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Naming ceremonies

Naming ceremony poster

These ceremonies are a very special way of announcing your child's birth and celebrating with your family and friends. The ceremonies are not just for babies - brothers and sisters of the newborn child can be included in the ceremony for no extra charge. They are also a way of welcoming older stepchildren or adopted children into their new family.

The ceremony is an opportunity to have a formal and dignified event that will let you:

  • Welcome the child into the family and community
  • Publicly announce their names and give the reasons for the choice (optional)
  • Make personal promises to your child to care for them until adulthood
  • Make promises of commitment to each other as parents
  • Choose friends or family to play a special part in the ceremony as 'Supporting Adults'
  • Involve grandparents with special promises
  • Invite other people who may be close to the child(ren) to perform readings

Any parent or legal guardian of the child is welcome to arrange one of these ceremonies. They can be held in the historic Cheylesmore Manor House building or any other venue that has a licence to perform marriages.

Please note: naming ceremonies have no legal status and cannot be used to change a child's name. The child's birth certificate will need to be shown before a ceremony can be booked.

If you are interested in arranging one of these ceremonies and would like to book a  ceremony coordinator appointment with our Ceremony Coordinator then please complete the online contact form.

For further details about ceremonies in Coventry please take a look at our brochure.

Fees

Certificate cost

These take place either in the Cheylesmore Manor or in an approved venue.

The cost for Cheylesmore Manor House is:

  • Monday to Thursday - £190.00
  • Friday - £260.00
  • Saturday - £315.00
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday - £370.00

The cost for an Approved Venue is:

  • Monday to Thursday - £365.00
  • Friday - £410.00
  • Saturday - £455.00
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday - £500.00

The price is excluding the cost of a certificate which is £5.00 (optional).

A non refundable deposit of £50.00 will be required at the time of booking and will be deducted from the total cost of the ceremony.

All fees must be paid in full 3 months prior to the ceremony.

Cancellation policy

Amending the date of your ceremony

An amendment fee of £25.00 will be charged for each alteration made to the date of ceremony

Cancelling your ceremony

The following conditions apply should you wish to cancel or postpone your wedding, civil partnership, renewal of vows or naming ceremony.

  • Ceremonies taking place in The Black Prince Room – total fee will be refunded, less £50 administration fee
  • Ceremonies taking place at approved venues – total fee will be refunded, less £100 administration cost
  • You will not be entitled to a refund if you cancel less than 3 months  before your ceremony
  • You will not be entitled to a refund if you fail to notify the office of a cancellation or fail to attend a ceremony

Register office

9.15am–4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), Saturday (building only) 9.30am - 4.30pm

Email: registeroffice@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7683 3141

Cheylesmore Manor House
Manor House Drive
Coventry
CV1 2ND

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