Civil naming ceremonies

Naming ceremonies allow parents or guardians to make a formal commitment to their child.

Although usually used to mark the arrival of a child, children of any age can have a naming ceremony. The occasion gives you the opportunity to make promises as to how your child will be brought up, and have this witnessed by family and friends. The service doesn't have religious content and has no legal status.

A civil naming ceremony can be held at Priory Place:

  • Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 11.30am, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am to 11.30am

Costs are:

Monday to Thursday  £150
Friday and Saturday £200

Ceremonies at approved premises

Alternatively you may prefer to have the ceremony held at one of the borough's many approved premises.

We are able to conduct ceremonies at these venues:

Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 11:30am or 2pm to 4pm 

Friday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm or 4pm

Saturday 1pm, 3pm or 5pm £267
Sunday 10am to 5pm £325

To reserve a date and time in advance you can make a provisional booking at a fee of £25.

For further information, please contact us:

Last updated: 16 March 2018 09:01:28