Posted: 31/08/2011 at 15:46
g/c as we had a naming ceremony for our dd a few weeks ago, when dd was just 6 months. I wanted to celebrate her arrival more 'formally' but dh was against a christening as a bit hypocritical as neither of us are particularly religious and we would only be going to church in order to have a christening.
Any hoo - the naming ceremony was really lovely, we had 3 'special adults' (godparents) and the grandparents also stood up to say something. You can change the ceremoney to whatever you want (we removed some of the more 'airy fairy' bits!) and had 2 readings. Even great-nan commented on what a nice service it was!
As it's not a legally binding ceremony you can have it anywhere, but our registar charged to come and check the venue beforehand (about ??30) for health and saftey.
It is expensive though, we saved a bit on the after party to make up for the price of the ceremony, inviting people for Afternoon Tea (rather than them expect a fully buffett or lunch) and mum and I made a lot of cakes, we found that most people only had 1 or 2 drinks and a lot were drinking tea and coffee (v. cheap!). We also saved money by hiring the hall next to the registry office where the ceremony was held, which on a sunday only worked out about ??50 for the day.
Sorry, i've rambled on a bit there, but just wanted to say that it is a lovely thing to do if you want to celebrate without the religious bit!