Naming ceremony


Naming ceremonies are a unique and personal way of welcoming a child into the family and wider community for those who prefer a secular (non-religious) ceremony.
The Ceremony is designed to meet your individual needs and provide a formal opportunity to:

  • Celebrate the arrival of a baby
  • Welcome your child (children) into the family
  • Announce the name(s) you have chosen and if appropriate explain the reasons behind the choice
  • Make promises of commitment and support to your child
  • Choose other adults to pledge their commitment to support your child

For more information please refer to our naming ceremony leaflet.

The venue

Your Naming Ceremony can take place at one of ‘Our Venues’ or at any Approved Marriage and Civil Partnership venue.

When you have chosen a venue for your Naming Ceremony you should contact us to check our availability and provisionally book a celebrant. You will need to pay a non-refundable booking fee.

The ceremony

When you have booked a celebrant we will provide you with our Naming Ceremony Guide which outlines the choices you need to make in advance of the ceremony.

If you wish to change the date, time or location of your ceremony you must request this in writing and pay a £30 ceremony amendment fee.

If at this point you would like to meet a dedicated member of our ceremonies team to discuss all aspects or your ceremony you can book a bespoke ceremony meeting.

Your booking is confirmed when you have made final payment and returned your ceremony arrangement form 8 weeks prior to the ceremony.

Contact us

Wakefield Registration and Celebratory Services
0345 4 852 888