Naming and welcoming ceremonies are a wonderful way to bring the family together to celebrate the arrival of a child.
This might be after a birth or adoption, to unite two families from previous marriages, or for couples who want to make a public commitment to their children.
It is a non-religious ceremony, which has no legal status, but offers an alternative way of celebrating these special occasions.
2 Where to hold the ceremony
The ceremony often forms part of a celebratory party and can take place at one of the following:
- one of our County Council owned ceremony rooms (with the exception of the West Sussex Register Office)
- an approved venue licensed for civil ceremonies
- a venue of your choice, such as a village hall, private home or somewhere that has a special significance for you (subject to a health and safety check undertaken by a registrar).
Once you have chosen a venue you need to book a registrar for your ceremony.