Naming ceremonies

The ceremony

The ceremony is an important part of the day, and a little time spent planning with the registrars can make it very special.

Sections in the ceremony

Naming ceremonies usually have 6 key sections:

  • introduction and welcome
  • reading
  • naming of the child (or children)
  • parents' promises
  • promises by mentors
  • closing words

The registrar will discuss your requirements and help you to personalise your ceremony. You may wish to add some of the following sections:

  • reasons for the names
  • hopes for the child’s future
  • parents' vows to each other
  • grandparents' promises
  • further readings
  • presentation of a gift to the child

Please note that there may be no religious content during the ceremony.

Key information

You can have your ceremony anywhere within the Bracknell Forest area, even if you are not a resident. You will need to provide proof of the baby’s birth, such as the baby’s red book or birth certificate.

A Bracknell Forest Council celebrant will lead the ceremony. It will last about 30 minutes, depending on the readings and options chosen.

As part of the ceremony, commemorative certificates of the ceremony are signed by parents and mentors.

Anyone with parental responsibility can arrange a naming ceremony for babies or children of any age.

Ceremonies can be held any day of the week, including bank holidays.

Prices

Haversham Room

Prices include room hire and registrars' attendance.

Haversham room prices for a naming ceremony
Day Price for 2021 to 2022 Price for 2022 to 2023
Monday to Thursday £310 £320
Friday and Saturday £410 £420
Sunday and bank holidays £460 £470

Ceremonies Room

Price includes room hire and registrars' attendance.

Ceremonies room prices for a naming ceremony
Day Price for 2021 to 2022 Price for 2022 to 2023
Monday to Friday £185 £190

All other venues

Prices include registrars' attendance only. 

Other venues prices for a naming ceremony
Other venue fees Day Price for 2021 to 2022 Price for 2022 to 2023
Monday to Thursday £255 £260
Friday and Saturday £360 £370
Sunday and bank holidays £410 £420

Other fees

Other fees
Type Fee
Commemorative certificates £12
Cancellation or amendment fee £38

Readings

You can view our naming ceremony readings below.

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How to book

Contact customer services on 01344 352000, between 8:30am and 4:45pm.

Your appointment booking can be made by credit or debit card and must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Contact information

Bracknell Forest Register Office

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