Congratulations on the birth of your child, or a new arrival into your family, or maybe coming together to make a new family – these are all are special moments in our lives to be celebrated!
Creating memories for these special moments, shared with your family and friends, is something I love to do and together we can create a personal naming ceremony that is just right for your new family.
Creating your naming ceremony
As a non-religious celebration, a naming ceremony can be made up of any words, songs, poems or symbolic gestures you choose. And it can take place anywhere you choose too.
Just as you would have ‘god parents’ at a christening, you can ask friends or family to be ‘guide parents’ or ‘supporting adults’ to your child and they can make promises that are meaningful to you all.
Parents often choose to make commitments to their child as part of their naming ceremony and I can help you craft these into something special that you want to say to your child and to share with your family and friends.
If you have an idea of what you would like, I will design your ceremony around this or, I am happy to make suggestions to suit your family.
Below is an example ceremony which would last around 20-30 minutes:
- Guests gather in the area for the ceremony
- Welcome and introductory words about celebrating special moments
- Your family story and latest arrival, which I will create with you
- Poems or readings by a family member or friend
- Your parental commitment to your child
- Introducing the Guide Parents and their promises to your child
- Formal naming, possibly with all guests joining in
- Symbolic gesture such as tree planting or footprint making
- Closing words
Kind words from a few of my happy families
“Stephanie conducted an amazing naming ceremony for our baby daughter Raaya just as we were emerging out of lockdown. We gathered a few close friends and family in a socially distanced ceremony in the middle of the woods – amidst the expanse of nature – with trees for hanging some lanterns from! Stephanie was calm, kind, professional, and really lovely and we had a splendid day amidst all the difficulties of 2020. We highly recommend her!” Ranjana, July 2020
“Stephanie conducted such a beautiful naming ceremony for my daughter Maisie, it was so special and she captured everything that I could have asked for. From talking and meeting with Stephanie beforehand she wrote a script that was just wonderful and exactly what I wanted for the day. The ceremony was so personal to Maisie which made it extra special and the compliments that I got afterwards from my family and friends who said it was one of the most special events they have ever attended, this is down to you Stephanie so thank you. I would highly recommend Stephanie if you want a truly magical event.” Lucy, October 2019
“Stephanie was able to provide us with such a special day for our beautiful baby boy at his naming ceremony. Her kind nature and loving personality made Hudson’s day very special and we will never forget it. After having two christening’s for our two older children we found Hudson’s naming ceremony so much more laid back and a lot more personal and memorable. Everyone commenting on what a lovely service Stephanie provided us.” Kate and Martin, July 2019
“The ceremony itself was just as we hoped it would be, personal, moving, funny, yet relaxed so even our youngest guests enjoyed it and were able to take part. We would highly recommend Stephanie as a Humanist Celebrant for a naming day.” Laura & Cass, May 2019
“Stephanie conducted a naming ceremony for my son for his first birthday. She was so friendly and helpful, giving us as much time as we needed to perfect the ceremonies. It was such a personal service and Stephanie had some great suggestions to make it more fun for everyone. We particularly enjoyed the singing! We had so many compliments afterwards and will definitely use Stephanie again for any future events. Thanks again!” Claire & Matt, June 2019
I mainly conduct ceremonies in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire and London but I’m happy to travel anywhere.
If you would like to find out more about humanist naming ceremonies or to discuss your plans and ideas with someone who loves to create memories do get in touch!