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Naming ceremonies

1 May 2018

A naming ceremony can be a special way to celebrate the birth of your child, welcome an adoptive child or embrace stepchildren into your family. Naming ceremonies provide a formal opportunity to make promises of commitment to your child in front of your friends and family. The ceremonies are not just for babies; children of any age can have a ceremony and you may wish to include your other children as well as your new child.

If you are a parent or legal guardian then you can arrange a naming ceremony for your child. There is a wide range of choices available for the type of ceremony that you hold. We can assist you to create a unique event that you and your guests will always remember.

A celebrant will conduct your ceremony but the ceremonies have no legal standing and are not legally binding on those who participate. The ceremonies must not have any religious content.

Where can you hold a civil naming ceremony?

Naming ceremonies can be held in approved venues that have been licensed by the County Council for civil marriages. Please see our marriage fees page for full details. 

You can hold a naming ceremony in other locations such as private houses or in the open air but this is subject to prior inspection to determine the suitability of the location. There is a £30 fee for this inspection included in the price range of £270 for a weekday ceremony to £330 for a ceremony on a Sunday in a licensed venue.