Naming Ceremonies (from $300)
Brisbane's most experienced Naming Celebrant
(more than 250 children named)
- Baby Naming Ceremony
- First Birthday Naming Ceremony
- Naming of older children
- Adoption Naming Ceremonies
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fees and inclusions for naming ceremonies by Jennifer Cram, Brisbane
Celebrant Naming Ceremony
Naming Ceremonies (sometimes called namegiving ceremonies or baby
naming days) are highly personal and meaningful events. A naming
ceremony is usually the centrepiece of a much wider family event, often
referred to as a naming day. It might also be part of your child's
first birthday celebration.
The baby naming ceremonies I create individually for each occasion
celebrate the birth or adoption of your child and give you an
opportunity to express your personal values and your commitment to
parenting your child in front of your family and friends. The ceremony
is extremely flexible. It can be structured as you wish, and include
readings, rituals and personal recognition of anyone you wish.
Because a naming ceremony is not recognised by formal religious
institutions, naming ceremonies are sometimes called secular
christenings, and are ideal for parents who have no religious
convictions. However, where parents believe that children should choose
their own spiritual path and values when they are mature enough to do
so, or where the family belongs to a denomination that does not believe
in infant baptism, having a naming ceremony allows you to joyfully
welcome your child into your family and have a religious christening or
baptism at a later date if you wish.
|Thank you for making Benji's Naming
Day such a special experience. Cam and I received so many comments
about how beautiful and personalised the ceremony was. We also
loved the opportunity to honour Benji's grandparents during the
ceremony Naming Ceremony by Jennifer Cram Brisbane Naming Celebrant for
Lily held at Underwood Parkand enjoyed the fact that all the guests
were made to feel included. - Bethany and Cameron
Thank you, Jenny, for performing such a lovely personal naming
ceremony for Hamish. It was fantastic! We had lots of positive feedback
from our families. You were so professional and clearly have lots of
experience. It has been a day we will alwyas remember with fond
memories. - Shannon and Sean
Thank you so much for the wonderful Dedication service you did for us
today it was a wonderful experience that we will never forget. Lots of
love Monique and Andrew
Jenny, Thank you so much for helping us create a beautiful and
personalised ceremony for our son. Everyone attending on the day
commented on how lovely it was! It was such an easy process and a
pleasure to work with you. Will be recommending your DIY Ceremonies to
all our friends and family. Regards, Michael and Jodi (Western
A naming ceremony can also be held to
Unless you specifically request religious inclusions I assume that the
naming ceremony will be secular. However, if you wish to include some
religious references or contact you may. This may be a good
compromise where you yourselves are not religious but someone important
to you is. Or it can be a way of acknowledging dual religious or
cultural heritages within a largely secular (non-religious)
- complement a church baptism, as part of the
christening celebration at home, and as a means of formally welcoming
the child into the family and the community.
- celebrate other situations such as fostering or the
creation of new family relationships through marriage.
The ceremony itself performs no legal function (but then, neither does
a christening). It does not replace your legal obligation to register
your child's birth with the Registry Office in your state. Nor is the
appointment of guardians as part of the ceremony legal and binding.
A naming ceremony does, however, perform a very important social
There are no age limits. You can hold a baby naming ceremony for a
young baby, at any time during the child's first year, or, as is very
common, in conjunction with the child's first birthday celebrations, or
when the child is older. Each age has its special characteristics.
Where the child is older he or she should be included in the ceremony
planning process so that his or her own views about what is said and
done in the ceremony are taken into account.
- It can help you clarify how you want to support your
child as he or she grows
- It is a joyous expression of welcome, both to the
family and to the wider community
- It provides an opportunity to share the wonder, joy
and pride you feel
- It is a reminder of the great responsibility involved
in raising a child
- It is a formal mechanism to appoint godparents
(defined in modern dictionaries as someone who acts as a godparent or
is a sponsor or protector) and honour other significant adults, such as
grandparents, who will have important roles in the nurturing and
supporting the child
- It provides you, as the parent(s) with an opportunity
to acknowledge your gratitude to family, friends, and
particularly godparents (also called guardians, sponsors,
mentors, guideparents. life guides or any term you choose) for their
involvement in your child's life
- It provides a formal opportunity for significant
adults to commit to supporting and nurturing the child and each other.
