A naming ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the arrival of your child and welcoming them into the family and the wider community.
It is a good opportunity to declare, before family and friends, your promise to be a good parent, and for adult friends or relatives to confirm their special relationship with your child.
Naming ceremonies do not have any legal status. The commemorative certificate issued is not intended for use and is unlikely to be accepted as proof of identity.
Organising a naming ceremony
Any parent, or anyone else who has parental responsibility or legal guardianship of a child, can arrange a naming ceremony. Parents do not have to be married.
A naming ceremony is not just for babies, children of any age can have a naming ceremony. You may wish to include your older children in the ceremony as well as a new child.
A fully trained professional celebrant from Kirklees Council will carry out the ceremony according to the choices you make. The venue, number of guests, involvement of other friends or relatives and ceremony content can be chosen to create a personalized event.
Book your ceremony
You can hold your ceremony at a register office or at an approved premises.
If you choose an approved premises, please contact their ceremonies representative to check availability of dates.
How to book a naming ceremony
Contact us to book
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After you've contacted us
We will tell you if we have staff available on your preferred dates.
If you are holding your ceremony at a register office we will tell you if one is available.
We will liaise with you about alternate dates if required and discuss arrangements for your event.