Naming Ceremonies

Naming Ceremonies

Rhondda Cynon Taf offers Naming Ceremonies. Naming Ceremonies are a way of formally celebrating the arrival of a new baby or older child into the family, enabling your family and closest friends to share this happy and joyous event.

What is a Naming Ceremony?

When families are celebrating the arrival of a new baby sometimes they feel the need for a special celebration to mark the joyous occasion by gathering together their family and friends. A Civil Naming Ceremony is designed to meet the individual needs of your family and offers the opportunity to welcome the new arrival into the family and wider community. Enabling parents to publicly declare before family and friends, their promise to dedicate themselves to the child’s upbringing, through pledging their love, support and commitment to nurture the child into adult life.

A Naming Ceremony is an expression of commitment to your child in the presence of family and friends, providing the opportunity of bonding together those special people who will play an important role in the life of your child. It is a unique and dignified occasion providing the opportunity for everyone to feel involved and for adult friends or relatives to confirm their special relationship with your child, through offering their support in your child’s future development. These are known as Supporting Adults.

Naming ceremonies can also be used to celebrate and welcome adoption or stepchildren into an extended family. Children of any age may have a Naming Ceremony - parents may wish to include older children as well as the new child in the ceremony, or they may consider holding a naming ceremony immediately after their marriage ceremony. Whatever you decide a Naming Ceremony is a unique and personal ceremony, designed to meet the individual needs of the family.

Neither the Naming Ceremony nor any Commemorative Certificate has any legal status.

Naming Ceremonies are secular and will not contain any religious references. If you wish to hold a religious ceremony, please contact your local church or religious community.

A Naming Ceremony is an ideal alternative if you don’t feel a religious baptism would be appropriate.

We are not married – can we still have a Naming Ceremony for our child?

Parent’s can arrange a Naming Ceremony whether they are married to each other or not. You can also have a Naming Ceremony if you a single parent. Ceremonies can be arranged by anyone who has parental responsibility or legal guardianship for the child.

The natural mother of a child will automatically have parental responsibility.

For births registered after 1st December 2003, the natural father also has parental responsibility either if he is married to the mother or if he signed the birth register along with the mother. If the mother registered the birth alone, the natural father will not automatically have parental responsibility.

Another person may be given parental responsibility. Evidence of this would need to be produced.

As Naming Ceremonies hold no Legal Status you may not use a Naming Ceremony to change a child’s forename unless you have authority to do so. In some circumstances, it is necessary for the Courts to authorise a change of forename.

If you are uncertain whether you may change your child’s forename, you must seek legal advice before booking the ceremony.

Can we have a Naming Ceremony at the same time as we get Married, form a Civil Partnership or Re-Affirm our Marriage Vows?

It is possible for a couple to book a Naming Ceremony to follow their Marriage, Civil Partnership or Re-affirmation of Vows Ceremony. This may be requested where the couple have an adopted child, when stepchildren are involved or where a couple have been together for some time. The Superintendent Registrar conducting your Marriage, Civil Partnership or Re-affirmation of Vows will be able to advise you further

Where can a Naming Ceremony be held?

Naming Ceremonies can be held at the Register Office, Municipal Buildings, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2DP  or at one of the “Approved Premises” situated at various locations within the County Borough

To book a ceremony within Rhondda Cynon Taf, at either the Register Office Pontypridd or at one our Approved Premises, please contact the Superintendent Registrar, at the Register Office, Municipal Buildings, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2DP on (01443) 494024. Alternatively you can email us at:

We offer a wide choice of ceremony formats, from a simple informal ceremony with just a few guests, to more formal ceremonies with many guests and supporting adults.

Whatever kind of ceremony you may wish to have, our expert and dedicated team will help you plan the ceremony, making it a happy and memorable occasion.

Register Office Ceremony

Small room register office

The Register office is situated in the historic town of Pontypridd in the Municipal Buildings, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd. There are two rooms available for ceremonies. The Register Office sits up to 10 people, and the Evans James Suite sits up to 45 people.

You are of course welcome to view the rooms, at any time, before booking your ceremony. a small non-refundable booking fee is charged to provisionally book a date and time for your ceremony.

We recognise your ceremony should be a memorable and special occasion. To ensure we get it just right, before the date of your ceremony, we would like to meet you so that we can arrange the ceremony according to your wishes.

Ceremonies are held between 9:30 am and 3pm on weekdays and up to 1pm on Saturdays. We advise you make your booking well in advance to secure your preferred date and time.

Ceremonies at the Municipal Buildings normally take about 20 minutes. Guests should arrange to meet at the venue approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start. You are asked to be on time as other ceremonies are booked at intervals throughout the day.


