It really is…… All in a Name! Our names are very important. They distinguish us from others and give us a sense of belonging in our family and our community.
The arrival of a new baby is one of the most precious and exciting times of family life. As parents we may wish to share and celebrate this wonderful occasion with our closest family and friends.
To mark this precious milestone, more and more parents are choosing to celebrate the occasion with a Naming Ceremony. A naming ceremony presents you, as parents, with an opportunity to include your closest family and friends in welcoming your child into the family and wider community.
Your Naming Ceremony can be as relaxed or formal as you like; it can be small and intimate, or involve lots of people including siblings, grandparents and special friends. You can hold your Naming Ceremony indoors or outdoors….the choice is entirely yours!
My Naming Ceremonies are all unique, and are tailored very much to your requirements. I will provide you with as much or as little support as you decide appropriate, in order to develop and deliver your perfect ceremony.
Why have a naming ceremony?
With It’s all in a Name a Naming Ceremony is a simple way of getting friends and family together to celebrate the arrival of a new child.
You can give the event a sense of ritual and ceremony by including personally selected music and words, reading poems and asking friends and family members to contribute in some way to making this occasion memorable and unique.
This Naming Ceremony can be your opportunity to say in front of your friends and family that you are committed to being the very best parents that you can be, and to ask them to pledge their support in helping you to fulfil this enormous responsibility, and to assist you in your times of need. Similarly, it offers any specially nominated adults the chance to pledge their support to help guide and nurture your child from infancy to independent adulthood.
Planning a naming ceremony
A Naming Ceremony has no legal requirement, but gives you the complete freedom to choose any words and readings that are meaningful to you. The Ceremony can be as long or short as you wish and can take place in almost any venue of your choosing. Ceremonies in your home or garden are increasingly popular, as this provides a very cost effective option with a personal touch.
Making the ceremony personal
There are several ways of adding to the celebration such as planting a tree, scattering of seeds, releasing of balloons or encouraging siblings to read or draw a picture!
I would be very happy to assist you in the planning of your perfect ceremony.