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Naming Ceremonies are now a really popular way of welcoming children into the world and into their family community. Many parents choose not to hold a religious service such as a christening, but they still want to formally welcome their child into the world and make promises to them. Naming ceremonies allow you to do just that, and the content can be tailor made for your family.
Naming ceremonies also provide an opportunity for family and friends to come together in celebration. For the parents, making promises to their child in front of their loved ones is an incredibly moving act and solidifies their ambition to be the best parents they can be. This can be extended further by including grandparent and godparent/'supporting adult' promises, widening the network of support around the child as they grow up.
Naming ceremonies can be conducted for babies or for older children, and they are also a popular choice for adopted children of any age as a way of welcoming them into their new family. More about the elements typically included in a naming ceremony can be found in my blog What's in a Naming.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Working with me to plan your ceremony is both easy and fun! Here's how it all works...
First, contact me for a chat about the ceremony you are planning and to check my availability. We will then arrange to have a chat on the phone so that you can tell me more about your plans and ask any questions you have. If you decide to book me for your ceremony I will ask for a 50% deposit to secure your date, and then we'll book a date for a full planning meeting.
In advance of our planning meeting you will have access to my lists of readings, music and wording ideas to give you lots of inspiration. We will then meet at your ceremony venue or another location of your choice to plan your ceremony in full. At this meeting we will discuss your requirements in more detail and I will get to know more about your wishes for the day and provide lots of inspiration.
I'll then get straight to work on your bespoke ceremony script, which will be sent to you for checking well in advance of the ceremony date and can be edited as many times as necessary to ensure it's perfect for you. I will also liaise with all the relevant suppliers to check things like layout, accessibility, sound, etc. This ensures that I will be fully prepared and ready to go on the day itself.
The big day!
I'll arrive an hour before the ceremony start time to set up, help out wherever needed and speak to those contributing to the ceremony (readers, musicians, etc) to ensure they have everything they need. I will then deliver your perfect ceremony in front of your family and friends and present you with your signed certificate and a souvenir copy of your script to take home and treasure.