Your Naming Ceremony
This ceremony is not a christening or baptism but rather a meaningful ceremony written to welcome a new family addition to the community and to declare a child’s public identity. Each child is different and their names have been chosen specifically for them with care and consideration, so it is important to commemorate each new life in a way that is meaningful for each child and their family. The responsibilities of god-parents, guide-parents, mentors, carers, guardians , grandparents, or others may be acknowledged and family and friends encouraged to participate in the life of the child.
Your ceremony is usually created after a meeting with you and your child and discussion of the various options for content and structure. I have a great folder that people can borrow full of examples and ideas or I can simply craft something to suit based on our discussions. Your child’s ceremony may include readings, music, or rituals including wish cards, candle lightings, gift givings, blessings, balloon releases, time capsules and tree plantings, to name but a few. Symbols that are meaningful to you and your family and culture can be used in any uniquely written sub-ceremony to suit your tastes and multiple children can be named together of course. Sometimes people even combine a naming ceremony with a marriage or other ceremony.
I provide your child with a keepsake copy of their ceremony, a small gift and a unique certificate that fits with their personality and the colour and style theme of the day. I have a naming register that those people closely involved can sign so there are photo opportunities on the day about these formalities, as well as a lot of fun.
Naming ceremonies are increasingly popular on a Saturday or Sunday morning followed by a morning tea or lunch with family and friends, but may be held on any day of the week and at any time of day or evening, to coincide with play groups, family holidays and events. If choosing an outdoor venue, be sure to have a back up plan in case of inclement weather on the day. My public address system with great microphones and music is useful in dry conditions, so if you are planning your ceremony in a park or garden, or at home, ensure there is an undercover option.
Feel free to contact me to discuss your particular needs and to create a wonderful naming ceremony that your family and friends will enjoy and remember always.