Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice and Guidance
Naming ceremonies cannot be performed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You cannot make bookings at this time.
Ceremonies will resume once social distancing rules have been relaxed.
Only read the information below for details of the process once normal service resumes.
Naming ceremonies can be held at Catmose Cottage, any of our licensed venues or even at your own home.
Children of any age can have a naming ceremony and siblings may also be included.
Your Naming Ceremony
Any parent can make the arrangements, or anyone else who has parental responsibility or legal guardianship of the child. Parents do not have to be married.
A ceremony officer will work with you to prepare everything for this special day and will draft the first script. You will have the opportunity to amend this to suit your needs and wishes.
A typical order of ceremony includes:
- Welcome and Introduction
- Absent guests/remembrance of a loved one
- Naming of the child (or children)
- Parents reading/poem
- Parents promises and gift
- Supporting adults promises followed by a reading/poem
- Grandparents' pledges
- Hopes for your child's future
- Final reading/poem
- Closing of the ceremony
- Signing of the souvenir certificate and photo opportunity
The ceremony officer will arrive at your chosen venue approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin. The ceremony itself usually lasts about 25-30 minutes, depending on the options you wish to include.
On completion of the ceremony, a complimentary souvenir certificate is signed by the parents, the supporting adults and the ceremony officer. The naming ceremony certificate cannot be used as proof of identification. Neither is the ceremony legally binding on those who take part in it.
New fees effective from 1st April 2018
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Day of week
Monday to Thursday
These fees cover all administration before and on the day of your ceremony, the attendance of the ceremony officer at the ceremony and a souvenir certificate.
Additional fees charged by alternative venues are your responsibility.
A £50, non-refundable booking fee is payable and the balance is due no later than four weeks before the ceremony.
It is possible for a naming ceremony to immediately follow a marriage ceremony. Please ask for more details as a discount may apply.
To discuss arrangements and availability, call 01572 758 370 or email us
Naming ceremonies are secular and do not contain religious references. Parents who wish to have a religious ceremony (for example a Christening), should contact their local church or religious community.