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 June 2019 - 31 March 2020
 Day Register OfficesApproved Venues 
 Monday - Friday  £120  £216
 Saturday  £474  £342
 Sunday and Bank Holidays  £504  £372

Venues that are not licensed for civil ceremonies

 Day Cost

 Monday - Friday




 Sunday and Bank Holidays


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