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.

Find an approved venue in Torbay.

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 the below form and a non refundable deposit will be required.

  Book the registrar for your ceremony

You will receive a commemorative certificate to mark the occasion.

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. 


A £90 deposit is required at the time of booking.

Celebratory Ceremonies at Approved Premises 2023/24 2024/25 2025/26 2026/27
Monday to Thursday - until 6pm £400 £420 £420 £420
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Friday and Saturday - until 6pm £550 £570 £570 £570
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Sunday and Bank Holidays - until 6pm £600 £620 £620 £620