Please see the usual order and structure of the naming ceremony below, which you can use as a starting point to write your own personalised ceremony.

Please note that a naming ceremony has no legal words that must be said, so you can amend, add or leave out any elements that you wish.

The only exception to this is that a naming ceremony cannot contain any religious content, as the ceremony is designed as an alternative to a religious celebration.

Entrance of parents and child

Welcome from the registrar to the family and guests

Wording about the meaning of a naming ceremony/ personal details about the family

Confirming the name given to the child/children and the meaning behind the name.


Parents’ promises to the child

Parents’ personal vows


Grandparents’ vows

Supporting adults’ vows

Guests’ vows



Registrar’s concluding words

Exit of the family and guests