Naming Ceremonies Celebrant

Specialising in naming ceremonies for all faiths

Fusing Cultures, Traditions, and Values in a Naming Ceremony

As a couple you can have so much fun when creating your naming ceremony. There are so many opportunities for you both to include rituals from your faiths, including elements that reflect your personalities and we can include your child’s story.

The naming ceremony is about you both, your child and should be your choice.

Yet, this can also be a very difficult time with the expectations of religion and elders in the family telling you what you should do, what you can’t do and then what should be a happy time becomes very stressful.

Creating your unique naming ceremony

With me as your Independent Celebrant we can create your ceremony that tells the story of your child and their special role in your family. You will both share your hopes and dreams for your child, and may choose to include the significance of their name and why you chose it.

So what can we include:

A naming ceremony can be when a new child is born, an adoption has taken place or even when you foster a child.
We can share the journey, including the rituals you want, your family, friends can do a reading, and guide parents can share their promises to the child.

The family and guests can sign a naming certificate or book with a special message.

Creating a time capsule or memory box that family and guests can add to during the ceremony and each year after.

You can have live music that includes songs about celebrations and support. I work with D26 music

Together, we can work through your ideas and start to create your ceremony. If there are family members who do not understand what is happening, then let’s get them on a call and help them to understand. I will also provide you with a list of items that you need to source for the ceremony but if you do not have time we can agree how to get this done. You are never alone. I am on this journey with you to create your special Celebrant led Naming Ceremony.

Asian Celebrant – Sonal Dave

I am Indian, Born in Uganda and married to Dhani who is mixed Irish and Indo-Caribbean, making us a multicultural, multi-faith, multi-heritage, multilingual couple. This has given me the experience to live both the challenges and opportunities that this brings. In particular, the challenges with the expectations of religion, communities and family but the opportunities to live life the way we want making our own choices that feel right for us.

As your Independent Celebrant, I come to you with a love and passion to create and deliver your naming ceremony that is about your child and the support they have from family and friends.

As an experienced celebrant, with years of writing and officiating ceremonies, I will work closely with you to create your unique and personalised naming ceremony. I run through all the ways we can personalise it to give it an extremely meaningful feel whilst respecting any want for tradition in your culture, ethnicity or identity.
I speak English, Gujarati and basic Hindi, and I can sing mantras, hymns and songs.

What to Expect

Once the booking is confirmed and the paperwork and booking fee are sorted then I will send you a questionnaire to complete. Most couples do this together but you can do this separately as well.

Before Your Naming Ceremony

I will draft your very first version of your Celebrant Naming Ceremony, known as v0.1. This is your opportunity to check the structure, order and the wording, before I update the draft. There can be 2 or 3 versions before we get to the final one.

Before the naming ceremony, there will be some nerves and that is really ok. Remember that you are human and being nervous is ok. It is a special day that we have been planning for. You have shared so much with me to help me create your perfect naming ceremony and we have laughed, cried and remembered some great memories that have all helped us to get to your perfect ceremony. Remember, you have been part of creating your naming ceremony, so you know what is included.

On the Day

During the ceremony, you will be excited and still a little nervous. I will talk you through so you will know where to be at all times and what is happening next.
You will see your family and friends with you and in front of you, and they will all be smiling with you and at times crying tears of joy for you.

After the ceremony, the nerves will have gone, your shoulders will be relaxed and you will go and take some beautiful photos with family and friends who will be talking about just how beautiful and special your Celebrant led Naming Ceremony was and so happy that you were able to celebrate with family, friends, and even pets. If your child is young, you may then choose to put them to bed as you continue to celebrate.

You will also receive a copy of your ceremony as a keepsake to show your child in years to come.

Ready to Create Your Unique Naming Ceremony?

Step 1

Book a free consultation so we can discuss your perfect ceremony.

Step 2

We create the perfect ceremony script and plan for your ceremony.

Step 3

Relax and enjoy sharing your story with those closest to you.

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Naming Ceremony FAQ

What is a celebrant?

An Independent Celebrant will conduct the naming ceremony. This is where together we can create a personalised ceremony that reflects your personality. You can include whoever you want, have live music, including your pets and so much more. It’s your day – your way, your choice.

