Do-It-Yourself Naming Ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a very personal event to celebrate your child and his/her place in the family and community of friends.

From time immemorial the ceremonial naming of children has been carried out by the child’s family.  While most families today choose to have an officiated naming ceremony developed, created and performed by a wise and creative celebrant who will engender a sense of occasion. However, this is not always possible due to distance, financial considerations or a wish for privacy or just because the parents want to go back to this earlier tradition and perform their child’s naming ceremony themselves.

If this is your wish, or where remote location makes it difficult to engage the services of a professional celebrant, or where you just want to have a professionally created ceremony without the big-ticket cost of a professional celebrant to perform it, the script-only DIY Naming Ceremonies service will enable you to have a beautiful and expertly created naming ceremony where you choose to conduct the ceremony yourselves or have a close family member or friend lead you through the ceremony.

All types of families can be accommodated. Regardless of whether you are a married couple, a de facto couple, no longer together, a same-sex couple or a single parent, the ceremony will be tailored to your circumstances

As one of South East Queensland's most experienced naming celebrants I am an expert at writing very personal naming ceremonies celebrating your child's unique heritage and expressing your commitment to your child in warm and loving words, and I take as much trouble with do-it-yourself script-only ceremonies as I do with those at which I officiate.

Each ceremony is purpose written and is very personal. It will also reflect the type of ceremony you have chosen

  • Baby Naming
  • 1st Birthday Naming
  • Naming of an older child, or
  • Adult Naming/Re-Naming

As it has no legal status a naming ceremony you are not obligated to incorporate anything in particular in the ceremony.  While naming ceremonies are usually secular you may request the inclusion of religous references.

Generally speaking, however, the ceremony includes
  • A welcome
  • Promises by the parents
  • Appointment of sponsors (godparents, mentors, etc)
  • Sponsor promises
  • Formal naming
  • Reason for the choice of names

The ceremony may also include a reading and/or a simple ritual, such a lighting a candle, planting a tree, a blossom blessing, or wishing stones.

The ceremony will be purpose-written for you and based on information you provide through completing a Ceremony Workbook.

You will be provided with a beautifully presented keepsake copy of the ceremony suitable for reading from on the day.  A commemorative certificate is also a nice touch. A PDF file for a print-it-yourself certificate is included in the ceremony fee. Alternatively, for a modest additional charge you can order beautifully printed certificates provided in a certificate holder instead of the printable PDF files.

The whole experience was easy thanks to you.
We had the family in tears, they were all very moved by the ceremony.

Very satisfied and thankful for your time and help. The certificates are beautiful. 11/10
The experience allowed us to help create the service, It made it extremely personal. Jenny was thorough, caring, and detailed in bringing the script/service to life. She met our time frames, given the limited notice, which was terrific. She captured everything we wanted in the day and found special ways to include those important to us.