Naming ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a formal and dignified non-religious ceremony to celebrate the birth of a child or to welcome an adopted child or stepchild into a new family. The child or children can be of any age.

Every ceremony will be unique and special people in the child's life can be invited to take part in the ceremony.

Naming ceremonies have no legal status.  Ceremonies can usually be arranged at a Registration Office or an approved venue in Dumfries and Galloway.

The basic fee for arrange a ceremony is from £271. Should you choose to hold your ceremony on a Saturday there is an additional fee of £130 payable. Similarly should you choose to hold your ceremony on a Sunday or Public Holiday there is an additional fee of £196 payable.  

Initial enquiries regarding arranging a naming ceremony can be directed to any Registration Office or by email civilceremonies@dumgal.gov.uk or telephone 030 33 33 3000.