Naming Ceremonies

This type of ceremony is a special opportunity that allows you to celebrate the birth of a child or to welcome adopted or step children into the family.

Although traditional christenings or baptisms are still popular, there is an increasing need for an alternative, non-religious ceremony.

A naming ceremony is unique to you and your family. You will have the chance to include personal reflections and references around the meaning of your child’s name and why the name was chosen.

The ceremony is broken down into sections and the different sections give you the chance to create something personal and special to you.  We will provide a selection of suggested words to use in your ceremony and will then script the ceremony from the selections you make. You also have the freedom to be creative and really personalise the ceremony by writing elements yourself. The ceremony can be as long or short as you make it.

You can acknowledge brothers and sisters within a ceremony and also grandparents.  Parents can make promises as to how they will care and raise their child as can other adults who have been chosen to play a special part in the upbringing of the child.  Words spoken can be light hearted and fun yet still evoke emotion whilst bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

Every ceremony is different, and we will help you can create something unique for your family to remember and treasure as you grow together as a family.

We offer ceremonies in our room at the Guildhall and also at all of our approved premises.  If you would like to use a different venue, for example a village hall or your own home then this is also possible.  This request would need to be discussed beforehand and be visited by a member of our team to ensure that the venue is suitable.

To discuss use of a location, other than the currently approved venues, or to book a registrar to attend a venue please contact us on 01482 300 000 or email

Venues approved for marriage and civil partnership

The fee for the ceremony will vary depending on the -

  • day
  • time
  • venue

You will need to contact the specific venue of your choice regarding their availability and their own venue room hire charges.

More information on naming ceremony fees

Our Non Statutory Ceremonies Privacy Policy can be found below -