Namings

Most enquiries I receive come through this website – usually a quick email to me will enable you to see whether I am available on your hoped for date.  Once that’s established I arrange to come and meet you and the process begins.  Of course I am there on the day to deliver the ceremony and manage the organisation.  Afterwards,  I even get a lovely cuddle with the baby – here with twins – one at a time – I’m not as experienced as these parents with twins.

“… thank you for an amazing service on Sunday, You were amazing and captured the true essence of the day. We had a lovely time made even better by the twins laughing and smiling (and sleeping) through the service!  Thank you again.  Katie, Jim, Florence and Oliver

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the gorgeous ceremony that you gave to Faye for her naming day. It meant the world to us that you could be there for both of our daughters on their special occasions and so many of our family and friends commented on how nice the ceremony was and how beautiful the words were” (October, 2019)

 

Amanda and I wanted to thank you again for the lovely ceremony – it hit the perfect tone. We both loved it, and had loads of positive comments from our guests too.  Thanks also for rolling your sleeves up to help in the kitchen, the food was very well received – a successful event all round! (June 2018)

What’s in a Naming Ceremony?

A humanist naming  ceremony is a great way to welcome your baby into your family and circle of friends.

A naming ceremony can suit many occasions from the arrival of a new born baby, to the arrival of an adopted child or children. It’s not uncommon for it to coincide with a birthday party.

Each naming ceremony is unique to the family. There is no set pattern or script. And, if baby is asleep during it, or your child would rather spend time on the swings or slide than sit still and hear your aspirations for them, well, that’s all part of the fun.

The arrival of a child is an incredible life-changing event and is a great event to be celebrated.  

A typical naming ceremony might last approximately 20 minutes and include

  • a welcome to the guests;
  • the naming of the child and, perhaps, a non-religious blessing.
  • some thoughts on parenting and family life with readings or poems read by family or friends;
  • your promises / aspirations for your child;
  • presentation of the support/guide  parents and their role;
  • It is your day, so you can also include music, readings, a small performance if you have a big enough, extrovert family!

Some families also like to include other symbolic acts (planting of a tree, mingling of sands) . Such symbolic acts sometimes help to include other children (siblings, cousins, family friends). It is not at all unusual for this wonderful event to melt into a big party afterwards. 

You can hold a naming ceremony wherever you wish. Back gardens and kitchens are common, but if you want to hire a marquee or arrange for everyone to turn up in the local park with picnic blankets, then that’s fine too.

My fee for 2020-21 is £325.00.  The fee includes:

  • an initial phone call to discuss your wishes
  • an introductory meeting to get to know each other and for me to learn what kind of ceremony you want
  • writing a unique ceremony with as many email edits as it takes to get it right for you
  • my services on the day
  • a presentation copy of the script for you to keep and a certificate marking the day and for your child to keep

If this sounds like what you would like, please get in touch Kate.domaille@humanistceremonies.org.uk OR 07792 821550 / 02380 785823

A postscript about Venues.  Clients choose all kinds of venues.  If they are lucky then homes and gardens are common venues.  But if you need something bigger, community centres, or pub function rooms, hotels all work very well.