Naming ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the birth of a baby or welcome an adopted child, or stepchildren, into a family.

This is a secular (non religious) ceremony, and has no legal standing, but is a unique opportunity to gather family and friends together for an enjoyable and memorable occasion.

Any parent, legal guardian or person with parental responsibility for the child or children can organise a naming ceremony, whether married or not, with any spiritual or religious beliefs, or with none, or from any cultural background.

The ceremony will:

  • Welcome the child into the family or wider community.
  • Announce the names that have been given, and maybe the reasons behind their choice.
  • Involve family and friends in making promises of commitment to the child, and to support you in their upbringing.

What to expect

The ceremony can include music, readings, personal vows and promises of your choice, and usually lasts about 20 - 30 minutes.

Every naming ceremony is entirely personal and tailored to individual needs. The ceremony can be combined with a marriage or civil partnership ceremony, or a renewal of vows ceremony. It can be held to celebrate the child’s birthday, or combined with an anniversary celebration.

A commemorative certificate will be provided, together with a gift from Richmond Library Service.

The birth certificate(s) must be produced when booking. Please note that the ceremony cannot be used to change a child’s name or surname.

Ceremony costs

The fee is dependent upon the venue and the day of the week that is chosen for the ceremony. To find out more please visit our registration service fees page.

Please read our Ceremony Terms and Conditions before making a booking.

Booking a naming ceremony

Please contact us to book your ceremony.

Updated: 22 July 2014