A Baby Naming Ceremony is like a baptism, but is a civil ceremony, not specifically religious and can be carried out at any location.
When a child is brought into this world, it is important that we give them all the love and support that we can. Throughout time people have held ceremonies to mark the introduction of a baby into their community and to nominate friends or relatives to pledge support and guidance for that child throughout their life.
Your Baby Naming Ceremony gives you the opportunity to do exactly that for your child; to officially welcome them into your community of family and friends and, if you wish, to appoint specially chosen people to act as ‘Good parents’ or perhaps ‘Guardians’. Their role is to promise to love and support your child in the best way they can, particularly when you are no longer around.
The style of the ceremony can be varied depending on how you want it to be. If there are young families involved a more informal occasion might be more appropriate with activities for the youngsters. If this is your first child, or the people attending will be mostly older, you might prefer a more formal occasion. It’s up to you!
The location will most likely reflect the style, so a living room, garden, park or local hall for a more informal gathering and maybe a rented venue for a more formal ceremony. I am based in Olney, so locations covered include North Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
There are numerous options for symbolism in the ceremony, for example through chosen readings, significant items you might want to include within the ceremony, or actions to be taken by those involved directly. Whatever you decide, I want you want to be comfortable that you are doing what feels right for you in order to make this a happy and memorable occasion.