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Naming ceremonies

A naming ceremony is one way in which parents can celebrate and welcome a child or children into the family, usually inviting friends and family to share in the occasion.

The ceremony is an opportunity to announce the names which have been chosen for the child.

As a parent you will make promises of commitment to your child. Adult friends or relatives, chosen by you, take part in the ceremony as ‘supporting adults’ who will pledge a special relationship to the child. There is also the option for grandparents to take part too.

  • children of any age can have a naming ceremony – they are not just for new babies
  • any parent or anyone who has legal guardianship of the child can arrange a naming ceremony
  • parents do not need to be married in order to arrange a ceremony

A celebrant will conduct your ceremony. A celebrant is a trained person who will lead your ceremony and who will not be acting in a legal capacity. Naming ceremonies are not legal ceremonies.

How can I book a ceremony?

You can either book the Ceremony Room at the register office or at one of our approved venues, or at a venue of your choice (subject to the approval of the Superintendent Registrar).

Please call the Register Office on 01925 442762 to book your ceremony with a member of our team. You will be asked to pay a non-refundable £40.00 reservation fee to reserve your date, time and venue.

What will it cost?

Naming ceremony fees from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2017:

Reservation fee:

£40.00

Naming ceremony in the Ceremony Room at the Register Office:

  • Mon - Fri: £155.00
  • Sat: £195.00

Naming ceremony at any other approved venue:

  • Mon - Thu: £175.00
  • Fri - Sat: £195.00
  • Sun: £215.00

Please be aware that if you choose to have your ceremony at any venue other than the Ceremony Room at the Register Office, you may have to pay room hire fees and other costs to that venue.

Please note, all ceremony bookings are subject to the discretion of the Superintendent Registrar. Though Warrington Register Office will always strive to accommodate your needs, not all days will be available for ceremonies. Please contact the Register Office for more information. Warrington Registration Service does not offer ceremonies on bank holidays at the Register Office or any other venue.