A typical schedule for a naming ceremony.

A naming ceremony is a special occasion that celebrates the arrival of a new member of the family. It is a time to bestow a name upon the child and to welcome them into the family and community. If you are planning a naming ceremony, here is a typical schedule that you can follow:

Welcome and Introduction

The ceremony usually begins with a warm welcome from the host, who may be the parents or the celebrant. The host will introduce themselves and thank everyone for attending the ceremony.

Naming Ritual

The naming ritual is the heart of the ceremony. It is the moment when the child is given their name and welcomed into the family and community. Depending on your cultural or religious background, the naming ritual can take many forms. It can involve reciting prayers, reading poems, or performing symbolic gestures. The parents or godparents may be asked to choose a name for the child, or the celebrant may suggest a name.

Readings or Blessings

After the naming ritual, there may be readings or blessings from family members, friends, or religious leaders. These readings can be inspirational, uplifting, and offer guidance to the child as they grow up.


The host may acknowledge special guests, such as grandparents, godparents, or relatives who have traveled long distances to attend the ceremony. This is a time to express gratitude and appreciation for the love and support they have given the family.


After the ceremony, there is usually a reception where guests can enjoy food and drinks and celebrate the occasion with the family. This is a time to relax, socialize, and share stories and memories.


The ceremony concludes with the host thanking everyone for attending and sharing in the joyous occasion. The guests may be invited to offer their blessings or wishes for the child as they begin their journey through life.


Can you personalise the naming ceremony?

In as many diverse ways as you like!

Symbolic elements (such as tree planting, a Sand Ceremony, Rose Petal Ceremony, or lighting candles) and having members of the congregation recite parts of the service are popular methods to personalise a naming ceremony.

This could include having a member of the family write a reading for the service or having a loved one perform a meaningful song as part of the ceremony.

Enquire for more ideas on how to personalise the event.

How long is a naming ceremony?

Because of the flexibility of a naming ceremony, there is no definitive answer to this question. Generally speaking, naming ceremonies last about 30 minutes, however this can vary based on what you wish to include in the ceremony.


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