Hampshire Registration Service

Naming ceremonies

Parents with their child

Naming ceremonies are a great way to celebrate key life events such as the birth of a new baby, welcoming an adopted child/children or step-child into the family or formally naming an older child.

The ceremony can include the presentation of a gift and the nomination of supporting adults who will take a special interest in the upbringing of your children.

The celebration takes the form of a unique civil ceremony that is personal to you and your family, giving an opportunity for you to express publicly your love and commitment to your child/children.

Naming Ceremonies can be arranged by any parent, from any cultural background, and with any spiritual or religious beliefs. There is no age limit to the Naming Ceremony and more than one child in the same family can be named at the same time. Your ceremony will be delivered by a professional and highly trained member of the registration team.

Please note that naming ceremonies have no legal status and the certificates issued are for commemorative purposes only.

Venues for ceremonies

You can decide on the most appropriate venue for your ceremony, which may be a Register Office, your home or garden, a hotel, a village hall, or other suitable non-religious place.

Booking a ceremony

In order to book a date for your ceremony please contact the Register Office which is closest to where you wish to hold your naming ceremony.

 

Fees

There is a non-refundable booking fee of £60 for ceremonies in Hampshire. This reserves the date and time you have requested for your ceremony.You will then be required to pay in full three calendar months prior to the date.

Payment of the booking fee and other associated costs can be made by phone by credit/debit card.

Register offices Ceremony Fee
(Inc. booking fee)
Monday to Thursday £129
Friday £139
Saturday afternoon £204
Sunday / Bank holidays N/A
   
Other venues  
Monday to Thursday £288
Friday £331
Saturday £376
Sunday £407

Additional alternative ceremony at the same time such as Renewal of Vows or Commitment - £100.

 
 

Contact us

tel 0845 603 5637 call charges
Phone lines open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9.30am - 4pm

Emergency only

Outside office hours
For weddings/civil partnerships involving someone terminally ill, or a funeral to comply with a religious burial requirement
tel 075 0777 7534.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be given in writing.

If you have already paid, you have to give at least three calendar months notice to be eligible for a full refund.

Requests for a cancellation after this time will be subject to

  • 50% refund for 1-3 calendar months notice
  • No refund with less than one calendar month notice (or failure to cancel)