Naming/Adoption

Howard Marshall is the celebrant of choice for naming ceremonies in Sussex and Surrey.

What is a naming ceremony and where should it take place?

The arrival of a new baby or child is one of the most exciting events that can occur in a family.  That makes it an occasion to celebrate in a special and memorable way.  A naming ceremony is a non-religious alternative to ceremonies such as christening.  In it we celebrate the arrival of a child and welcome him or her into the family and circle of friends.  Even religious ceremonies of this kind have long been held in homes and there is no formal need to hold them in a place of worship.  You can have a civil naming ceremony at home or in a venue of your choice – and almost anything goes!

As the independent celebrant of choice for baby and child naming ceremonies in Sussex and Surrey, Howard can help you plan your own child’s naming ceremony.  He can help you to choose poems, readings, ideas for things to say and special ways to mark the day.  There is no legal requirement in a naming ceremony, so you can choose the words and readings that suit you and your family.  Your naming ceremony can be relaxed or formal.  It can be simple or involve lots of family and friends.  You can hold it indoors or outdoors.  You can make it unique to your family and to each child.

The independent celebrant of choice for baby and child naming ceremonies in Sussex and Surrey - Howard Marshall

Why should we have a naming ceremony?

Many families want to celebrate the arrival of a new child but feel the traditional religious ceremony just isn’t for them.  Nevertheless, they want to bring their close friends and family to introduce the new arrival.  Life, these days, can be so busy that it isn’t always easy to get all your favourite people together.  A naming ceremony can be one such chance.  Your family and friends get the chance to meet the new arrival, and catch up with old faces.  Your new child gets to know very early on in life that he or she is part of a wider community who love and care for them.

What sort of naming ceremony should we have?

Most people want something simple but meaningful.  They want to welcome the new child into their family and this is particularly so when the child has older siblings.  Older children really love naming ceremonies, especially if they have a role to play.  And almost everyone enjoys “wetting the baby’s head”, often with a few glasses of something fizzy!  The structure often reflects that of more traditional naming ceremonies in which the parents name ‘guide parents’, ‘mentors’ or ‘supporting adults’ instead of godparents.

The independent family celebrant for baby and child naming ceremonies in Sussex and Surrey - Howard Marshall
Why choose Howard Marshall as our celebrant, and how much does he charge?

Howard Marshall is an experienced family celebrant who can help you plan and organise a naming ceremony.  He can then lead the ceremony for you on the day.  With that full level of service available for as little as £250, it’s easy to see why Howard Marshall is the celebrant of choice for naming ceremonies in Sussex and Surrey.  Contact Howard now for a free confidential discussion, without obligation.

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