A naming ceremony is a uniquely reflective non-religious ceremony for naming a child.
It is a beautiful way to welcome and officially introduce the child to family and friends, pledge your love and support for the child’s future development, and rejoice as they begin their journey through life. A naming ceremony is also an opportunity for the parents to declare before family and friends their promises to be as good a parent as they can and for family and friends to confirm their special relationships with the child confirming their guiding and supportive roles.
Naming ceremonies are not restricted to babies or infants and are applicable to anyone and at any age. Important people in the child’s life such as older siblings, special friends, cousins, grandparents, uncles and aunts can also be involved in the ceremony signifying the bond between them and their pledge of support. A naming ceremony can also celebrate the uniting of adopted or step children within a family, or the official name change of an adult.
A commitment ceremony is the celebration of the bond two people share, their public declaration of love and decision to be life-long partners.
Through this sincere expression of love and exchange of vows, a commitment ceremony is an honourable way to proclaim the way the couple feel for each other and can be one of the most meaningful and powerful moments in their lives. A commitment ceremony is often very similar to a wedding and may be religious or secular, formal and traditional or relaxed and unstructured. Both wedding and commitment ceremonies are about the union of two people in love and their declaration of commitment.
Though a commitment ceremony is not recognized in New Zealand as a legal commitment and does not provide you with any legal rights or responsibilities, the ceremony is seen as an ethically moral one. It is an occasion that can be celebrated with family and friends or it can be held privately with only the couple and their celebrant present. Every couple is presented with a personalised certificate of commitment as a memento of this beautiful celebration.
A renewal of vows ceremony is also known as the re-affirmation of vows. This loving ceremony is for any married couple that wishes to celebrate their love for each other by renewing their marriage vows in a uniquely personalised ceremony. This ceremony can be celebrated at any stage of the couple’s marriage, but is often associated with a special wedding anniversary or occasion.
A couple who has experienced a negative event or a strained period in their marriage can then renew their vows and honour their renewed and continuing commitment to each other. It is also the expression of devotion, adoration and love if the couple’s Wedding Day was not what they had hoped for, or their circumstances had prevented them from fulfilling their dreams for a perfect ceremony.
Many couples will include their children and/or special people who have played significant and supportive roles in their lives. These can be members of your bridal party, your family and friends and they can be involved in a special ritual, read a poem or prose or sing a meaningful song. How you plan your ceremony is up to you; whether you wish to reaffirm your commitment and repeat the vows you made to each other in your marriage ceremony or create new ones reflecting upon your achievements as a couple and confirming your ongoing strong commitment of love.