No matter what
you call then: name ceremony, name giving ceremonies, naming ceremony,
civil baptism, civil naming ceremonies - they all have the same
purpose - to provide a ceremony to enable family and friends to celebrate the
joy of welcoming a new life into the world or to celebrate the taking of
a new name.
Each Ceremony I conduct
is unique so the support I give is in information and advice in
preparation of the Ceremony words and structure, then conducting the
Naming ceremonies are performed
for people of all age groups, from new-born babies to adults - anyone taking
on a new name.
Every ceremony I offer is unique and offers
flexibility to meet the individual needs of every family. There are no legal
requirements for a naming ceremony. This means that the family can then
create a truly unique ceremony for this special day..
Namings are normally performed at your own garden or a local park,
see some of my parks from the wedding
website . The parents also appoint mentors/godparents at these
ceremonies. I provide a large selection of options for the parts of
the naming ceremonies for you to select from.
The parent(s) are issued with a beautiful inscribed
at the conclusion of the ceremony. The appointed guardians/godparents/grandparents
may also be issued with a certificate.
Q1. Fees for the Ceremony based
on the services provided below:
|Saturday or Sunday
All other times
|With a wedding
|Any other questions or want a quote
Please note Fees are fixed price and
determined before you agree to go ahead with using my services. The reason why fees may be
more than the illustrated ones above is due to extra expenses that I will have to incur in
the course of preparing or conduct of the ceremony - eg travel out of Perth Metro area, or
accommodation needed, or .
services do you provide for that fee?
include in the fixed price :
you a comprehensive Naming Ceremony Guide to work out your ceremony.
2. Return travel to and from anywhere in the Perth Metropolitan area
3. Provision of a signing table with nice cloth (if required)
4. A presentation Parent Certificate.
5. Assistance with the ceremony words / structure if required.
6. Initial Meeting at my home to coordinate and agree on details of the
ceremony you want.
7. A rehearsal prior to the
Ceremony on an agreed day, date and time.
9. a nice suit and cravat or tie normally
10. a good sense of humour,
11. a strong voice, but
with a Public Address system if it is required.
We can discuss all this, and more, at our
Are There some extra services you offer if you would like them:
||1. Videotaping the whole ceremony and DVD
- generally $200 but subject to availability of my videotographer son.
2. Travel anywhere in the state - but for an extra fee
3. Ceremonies for any other person you wish to give them to
4. Ceremony booklets - which have part or all of the ceremony in it
We can discuss all this, and more, at our
we put in things that we want into the ceremony?
||Absolutely yes. The ceremony
is yours. So you let me know what you want to include in
the ceremony, help choose the wording, then we can make it special for
the day. This includes wording as well as other rituals such as candle
ceremony, tree planting, teddy bear ring, remembrance cards, and many
The only limit, I think, is your imagination.
I lend you a comprehensive folder to help
you with many ideas for you to incorporate into your ceremony.
you meet us first up at our home.
|| I like to
meet people at my home for the first meeting then meet up with the
organiser/s at the rehearsal and ceremony. You come to meet first time
as I have a range of resources at home that I may need.
However if you have great difficulty in getting to my home for this
first meeting then talk to me.
do we contact Graham.
||Easy - Email is best
Write: 6 Pelham Gardens, Canning Vale,
Western Australia, 6155
Phone 0439 919 817
There is no set format for a naming ceremony,
nor any set content. There are no legal documents to be submitted to any registry of
births, death and marriages. So the actual ceremony is wide open for you to use your
creative abilities and to fulfil, as far as possible, the wishes of the parents. I have
examples of ceremonies which I provide to clients to use as a guide.
A possible structure may be:
The parent's commitment.
Lead in to the support the child will have-the role of
Some symbol ceremony eg candle ceremony
Acknowledgment and involvement of the extended family-grandparents, aunts, uncles.
Signing and presentation of certificates of appreciation.
Blessing & Presentation
Meeting before the Ceremony
I like meet with the key stakeholders. This is what gives the
ceremony its personal touch and importance.