Naming ceremonies are a non-religious alternative to baptisms for families celebrating the birth of a new baby. If you wish to have a religious ceremony you should contact your local church or religious community.
A civil naming ceremony is a special way of celebrating your child's birth by welcoming your child into the family. You can also announce the names that you have chosen and declare your promise to be good parent. You may also want to choose other adults who are prepared to promise a special supportive relationship.
These ceremonies are also to celebrate or welcome adoptive children and step-children into a new, extended family or relationship.
Neither the naming ceremony nor any documents you receive are legal documents.
You must have registered your child's birth before booking your ceremony and you will need to produce the birth certificate when you book the ceremony.
Where are the ceremonies held?
They are held at the Leeds Town Hall, one of our licenced venues or at a venue that holds current fire and safety regulations and public liability insurance. A list of our licenced venues can be found via the Related Pages section of this page. If you aren't sure whether a place is suitable or not please contact us for advice by telephone on 0113 222 4408 or by email at
How to book
If you want to arrange a ceremony or you have any questions about naming ceremonies please contact us by telephone on 0113 222 4408 or by email.
You will have to pay a deposit when you book. The fees and charges will vary depending on the time, day and venue you choose for your ceremony.