Stephanie - The Noosa Celebrant - Any Ceremony...Anytime...Anywhere
Through love, through friendship a heart lives more than one life.
Anais Nin
It is better to be in chains with friends than to be in a garden with strangers.
Persian Proverb
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Naming Ceremonies

A Name giving ceremony

A Baby Naming or Name Giving Ceremony is a civil ceremony when the birth of a child is acknowledged and celebrated and the child is welcomed into the family and community. Parents, grandparents, god-parents, siblings and friends may all be involved in the ceremony and have roles to play. These roles may include being appointed God-parents or guardians; performing a reading or poem or being part of a specially-designed naming ritual. It is important to note that although Baby Naming Ceremony is not a religious ceremony, having the ceremony doesn't preclude the child from making their own choices later in life about their religion or spirituality.


Why Namings are so popular

Baby Namings have become a very popular choice In Australia. Namings are particularly relevant for people who prefer a civil rather than a religious service to recognise the birth or the naming of a child. Stephanie says it is often used as the chance to recognise, involve and thank the people in an individual or couple's life who have assisted and encouraged the parent(s) and or who have a special place in the child's life. Baby or child naming ceremonies can be relaxed or formal; large-scale or intimate affairs; held at any number of venues either indoors and out.


Involving Family and Friends

Family members regularly join in and take part in Naming Ceremonies. Parents, siblings, grandparents, god-parents, aunties, uncles and friends can all have a role to play in the honouring of a child. Parents and god-parents may choose to say vows, family members may take part by performing a reading or poem, siblings and friends can take part in a ritual such as a sand ceremony; butterfly release or the creation of a memory box. Talk to Stephanie about your ideas and plans.


Ritual examples

Popular rituals that families use include the release of butterflies or doves, balloons or bubbles, flower exchanges, water blessings, candle lighting, memory boxes and the passing on of heirloom items from one generation to another. If you have your own family ritual or idea that you would like to adopt Stephanie will assist you in incorporating it into the ceremony.


Other Ceremonies

Ceremony is essential

Stephanie believes that the importance and symbolism of ceremony shouldn't ever be underestimated. Ceremonies are indicators of change. The reasons for ceremony vary from rejoicing about a new life, to honouring a life well lived; acknowledging a milestone to recovering from a crisis; and relinquishing an old chapter in our lives to embracing a new life stage.


Types of ceremonies in the community

People choose to share ceremonies with family and friends as a reminder of the support and bonds made when particular milestones or transitions in their lives are reached. Ceremonies may be designed simply for your own benefit, for a family group, a community or one off corporate event. The following are just a several examples of occasions that people have created ceremonies for:

  • An Anniversary
  • Birth of a child
  • Milestone birthday
  • Coming of age
  • Newly single/divorce
  • Graduation
  • Buying, selling, blessing a house
  • Pet birthday
  • Pet death
  • Business launch
  • Opening of a building
  • Christening a boat
  • Illness
  • Natural disaster

There are no hard and fast rules about how and what to celebrate. Life stages, milestones, the challenges we face and successes we achieve are being recorded through ceremony here and throughout the world. Contact Stephanie Neal to discuss how to design and hold your own unique celebration.