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What is a naming ceremony?


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For many, a naming ceremony is one of the most beautiful and significant events in their life. The purpose is to officially assign a name to a person. Usually a child or baby, but you can have a naming ceremony at any stage of life. Sometimes families hold naming ceremonies to welcome an adopted child into their family.


What is the difference between a naming ceremony and a Christening?

Unlike a Christening, a naming ceremony is not officiated by a priest or member of the clergy. Naming ceremonies are also often not held in a church. If you’re not religious or are looking for a ceremony that you can tailor, a naming ceremony is a flexible alternative.

A naming ceremony can also involve personal, spiritual or religious elements. It can be tailored how you please and your celebrant will work with you to do this.


What does an Oaktree Ceremonies naming ceremony look like?

During our naming ceremonies, you will celebrate the beautiful union between family and life. Your ceremony will be totally personalised to you and your child, announcing to the world that you are officially naming and welcoming them into your family. We will work with you to write your personalised ceremony and tell the story of your child and their special role in your family and the hopes and dreams for your child's future.


What’s included in an Oaktree Ceremonies naming ceremony service?

Our naming ceremonies provide you with an opportunity for your family and friends to come together in celebration. For parents, making promises to their child in front of their loved ones is an incredibly moving act and solidifies their ambition to be the best parents they can be.


At Oaktree Ceremonies, our ceremonies include an initial consultation to expand on your vision for your ceremony. Your celebrant will then be there to support you through the whole planning process to make your vision happen. We also help you with script writing for the big day, to find the perfect words for what you want to say, and help you incorporate any personal, spiritual or religious element.


Get in touch today to start your journey with us.


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