Naming Ceremonies

A Naming Ceremony is a part or non religious occasion where a baby, child or young adult is welcomed into their family and circle of friends.

 

Who can have a Naming Ceremony?

Anybody!  They are not just for new babies.  They can be for any person who is being welcomed into a family; adopted children, those being welcomed into a family of a second relationship etc.

 

Where do they take place?

Anywhere!  A family garden, beauty spot, beach, hotel, park - anywhere you desire.

 

What is involved?

Much like a traditional Baptism or Christening, the parents/guardians and mentors responsible for the person being named will take vows to be loyal and supportive.  It is very much a celebration of the new family member!

Most families choose to carry out activities such as HandfastingWishing Trees, Time capsules etc - please ask for details.

Ceri Tolley UK Celebrant - Naming Ceremonies

Naming Ceremony Options Available

Every family ceremony should be special and ours will be entirely bespoke however you can be make yours even more special and memorable by selecting one or more of the following elements.

 

Unity Sand Ceremony Option

This ceremony symbolises the joining of the new member of the family to the existing members.

Each person having a colour of sand which they pour into a vessel one at a time, then together.

This is also an ideal addition where there are young children you wish to be involved (especially if from previous partnerships) as they too will have a colour.

This will signify your new family as one.

 

Wine Box  / Promise Letter

The parents/sponsors/grandparents etc. write letters to the person being named which they will seal in an envelope which is then placed in a box with a special bottle of wine or drink of choice. The box is then sealed prior to or during the naming ceremony and they vow not to open the box until a future date of their choice – usually the child’s 18th birthday.

 

Wishing Tree

All members of the party are invited to use special ink pads to complete a picture of a ‘Wishing Tree’ along with their names and/or wish for the child.

Price includes canvas and hire of easel, setting up and finishing.

A beautiful memento of their special day which lasts a lifetime!

 

Hand Wrapping Ceremony / Hand Fasting

A Celtic tradition where the hands are tied with ribbons / cloth in the shape of the infinity symbol to symbolise the bringing together of hearts in a display of strength and unity forever.  Ribbons will be chosen to coordinate with your theme.

This is especially nice where older siblings are involved.

 

Naming Candle

Long associated with Catholic celebrations, as a traditional ceremony option it also holds a universal meaning. It symbolises the light and love being offered to the new addition to the family.  The parents and sponsors light their individual candles.

They, in turn, are used to light a ceremonial candle as a symbol that they are united in the raising of the child. The ‘naming’ candle can then be lit on every birthday as a reminder of their special day and the love they continue to share.