Welcoming ceremony

A welcoming ceremony is a special way to celebrate the birth of your baby and to welcome them into the family and community.

Who it's for

It's for parents who don't want to have a religious ceremony, such as a christening or baptism, but who want to declare their promise to their child in front of family and friends.

These ceremonies are not just for welcoming babies. Children of any age can have a ceremony, and you may wish to include your other children in the ceremony.

Where you can have a ceremony

Welcoming ceremonies can be held in specially-selected venues across Kent, which have been approved by Kent County Council. Visit A Kentish Ceremony website to search the Kent County Council approved venues and register offices.

Fees and booking

Visit A Kentish Ceremony website for information about fees and arranging a welcoming ceremony in Kent.

Contact us at kentish.ceremony@kent.gov.uk or 03000 415151.