A Naming Ceremony can suit a number of life transitioning events. A new baby is born, a child might be adopted into your family, a person may decide to change their name due to their gender identity or other personal reasons. Each event is significant and worth celebrating.
Name changing: this can be both a sensitive and exciting time for people and as everybody navigates this transition differently I would work closely with you so we can create a ceremony that truely reflects your wants and needs.
Baby Naming: (new birth or adoption) this is a wonderful way to officially welcome your child into your family, your community and into their world. It is also a great way to give recognition to the name you have chosen for your little one along with the adults you have chosen to play a special role in your child’s life – God Parents/Life Guardians
A Naming Ceremony for a new baby is generally held within your baby’s first year, but can be done at any time that suits you and your family.
I will work together with you to create a memorable day for your family – this includes presenting your child with a custom made Naming Ceremony Certificate.
There are many types of ceremony ideas and rituals you can use for your baby naming, for example:
Time capsule/treasure box – can contain small gifts, photos, information about the year that the child was born, letters or written note cards. The capsule/box is presented to the child when they turn 18 or 21. Invite guests to bring an item instead of a small gift/note of good wishes.
Photo board of baby photos of your guests and how they fit into your family tree.
Planting of a tree – guests help plant the tree and as they place dirt into the ground, they say a word/s expressing their wish for the child.
Lighting of a candle – The parents light the candles, make wishes for their child and promise that on each birthday when they light the candle on the cake they will remember what a miracle their child is.
Historical significance – mentioning important things that happened in history on the child’s day of birth.
Video record – get all your guests to say something about the child (wishes etc.) to play back at their 18th/21st.
Wishing well/cards – guests write their wish for the child on a note and place it in a wishing well for the parents to read and keep for the child. You could also ask your guests to write their wish onto a lovely shaped card i.e: heart or butterfly to create a beautiful piece of art.
Butterfly Board – have all your guests write a special wish on a small cut out butterfly and then create a framed artwork of butterfly wishes.
Write a poem about your child to read at the ceremony.
Ceremony theme – base the ceremony around the meaning of your child’s name, or a theme they are ‘into’ such as Sesame Street, fairies, clowns, or trucks.
Signature bear – for guests to sign creating a permanent memento of the day and guests.
Thank you/Memento cards for guests – cards mailed out within a couple of weeks of the ceremony are a lovely way to thank your guests for being part of your child’s special day. You could hand-make the thank you card and include a photo of your child or consider ordering personalised cards.
Your baby’s Naming Day Ceremony is their first official introduction to the world and should be done in the style and manner that is natural for you and your family.
If you’re a family who laugh all the time, make your ceremony lighthearted and fun; if your family has strong traditions that are held dear, then your ceremony should reflect that.
Having loved working with children for many years, nothing would thrill and delight me more than to be part of you and your baby’s special day!
I have a great sense of humour, am great with kids and am happy to mould this day around you and your needs.
If you would like to learn more about me and my services, please feel free to contact me here.
We can arrange an obligation free meeting to share all our fabulous ideas or perhaps you simply have some questions about this type of ceremony… either way, the coffee is on me!