Naming ceremonies are appropriate for anyone, at any age. The arrival of a new baby, uniting of step or adopted children within a family, or an adult name change are all great reasons to hold a naming ceremony.
A naming ceremony is a non-religious celebration. It is a way of welcoming and officially introducing him/her to family and friends.
Poems, readings, and quotes of personal significance can be used throughout the ceremony. Often a symbolic gesture is also made, such as the lighting of a candle or the planting of a tree. In addition, certificates are presented to parents and other special people as a record of the occasion.
Naming ceremonies are not a baptism or christening. While the ceremonies are non-religious, many parents with religious beliefs hold naming ceremonies to welcome their child. Doing so does not prevent the child from holding or participating in a religious ceremony at any stage of their life.
Each ceremony is unique and is tailored to suit your individual needs.
Here are some ideas that can be used as part of the naming ceremony.
- Time capsule/treasure box – can contain small gifts, photos, letters or written note cards. The capsule/box is presented to be opened at a later stage of their life. Invite guests to bring an item instead of a present.
- Wishing well/cards– guests write their wish on a note and place it in a wishing well to be read at a later date
- Planting of a tree– guests help plant the tree and as they place dirt into the ground (Native Australian Plants are ideal and symbolic).
- Lighting of a candle –naming day candles can be personalised and decorated with flowers, butterflies, sporting items, name, photo, etc.
- Video record– get all your guests to say something (wishes etc.) to play back at a later date
- Release a dove– the worldwide symbol for peace.
- Rose petal blessing– shower with rose petals
- Write a poem to read at the ceremony.
- Meaning of name commemorative certificate– a detailed, full colour, laminated certificate displaying origin and meaning.
The options are limitless.