A reminder

Please note: due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we are not able to book any new ceremonies at the moment. Please check back to this page at the end of May 2020 for an update.

What is a naming ceremony?

It is with enormous regret that we have to inform you that, in response to this unprecedented public health crisis, and in line with the government’s advice on public gatherings, we are no longer taking any new ceremony bookings.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and heed government advice with the focus being on maintaining the health and safety of our staff and the public, and returning to full service when safe to do so.

Please check this page again in May 2020 when we may have more information.

If you have already booked your ceremony for summer 2020 and you have not spoken to a member of our staff, please email registrars@islington.gov.uk to discuss your options.

Again, we are very sorry to be taking this step, but the health of you, your guests, and our staff are our highest priority.

What is a naming ceremony?

A naming ceremony is a celebration not only to welcome your child into your family but is also an opportunity for parents, family and friends to make promises to your child.

Adult friends or relatives, chosen by the parent, can have a role as mentors and make a pledge to your child.

Naming ceremonies are not just for babies. Children of any age can have a ceremony or it can be used to celebrate adoptive and/or step children into your family.

Who can arrange a naming ceremony?

A naming ceremony is a celebration not only to welcome your child into your family but is also an opportunity for parents, family and friends to make promises to your child.

Adult friends or relatives, chosen by the parent, can have a role as mentors and make a pledge to your child.

Naming ceremonies are not just for babies. Children of any age can have a ceremony or it can be used to celebrate adoptive and/or step children into your family.

Who can arrange a naming ceremony?

Any parent or legal guardian can arrange a ceremony. Parents do not have to be married.

What happens in the ceremony?

Any parent or legal guardian can arrange a ceremony. Parents do not have to be married.

What happens in the ceremony?

Each ceremony is individual, with the parents allowed to fully personalise every aspect. The following are examples to give you some idea of what might occur during a ceremony:

  • Introduction and welcome.
  • Naming of the child/children.
  • Parents’ promises.
  • Mentors’ promises.
  • Readings and music.
  • Presentation of gifts.
  • Signing and presentation of certificate.
  • Closing words.

Each part of the ceremony can be as simple or as complex as you wish.

Each ceremony is individual, with the parents allowed to fully personalise every aspect. The following are examples to give you some idea of what might occur during a ceremony:

  • Introduction and welcome.
  • Naming of the child/children.
  • Parents’ promises.
  • Mentors’ promises.
  • Readings and music.
  • Presentation of gifts.
  • Signing and presentation of certificate.
  • Closing words.

Each part of the ceremony can be as simple or as complex as you wish.

Where can the ceremony be held?

We offer naming ceremonies in the Council Chamber at Islington Town Hall and all our approved venues.

How much will the ceremony cost?

The fee will vary depending on the day, time and venue that you choose. You will need to contact the specific venue of your choice regarding their availability and their own venue room hire charges.

For more information, please call us on 020 7527 6350.