Cheryl Opie

Civil Celebrant

“I loved you from, the very start.
You stole my breath, embraced my heart.”

A naming ceremony is a warm, loving and joyous event.  Celebrating the arrival of a new born, toddler, teenager, the uniting of step or adopted children within a family or an adult name change are all wonderful reasons to hold a Naming Ceremony.

Parents state their love and commitment to the child, and acknowledge the role of family and friends,

The term Godparent is usually associated with a religious ceremony but if you are not having a religious ceremony and you wish to have godparents, then there are several titles you can choose from: guardian, mentor, life guardian, supporting adult, guide parents.

It’s an opportunity to honour and invite close friends or family to provide a significant relationship of love and support for the family and take an active part in all aspects of your child’s life.

You can make the occasion unique to you and your child: through promises, commitments and declarations of what you hope for your child, that you compose; through a compilation of readings, poems, rituals, photos, videos and music.

There are rituals such as: foot and hand imprints in clay; plant a tree; adorned candle lighting; time capsule; tree of life; sand ceremonies.  Or you can ask  guests to write a heart felt message (in an envelope) to the child which can then be put into a book or in a time capsule to be read out at their 18th or 21st Birthday.

You are the poem
I dreamed of writing,
The masterpiece
I longed to paint.

Our Pricing

  • Price on Application for Naming Ceremony
  • Painting of certificate:  $80

What we provide

~ Initial meeting and planning.
~ Written ceremony and rituals.
~ Unlimited correspondence via email, mobile or zoom meetings.
~ Booklet for lasting memories of the special day.

~ As a special extra, a hand painted certificate on canvas board with your chosen images and colours that best suits your child can be provided..

Legal requirements

There are no legal aspects to these ceremonies and they can be held anywhere at any time.