YTD humanist naming ceremony testimonials
Catherine, Bev, Elsie and Teddy – Sunday 7th October 2018 – The ‘Rose and Crown’, Slaithwaite
‘We decided we wanted a humanist ceremony for our twins’ naming day rather than a christening as neither of us are religious. However we still wanted to do something special and to have all our friends and family there to celebrate the twins and how lucky we were to have them.
We had looked on the internet for people to conduct the ceremony and came across Hannah. The reviews were outstanding which sold her to us but it was also really fab that she was in the next village to us, which made it even more special. We weren’t disappointed at all. The whole process was lovely and she spent so much time getting to know us and our stories and allowing us to have all the input but guided us so well, which made the whole process very easy .
The day itself was wonderful and the humanist ceremony Hannah delivered was just perfect and so personal. It felt like she knew us and our family so well. All our guests commented on how well she had done.
We are so grateful for everything Hannah did to make our day perfect and thank her from the bottom of hearts for making it a day we will treasure forever.’
Catherine and Bev
Sarah and Lily – Sunday 26th August 2018 – The Oddfellows, Cheadle
‘I wanted to create a very special naming day for my little girl and I, family and friends – something non religious and very personal to us. I did so much research online and local to us and came across Hannah. We had a couple of chats on the phone and I knew that the process would be enjoyable, organized and personal to us as Hannah has her clients at the heart of what she does. Being a great listener and writer was obviously a great advantage. I worked with Hannah to create a super special day for us. The humanist ceremony itself was perfect, albeit a little crazy with lots of 2 year olds in the room! Hannah even organized us all afterwards to make sure we got the photographs we wanted. I’d recommend her as she is very experienced, kind and generous with her time and works with you to create what’s right for you and your family.’
Naomi, Dan, Nina and Ben – Sunday 10th June 2018 – Limelight Old Trafford, Manchester
‘We had the utter pleasure of working with Hannah on the naming ceremony for our daughter Nina in 2014, so when Ben arrived 3 years later, it was a no-brainer to ask her to be involved again! Her warmth and genuine interest and care for her clients and their families is incredible, and the work she put in speaking to guide parents, coordinating readings, clarifying details and running through proceedings meant the lead-up to the Big Day was wonderfully relaxed. This carried over into the Naming itself, which we were keen to hold within our lovely urban community, and Ben’s guests were bowled over by the intimate and personal humanist ceremony, which was full of laughter and wisdom. Everyone loved tying their wishes on to Ben’s oak tree, which is now flourishing in a windswept corner of North Wales!
I can’t recommend Hannah highly enough. She is a wonder and played a huge part in making our children’s Naming Days such beautiful experiences.
Ria, Scott and Sienna – Sunday 18th March 2018 – Garstang Golf Club, Garstang
‘We just want to say a massive thank you for making Sienna’s Naming Day so special. You really did bring it all together and the ceremony was everything we hoped for and more. We got so many lovely compliments off family and friends about the ceremony, especially how personal it was. Thank you! We had such a lovely day and will always look back with fond memories.
Thank you again,
Ria, Scott and Sienna x’
Gary, Lee and Kayla – Sunday 17th September 2017 – ‘The Spiced Pear’, Holmfirth
‘Your professional manner and the way you took the time to speak to all our guests was lovely!! Thank you so much for your wonderful organisation and pulling all our ideas together. We can’t recommend you enough! I want to do a review for you…where do you want me to write it?! Ps it was a pleasure to meet you. Gary Xx’
Jen, James and Jarvis – Sunday 20th August 2017 – Denshaw Village Hall, Saddleworth
‘Hannah was such an integral part of our wedding and so it was a natural choice for us to invite her back for the naming ceremony of our son, Jarvis. Much like for our wedding, we got a really personal hands on experience that extended well beyond the day itself. All in all, the work Hannah put in made the day even more memorable and special. James’
‘Thank you so much for making yesterday so wonderful, you really do make us feel so special during the ceremony. Also thank you so much for all of your help with the rest of the running of the day. You know us well and know when to give us little push in the right direction, including washing the starchy grapes! We had so many of our lovely friends and family commenting on how much they loved the naming ceremony and how they felt privileged to be a part of Jarvis’ day. I hope you enjoyed the cake, Jen’
Liz, Steve and Robson – Friday 7th July 2017 – Bradley Wood Scout Camp, Huddersfield
‘Neither of us can put into words just how incredible our little boy’s naming ceremony was. The whole process from first contacting Hannah was met with such warmth. The evening absolutely summed us up as a family, we could not have asked for a single thing more. We’ve had a lot of friends and family come up to us and say how brilliant the humanist naming ceremony was and how is really did sum us up perfectly. I would not hesitate to recommend Hannah to anyone who is wanting to break away from traditional or religious ceremonies. Hannah really takes everything you want and makes it perfect!
