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Book a civil naming ceremony

A civil naming ceremony is a way to celebrate the birth of a new baby or welcome an adopted child or stepchildren into the family.

The occasion also gives the opportunity to declare, before family and friends, your promise to be as good a parent as you can, and for relatives or adult friends to confirm their special relationship with your child. Children of any age can have a naming ceremony and siblings may also be included.

These ceremonies are secular and do not contain religious references. Parents who wish to have a religious ceremony or Christening should contact their local church or religious community.

Naming ceremonies can be held at registration offices, licensed venues and public buildings with a private function room.

To discuss arrangements and availability, call 01522 552513 or email regist@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Naming ceremony arrangements

Any parent can make the arrangements, or anyone else who has parental responsibility or legal guardianship of the child. Parents do not have to be married and can be held, following completion of a marriage ceremony. Please ask for more details as a discount may apply.

A ceremony co-ordinator will work with you to prepare everything for this special day and will draft the first script. You will have the opportunity to amend this to suit your needs and wishes.

Complimentary Order of Ceremony sheets will be prepared and printed by the co-ordinator and can include a photograph of your child. They will be available as a hand-out for your guests on the day. A typical Order of Ceremony includes:

  • Music
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Absent guests/remembrance of a loved one
  • Reading/poem
  • Naming of the child (or children)
  • Parents reading/poem
  • Parents promises and gift
  • Supporting adults promises followed by a reading/poem
  • Grandparents' pledges
  • Hopes for your child's future
  • Final reading/poem
  • Closing of the ceremony
  • Music
  • Signing of the souvenir certificate and photo opportunity
  • Music

The co-ordinator will arrive at your chosen venue approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin. The ceremony itself usually lasts about 25-30 minutes, depending on the options you wish to include.

On completion of the ceremony, a complimentary souvenir certificate is signed by the supporting adults and co-ordinator. A gold gilt commemorative certificate can also be purchased as a reminder of your child's ceremony. The order form is available upon request or can be downloaded below.

Unlike a birth certificate, which is a compulsory legal document, naming ceremony certificates cannot be used as proof of identification. Naming ceremonies are not legally binding on those who take part. They are simply something that you, as parents, choose to do as a family celebration and public gesture of love and commitment to your child.

Naming ceremony fees

All ceremony fees charged by Lincolnshire registration and celebratory services will vary depending on the day of the week that you choose.

The fees at any venues will cover all administration before and on the day of your ceremony, the attendance of the co-ordinator on ceremony day and your child's souvenir certificate.

If the ceremony is held at a Lincolnshire registration office, the fees will include an additional cost for the use of the registration office ceremony room and gardens (if applicable) for approximately one and a half hours.

Additional fees charged by alternative venues are your responsibility.

A £30, non-refundable deposit is payable within seven days of booking and the balance is due six weeks before ceremony day.

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Last updated: 30 June 2016

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