Unfortunately, parking facilities are not available at the Register Office. However, there is a large public car park situated at the "Goods Yard" (behind the Bus Station) nearby.

Approved Premise Ceremony

Your naming ceremony is unique and special occasion and the venue you choose can help make this day a memorable and joyous experience for both parents, children and guests. Our venues offer parents the opportunity to have the perfect day being a reflection of your families life together, offering memories to last a lifetime.

If you decide to hold your ceremony at one of our Approved Premises, you should contact the venue of your choice and make a provisional booking with the person concerned, you MUSTthen confirm this booking with the Superintendent Registrar at Pontypridd Register Office to ensure that Celebrants will be available on the day to conduct your ceremony.

Please note: it is essential that you agree the date and time of your ceremony, with BOTHthe Superintendent Registrar and the Responsible Person at your chosen venueBEFOREmaking any arrangements for your ceremony. A small non-refundable booking fee is charged to provisionally book a date and time for your ceremony.

Once you have confirmed the date and time of your ceremony, you will then need to make an appointment to discuss your requirements with the Celebrant who will be officiating at your ceremony. A consultation fee is charged for this.

You will then receive written confirmation of your booking assuring you of our attendance at your ceremony. In this confirmation we will ask you to arrange an appointment approximately 6 weeks prior to the ceremony to discuss the format and content of your ceremony and to pay our attendance fees.

On the day of the ceremony guests should be asked to arrive at the venue approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin. You are asked to be on time as Celebrants often have to attend other ceremonies on a tight schedule.

Ceremonies may be held any day of the week except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

View details of ceremony venues available through Pontypridd Register Office along with prices and booking information.

Adverse Weather Warning

Certain areas of the County Borough can experience sudden and adverse weather conditions. Although every effort will be made to attend all ceremonies, couples are reminded that it may be impossible for celebrants to attend should extreme weather conditions occur. This situation will only arise in very severe circumstances but you should consider very seriously the possibility that a journey to the venue by Celebrants may need to be aborted and the Council will take no responsibility for the ceremonies if this situation should arise.

Whether you wish to have a short informal ceremony with only a few guests or an enhanced formal one with many guests, our dedicated team of Celebrants will be happy and pleased to help you plan the perfect ceremony for you.

we are happy to offer suggestions on how to make your ceremony a memorable one tailored to your individual requirements, or you may create your own ceremony by writing your  own special and meaningful words. whatever you decide, our experienced and freindly team will help you plan your perfect ceremony.

The ceremony can be written to reflect your needs and wishes as a family. You will be able to choose the promises and commitments you wish to make to the child, grand parents can also make promises, as can the supporting adults you may choose for your child.

Parents sometimes wish to enhance their ceremony further by having poetry, readings or presenting gifts to the child(ren). We have a selection of readings and words available for you to choose from, or you may prefer to supply your own. If you decide to use your own poem then please ensure a copy is available for the celebrant to see prior to your ceremony.

you will need to speak to the responsible person at the venue regarding facilities for any music you may wish played during the ceremony.

Please note:any enhancements chosen, including any music, poetry or readings, must be non-religiousin nature.


(Fees applicable to a Naming Ceremony at the Register Office and at Approved Premises)

Booking Fee- This small non-refundable fee is a separate charge to secure your favoured date and time in advance of your ceremony.

Consultation Fee- This fee is paid to the Celebrant when you come to discuss the content of your ceremony it cannot be refunded if the ceremony is cancelled.

Ceremony Fee- This fee is for the attendance of Celebrants at your ceremony and is required in advance at the time of consultation. This fee can be refunded if the ceremony is cancelled as long as notice of cancellation is received in writing at least one month prior to the proposed ceremony.

Certificate Fee- You may purchase a Commemorative Certificate to mark the occasion if you wish.

Fees are set by the Local Authority. All fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Table of current fees applicable for a Naming Ceremony

Approved Premise Ceremonies

Please note: a further charge is also likely to be made by the owners of the building for the use of the premises.

Making a Provisional Booking

It is always advisable to make a booking as soon as you can. This applies whether you are holding your ceremony at the Register Office or in one of our Approved Premises.

Most venues within the district run a provisional booking system, this allows you to book your ceremony further ahead enabling couples to make all the necessary arrangements in good time.

A provisional booking should be made in writing to the Superintendent Registrar of the district in which you intend to hold your ceremoy.

If you would like to arrange a ceremony, or would like further information then please contact:

Superintendent Registrar, Register Office, Municipal Buildings, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2DP. You can ring us on (01443) 494024 alternatively you can email us at:

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