Creating a special day to welcome your child into the world

Naming in an Orpington garden

If you would like to celebrate your baby’s arrival with a special occasion but don’t want a religious ceremony, then a humanist naming is the answer.

Humanist ceremonies celebrate human life, love and relationships in a way which brings people together irrespective of their background or tradition.

I will help you create an occasion which is memorable and meaningful to you.

A typical naming ceremony will have a welcome and introduction; parental promises to their child; the appointment of guide/godparents and the naming itself. Readings, poems, music and speeches can be added, and perhaps a symbolic action such as lighting a candle, putting gifts in a time capsule, or writing in a wish book.

I can either lead the whole ceremony, or act as an anchor to introduce different contributions, or something in between.

Once we have discussed what to include, I will draft a script so that the event runs smoothly. But it can be as formal or informal as you like, at a time and place of your choosing – at home, in the garden, in a park or hired space.

Namings can be for older children, and siblings together, too.

Please get in touch with me using the contact details on the right to talk your ideas through.

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the ceremony yesterday, we had an amazing time and it was beautiful. We were surprised how much the older and more religious family members enjoyed it and and it really got them thinking and talking!”

“I am O’s grandmother and I want to thank you for enabling her naming ceremony to be such a warm, joyful and moving event for us all. On waking the next morning and reflecting on such an intensely happy and busy day, I recognised that O really had been welcomed into a loving and supportive community of family and friends. You pitched it perfectly for us.”

If you would like more information about humanist naming ceremonies please click here. The link will take you to the Humanist Ceremonies site with lots of info about what a typical humanist naming ceremony might contain, Frequently Asked Questions etc.

Naming in Greenwich, London