Arrange a naming ceremony

A naming ceremony can be held for a baby or for older children or both at the same time. You can even hold the ceremony directly after a marriage or renewal of vows ceremony. It has no legal status but is something that you arrange as a celebratory occasion for you and your family.

A naming ceremony can be held at the Swindon Register Office or at any of the approved venues within the Borough of Swindon. The ceremony will usually last between 20-30 minutes, depending on what options you choose. You can also decide who takes part - e.g. you might want to involve siblings, special adults and/or grandparents.

Religious content is not allowed.

The usual sequence of events is as follows, although this can be amended according to your wishes:

  1. An introduction
  2. You, as the parents, name the child (or children) and perhaps explain why you have chosen these names
  3. You make promises about how you will bring up your child. Invited special adults make different promises, chosen by you or them, and grandparents can also make promises to the child and to you
  4. Reading(s) and/or poetry
  5. Towards the end of the ceremony all those present will sign the commemorative certificate of the occasion, which you can keep

What we provide

  • The services of one of our trained celebrants to welcome you and your guests and conduct the ceremony
  • Personalised order of service for your guests
  • Individual naming ceremony script for you to keep
  • Celebratory certificate
  • Guest record for your family and friends to sign to show that they were present

How to book

Please contact the Registration Service to discuss a venue, date and time. We will then arrange for you to pay a deposit, and we'll give you a pack to help you decide what words you wish to include in the ceremony.

Availability and fees

This depends on when and where the ceremony takes place:

 Venue  Day  Fee
 The Garden Room  Monday to Thursday  £180
 The Garden Room  Friday  £202
 The Garden Room  Saturday  £218
 The Juno Room  Monday to Thursday  £114
 The Juno Room  Friday  £137
 Approved Premises  Monday to Thursday  £191
 Approved Premises  Friday  £212
 Approved Premises  Saturday  £240
 Approved Premises  Sunday  £274


Last updated: 30 December 2015. Was this information helpful?

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