially much bigger family event. There are countless additional activities you can arrange to enhance the overall success of the whole day.

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Can we organise a ceremony at short notice?

The Standard Ceremony is your best option if you need to arrange a ceremony quickly. A Classic Ceremony can be arranged within a few weeks but a Bespoke Ceremony takes a lot longer to create, so cannot be organised at short notice. It is always best to plan your ceremony as far in advance as possible and contact us as soon as you can.

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I have two children, do I pay two fees?

No, it doesn’t matter how many of your children you would like to be named as part of the ceremony, you only pay one fee.

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Can I include my other children?

Yes, a Naming Ceremony is not just for babies, children of any age can have a Naming Ceremony and you may wish to include your older children in the ceremony as well as your new child, at no additional cost. There are also many other ways of involving older children in your ceremony.

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Can we have a joint ceremony with other parents from my family or friends?

Yes you can, we offer a Joint Bespoke Naming Ceremony where two sets of parents make their own choices but parts of the ceremony are combined and the ceremony is attended by guests from both sides.

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I’m a single parent, how does this affect arranging a ceremony?

It does not affect you at all, we carry out lots of ceremonies for single parents and we adapt the wording to suit your ceremony; sometimes grandparents play a slightly larger role in the ceremony.

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Any other questions?

If the answer you’re looking for isn’t here, please email us with your enquiry or simply give us a call – we’re always happy to help.

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