Naming Ceremonies have existed for centuries, in fact, long before the arrival of Christianity. Many parents choose to have a Naming Ceremony rather than a religious Baptism. This is a personal choice and allows for an individually tailored ceremony to suit individual circumstances.
There is a legal requirement that all births must be registered with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state in which the baby was born. This is the responsibility of the parents. Celebrants have no legal obligations or involvement in the process. The Naming Ceremony does not require any legal paperwork.
I can provide a beautiful baby naming ceremony incorporating significant others, rituals, as well as certificates to commemorate the occasion. The ceremony can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish.
I’ve even combined a Wedding and a Baby Naming into the one event which was a lot of fun for the family and the guests.
Reaffirmation of Vows
A Reaffirmation Ceremony is requested by married couples who wish to reaffirm the commitment they made to each other in their marriage ceremony. The ceremony is quite similar to a marriage ceremony but with one very important difference – there is no legal wording as they are not legal ceremonies and there is no legal documentation to complete. It is an offence for a person to participate in a marriage ceremony when he or she is legally married, even to the same person.
Some couples choose to have a ceremony at a milestone anniversary in their marriage or others may have experienced a separation and have reunited and want a special ceremony to honour their newly found commitment. Alternatively, where one partner is from another country and the legal wedding takes place outside Australia, often there is a wish to celebrate with Australian family and friends to mark the occasion with a special ceremony.
A special reaffirmation I created for a 40th wedding anniversary, the groom wore his original wedding jacket (and it still fitted!).
If a couple is unable to marry because of legal, religious, cultural or gender reasons, then a wonderful alternative is a formal Commitment Ceremony. Commitment ceremonies are purely symbolic but nonetheless are a serious and public proclamation of the feelings shared by two people, witnessed by family and friends. The ceremony can follow the format of a wedding but there is no legal or binding wording involved.
A typical ceremony can include the processional, welcome to the guests and introduction, your story, a reading, affirmation from family and friends, expression of intent, exchanging of personal vows, ring ceremony, and signing a non legal certificate. There can be all sorts of variations to the ceremony and it can be as formal or informal as you desire.
I’ve designed a number of these ceremonies which have been beautifully romantic occasions full of love and happiness.