27 Jun What Is A Naming Ceremony
The first gift a parent gives a child is its name.
As an alternative to a religious christening or a baptism, a naming ceremony is a celebration of family and new life, and it can be anything that you want it to be! As a celebrant I personalise your ceremony to suit you, your family and the new addition; from first children to adopted children, stepchildren to older children!
“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.” Kahil Gibran
I have welcomed babies and children into families with candles, sand, anointments, toys and books. Themes from fairy tales, to Peter Rabbit, Unicorns to mermaids. Whatever your wishes or the current trend is I will weave it into your ceremony seamlessly and eloquently.
Beginning with an initial family meeting, I get to know all about you and your family and what makes your little one that extra bit special! This provides me with the inspiration I need to write a bespoke and heart-led script for your celebration. Using fairy-stories or music, poetry or readings I personalise each ceremony so that they are as unique as your little bundle of joy; or big bundle of joy, as the case may be!
The pictures featured (with the family’s permission) are from a ceremony based on a fairy-story and featured a magical mystical forest of lost children, waiting for a ‘forever family’ to claim them for their own.
“All the children in the enchanted forest loved magic bubbles, and when all else failed…..even sausages! They were the only thing in the whole kingdom which could stop tears.” Kathryn Britton
I like to incorporate rituals or symbolism, a name dedication and anointment. A wise woman once told me that ‘a name is a group of sounds and vibrations held together in a unique way. Every time that name is spoken it invokes the spirit held within the heart and soul’ Veronika Robinson. I try to capture that magic in my scripts.
The first gift a parent gives their child is their name, and I will focus on how that name was chosen and the roots the name came from. I love researching names and celebrating family. For example, Isabella comes from the name Elizabeth and means devoted to God. Elijah was a Hebrew profit who ascended to heaven in a charity of fire. Hopefully a Golf GTI will suffice for your Elijah on his 18th birthday!
You want Godparents? You can have Godparents, or Odd-Parents or Guide-Parents or Spare-ents, Fairy Godmothers or Guardians, whatever you wish. A bespoke certificate seals the deal, and they are tied in for at least 21 years!
Personalised candles are also available, to light their way in life.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet” William Shakespeare 1594
A name helps to define you in this World, so think carefully, for the name you choose for your child must last them a lifetime. Something trendy or topical may not be so cute when they are in their thirties. I love my name, which was chosen by my Aunty Elle, long story! Kathryn means ‘pure’ in Greek and can be spelt in a variety of ways. Kathryn with a ‘K’ has Scottish origins, and although we have no Scottish heritage to my knowledge, I was born on Robert Burns birthday, synchronicity at its best as I love his poetry!
As a celebrant, I can hold your ceremony, any-time any-place any-where, limited only by your own imagination! I have officiated ceremonies, in private gardens, beaches and licensed venues; church halls, community centres and cliff-tops! You just need to gain the owner’s permission, and the world is your oyster!
“I loved you from the very start, you stole my breath away. Our life together has just begun, you’re part of me my little one..…” Author unknown
Whatever ceremony style you prefer, traditional, non-traditional, funny or fairy-tale, please contact me for more information. I will personalise a hand-crafted script just for you and make it memorable and extra special for you and your family. As a weaver of words, I aim to turn the ordinary into extraordinary!
For questions or queries about naming ceremonies please contact me for more information. I’d love to work with you, and your family to create a magical ceremony fitting for your new arrival firstname.lastname@example.org