| Wedding Ceremonies - A Naming Ceremony
Naming Ceremonies may take
many different forms, some examples follow:-
A Naming Ceremony can be part of a Wedding
Ceremony, where children from different partners are acknowledged
by the new partners as being part of the new family. Of course
this is discussed with the children before the ceremony and
is done with the full agreement of all of the parties involved.
Sometimes a presentation Certificate of Family Unity is given
to the family and signed by all parties. This would obviously
make the ceremony longer than a normal Wedding. Usually the
Marriage is completed first, followed by the Naming Ceremony.
Care should be taken here that the child's
age be taken into consideration, as they may not be able to
maintain focus for their ceremony for a lengthy amount of
time. Naming and Godparent certificates may also be issued.
A Naming Ceremony can be an event all to
itself. This ceremony is used when the parents do not want
a religious ritual, but would like to acknowledge and celebrate
their child's entry into the world. The parents may choose
when to have the naming, and at what age they think it suitable.
There are usually godparents or guardians chosen for the child
who can take part in the ceremony.
Ideas for a Naming Ceremony
- Butterfly release to signify new life
- A book which guests may sign with wishes
for the future of the child. This is usually given to the
child on a significant birthday when they are old enough
to appreciate the sentiments involved
- A balloon release with hopes and wishes
for the child inside
- Displaying photos of relatives who cannot
- Lighting of Candles by the Parents and
Godparents or Grandparents with spoken affirmations of their
role in nurturing the child
- Parents may speak about their hopes for
- Celebrant may speak about the value of
family unity and the influence of family and friends in
the care and welfare of the child
- A Presentation Certificate of Naming
signed by the parents and God Parents
Again this ceremony structure is only limited
by your imagination.
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