With your family and close friends present, a Naming Ceremony is a wonderful way to acknowledge your child as a special and unique person, and to welcome him/her with love and gratitude into his/her personal community. Historically this was often done on the child’s first birthday – but any age is fine as long as you can get your closest family together.

Your child’s naming does not have to follow a prescribed format at all, instead I work with you, taking on board your wishes and providing you with ideas and resources. From there I create a ceremony that has real meaning for you and your family, and is relevant to your child.

Ideas that you may wish to incorporate into the ceremony include:

  • writing a personal message/promises to your child
  • grandparents reading a poem or blessing
  • lighting a named candle
  • planting a special tree
  • releasing balloons
  • asking everyone to write in a beautiful book

A naming is also a wonderful opportunity to use a family christening gown, and establish a new tradition of the gown as a “family gown”.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more.


Child, born of two hearts
You are grace
You are strength
You are love beyond measure
And gift without price

“Dear Wendy,
Thank you so much for the baby naming ceremony you put together. It was such a special way to celebrate Maddie being born and to recognise her into our family. As per our wedding the ceremony was perfect for us and you listened to the things we wanted to incorporate into it. One of my favourite bits was the words from our siblings, parents and Poppa. Maddie of course was a star performer and really took on board her role! It was gorgeous seeing Maddie in the christening gown and an honour to be able to use it after Mike (and all the others). We are looking forward to lighting her candle on her first birthday and it will always remind us of how special she is.

Vanessa, Mike and Madison

“Dear Wendy,
Jessica’s naming ceremony was everything I wanted. Thank you for taking on board exactly what I wanted, and also using your own great ideas to come up with the perfect ceremony. You were prompt and friendly with all your communication, and delivered a professional and relaxed ceremony. I had a lot of positive feedback from my guests; who all agreed it was “a great day”.

“Dear Wendy,
Thank you for spending the day with us and officiating Layla’s Naming Ceremony. The planning was fantastic and the suggestions you gave us really helped. It was a perfect day for us, Layla, and our family and friends. Having a naming ceremony really meant a lot to us. It was great to be able to formally welcome and ‘name’ our daughter into the family. Layla wore a gown that has been in our family for over 100 years and it was very special for us that she was able to wear it.
Thank you”

Jacqui and Michael & Layla