Non-Religious Naming Ceremony | The Perfect Alternative to a Christening

Non-Religious Naming Ceremony

If you’re not religious then a non-religious naming ceremony to celebrate the arrival of your child (adopted, god or guide) is the perfect alternative to a christening. The personal ceremony happens outside a place of worship whereby your child receives a special blessing.

Although the non-religious naming ceremony is similar to a christening, it contains no religious language or elements defined as spiritual. Additionally, the ceremonial service can be led by a god or guide parent, celebrant or humanist.

In fact, many non-christian parents are opting for a secular [non-denominational blessing] ceremony for their [adopted] child.

You know why? Well, it’s the best time and an official way to welcome a new member into your home. Moreover, to recognize a unique name and celebrate a significant life changing event. The marking of the child’s arrival brings joy and happiness. More importantly, the joyous and meaningful celebration is cherished by everyone. See below 10 inspirational ideas for a….

 Non-Religious Naming Ceremony

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1. Guide child is the alternative wording for godchild

To start with, just like me you are probably wondering what the alternative wording is for a godchild. Well, I’d say a “guide child” because their role is to steer their guide parents or guardians into caring, supporting and loving them unconditionally. What’s more, guide children need to have role models other than their parents to help them shape their lives.

2. Meaningful celebration for one big happy family

Secondly, an non-religious belief naming ceremony is ideal. It is a unique and momentous occasion for everyone attending. Bringing everyone together in a relaxed and loving environment as one big happy family strengthens your bond. So, make that special someone officially a member of your family during a heartfelt and meaningful celebration.

3. Hold the (adoption) naming ceremony in your home

Thirdly, the ceremonial naming of a child has a long tradition, it establishes your child’s identity. So create something special and book a venue for your celebration. For a cozier atmosphere, though, why not hold the (adoption) naming ceremony in your home. Bear in mind during the festivities, that you shouldn’t reveal or relay all your child’s personal secrets. See below about the format of the naming ceremony.

4. Use the services of a family celebrant

Next set the memorable scene of your naming ceremony. Maybe you want to plan it on the (adopted) child’s birthday? Ask a grand-parent to lead the ceremony. However, it could be too much work and complexed for them. If that happens, use the services of a family celebrant to conduct the celebrations. This way you’ll create everlasting precious memories.

5. Take your time

Family celebrants are skilled at performing a unique non-religious [secular] naming ceremony. However, finding the right celebrant is like searching for the perfect pair of shoes. Don’t rush. Take your time. It is important that you and your child feel comfortable and happy with your chosen storyteller celebrant. As this ensures that you can communicate openly, honestly and freely.

6. Catchy family slogan – commemorative certificate

Additionally make sure you and your partner agree on the planning arrangements of the ceremonial naming service. So, during the event ceremoniously present your child with a commemorative certificate or gift. By demonstrating your love it becomes a cherished moment forever. One more thing, think up an awesome, catchy family slogan to keep things sweet.

7. Share, talk, listen

Another thing, carefully think about the planning of the day. Making the final decisions about how much the naming ceremony cost will take up a lot of time. Although this might seem like an obstacle. The momentous celebration will be wonderfully gratifying. Remember to share, talk, listen and be thoughtful to yours, your partners and child’s needs.

Non-Religious Naming Ceremony little girl being held by mum's hand

8. Arrange fun entertainment

Remember to put on a fun, amusing and entertaining party so everyone will feel at ease. Experience a sense of occasion with family and friends. Include your child’s, the siblings or stepchildren’s favorite music playlist. Or, other forms of entertainment they like. The naming ceremony provides the foundation of your child’s identity in the wider community.

9.  Get help to make it an extra special event

In addition to that, decide if a naming ceremony is the right thing to do. In any case, you’ll appreciate the wonderful time of family bonding. Don’t try to plan the party alone. Get help from a trained celebrant. They are excellent mediators and will support you in preparing and setting up your event.

10. What really happens at a non-religious naming ceremony?

Lastly, as parents you want to provide your child with emotional and practical guidance bound together with love, friendship and respect. So, complete the naming ceremony by inviting all your guests for a celebratory drink. But, what else really happens at a non-religious naming ceremony? Well, to start with all (adoption) naming ceremonies have seven essential sections:

  1. Introduction and welcome
  2. Reading
  3. Naming of the (adopted) child | children
  4. Parents’, siblings and adopted children’s promises
  5. Promises by supporting adults | mentors | guardians
  6. Closing words
  7. Celebratory drink

You can choose to add any of the following additional sections:

  • Reasons for the names
  • Hopes for the (adopted) child’s future
  • Parents’ vows to each other
  • Grandparents’ promises
  • Absent guests
  • Further readings and special music
  • Presentation of a gift to the child.

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