Name Givings

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Name givings are a non-religious way to formally welcome a child to the world, introducing them to the people that matter in their life. Many parents now prefer to leave the decision about religion up to the child, when they are old enough to understand the commitment and make their own decisions. Name giving ceremonies are often conducted when the child is a few months old, although combining a first birthday with a name giving is also a popular choice.

Name givings are not just for babies – older children and even adults can have a naming ceremony. Perhaps they missed out when they were younger, or you wish to combine a ceremony with another occasion – a younger sibling’s name giving or even your own wedding. Namings can be beautifully incorporated into a wedding day, and are usually conducted straight after the marriage ceremony. Sometimes children will change their surname on the marriage of a couple in a blended family, and this 're-naming' can also be a part of a marriage ceremony.

There are many beautiful poems and readings that can be used in a name giving ceremony, as well as a wide range of special 'rituals', including planting a tree, burying a time capsule, a rose petal blessing, blowing 'wish' bubbles and many more. Clients will be given an extensive resource booklet from which to choose the elements of their child's ceremony.

As with a wedding, it is important to create a personal and meaningful cermony that is as formal or informal as you wish.

In October 2007, I married Matt & Renee at the beautiful chapel at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise. In May 2009, I had the great pleasure of naming their first child, Sahara. The ceremony was held at the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens, Rosser Park in Benowa. Renee's niece read a beautiful poem about baby girls and Sahara's great-grandmother read a blessing from the bible. All the guests made wishes for tiny 11 week old Sahara, as they released pink balloons into the sky.

"My husband & I were over the moon to have Carla officiate our daughter's Naming Ceremony. All our family & friends commented on how beautiful & enjoyable the ceremony was. Carla makes you feel like a friend not just a client, which makes it all that more personal & memorable. Thank you Carla & we hope to see you again for our second child's naming ceremony (whenever that may be)." Renee W. (May 2009)