How old should our child be for a Naming Ceremony?

A child can be any age for a naming ceremony. It can be shortly after birth; it can be as a young baby, a teenager or an adult changing their name.

Can we hold a naming ceremony for our adopted child?

Yes, you can have a ceremony for an adopted child as a celebration for them joining your family. You can also have a ceremony for children born through surrogacy or IVF.

What’s the difference between an Independent Celebrant ceremony and a Humanist ceremony?

Independent Celebrants give you a choice regarding what you can include in your ceremony. They can include religious and cultural content, spirituality, live music, family, friends, children, your pets and more. The main difference is that Humanism is a belief in itself and a way of life that people adhere to. Humanists don’t believe in religion and as such only offer secular ceremonies, (does not include religious or spiritual content), so they don’t include any religious aspects in their ceremonies.

Will you write the ceremony for us?

Yes – I will write the ceremony for you. Once you book me, I will send you a questionnaire to both fill in and based on your answers I will start to draft your ceremony. You will get sent a draft and we can then add, amend until we are all happy. It usually takes two or three drafts to get to the final.

Can we write our own promises for our child?

You can write your own promises. I can give you some support, advice and guidance, if you need them but it is great when you write them from the heart and then get to read them out yourselves.

Is there anything that has to be included in a service?

In a Celebrant ceremony, there is nothing that has to be included. It is your ceremony and your choice, so you can guide me as to what you would like to include and I can also make suggestions.

Do you cater for children from LGBTQ couples?

Yes, I do. I will work with you both to ensure that I create a ceremony that is personalised, asking any questions I feel I need to, ensuring that your ceremony reflects the two of you, your child, and that the language I use is inclusive.

Do you create ceremonies for children from multi-faith couples?

Yes I do. I am British Asian, (born in Uganda, roots to India), and have good knowledge of Asian rituals, music and culture. I have been educated in the UK so have a good understanding of other cultures as well. My husband Dhani is both Irish and Indian from the Caribbean, so I have a good understanding of the challenges that being a multicultural couple has.

Do you create ceremonies for children from couples who are not religious?

Yes I do. If you have ideas of what you would like to include then we can include them and if you are not sure I can give you some suggestions.

Do you create ceremonies for children from couples who are from the same religion?

Yes I do. You can share with me what you would like to include and if you are not sure then I can make some suggestions

Does it matter what faith, culture or traditions we follow for our child?

No, it does not matter what faith, culture or traditions you follow. The ceremony we will create will be focussed on your child and the promises you both, family and friend make to support and guide your child through life

Do you need to meet us personally before the naming ceremony day?

I don’t need to meet you before, but if you would find it useful and we are local enough to each to make the arrangements, then we can meet.

How long is a Celebrant led Naming Ceremony?

I usually suggest that 30-40 minutes is a good length for a Celebrant Naming Ceremony.

Where can we hold our naming ceremony?

Your Celebrant led Naming Ceremony can be held wherever you like. It can be indoor or outdoor. At a venue, in your home or your back garden. The choice is yours.

What Rituals Can We Include?

You can include any rituals you want as long as it is allowed at the place where the ceremony is taking place, is not a risk to you and your guests and will not cause any harm.

Can we have our Celebrant Naming Ceremony Abroad as a Destination Ceremony?

Yes you can. The creation of the ceremony is the same as if we were in the Uk. The differences would be that we would need to coordinate with your venue manager and tech team to ensure that we have everything we need for the ceremony and there would be additional costs including flights, hotels, taxi’s and allowances.

We are based out of the Uk, Can we come to the Uk for our Celebrant Naming Ceremony?

Yes you can. We can create the ceremony together online and meet if you are doing your venue visit. On the day of your ceremony, I will be at the venue early, to make sure everything is set up as we need. This will also be an opportunity for us to meet ahead of the ceremony for any final checks and to calm your nerves.

How far in advance should we book you?

As early as possible to ensure that your chosen date and time is available as well as giving us enough time to get to know each other, research ideas, draft and prepare the ceremony.

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