A secular naming ceremony?

secular naming ceremony
© Noemie Jaunin

What is a secular naming ceremony?

A secular naming ceremony, also known as a “Baby welcoming ceremony” or a “child dedication ceremony” is a non-religious celebration of the birth of your child. This ceremony can take place when your child is a newborn or when your child is slightly older. The advantage of having your child be older is that they can partake in the festivities, which we know children love to do!

A baby naming ceremony is also a wonderful way to welcome an adopted child into the family.

This celebration represents the joy and family bond that you have with your new child. Not only is it a chance to share this significant moment in your life with those you love most, but it allows you to express the meaning and purpose you choose to give this child in life. The birth of a child is a beautiful addition to your life, so why not celebrate it!


How does the secular naming ceremony work?

Like secular wedding ceremonies, the idea is to create an entirely unique and personalized celebration. You may choose to have it in Switzerland or abroad and it is up to you to choose the venue and your guest list. This celebration has no legal or religious value, but is a special and sentimental moment for you and your loved ones to celebrate the birth of your child.

As parents, this is an important moment to instill important values in your child and share any sentimental thoughts, feelings and advice that you feel your child should know. Some also find this moment an opportunity to assign guide parents (guardians) to your child. Speeches can be read by family members or friends in the form of poems or texts, with music and/or by singing. Rituals (symbolic acts) may be included, which will help illustrate this important step.

It is also possible to include a gift exchange moment and the signature of a symbolic godfather/mother certificate.

There is so much to reveal about what a child’s arrival means in a family! As everything is customizable, you will have the opportunity to create this ceremony according to your wishes, outside the traditional codes.


Is a naming ceremony right for you?

  • Are you looking for a way to express what the birth of your child means to you through speeches, poems, and symbolic gestures?
  • Would you like to assign guide parents (guardians) to your child, to show that they are loved and protected by not only their parents?
  • Would you like to celebrate the birth of your child without any religious association?

If you are looking for a beautiful, unique and personalized celebration for the birth of your child, where you can bring together all your loved ones for this special moment then a baby welcoming ceremony is right for you!


How will I help you create the perfect naming ceremony?

I will accompany you throughout the planning process and the celebration itself. Together, we will shape a celebration that encompasses your family values, traditions, emotions and your culture.

As I do for secular weddings and elopements, I can present a speech that initially celebrates the birth of the child. This can be followed by speeches from the parents or by other family and friends. I can also coach parents or others through the process of making their own strong speech, which would enable them to make the full celebration of the child themselves. The decision of whether you would like me or someone else to perform the speech is entirely up to you.

To prepare for the ceremony, I will ask you various questions to get to know and understand you, I will provide you with tips and support for any speeches and we will follow my step by step method that ensures a wonderful outcome. Do not hesitate to contact me, I am here to help you!

I am a mother myself, and I understand how important and beautiful the birth of a child is. So, having been through this myself, I am sure that we can put together a lovely celebration with beautifully unforgettable words.


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