Celebrate the arrival of your new child with a Wild Naming ceremony (an alternative to Christenings and other religous ceremonies) that welcomes them into the Big Wide World.

Particularly suited to families and kiddos who love to wander, paddle, climb and get muddy, a Wild Naming celebrates and encourages their joy in the wild, wonders of Nature! 

With no set form or language, a Wild Naming ceremony is written bespoke to suit your family, dreams and unique story. Expect plenty of joy, laughter, love and a little ad-libbing, especially when litte ones get involved!

I encourage you to hold your celebration outdoors because – let’s face it – kids love being outside! Anywhere you and your child feel free to be themselves is perfect; in the garden, at a local venue or even in the woods.

A small child smiles up at Celebrant Keli Tomlin who is bending to speak to him during his Naming Ceremony by Keli Tomlin Ceremonies


Wild Ways

Gather the folks who are most important to you and welcome the newest member of your community.

The Bestowing of a Name is the heart of a Wild Naming ceremony, sharing the story, traditions and associations of the names you have chosen.

You might also make vows or promises to your child, speaking words of love and hope for their future.

You might assign special roles to important individuals. ‘Guardians’, ‘Guideparents’ or ‘Oddparents’ are those adults you hope will play an important and intentional role in your child’s life. They can make promises, speak vows or simply be acknowledged as part of your family.

Include as many people as you wish into the ceremony itself by incorporating readings, music, rituals and more.


A small child has an ivy crown placed on their head by their mother during a Naming Ceremony by Keli Tomlin Ceremonies



Who is a Wild Naming for?

Children of all ages can celebrate a Wild Naming ceremony; expressing who they are, their place in the World and the connections and relationships they are building as they grow.
You might event celebrate multiple siblings at once!

First Birthday parties can merge with a Wild Naming ceremony, creating more meaning and memories for everyone involved.

Trans and other queer folks can celebrate their true identity and acknowledge their true name with a Wild Naming ceremony.

Adoption can be marked with a Wild Naming ceremony; welcoming the new child and and celebrating the creation of a new family.

Joining families from previous relationships into one big happy one can be marked with a ‘Family Naming Ceremony’







On The Day Of Your Wild Naming…

I arrive in plenty of time and ensure the space is set and prepared for the ceremony we have planned. This can include a cleansing and blessing should you wish and I can provide the necessary tools for this.

I liaise with any staff, family, or friends involved in the ceremony to ensure we all know what needs to happen.

After the ceremony I can meet your guests and answer any questions. I will ensure any items of importance from the ceremony are safely packed away.

A beautifully presented copy of your ceremony will arrive soon after for you to keep; a treasured memory of your wild and wonderful Naming Day!

Naming Ceremony Fee: From £200

(added costs for travel/accommodation may be incurred depending on venue location)

Want to know more about a wonderfully wild day for your Little One? Get in touch here or drop me an email.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Email: info@kelitomlinceremonies.com

Update April 2020 – Please see ‘Booking With Me During Covid-19’ for changes during the Coronavirus crisis.