“It was all we had hoped for; formal without being too serious and very personal. Everything was perfect for our little girl’s big day.”
Jo & Leigh, Bath – June 2016
Welcoming a new baby or child into our lives is so wonderful and there are now many different ways that you can celebrate this very important event.
You may be naming your own baby, celebrating adoption or welcoming a step child. As your Celebrant, I will help you choose the different elements that will make up your particular Naming Ceremony. These can involve other children, your family and friends – whatever works for you. I can also suggest readings, poems and the promises you will make to your child.
I know what a special day this is and I will bring everything together to create a celebration that is personal to you, your child, and your family.
If you would like to have a chat about your ceremony do give me a ring on the number below or send me an email.
Naming / Welcoming a Stepchild / Adoption
Any number of these can be included within the Main Ceremony:
Different coloured sands are poured into one bottle.
This ceremony is ideal if you wish to involve children.
Guests write a note, a piece of advice or a memory, which are placed in a time capsule that can be opened on a particular birthday.
A long ribbon (colour of your choice) is put round the child’s wrist and then around one wrist of each significant person (or everyone depending on numbers) and lastly around the other wrist of the child creating a circle of connection. All then say the words of the naming together. The ribbon is then undone and laid on the table. At the end of the ceremony each person signs the ribbon with a laundry pen and it is placed in a box as a keepsake.
The silhouette of a tree with no leaves is printed on to a piece of A3 card, or smaller. The details of the ceremony (place, date etc) are printed underneath. The card is placed on an easel. Each person presses a finger onto a colour box of ink pads the colours of the rainbow and puts a finger print at the end of a branch. The Wishing Tree becomes covered with finger print leaves.
A blank canvas block is placed on an easel which stands on a tarpaulin laid on the ground. Shallow dishes with pre-mixed water soluble paints of different colours are on a table next to it. Each person puts a hand print on the canvas. The hand prints of the child and possibly foot prints as well are already on the canvas within a circle in the centre of the canvas.
A Naming certificate on parchment is presented to the child/parents.
Travel expenses - over 15m, 45p per mile
Accommodation – at cost, as required
Fancy Dress - at cost as and when required.
50% of Ceremony fee due at time of booking
The balance, plus costs for any extra Mini-Ceremonies included, due one week before the Ceremony.
“It was everything we had hoped for, The ceremony was held in our parents garden with Music & Readings, it was very personal, which was exactly what we wanted, There was a lovely atmosphere, it was formal without being too serious & not a dry eye in the Garden.
Everything was perfect Hattie met with us many times to go through the ceremony, to make sure we were happy and ensured on the day of the ceremony that we were calm and relaxed to ensure we enjoyed our little girls big day. Without hesitation we would recommend Hattie to conduct your special day.”
Jo & Leigh, Bath – June 2016