When a new baby is born, it’s only natural to want to celebrate them with friends and family members. Traditionally in Ireland, this was usually done at the baby’s christening, but as people are becoming less religious they are now turning to baby naming ceremonies to welcome their new babies into the world.
A baby naming ceremony can be done with a celebrant, anywhere that’s legal and with permission from the land owner. A lot of families tend to have the ceremony at home. It’s the time where the baby is first introduced to the community with their given name. The ceremony can be as unique and special as you desire. There is no rules or laws involved, so religion and state laws do not need to play any part in the day.
These ceremonies usually begin with a pledge by the parents to love and care for the child forever. A lot of people choose to have readings and poems read out by family members or friends. Families can choose to have their babies foot or hand prints taken as a keepsake for the day, or some choose to have a flower ceremony, where family and friends will each bring up a flower and as they add it to the bouquet they make a wish for the child. A chosen guardian will be announced, this is the equivalent of godparents, it’s not legal but a symbol.
Just like at a christening or other religious baby ceremonies, there is usually a celebration after the baby naming ceremony, possibly a small party or lunch or dinner. This is completely up to you though and some people think the ceremony itself is enough.
Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the baby naming ceremony of your dreams – traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!