Naming and Welcoming Ceremonies
Special moments with meaning that lasts a lifetime
Are you naming your child?
Or are you a newly blended family wanting to commit as parents to your stepchildren with a bonding welcome ceremony?
Perhaps you have adopted a child and you want to welcome your new family member with a special ceremony.
Or maybe you are choosing to give yourself a new name - one that reflects who you know yourself to be?
Whatever your reason for choosing a naming or welcome ceremony....you want it to be a uniquely personal and joyfully memorable day.
Read more to find out how together we can create that.
'Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.'
Planning your naming ceremony
We start with an initial chat on the phone to discuss the general details of where and when you plan to hold the ceremony, I will pencil in the date and hold it for you until it is confirmed. You can ask me anything you want to know about how I work and what the ceremony could involve.
When you have booked the venue and decided on the date I will visit you for a longer conversation. This will be a leisurely chat where we get to know each other. I'll get all the details of what you want to include in the ceremony and make sure you are happy with the content.
Here are some things to consider about what you might like to include...
Do you want poems or readings and if so who is going to read and deliver those? You might want to do it yourself or have a friend or other family member do it. Or you can always choose for me to do this. I can also help you find and choose the readings that feel perfect to you - if you don't already have some in mind
What music do you want? I can help you with music ideas too if you need that
What vows are you going to make to your child or children? Do you want my help with writing these?
Who are your Supporting Adults (also known as Godparents)? What vows are they making and do you want me to help write their vows?
Do you want symbolic actions? There are a wide variety of options here, but for example, you could have a Sand Ceremony, a Unity Candle or depending on where you are having the ceremony you could plant a tree. Ask me for more details about all of these and other options too.