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Baby Naming Ceremony

Baby Naming Ceremony … what is it?

A Baby Naming Ceremony is a great way to celebrate and introduce your new little one to their family and the world.

A naming ceremony is like a christening without the church. It can help anywhere you like … at home, in a park etc.

Just like a christening, you can choose to have godparents/guardians and let them be a special part of this wonderful ceremony.

An experienced Celebrant  such as Michael Janz Celebrant, Sydney is an ideal person to conduct your naming ceremony.

Here’s what a Naming Ceremony could look like …


A warm welcome to you all, as we come together to celebrate the newest member of our family, our gorgeous little man Charlie. Today we mark a milestone not only for Charlie, but for his Mum and Dad, Kerry and Chris, big sis Poppy and for those lucky enough to be part of his extended family and friends.

Baby Naming Ceremony

It’s just over two years that Charlie has been in this world. Charlie Christopher James was born on 22 April 2016 only a very short distance from here.

We are all deeply touched by the birth of a baby. That a child is born into this world in innocence and pure love, is indeed a miracle. A tiny human who is so dependent on us for all his nurturing, his nourishment and his learning. Today we see how much Charlie has grown and developed as a result of the love and nurturing he has received.

A baby naming ceremony’s purpose is to officially give a little one their name and to make the name known to all his friends and family. A naming ceremony has an extended purpose of presenting the little one to the community and to celebrate the arrival of a new person in that community.
We all shared in the joy of Charlie’s arrival – just as we all share the responsibility of shaping him as a person. Charlie needs everyone’s good and caring influence as we offer him our love, our knowledge and our wisdom. The more people to whom he relates, the more balanced and rich his growth will be. Your presence at this celebration today is appreciated, as will be your interest and involvement in the years ahead.

Charlie – your name has been chosen with love and with the strength of individualism. We therefore name you Charlie Christopher James. We wish you long life and happiness in a loving and peaceful world. May you bring joy to your parents, your family and friends.

Poppy Big Sister’s Words

Poppy shares a poem or reads the reasons she loves Charlie

Charlie’s Great Gran is now going to read a poem entitled The Example of Parenthood

The Example of Parenthood

There are little eyes upon you and they’re watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly take in everything you say;
There are little hands all eager to do everything you do,
And a little boy who’s dreaming of the day he’ll be like you.
You’re little Charlie’s idol you’re the wisest of the wise;
In his little mind about you no suspicions ever rise.
There’s a wide-eyed little boy who believes you’re always right,
And his ears are always open as he watches day and night.
You are setting an example every day in all you do.
For the little boy who’s waiting to grow up to be like you.

Promises of Godparents in a Baby Naming Ceremony

Kerry and Chris have asked 4 family members to be God parents to Charlie. Aunty Charlotte, Uncle Tom, Aunty Silvi and Uncle Dave please come forward
Guardians are named individuals chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child’s upbringing and personal development.
So, I formally ask you all:
Will you stay close to Charlie to the best of your ability? We will
Will you help to guide him through life healthfully and happily? We will
Will you try to be a good influence by your own way of living, encourage him to observe worthy principles, and decent treatment of his fellow human beings and his world? We will
Will you encourage and support the challenges of his dual heritage, in particular his bizarre yet devoted support of the Broncos, (given that he was born and lives in NSW) and the constant battle of how to pronounce yoghurt and vitamins. 😊 We Will

Promises for everyone

Kerry and Chris are aware that raising a child holds big responsibilities, and takes a village. They feel blessed and privileged to include all of you in the circle of love and support that will surround Charlie as he travels through life. It is important that they are able to ask for support on occasion, and for Charlie to be able to gain counsel from family and friends – people he can trust to go to as he grows.
With this in mind, will you help to offer Charlie a broad and balanced view of life, We will
Will you encourage him in the virtues we all agree as good – integrity, honesty, concern, fairness and love toward all his fellow human beings. We will

Will you be dedicated a shoulder to lean on, a phone call or simple a supportive text for Kerry and Chris when Charlie starts to challenge them in ways that today they can’t even imagine – I’m thinking teenage years – I’m the father of three boys so I know what I’m talking about! We will


As we draw this baby naming ceremony to a close, I say to you, Charlie, may life’s richest joys and blessings be yours. May you grow in health of body and mind to full adulthood and may it be your good fortune to play some worthy part in making life more pleasant for those whose paths you cross.

