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You can arrange a naming ceremony for a child of any age. If you're celebrating the birth of a new baby you can include the naming of an older sibling.

Ceremonies can be held in the Council House or an approved venue and can:

  • be formal or informal
  • include readings, poetry, music, and people that are special to you

A typical order of ceremony is:

  • introduction and welcome
  • readings or a speech by a special guest
  • parents' promises
  • guiding parents' promises
  • signing of the certificate
  • closing words

How to book

To book a naming ceremony, that can be booked up to two years in advance, email

Naming ceremony fees

We only take payments by card.

Approved venue

Attendance at approved venue Fee
Booking fee (non-refundable) £48
Booking amendment fee (non-refundable) £48
Monday - Thursday (office hours) £500
Monday - Thursday (5pm to midnight) £650
Friday and Saturday (office hours) £600
Friday and Saturday (5pm to midnight) £750
Sunday (office hours) £570
Bank Holiday (office hours) £840

Council House

Reception room Fee
Booking fee (non-refundable) £45
Booking amendment fee (non-refundable) £55
30 minutes Friday or Saturday £460