“We know we want to do something to celebrate our baby’s arrival, but we’re not religious so a christening wouldn’t feel right.”
Naming ceremonies are relatively new and increasingly popular. They are organised by the many parents who know that they want to mark their child’s arrival but who want to do so in a way that isn’t religious.
A typical naming ceremony might include readings or poems, parental promises to their child, the appointment of ‘guideparents’ and perhaps a symbolic action such as planting a tree, signing a certificate or writing in a wish book.
There’s no set script for a humanist naming ceremony – it’s too personal an occasion for that. Instead, every naming is tailored to meet the particular family’s requirements. Your British Humanist Association celebrant will guide you through the process. They will:
Humanist Ceremonies™ makes recommendations for fees and suggests a band of £150 to £300 for namings, but the exact price will vary according to the distance a celebrant needs to travel and the complexity of the ceremony. Many celebrants give an indication of their fees on their websites but do always check this with them when you enquire about their availability.
“There were lots of tears, laughter and joy! Everyone ‘got’ what we did and were very impressed. We were so lucky to share it all with all our friends and family.”
You may also like to buy a copy of Humanists UK’s book, New Arrivals. This includes lots of information and ideas on music and readings as well as sample ceremonies.
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve had a humanist naming ceremony and would like to share a photo and a tell us a bit about it for our website.