On behalf of Chris and Kerry I’d like to thank you for your attendance, affirmations and support in the past, present and future.

Naming Ceremony with Celebrant Sydney

Tips to Find the Best Marriage Celebrant

There are many things to consider to find the best marriage celebrant. Some people go on first impressions or “gut feelings”. Others choose on price – the least or most expensive.

You only want to get married once… ensure it’s what you want! Remember your celebration can’t be repeated! Apart from 5 sentences that must be stated to cover legal obligations, the rest is what you want. Remember it’s your ceremony not your celebrant’s.

Here are 10 tips to help you find the best marriage celebrant.

Talk to/meet the Celebrant before choosing

The best way to find the best marriage Celebrant  is to meet them. Many celebrants will offer a no obligation first meeting. It’s important the celebrant understands your needs and asks you the right questions. Is the celebrant keen to ensure they understand what you expect from them? It’s also important to understand what is required of you when you find the best marriage celebrant. It shouldn’t take long when you meet them to determine that you have found best marriage celebrant for you.

Check the Celebrant’s availability

A couple of key questions to ask include … Is the celebrant available on the date and time you have in mind? Does the celebrant conduct multiple ceremony a day? Some celebrants conduct multiple weddings a day and it’s important understand any risks of your celebrant being delayed at their previous ceremony.

Choose the Celebrant with the right attitude

Does the celebrant show they’ll deliver a ceremony that meets you needs? It important to understand how they are going to help to determine what you needs. You are wise to consider when you chat, if the celebrant listens to your needs, ideas and concerns or tells you what they will do without a level of understanding.

Choose the Celebrant with a proven reputation

Does the celebrant have a proven reputation? Take the time to read their reviews/testimonials. To ind the best marriage Celebrant heck their website and sites that you can be confident of the validity of the reviews. Sometimes social media may not be truly reflective of quality. See if you can observe them performing a ceremony in a video.

Choose the Celebrant with the right personality

Does the celebrant have a personality that you find attractive? Above all only you will know when you meet. Alternatively, a phone discussion is a pretty good start in helping to choose a Celebrant.

Choose the Celebrant who demonstrates professionalism

Choose a celebrant who is always developing themselves and interest in continuous improvement. Is the celebrant a member of celebrant associations/networks? Has the celebrant done recent training in celebrancy or workshops held by celebrant associations?

Choose a Celebrant with the right experience

Ask how much experience the celebrant has. Above all, try to gauge whether they have spent years using the same old formula. In contrast are they focused on continually learning through experience.

Check out the Celebrant’s location

Is the celebrant within reasonable travelling distance to the venue? Do they charge for travel? Choosing a Celebrant who lives around the corner isn’t the best indicator. Some celebrants will travel anywhere in Australia others operate in a small region.

Understand the Celebrant’s fees

Is the celebrant charging a commensurate fee?  Choose a Celebrant where the fee matches the work/service they provide. Do they offer a flat fee or add on extras for travel and extra meetings? As with any wedding vendor there will be a wide range of fees on offer. The saying you get what you pay for is generally true in the wedding industry.

Once you  find the Best Marriage Celebrant and have a venue and scheduled a wedding date, why not schedule a boudoir photography session with Woman by Pierre to set the mood for your wedding day? The session will ease the stress from wedding planning and make the journey towards your wedding an exciting one, and both you and your partner will definitely appreciate the images!

How to Choose a Celebrant