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What is included?

You can have your ceremony anywhere within the Bracknell Forest area, even if you are not a resident. You will need to provide proof of the baby’s birth, such as the baby’s red book or birth certificate.

Naming ceremonies usually have six key sections:

  • introduction and welcome
  • reading
  • naming of the child (or children)
  • parents' promises
  • promises by mentors
  • closing words

The registrar will discuss your requirements and help you to personalise your ceremony. You may wish to add some of the following sections:

  • reasons for the names
  • hopes for the child’s future
  • parents' vows to each other
  • grandparents' promises
  • further readings
  • presentation of a gift to the child

Please note that there may be no religious content during the ceremony.

A Bracknell Forest Council celebrant will lead the ceremony. It will last about 30 minutes, depending on the readings and options chosen.

As part of the ceremony, souvenir certificates of the ceremony are signed by parents and mentors.

Anyone with parental responsibility can arrange a naming ceremony for babies or children of any age.

Ceremonies can be held any day of the week, including Bank Holidays.

Contact Information

Bracknell Forest Register Office

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