BABY NAMING CEREMONY (AND PHOTOGRAPHY)...
These are an increasingly popular alternative for parents not wanting an old-school church ceremony for their newborn. Many new mums and dads want to celebrate their new arrival but not necessarily with the traditional religious connotations that baptisms, Christenings, B'rit milah's and Aqiqahs offer.
There are many many benefits of having a baby naming ceremony instead of a christening. Firstly, there are no legal requirements. Baby namings can be held just about anywhere and at any time much like weddings here in Scotland ( That's right you can tie the knot anywhere you blooming well like sunshine!). The ceremony can be super personalised to your own specific circumstances and tastes, and you don’t have to have a partner or be married to hold one.
THINGS TO CONSIDER...
One of the most important things to consider is who will conduct the ceremony itself. You may want to hire a professional celebrant. This is the most popular option as they will be able to offer advice and ensure the day is a big success.
You may choose to have it performed by a close friend or relative. This gives it a more personal touch and is cheaper. Readings and speeches are encouraged even if a celebrant conducts the official bits.
There are pros and cons for both of these but a lot will depend on your budget and your desired level of formality. It should be noted that celebrant’s can be hired at a fairly good price though depending on your needs. A baby naming usually lasts about 20 minutes with the after celebrations continuing a wee bit longer!
PLACES FOR YOUR BABY NAMING...
Many people hold naming ceremonies at home these days. This has the convenience of being a comfy relaxed environment to you but is also somewhere familiar to your baby/child. Others prefer somewhere more formal such as their town hall or a local hotel. Most venues can be hired out just as you would hire them for a wedding or birthday.
DID YOU KNOW...
You do not have to be a baby to have a naming ceremony!!!! Children of all ages can have one and it is absolutely ideal way to welcome your adopted children into the family.