Naming Days & Welcome Ceremonies

Naming Days and Welcome Ceremonies celebrate the miracle of a new life and the start of an exciting new chapter of your family’s story. They are an opportunity for parents and god/guideparents to show their commitment to a child. The occasion strengthens bonds with the extended family and creates wonderful, shared memories for the future.

Naming Days are a beautiful and meaningful alternative to a church christening, if you feel that’s not right for you. They can be non-religious, or religious, in line with your beliefs and wishes. You can have the ceremony at any time, from your baby’s early weeks onwards.

A Welcome Ceremony is a lovely way to celebrate the arrival of new family members, such as adopted children or step-children. Families are changing and this ceremony celebrates the change and blesses the new family unit.

There are no constraints – the theme, content and style are entirely your choice.  The venue can be anywhere that feels special and comfortable.

I will create a happy, family-friendly ceremony, which feels right for you. It will fit with your beliefs, traditions and your overall plans for the day.

When we meet, we’ll talk through what being a parent means to you and your hopes for your family. I will write promises to express your thoughts, or you can write them in your own words. Similarly, I will write promises for god/guideparents – to express their commitment to your child during his/her journey through life.

We’ll discuss the readings and music you might like and any special rituals, such as the Unity Candle ceremony.

As a reminder of this special day, I will give you a certificate and a presentation copy of the ceremony, plus a small gift for your child.

How I work with you

A Naming Day or Welcome Ceremony fee is £300 and includes:

  • A meeting with you for 1-2 hours
  • Bespoke service agreed with you, written by me
  • Regular contact up to the day
  • Leading the ceremony
  • Presentation certificate, copy of the ceremony and small gift
  • Travel within a 20 mile radius of DT6

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about Naming Days, or Welcome Ceremonies, please contact me.

Smiling baby

“Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!”

Oh! The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss

Naming Day celebration - with cupcakes!
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