Naming ceremonies


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?

Current Fees:

Monday to Friday (during office hours)

  • In Registrar’s Marriage Room  - £120
  • In all other venues - £180

Evenings and Saturdays at all venues - £240

Sundays and Public Holidays at all venues - £290

For a Naming Ceremony immediately after a Civil Marriage the charge is £100


Remember:

  • 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 fife.registrars@fife.gov.uk or use the contact details below.

 


For more information contact

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
Go Top

We have placed cookies on your computer to improve your experience here. If you do not want us to use cookies you can change your settings at any time.