Baby welcoming ceremony
A welcoming ceremony can be a very special way of
celebrating the birth of your child and welcoming the new arrival
into the family and the wider community.
It's also an opportunity to declare, before family and friends,
your promise to be as good a parent as you can and for adult
friends or relatives to confirm their special relationship with
These ceremonies are not just for babies. Children of any age
can have a ceremony and you may wish to include your other children
as well as your new child.
A welcoming ceremony is, in every sense, a unique occasion for
everyone to feel involved as they offer their love and support for
your child's future development.
Choosing a venue
Ceremonies can be held in a range of specially selected venues,
which have been approved by Kent County Council.
These include castles, stately homes, town and country hotels,
wild animal parks, civic halls and gazebos. On fine summer days
ceremonies may also be held in gardens attached to these venues.
They can also be held in register offices.
The availability of dates and times of ceremonies does vary
between venues and parents are advised to check.
For details of all ceremony fees, including our terms and
conditions, please visit our Kentish
Arranging the ceremony
A celebrant provided and trained by Kent County Council will
conduct the ceremony.
Whilst the ceremony has no legal effect, the child's birth
certificate will need to be produced before a ceremony can be
If you are interested in arranging a Kentish baby welcoming
ceremony or would like further details please contact us.
An appointment can be arranged at a local registration office
for you to meet with one of our specialist ceremony officers
to discuss your personal requirements.
Commemorative baby welcoming
certificates are available from the registrar.