A naming ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the birth of your child or welcoming children of any age into a family.
It is a unique and special occasion in which grandparents, supporting adults, relatives and friends have the opportunity to welcome your child and be involved in your child's future by pledging their love and support.
For parents it offers the opportunity to declare before family and friends your promise to be a good parent, and for relatives and friends it provides the opportunity to confirm their role and their own special relationship with the child.
A naming ceremony does not include any religious references.
Who the ceremony is for
Children of all ages can have a naming ceremony. In addition to celebrating the birth of a new baby, naming ceremonies are also a suitable way of welcoming an adopted child or step children into the wider family.
The ceremony you receive is personal to you. To help you plan your ceremony we have prepared a range of options for you to choose from. Your ceremony is scripted from the choices you make and we hope that by doing this we can help you create a ceremony that suits you and your family. You do not need to include every option, the ceremony can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish.
You can involve family members and friends in the ceremony by asking them to recite a reading or a poem adding a personal touch, or choose music to be played that is personal or sentimental to you. Another way of involving others in your ceremony is to ask them to be supporting adults.
A commemorative certificate is presented at the end of the ceremony as a memento of the occasion, signed by parent(s) and supporting adults.
It is important for parents to receive help, advice and support while raising their child, supporting adults are people who are nominated for this role. Ideally, supporting adults are people who can have a good and positive influence on your child’s life. Including and acknowledging supporting adults in your ceremony gives those chosen the opportunity to pledge their commitment to the role they will play and their support to you and your family.
Naming ceremonies do not have any legal implications, they are simply something that you, as parents, choose to do as a gesture of love and commitment to your child. The ceremony is not legally binding between those involved and documents or certificates issued during the ceremony hold no legal status and cannot be used to establish any legal or parental rights.
The ceremonies must have no religious content.
The ceremony can be held in our ceremony room in The Guildhall. The Guildhall is an impressive building in the town centre. Our attractive ceremony room seats up to 50 people. On arrival your guests gather in the Tapestry Room, a room steeped with history, before moving into the traditional ceremony room where the ceremony takes place.
As an alternative you may wish to consider The James Reckitt Reading Room situated within the central library, or choose to hold your ceremony in one of our venues that have been licensed for the purpose of marriage and civil partnership. Please note that an additional fee for room hire will be applied. As we don't manage the room our fees plus the room hire fee set by libraries are apllicable.
It is also possible with prior agreement of the Superintendent Registrar to hold your ceremony in your own home or garden, or in a public building with a private function room, such as a village hall, public house or restaurant as long as that building holds a current fire and safety certificate and public liability insurance.
If the ceremony is to be held outdoors there must be alternative place indoors to hold the ceremony should it be bad weather.
You do not have to live in Hull to have a ceremony in Hull.
Find out the cost of a naming ceremony
How to arrange your ceremony
For a ceremony at an approved venue, contact the venue and also the local register office for that area.
For a ceremony at a register office, visit The Wilson Centre.
You will be asked to produce your child's birth certificate as part of the booking procedure.
Arranging a ceremony at short notice
As there are no legal implications we can usually provide a ceremony at short notice, dependant on the availability of your chosen venue and a registrar (celebrant) to attend.