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Naming ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a modern way for parents, relatives and friends to welcome the arrival of a new baby or to welcome an adoptive or step child into the family. As many children as you wish can be included in the ceremony and they can be of any age.

We provide an experienced, friendly celebrant to conduct the ceremony for you.

The ceremony can be arranged to follow a marriage, civil partnership or renewal of vows ceremony. 

Where to find help

Online payment service

Ceremony venues

In our register offices, ceremonies can take place between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday. 

At all other locations, ceremonies can take place on any day, including some bank holidays between 10am and 4pm.

If you wish to hold a ceremony at a different location, the celebrant may need to arrange to visit the ceremony location to check its suitability.

How to book

When you have decided where you would like your ceremony to take place contact us to make a provisional booking:

  • Telephone: 0300 123 7037

We will then provide you with a brochure which includes an outline of the ceremony and range of optional declarations and readings.

There is a non-refundable fee of £50 when a ceremony is booked. This fee will be deducted from the final amount due for the ceremony.

Please make all registration cheques payable to Cheshire West and Chester Council.

If you wish to hold a ceremony at an Approved Premises please ensure that you have checked availability with the venue before booking the registrars.


All prices include an initial meeting at the register office with your celebrant to discuss your individual requirements. If your ceremony is taking place in your home or garden, the price includes an initial meeting at your home. Fees include VAT.

Fees from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

Register office ceremony room

Homes and gardens and other venues requiring a pre-visit

Approved premises and other venues in Cheshire

£104 (Monday-Friday)

£230 (Monday-Friday)

£177 (Monday-Friday)

£135 (Saturday)

£243 (Saturday)

£201 (Saturday)


£255 (Sunday and

bank holidays)

£214 (Sunday and bank holidays)

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