A new birth is a cause for celebration, the overwhelming proudness you feel for this small child makes you want to shout their name from the roof tops. What do you do when a Christening is not for you but you want to welcome your child officially into your friends and family units? When you want your child to feel part of something from the moment they are born?
A huge thanks for the Love and Life Studio for sharing these pics of the gorgeous Lacey and her family sharing her Naming Day.
We asked Northampton based celebrant Jane Gower to tell us a little more about what a baby naming ceremony actually is…
“Baby naming celebrations are becoming more popular as society becomes less religious. Some families prefer children to make their own choices as they grow older, but most couples want some kind of ceremony to welcome their new child to the world. There is no age limit and lots of couples like to celebrate their child’s first birthday this way.
The ceremony can take place anywhere the family chooses, inside their home if they have the space, in their garden or at a venue such as a restaurant or hotel. It’s not only babies that the ceremonies can be designed for. With so many blended families today it is the perfect way to join children from both sides together.
Couples can still choose godparents if they wish or they may prefer to call them “good parents” or “guardians”. The promises they make to the child can be written by them or help from me is always available. There are some fabulous poems which grandparents can recite to the child.
Each good parent or guardian holds a candle which they use to light a large candle all together for the baby or child cementing their promises and symbolising the child’s future. One of the loveliest parts of the ceremony can be sprinkling the baby with rose petals – particularly lovely if done by siblings. As the petals are sprinkled the symbolism of the colours is explained:
~ White for innocence
~ Yellow for friends
~ Pink for love and compassion
~ Red for passion for life”
Life is all about creating memories and treasured moments and what a special way to welcome a new baby into the world than through a Baby Naming Ceremony surrounded by all those you love.
If you’re interested in booking a celebrant, although Jane is based in Northampton, she is happy to travel and with Claire having worked weddings with Jane, she certainly comes highly reccomended. Here are her details to find out more;
Love and Life Studio –