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Naming ceremony

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 and include readings, poetry, music, and people that are special to you.

Typical order of service:

  • 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 srenquiries@plymouth.gov.uk.

Naming ceremony fees

Plymouth Registration Service no longer accepts cash or cheque payments and can only take payments by card.

Attendance at approved premises 

Type of booking From 1 April 2021 From 1 April 2022 From 1 April 2023
Booking fee (non-refundable) £45 £45 £45
Booking amendment fee (non-refundable) £35 £35 £35
Monday - Thursday (office hours) £415 £430 £445
Monday - Thursday (5pm to midnight) £480 £495 £510
Friday and Saturday (office hours) £465 £480 £495
Friday and Saturday (5pm to midnight) £530 £545 £560
Sunday  (office hours) £555 £570 £585
Bank Holiday (office hours) £815 £840 £865

 

Reception Room The Council House 

Type of booking From 1 April 2021 From 1 April 2022 From 1 April 2023

Booking fee (non-refundable)

£45 £45 £45
Booking amendment fee (non-refundable) £35 £35 £35
30 minutes Friday or Saturday  £405 £415 £425