A naming ceremony can also be held in conjunction with a wedding
ceremony, a commitment ceremony, or a reaffirmation of vows.
Naming ceremonies are suitable for natural or adopted children of
families of all kinds, including heterosexual parent families, same-sex
families, single-parent families and families where the adults are the
guardians of the child. A variation on a naming ceremony can also be
used to embrace a step-child.
The value of the ceremony is in the ceremony itself, in the way it can
strengthen the bonds between
A successful naming ceremony is depends on a number of factors
including the amount of effort the celebrant is prepared to put into
getting to know you and into the development of a very personal
ceremony, and the skill and warmth with which the celebrant performs
the ceremony on the day.
- parents and the child(ren)
- parents and grandparents
- parents and other supporting adults
- significant adults and the child(ren)
It is therefore very important that you choose a celebrant with whom
you feel comfortable, in whom you feel confident, and who
emotionally connects with you. A celebrant who doesn't feel like a
stranger. A celebrant who will make the effort to get to know you and
to create for your approval a ceremony that reflects your commitment to
When you do me the honour of choosing me to be your celebrant, I can
guarantee that you will have a naming ceremony that is
I accept full responsibility for the creation and stage-management of
your ceremony, but only as your facilitator. I will be honest and
straightforward in giving you my best advice, but it is your ceremony
so I will do nothing to disempower you or compromise your right to make
your ceremony uniquely yours.
- light-hearted in the appropriate places
- authentic to your beliefs and values
In preparing for a naming ceremony I will spend time getting to know
your family to ensure I create a ceremony which perfectly reflects your
needs, your beliefs, your values and the unique qualities of your
child and your child's heritage. As with all my ceremonies, I will
ensure that the ceremony is inclusive and participatory, and that, in
addition to the godparents/mentors the ceremony includes all
significant family members - parents, grandparents, brothers and
sisters of the baby, for example, and friends. Part of ensuring that
all significant family members feel included is presentation of
thank-you certificates which include a photograph of the child.
You will also be provided with resources and information to help you
plan and organise your child's naming day - including
At the ceremony you will receive a beautifully presented keepsake copy
of the ceremony and a naming certificate tailored to the number of
godparents, guardians, mentors (you choose what you wish to call them)
and to your family situation. If you are a single parent,
non-parent guardian, or a same-sex couple you can be assured that the
ceremony will be sensitive to your needs and situation.
- Your godchild your godparent responsibilities: a
guide to share with those you have chosen to fulfil this important role
in your child's life
- Guidelines for arranging a naming ceremony in a
- and much more.....
Creative use of symbols such as candles, wishing stones, trees,
mementos, gifts, items of family significance, together with
innovative inclusion of references to your child's ancestry and
cultural background are a feature of all of my ceremonies.
Creating a custom-created naming ceremony takes commitment, creativity,
knowledge and time that goes far beyond the visible half hour of the
The invisible hours (12+ on average) include:
While fees and services of celebrants vary widely, you would expect to
pay a higher fee for a custom-created ceremony with substance that,
through both its language and its style reflects who you are, and
creates a blueprint for your parenting of your child.
- Communicating with you by phone and/or email.
- Providing you with information about the framework
for the ceremony and exploring with you ideas and opportunities to
ensure that your ceremony fits with the overall style of your child's
naming day celebrations but also provides substance.
- Preparing and completing all the certificates
- Creating the first draft of the ceremony and
reworking as we finalise it.
- Creating and printing the keepsake copy of the
- Travel to and from the ceremony venue
- Briefing the godparents, grandparents and readers
If distance and/or budget is a consideration I offer DIY
Naming Ceremonies - a professionally created ceremony without the
expense of having a celebrant conduct it.