What is a naming ceremony?
- A naming ceremony is an alternative option for parents to celebrate and welcome a child into the family, usually inviting relations and friends to share in the occasion.
- As a parent you make promises of commitment to your child as a way of saying that you will try to be as good a parent as possible.
- Friends or relatives chosen by you take part in the ceremony as 'Supporting Adults'. They pledge a special relationship with the child and grandparents can take part in the ceremony too.
- You, as parents, decide the content of the ceremony, selecting declarations and promises as you go through the ceremony with the celebrant beforehand. This allows you to create a unique ceremony for your child and for yourselves.
Who are they for?
- Children of any age can have a naming ceremony – they are not just for babies.
- Any parent or anyone else who has legal guardianship of the child can arrange the ceremony. Please note that the child’s birth certificate will need to be shown before a ceremony can be booked.
- Parents do not need to be married to organise a naming ceremony.
Who conducts naming ceremonies?
- The celebrant who conducts your ceremony will not be acting in an official capacity, even if they also work as a Registrar.
- A celebrant is a person trained in ceremonial skills, employed by Fife Council.
Where can your ceremony take place?
- Naming ceremonies can be considered in any venue of your choice within Fife. The venue would require approval before the ceremony takes place. Each request will be considered individually.
- Accommodation currently used by local authorities for marriage venues can also be taken into consideration when making your choice.
- All venues must conform to minimum health and safety regulations.
- Please ask your celebrant for further details
How much will it cost?
Monday to Friday (during office hours)
- In Registrar’s Marriage Room - £125
- In all other venues - £240
Evenings and Saturdays at all venues - £310
Sundays and Public Holidays at all venues - £360
For a Naming Ceremony immediately after a Civil Marriage the charge is £120
- Naming ceremonies are not legal ceremonies.
- You choose whether you wish a ceremony for your child. They must not be confused with any part of birth registration delivered by registrars in Scotland.
- These ceremonies are not a statutory requirement in any way, simply an option for parents to hold a ceremony for their child, if that is what they want.
- Ceremonies and any written record of the event cannot be used for identification purposes.
- They are not legally binding on those who participate.
- Naming ceremonies have no religious content.
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact details below.
Registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships (lines open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Tel: 03451 55 00 77 Contact Registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships (lines open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.) online