EMBRACING THE FUTURE
Naming ceremonies are get-togethers celebrating the official naming of a person, typically at the start of their lives, but not always. It could be to celebrate an older child or an adult whose name change is meaningful and symbolic; perhaps, it’s to affirm family belonging. It is a ceremony for close friends and family members to revel in that person’s identity and support them in embracing the future.
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A naming ceremony to celebrate the arrival of a new family member with loved ones is a beautiful way of recognising and acknowledging this new arrival. Not just for babies, though, a Naming Day can be for all walks of life, for any manner of reason. Perhaps you have just adopted a child, joined two families together, would like to celebrate a great achievement or hurdle your loved one has overcome or would like to acknowledge someone special in your child’s life in a secular ceremony. Whatever the rhyme, whatever the reason, creating a bespoke ritual and celebration is a joy.
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WHAT HAPPENS AT A BABY NAMING CEREMONY?
A baby naming ceremony is when the parents/guardians, grandparents, and guests attend a venue to celebrate the birth and naming of a new child. It is a secular version of a religious ceremony, like a Christening.
Some families choose supporting adults to be important people in their child’s life and pledge their responsibility. A naming ceremony usually contains personal readings, lighting candles, and well wishes for the child.
BABY NAMING CEREMONY IDEAS
There are plenty of great ideas to help you celebrate your baby naming day in a fun way. If your child has a birthday soon, you can combine the ceremony with a birthday party for a double celebration. Here are a few ideas:
Sand Ceremony. This is where different coloured sands are poured into a glass jar, making a beautiful layered keepsake. It’s a great way to get your family involved too!
Tree Planting. Tree planting symbolises growth and the need for a caring environment.
Time Capsule. You get guests to contribute items from the day to a time capsule, allowing family members and close friends to contribute to the ceremony.
Wishing Tree – You can invite guests to jot down their wishes for the child or their best life tips! Afterwards, they can hang them on a tree. You can keep these messages to read to your child later in life.
Special people are often selected as the child’s role models at naming ceremonies. These can be labelled ‘Godparents’ if you wish or use an alternative term, such as mentors or life guardians. These assigned role models can acknowledge their position of trust and responsibility in front of family and friends.
You might also light candles and say a few words about your child’s name, origins, and hopes and dreams for your child. If you are struggling to think of the right words before the ceremony, I could help you write something down or select a poem that shows how you feel about the monumental moment this child came into your life.
WHAT CAN MY CELEBRANT DO AT THE NAMING CEREMONY?
If you need a guide to help you to craft a beautiful celebration for your new addition’s naming day, I will be there to support you every step of the way. More than this, it’s my job to make your naming day personal and unique to you and your family. Your celebration needn’t be bland and generic; with help from me, it can be lively and filled with fun family moments.
For help with those little details, you can get a script personally written by me with your input, ensuring the ceremony fully reflects your child’s individuality. I can help you write a few words to communicate your joy about this blessing, as well as any promises you’d like to commit to in front of family and friends.
Having me there on the day allows you to relax and live in the moment, safe in the knowledge that I’ve got your back! It will definitely mean no stressed out grimaces are visible in the family photographs!
Frequently Asked Question
1 Is a naming ceremony legally binding?
No, it is purely ceremonial and carries no legal status.
2 How long does a naming ceremony last?
The ceremony can be a speedy 20-45 minutes, but the party can last all day! It all depends on what you are planning to do. If you have lots of interactive elements and readings, followed by a big party with entertainment after the official ceremony, this will extend the length.
3 Can we blend religious elements into the ceremony?
Yes, you might wish to add religious readings, hymns or the tradition of “Godparents” if you or a family member has religious beliefs.
4 Can I include my other children at the naming ceremony?
Yes! Of course, your other children can be active participants in the naming ceremony of a sibling and have the ceremony revolve around them in equal measure. It could be that you are holding a baby naming ceremony for a new addition but never got around to having a celebration for your older child.
5 Where can I hold my baby naming ceremony?
You can hold a naming ceremony wherever you’d like to celebrate the special occasion, whether it’s a village hall, hotel or outdoors in nature.
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