"One of the first decisions we make for our children is to give them a name. Names give us our own identity as individuals; given to us at the beginning of life and carried with us forever."
I remember our exciting journey when my husband and I were choosing our babies’ names. We had full names for either sex decided upon before the child was born, and we started afresh when each new baby came along. It was quite a process! And I don’t regret for a second all that time and contemplation that went into choosing their names. They still feel like we made the perfect choices. You have been through a similar process yourself, and now you want to celebrate the wonder of this wee person you have created. Yipee!
The options are infinite for a naming ceremony: They can include readings/blessings from Grandparents and friends, parental promises, the birth story from Dad’s perspective, a formal naming section, a handprint memento of the day, a wishing tree, a naming certificate and lots of balloons and bubbles... Wherever your imagination takes you. There are lots of ideas I can discuss with you.
I find having a celebrant lead the ceremony adds a touch of formality to the occasion, and ensures a confident presence to keep things going (children can be unpredictable). I'm a mum of three myself, so I’m relaxed with children, and I simply ADORE babies. Having a naming ceremony when a child is turning 1yr seems to work really well, but it can be a fantastic occasion at any age.
After meeting with you to discuss your wishes, I will give a quote for your specific circumstances, and then craft a ceremony for your family that is full of joy and gratitude for your precious child.
Naming ceremonies are a beautiful memory. One to cherish forever.