PETER RYDER Independent Celebrant
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Baby & Child Naming

The Baby, or Child naming ceremony can be conducted anywhere, including a hotel, your own home, or garden, or in some outdoor location, in front of friends and family.

  • I would encourage that the Godparents (supporting adults/mentors) are present during the ceremony to confirm their acceptance of their new roles.
  • Naming ceremonies go back to Greek and Roman times. They believed that a child until named in a ceremony was not part of the family.
  • The child can if he or she so wishes, have a Christening ceremony at any time, in the future.

The ceremony will be unique and personal to you

and we normally include the vows of the parents, godparents and any other family relations, who wish to say a few words during the ceremony. It is nice if the wording of the vows come from the family members and godparents, but I can assist you in this regard, as necessary.

Live or recorded music can be played during the ceremony as well as a symbolic element to the ceremony. This could be a sand, or candle, or water anointing ceremony.

Poems can be read by myself, or family members.

At the end of the ceremony, I will present to the parents a baby naming certificate, which you can frame as a memento of the day.

Photograph of a young baby

Photograph of a Christening/Baby naming ceremony
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For further information please contact me: M: 07973 255440 E:

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