BABY WELCOMING CEREMONY
Are you welcoming a new bundle of joy into your family and looking for a beautiful way to celebrate their entrance into the world? Are you interested in a unique ceremony that honors your beliefs and not based on a specific faith or religion? Or, are you an interfaith couple looking to blend your religious beliefs into a baby blessing ceremony? We honor all beliefs and we will guide you toward creating a tailored ceremony for your child that will be remembered and cherished for years to come. Because we know that every child is unique, the ceremony we create for them should be special and original to them.
There are many terms used for the welcoming of a new child into the world. Some call it a baptism, a christening, a baby naming, a baby blessing, or a birth celebration. In the past two decades, baby blessings have become a popular alternative to traditional baptism or christening. They are preferred by many couples who practice different faiths and by families who may not have ties to a church. Many of the couples we married have requested for us to perform a welcoming ceremony for their first child and we have even performed a dual ceremony where we marry the couple and bless the baby at the same time.
Angela & Tony traveled all the way from Japan (where they’re stationed) during the Christmas holiday (explains the awesome red wedding gown) to get married in front of their families in NYC. They had just welcomed their daughter, Arielle, and wanted to conclude their holiday wedding ceremony with a baby blessing as a surprise for the family.
Cheryl & Tom were married at the Yale Club in 2016 and called us last year to come and perform a Welcoming Ceremony for their son Oscar along with the groom’s family who flew over from the UK and the bride’s family from NY.
Denise & Malcolm were married by us in Brooklyn Bridge Park and contacted us a few years later to create a Baby Blessing for their first child Noah that was performed in their home in front of a close, joyful group of family and friends.
We officiated Kelley & Ahmadu’s wedding on the rooftop of Tosca Marquee in 2015 and they reached out to us when they welcomed their first child, daughter Letizia. They wanted to have an outdoor celebration with family, so we had their Baby Blessing Ceremony in a beautiful park.
Sample Reading #1
In every creation, blessed is the new beginning.
In every child, blessed is life.
In every hope, blessed is the potential.
In every transition, blessed is the beginning.
In every existence, blessed are the possibilities.
In every love, blessed are the tears.
In every life, blessed is the love.
There are three names by which a person is called:
One which their father and mother call them,
And one which people call them,
And one which they earns for themselves.
The best one of these is the one that they earn for themselves.
Today we simply give thanks and celebrate all the many wonderful blessings this child brings and do
our best to remember, and be thankful for, the very special role that we all have in their life.
Sample Reading #2
~ “I Am Love” ~
Some have found me floating on the open sea,
yet I cannot swim.
Some have felt my warmth on cold nights,
yet I have no flame.
And though you cannot see me,
I lay between two lovers at the hearth of fireplaces.
I am the twinkle in your child’s eyes.
I am hidden in the smile lines of your mother’s faces
I am their shield as they guard your home.
Some say I am stronger than steel,
yet I am as fragile as a tear.
Some have never searched for me,
yet I am around them always.
Some say I die with loss, yet I am endless.
And though you cannot hear me,
I dance on the laughter of children.
I am woven into the whispers of passion.
I am in the blessings of Great Grandmothers.
I embrace the cries of newborn babies.
Some say I am a flower, yet I am also the seed.
Some have little faith in me,
yet I will always believe in them.
Some say I cannot cure the ill, yet I nourish the soul.
And though you cannot touch me,
I am the gentle hand of the kind.
I am the fingertips that caress your cheek at night.
I am the hug of a child.
I am love.
- Can our baby still be baptized even though it’s not in a church?
Yes. A baptism is a ritual that represents the purification by God and can be performed outside of a church. It is a symbol that is meant to show the love, hope and faith you have put in your Creator.
- Can we still appoint Godparents if we are not religious?
Yes, and for the couple who is not religious, the godparents can be referred to as mentors or sponsors. In a religious context, the godparents are pledging their commitment to support the parents in raising the child and act as spiritual guides to the child at baptism. In a more secular context, a godparent (or mentor) is invested in the well-being of the child. They can offer a refuge and are promising to step in at times when the child needs a supportive adult to turn to. Being a godparent is an honor and a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.
- What is the difference between a baby blessing and a baby welcoming ceremony?
Parents who do not practice a religion will host a baby welcoming and naming ceremony. This type of ceremony is where the officiant will gather information about the parents, the family backgrounds, their beliefs and their ideas which then becomes the foundation of the ceremony. Special songs, readings or creative rituals can be incorporated, as well as vows from the parents (and godparents) if they wish to include this in the ceremony.
A baby blessing is a spiritual ceremony that follows some of the religious rites with some secular elements. This is ideal for an interfaith couple or a couple who believe in God but do not consider themselves religious. A baby blessing will also blend readings, poems and vows made by godparents and parents. There is usually a prayer and blessing for the naming ceremony and a chance for the baby to be welcomed into the community.
- Can we have a ceremony for our adopted child?
Every child is a gift to the world and to a family. We love performing ceremonies for all children and we believe that this type of ceremony brings your family closer together and symbolizes your commitment to raising them and welcoming them into your home and your family.
- What are the fees for officiating a baby welcoming ceremony?
Most ceremony fees range between $300-400 depending on customization and travel time. The fee guarantees arrival of your officiant at least 30 minutes before the ceremony and unlimited revisions to the draft if necessary.
Contact us today for a FREE consultation where we can discuss how we can work together and make a wonderful celebration for you, your child and the whole family.