Whether it is a new born baby, an older or an adoptive child, a naming ceremony is a wonderful way to welcome a child into a family.
Each ceremony is unique to you and your family and is an alternative option for people who wish to celebrate a special time in their lives but do not wish to have a religious ceremony. The ceremony has no legal status.
Wherever the ceremony is held it will be conducted by staff from the local Register Office. You should contact the venue first to make sure that the date you want is available and you are happy with their costs.
Once you have confirmed details with the venue you need to book the registrar to conduct the ceremony. If you are holding the ceremony in Torbay you should complete Book a date for your ceremony.
You will receive a commemorative certificate to mark the occasion.
The fee is £180 and a 50% deposit is required at the time of booking.
What happens in a naming ceremony?
A naming ceremony usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the number of options and the readings chosen.
- Register a birth
- Marriages and civil partnerships
- Book a date for your ceremony
- Copy certificates
- Citizenship ceremonies
- Other ceremonies
- Changing a child name
- Re-register following the marriage of the natural parents
- Adding the father's details to the birth record
- Gender recognition
- Correcting a birth, death or marriage registration