Naming ceremonies

In this new secular Ireland many parents are choosing to celebrate their baby’s arrival in a way more appropriate to their beliefs and philosophies. The ceremony can incorporate elements of a couple’s traditions, cultural practices or ideas into a baby naming ceremony that is meaningful to them and their family.

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There are no set rules when it comes to this kind of rite of passage.  You are simply gathering together all of the people who you hope will play a role in the child’s life. This is your chance to introducing them formally your new arrival. It can take place in a function room, a garden, at home or anywhere that feels right for you. You can incorporate live or recorded music. Poetry and prose can also be read out by either a guest, a parent or your celebrant. You can incorporate as much colour and imagination as you like in your baby naming ceremony. I can provide any poems / suggestions from my extensive archive.

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Some enhancements that can be included are:

Appointing a guardian:

Often a close family member or a dear friend will be made a guardian of the child, not in the legal sense but a figure who will make themselves available should the child ever need them for advice, care, guidance or help.

Bestowing the Name:

This is where a child’s is named, perhaps giving the reasons for choosing that name, maybe it was an ancestral name or perhaps had an interesting history. This marks the very first time that a child is introduced to their community using their new given name.

Baby’s hand and footprints:

This is where either a print or a cast is created during the ceremony of the baby’s tiny hands and feet, capturing their size and shape on that very day. The prints can be added to a baby scrap book or if you are having a cast made in clay or , the hands and feet can be framed and displayed at home or kept as keepsake.  Siblings can also play a role in this and it is a great way to help them to feel included in welcoming their new brother/sister.

And so much more…. we can chat about your requirements on consultation. Contact details here

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