What is a Naming Ceremony?
Naming ceremonies are becoming more and more popular as a 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 into the ceremony, widening the network of support around the child as they grow up.
Naming ceremonies can be conducted for babies or for older children. Many people choose to combine a naming ceremony with the child's first birthday, 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...
Naming ceremonies in 2019/2020 are priced at £350.
This includes travel within a 30-mile radius of Cheam, Surrey. For ceremonies further afield, additional mileage will be charged at 45p per mile.
My fee covers the entire process outlined above. Optional extras include:
Rehearsal at your venue: £60 (including travel within a 30-mile radius)
Order of Ceremony design, printing and distribution: 80p per copy.
"It was such a lovely ceremony and such a wonderful way to welcome our son to the world. Sophie helped us feel relaxed throughout and delivered the ceremony with warmth and celebration. "