Last updated:
13 April 2017

Naming ceremony

How to book a naming ceremony for your child, including choosing a venue and ceremony fees.

1 Overview

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.

3 Book a registrar for your ceremony

You can check the cost of booking a registrar on our ceremony fees page.

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