Naming ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a non-religious event where an infant is given his/her name. It is a celebration that parents choose to do as a public gesture of love and commitment to their child and is ideal for embracing children of any age into a family. 

What happens during the ceremony?

A fully trained professional Celebrant will carry out the ceremony which can include promises and readings, an explanation of the child’s name, hopes for his/ her future, promises by supporting adults and grandparents and parents’ vows to each other. At the end of the ceremony, you will be given a souvenir record which is signed by the parents, supporting adults and the Celebrant. 

Where can they be held?

Naming ceremonies can be held at Rhyl or Ruthin register office or in any of the venues approved for civil ceremonies

How can I arrange a naming ceremony?

You will need to contact us to arrange a naming ceremony. 

How much does it cost?

The cost of booking a naming ceremony is £50.00 which you can pay in cash at the Register Office, by cheque made out to Denbighshire county council or over the phone with a debit/credit card. The booking fee is non-refundable.

Below are the details of how much naming ceremonies cost at different venues, Fees are inclusive of VAT:

Rhyl Registration Office

  • Monday to Friday: £170

Ystafell Glan y Môr (Rhyl) and Ystafell Bro Famau (Ruthin)

  • Monday to Thursday: £215
  • Friday: £235
  • Saturday: £305
  • Sunday and bank holidays: £365

Approved premises

  • Monday to Thursday: £245
  • Friday: £285
  • Saturday: £295
  • Sunday and bank holidays: £350

Find out more about paying for a ceremony.