A very popular ceremony is the Naming ceremony. It is not a religious ceremony rather a service of welcome shared by your family and friends usually held in a family home or garden.
This ceremony is a joyous event that usually involves many relatives and friends and often involves those in readings & music etc.
These ceremonies also recognise the important role we each have in the encouragement and protection of the children with whom we may come in contact with.
Chelsea’s Naming Day Feb 2013
(I married Mum and Dad in 2008, then I conducted Maddisons Naming day in 2003 and now Chelsea had her special day. Thank you for asking me once again to conduct this ceremony)
We would like to say a huge thank you for the wonderful Naming Day ceremony that you conducted for our little Edward. We were so impressed with the effort that you put into the writing of the ceremony and ensuring that it was completely personal and a perfect reflection of Edward and our family.
We had such positive feedback from all our family and friends. Everyone enjoyed the day immensely and all commented how meaningful the ceremony was. Our family certainly loved the personal touches. I have already passed your details onto some friends and hope we have an opportunity again to have you conduct other happy ceremonies!
Sally – you are certainly in the right job. The way you presented yourself from the time that we met you was with great professionalism and warmth. We felt very comfortable and were very impressed with your commitment. Thank you for making Edward’s Naming Day such a memoriable day for our family. Nerilee and Matt.
A Naming Ceremony is a very special way of celebrating your child’s birth and welcoming the new arrival into the family. It is also an opportunity to declare, before family and friends, your promise to be as good as parent as you can. And for adult friends or relatives, chosen by you, to pledge their special relationship with your child. A Naming Ceremony is, in every sense, a unique occasion for everyone to feel involved and to offer their support in your child’s future development.
Some of your questions answered:-
How long does the ceremony last?
A basic ceremony usually takes up to 30 minutes depending on readings and options included.
Is there a Certificate?
Yes. A Certificate is signed during the ceremony by parents, supporting adults and the celebrant.
Is the Naming Ceremony just for babies?
No. Children of any age can have a Naming Ceremony.
Can I include my older children at the same ceremony?
Yes, you can, and there is no additional charge involved. The same applies for twins or triplets – all can be included
Can my sister have her children named at the same ceremony?
I think it is best for a family unit to make commitments to their child. However, other family or friends can hold a ceremony created just for them at the same venue, on the same day, but not at the same time as yours.
Can we hold a Naming Ceremony when we get married?
Yes. The celebrant will conduct the Naming Ceremony after your marriage has taken place.
Where are ceremonies held?
Anywhere that both you and the celebrant decide is appropriate. Ie. Your home, a park, a reception center.
Who can arrange a Naming Ceremony?
Any parent can make the arrangements, or anyone else who has parental responsibility or Legal guardianship of the child. Parents don’t need to be married.
Can we organise a ceremony at short notice?
In most instances, yes, but please book with the celebrant as soon as you have set the date.
How much does a Naming Ceremony cost?
My fee varies but an average cost is between $400 & $600.
Do Naming Ceremonies have legal status?
No, they are simply something that you, as parents, choose to do as a public gesture of love and commitment to your child. Unlike a Birth Certificate, which is a compulsory legal document, the Record of the Ceremony cannot be used as proof of identification. Neither is the ceremony legally binding on those who take part in it.
Do Naming Ceremonies have a religious content?
No. The ceremony is purely secular.
I’d like to book a ceremony – what do I do now?
Simply contact me to confirm the date and complete a booking form online at www.sallycant.com.au or ask for a form to be sent to you by mail.
How do get the best out out of the Naming Ceremony
Think… about the promises you wish to make to your child. Try to choose promises that have special meaning for you, and ask your Supporting Adults to do the same.
Choose… your supporting Adults with care. Ideally, they should be people who your child will see regularly and have a good and positive influence in their life.
Being asked to be a Supporting Adult is an honour, but it’s also a role that carries responsibilities, so choose the people you ask with care and talk to them about the promises they feel able to make. Ask… the grandparents if they would like to be involved. They are likely to be important people in your child’s life.
Remember… absent family and friends and mention them in your ceremony. Give… a special gift to your child during the ceremony. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but choose something long lasting that they can keep and treasure in years to come.
Make… the ceremony suit your needs and feelings. You can, for example, read the promises out aloud as a statement or answer them as questions. Try to make the occasion unique to you and your child through the promises and readings you choose. This is one of the great pleasures of a Naming Ceremony. Talk with family and friends about what to include, and ask the celebrant who’ll also be happy to offer you their help and advice.