A Naming Ceremony is a non-religious alternative to a Christening and welcomes a new child into the family.

Before you book a ceremony

  • The child's birth certificate will need to be shown before a ceremony can be booked

What a Naming Ceremony is

It’s an event where your child's name is confirmed and you promise them your commitment. Friends and family can take part in the ceremony and pledge to support you and your child. You could have readings and music as part of the ceremony too.

A ceremony can’t be used to change a child's name and the certificate you get at the ceremony can't be used as identification.

Where to have a Naming Ceremony

They can be held at a register office, a licensed venue or village hall. An experienced Celebrant from our Registration Service will run the ceremony.

Find a register office near you

Who Naming Ceremonies are for

Children of any age can have a Naming Ceremony and any parent or guardian of the child can arrange it.

How much a Naming Ceremony costs

Fees from 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018
 Day Register OfficesApproved Venues 
 Monday - Thursday  £200  £380
 Friday  £350  £380
 Saturday  £465  £520
 Sunday and Bank Holidays  £515  £570

Book a Naming Ceremony

Call the Registration Service on 0300 123 4045 for further information and to book a ceremony.

Venues that are not licensed for civil ceremonies

 Day Cost

 Monday - Friday

 £380

 Saturday

 £520

 Sunday and Bank Holidays

 £570

Anytime ceremonies can take place between 6pm and 9am.

Anytime Ceremony

 Day Cost

 Monday - Friday

 £520

 Saturday

 £645

 Sunday and Bank Holidays

 £710