Naming ceremonies

Naming ceremonies are an opportunity for you to celebrate the birth of a child, or to welcome adopted and stepchildren into the family.

The child or children can be any age. A naming ceremony is a unique occasion for everyone to feel involved as they pledge their love and support for your child's future development.

Each ceremony is unique to you and your family. You will have the opportunity to work with one of our celebrants who will help you select and decide on a ceremony that is special for you and your family.

Naming ceremonies:

  • celebrate the naming of the child / children
  • enable the parent or parents to pledge their care and love to their child in front of family and friends
  • give grandparents the opportunity to make promises to support the parent / parents in the raising of their grandchild
  • give family and friends the opportunity to promise their help and support to the child as they grow and develop in their community.

Please note:

  • naming ceremonies have no legal status they are purely ceremonial. If you wish to have a baptism or other religious ceremony you should contact your local church
  • The commemorative certificate is presented as a memento of the occasion. They have no legal standing
  • you cannot have any religious content in your naming ceremony
  • the registration officers will be acting as celebrants and not in their official capacity as registration officers
  • the ceremony cannot be used to change your child's name. You will be required to produce the child's birth certificate to the registration officer at the time of booking your ceremony.