Welcoming Or Naming Ceremony

A welcoming/naming ceremony is an ideal way to celebrate the birth of a new baby or welcome adopted or step-children into the family

Many parents feel it is a wonderful opportunity to use this special occasion to celebrate the new arrivals and to share the experience with family and friends.

The event is a dignified and formal way to: 

  • Welcome a child into the family unit. 
  • Announce the names that have been chosen for the child (and possibly the reasons behind the choice of names). 
  • Make promises and commitments to nurture and support the child through to adult life. 
  • Choose other adults and family members who are prepared to promise a special supportive relationship to the child. 

Parents can arrange a naming ceremony, whether they are married or not and irrespective of spiritual, religious or cultural backgrounds. 

The ceremony 

Specially written ceremonies are available containing choices to make your naming ceremony unique and something that you and your family will remember. 

You can choose promises to make to your child, promises to make to your partner. Supporting adults and other members of the family will also be able to make promises to the child. 

You can also choose from a selection of poems and readings to personalise your ceremony and you can choose to present you child with a special gift to mark the occasion. 

A commemorative certificate of the ceremony will be signed and presented during the ceremony. It should be noted however that neither the naming ceremony nor any documents issued as part of the proceedings has any legal status. 


You could hold your ceremony here at the Town hall in one of our 3 ceremony rooms. Alternatively, you may wish to have your ceremony at one of the approved venues in Bournemouth or another venue by agreement with your Registrar.