Are you wondering what a Naming ceremony is and whether it is right for you ?
Sample basic Naming Ceremony order of service.
Opening words by Celebrant
Supporting adults' promises
Signing a certificate
This simple ceremony can be added to by including other adults who may wish to make promises such as Grandparents, additional readings, musical items giving gifts and actions with special meanings.
Each ceremony I conduct has a unique script which has been written to reflect your hopes and wishes for your child's future and I love personalising them to meet my clients brief.
Please make contact if you would like to discuss your ideas further.
The most common types of Celebrant led ceremonies are Weddings, Namings, Commitment and Renewal of vows.
A wedding ceremony is conducted after a couple legally marry. Registering your marriage should be done at a Registry Office in the presence of two witnesses.
There are a number of reasons why you might choose to marry and then have a wedding ceremony including the freedom to celebrate where, when and how you wish.
Every ceremony I conduct is tailor-made to each couples requirements. The wedding ceremony can be held in a location of your choice, at a time to suit you and there are no limits to the number of people who can be present.
Your choice of music, poetry and readings can be woven into the ceremony.
Significant actions such as exchanging rings, lighting candles, a sand ceremony, releasing doves, exchanging love letters or creating unique items to cherish are just a few of the things that can be included.
If you choose an Independent Celebrant then you can also include some religious elements, if you choose.
Naming Ceremonies and Welcoming ceremonies
A naming ceremony is suitable for children of all ages. It is an ideal way of bringing family and friends together to formally welcome the newest member or members to the family. It is also an appropriate way to welcome an adopted child or children from a previous partnership.
During a Naming ceremony parents make promises to their child or children and share their hopes and dreams for their futures. Other adults too can pledge their support some as Supporting Adults who will play a significant part in the child or children’s lives or Grandparents.
A naming ceremony is a wonderful family occasion and can include elements such as tree planting, lighting a candle, a circle of support or gifts.
A Welcoming ceremony is very similar to a Naming ceremony and such ceremonies are often used to welcome an older child whose has been adopted. The aim of the ceremony is to acknowledge the new relationship and for the child or children to be welcomed into their new family and community.
A Commitment ceremony is very similar to a Wedding ceremony in its structure and can be offered where a couple wish to acknowledge their love and commitment to each other without undertaking any legal contract.
A Commitment ceremony can also be conducted before a legal marriage has been undertaken and may be used in situations where one partner may be still technically married.
Renewal of vows
Ceremonies can take place where, when and how you wish.
Where a legal marriage has taken place a couple might choose to have a Renewal of vows ceremony to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary.
A Renewal of vows can also be incorporated into a family occasion to celebrate a Marriage which may have taken place abroad, normally more than twelve months previously.
If you would like to talk about any of these ceremonies then please make contact - I always love talking about people's plans.
Many couples choose to live together rather than marry and there are many reasons why you might prefer to do this but did you know that by doing this you may forfeit your legal status as a couple ?
So, if you do not wish to marry then a Civil Partnership may be the answer.
Couples who enter into a Civil Partnership are regarded in the same way as a married couple in the eyes of the law. The position of civil partners in relation to financial arrangements mirrors that of spouses.
The laws governing wills, administration of estates and family provisions applies to civil partners in the same way as to spouses.
Although we rarely like to consider what will happen when a life partner dies it is worth discussing the financial position. When a person dies without a valid will their property must be shared out according to certain rules. These rules are called intestacy.
Only married couples or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit under the rules of intestacy.
Cohabiting partners who are neither married nor in a civil partnership cannot inherit under these rules.
Food for thought.
For couples planning a summer wedding in 2022 or beyond the next few months are an ideal time to start putting your plans together, particularly if you want an outdoor wedding.
Outdoor weddings are becoming increasingly popular with many licenced premises now offering this option.
Equally you may wish to hold your wedding in a place which is special to you such as your own garden, a piece of woodland or field. My advice would be to complete the legal requirements first by booking a simple ceremony at your local registry office and then having a Celebrant-led ceremony at the venue of your choice.
Many couples are now holding Wedding festivals where guests have the option to camp overnight and there is a growing number of venues who offer this.
If you choose a venue in Staffordshire you can combine the Legal ceremony with a Celebrant -led ceremony. For further details check my website or visit Staffordshire Council website.
Wherever you plan to hold your celebration make sure that if the weather is inclement you have some cover - just in case.
We can often tell by a name the era someone was born in. Some names come into fashion and then loose popularity whilst others seem timeless.
Today, when seeking inspiration, parents often look at current celebrities or characters from popular programmes, where once they may have considered family names, those of film stars or prominent public figures.
Choosing a name can be quite daunting and when deciding my own children's names we made a short list but put off the final decision for a few days after their birth to see which name seemed to fit them best.
A name once given will always be associated with that person and all their unique characteristics.
For children born during the pandemic there were limited opportunities to introduce them to family and friends. Now might be an excellent time to organise a big (or small) family gathering to introduce your child to their wider family and friends who will support and love them. A great ways to do this is with a naming ceremony.
Why not contact me for more information ?
Every anniversary is a milestone and it's good to plan something special on your wedding anniversary to reaffirm your love for each other.
Plan to take time out to acknowledge the day. Maybe you could book a day off work, or enjoy a special meal just for two, or watch the sun set in a place that holds special memories. For the more adventurous there's always tandem skydiving !
Long-time couples often find romance in renewing their wedding vows. Why not invite friends and family to help you celebrate your marriage all over again with a Renewal of Vows ceremony as part of a family party ?
I believe it is possible to have the Wedding of your dreams and not have to compromise.
A Celebrant led ceremony gives you the opportunity to have your ceremony when and where you wish. It also gives you the opportunity to express your personalities by choosing any genre of music, writing your own promises and vows and involving others.
I offer a free opportunity to talk through your ideas so why not get in touch and chat through your ideas.
Choosing a Celebrant is a very personal choice; if you are able to speak to a couple of Celebrants before making a decision then do so.
I would advise you to do a little research. Currently there are no requirements for Celebrants to have completed the National Qualification for Celebrants. Qualified Celebrants have had to undertake an extensive course and demonstrate that they can create and perform ceremonies to a high standard.
Personally I would try to avoid “script only” services. These companies offer an off the shelf ceremony which can then be read by a friend or member of the family. Using a friend or family member to conduct your ceremony can add pressure to your day for you and them.
I would also advise that you use a Celebrant who belongs to a recognised Professional Association.
Choosing a Celebrant to help you create that special ceremony is an important step towards making your occasion a really memorable one. Why not take advantage of the free initial meeting I offer ? I believe it is important to meet informally to discuss your ideas and what I can offer. Meeting also gives us an opportunity to explore the type of ceremony that would best suit your needs.