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 venue in the borough, subject to the Superintendent Registrar's approval. The ceremony will usually last between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on what options you choose. You can also decide who takes part. For example, you might want to involve siblings, special adults and/or grandparents.

Religious content is not permitted.

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

  • An introduction
  • You, as the parents, name the child (or children) and perhaps explain why you have chosen these names
  • 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
  • Reading(s) and/or poetry
  • 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
  • A personalised order of service for your guests
  • An individual naming ceremony script for you to keep
  • A celebratory certificate
  • A 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  £300
 The Garden Room  Friday  £330
 The Garden Room  Saturday  £360
 The Juno Room  Monday to Thursday  £205
 The Juno Room  Friday  £240
 Other approved venues  Monday to Thursday  £380
 Other approved venues  Friday  £440
 Other approved venues  Saturday  £510
 Other approved venues  Sundays and bank holidays  £582

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