Naming Ceremonies

A Naming Ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the birth of your child and welcoming the new addition to the family. It is a chance to remind everyone of the great responsibility involved in raising a child and to recognise those who will have an important role in your child’s development.

During the naming ceremony parents are reminded, and made more fully aware of their responsibilities, as are the godparents (also called, “mentors” or “guardians”) and grandparents.

Naming Ceremonies are not only for newborn babies and it is common to hold a naming ceremony as the center piece of the child’s first birthday celebrations.It is also a beautiful way to welcome and celebrate an adoptive child into the family or to embrace stepchildren into a new family. Whether the ceremony is held at home, in a park, a restaurant, many fun elements can be woven into the ceremony to make it a relaxed and memorable day.

A Naming Ceremony can include all, or some or any of the following steps:

• Introduction and Welcome
• Readings ~ Parents, Grandparents, Godparents
• Blessings and Benedictions
• Naming of the Child
• Promises to the Child ~ Parents, Grandparents, Godparents, etc.
• Parents’ vows to each other
• Closing Words
• The Presentation of a gift to the child

Symbolism used in a Baby Naming Ceremony could include:

– Lighting a candle
– Releasing butterflies
– Showering with rose petals
– Planting a tree
– Making a Wish
– Releasing balloons

If you would like, I can provide certificates for the child, godparents/mentors. Certificates for siblings and grandparents can also be arranged.

However you choose to celebrate the occasion, I can tailor the ceremony to suit your individual needs and make your child’s Naming Day unique.


  • We’re back from our fabulous honeymoon and thought we’d take time out to thank you so much for making it such a special day.

    We had an absolutely sensational time and could not have asked for a better day.

    Everyone commented on how wonderful the ceremony was and how genuine and caring you were also, so a BIG thank you!

    Jane & Jerome
  • Daniel and I are now officially on our honeymoon…stuck in Los Angeles airport for 8 hours on our way to Nova Scotia.

    While we’re waiting (Waiting! Waiting! Waiting!), we thought we’d take the time to thank you sincerely for the wonderful ceremony you conducted on Sunday afternoon. We can’t believe how perfect it turned out. My Matron of Honour (Alice) told me later that when she gets married she would like her ceremony to be just like ours, as she thought it was beautiful.

    We really felt you put a lot into the occasion and that is why it was so perfect. Thank you so much.

    Ellie & Daniel
  • Having only just arrived home from our honeymoon, we just had to let you know what a marvelous job you did, and also to say ‘thank you’ again.

    Roger and I both thought you were wonderful from the moment we met you. We were both so thankful that you were prepared to listen and understand the informal style of wedding we wanted, and the personal, yet humorous, vows we wanted to share. Your support was fantastic, and we literally could not have done it without you.

    A great job Iain. Thank you so much.

    Roger & Marie
  • Iain, we can’t thank you enough on how wonderful you made our Wedding day.
    You were very professional and offered lots of great suggestions to make our Wedding day truly special.
    We had a number of meetings leading up to the wedding, and a full rehearsal, which put our anxieties at ease and made the day run smoothly.
    We highly recommend your service to other couples as we had the best wedding day, which you helped contribute to.
    Many thanks again Iain, on a great Job.

    Hayley & Jayson
  • Hi Iain!
    Dan and I just wanted to thank you for the fantastic job you did on our wedding day!
    The ceremony went really well and you did a fantastic job on the day!
    We were really pleased with how everything went on the day!
    Thanks again Iain!!!
    Cassandra and Daniel

    Cassandra and Daniel

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