Naming ceremonies are secular (non-religious) ceremonies. As with weddings, a number of venues nationwide are able to hold a naming ceremony to welcome your new child.
It's entirely up to you as to how you would like the ceremony to be organized but they usually last about 20 minutes. You can lead the ceremony yourself or a trained 'celebrant', who can help you to prepare the ceremony and lead it on the day. During the ceremony, parents state their love and commitment to their child and declare hopes for their future. You can choose to read poetry, with music playing in the background.
Rather than godparents, whose traditional role is to help guide the child in a Christian life, 'supporting adults' or 'mentors' (who may be friends or family) just need to say that they will be there for the child as he or she grows up and throughout their life in whatever way is needed.
The ceremony, which can be conducted by you or a celebrant, may include an introduction and welcome followed by a reading by you or one of the supporting adults. This is followed by the naming of the child and the parents' promise and promises of the supporting adults to pledge love and support for the child's future.
Naming ceremonies are not legally binding and do not have any legal status, although you may be presented with a record of the ceremony as a token of the day.