Naming Day Ceremony

What is a naming day ceremony? A naming ceremony is a non-religious celebration of the arrival of a new child. It is a way of welcoming the child and officially introducing him/her to family and friends.

Naming ceremonies involve the important people in the child’s life – family and special friends. Parents have the opportunity to ask other adults to play a supportive role to their child through to adult life.

Poems, readings and quotes of personal significance can be used throughout the ceremony. Often a symbolic gesture is also made such as the lighting of a candle, planting of a tree etc. In addition, certificates are presented to parents and other special people as a record of the occasion.

Naming ceremonies are not a baptism or christening. While the ceremonies are non-religious, many parents with religious beliefs hold naming ceremonies to welcome their child. Doing so does not prevent the child from holding or participating in a religious ceremony at any stage of their life.

While the Naming Ceremony and accompanying documents don’t have any legal status, they are a wonderful way to welcome your child and celebrate them as they begin their journey through life.

Each naming day ceremony is unique and is tailored to suit your individual needs. A basic checklist of things to consider follows.

  • Choose date and time for the ceremony
  • Decide on venue
  • Confirm celebrant
  • Meet with celebrant to ensure you feel comfortable
  • Pay deposit to celebrant
  • Collate guest list
  • Decide on invitations (optional)
  • Send invitations (four weeks prior is a good guide)
  • Select ceremony style and format
  • Choose ‘special people’ to participate in the ceremony
  • Choose symbolic gesture for ceremony (optional)
  • Choose the music (optional)
  • Choose poems, readings or quotes (optional)
  • Write any special words, poems etc (optional)
  • Choose a theme (optional)
  • Choose decorations (optional)
  • Decide what child will be wearing
  • Decide on food and drink requirements
  • Follow up guests who haven’t sent an RSVP (one week prior)
  • Ask for volunteers to help on the day
  • Book a photographer or nominate a friend to take photos

Looking for a celebrant for your special’s baby girl or boy’s naming day? Having a little one myself I know how important this day is to you and would love to help you plan a perfect naming ceremony for your baby.

To organise your baby’s naming day ceremony on the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Byron contact me on 0434 644 238.

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