Thanks again, Liz, Steve and Robson’
Sarah, Phil, Walter and Arthur – Sunday 14th May 2017 – Clough Manor Hotel, Saddleworth
‘Thank you so much for your lovely email. It means the world to us that you think it went well and turned out just as we had planned it. I didn’t feel able to look up for most of the ceremony because I couldn’t bear to look anyone in the eye through fear of contagious crying, so I’m glad you felt that it went down as we hoped in the room. And thank you sooo much for all your hard work before and during yesterday. We had so many comments about how wonderful you were and well, we of course thought so too. Thank you once again and maybe one day our paths will cross again. All our love – Phil, Sarah, Walter & Arthur.’
Kim, Danny and Phoebe – Saturday 25th March 2017 – at home
‘When we first decided we wanted to hold a ceremony in honour of our daughter Phoebe, we weren’t quite sure what our options were, with neither of us being religious. We both knew that a christening or baptism was not something we wanted, however an alternative formal ceremony.
It was after a bit of Googling that we discovered ‘yourthreedays.com’ and instantly liked the idea of a humanist naming ceremony. It wasn’t something we had heard of before.
We made the initial contact to Hannah and it’s fair to day we were a bit apprehensive at first. Upon receiving Hannah’s first email response we were immediately reassured that we were in the right hands. From then on, all communication from Hannah was both professional and personable – we were made to feel at ease about the whole process. When the draft of the script came though, we couldn’t believe how perfectly Hannah had put everything together and it made us even more excited for the day.
The day of the naming ceremony arrived and Hannah was so calm, an excellent organiser and very professional. The ceremony exceeded both mine and Danny’s expectations and those of all our guests as well. Our friends and family all said what a fantastic time they had, very refreshing from the traditional “christening” type ceremony.
We thank you so much, Hannah, for making the day so lovely and memorable for us all. And we look forward to working with you for our future ceremonies.
Kim, Danny & Phoebe’
‘Dear Hannah, It was such a lovely naming ceremony you performed and I know everyone enjoyed the day. Thank you also. I appreciate you helping so that I could make the promises that I wanted to Phoebe. Best wishes for the future, Abbie xxx’ Message from one of Phoebe’s guide parents.
Carla, James and Emilia – Sunday 22nd January 2017 – ‘The Rope and Anchor’, Altrincham
‘Thank you so much for today!!! As you know, by now, I struggle with getting my thoughts down on paper/ my computer screen, but I really can’t express how grateful we both are to you. Emilia’s naming ceremony was absolutely perfect…and that’s Carla perfect!! Thank you for organising everything and making the day run so smoothly.
The humanist ceremony was beautiful and surpassed our expectations. We had so many positive comments about how personal it was, so I think the words you wrote and said really did matter in the end! Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into preparing them. It is certainly a day that we will never forget.
Thank you for everything and you never know…we may see you again if there is ever a second pitter patter of tiny feet!! Much love, Carla, James and Emilia xxx’
Sarah, Alex and Freddie – Sunday 18th September 2016 – the Woodland Discovery Centre, Sheffield
From the first email we received, we knew you were who we were looking for to help us celebrate Freddie! And how right we were!
You were a dream to work with; highly organised, intuitive and patient. When we first read the script, we were amazed at how you managed to craft what we had told you into a witty, loving and ‘perfectly us’ narrative.
On the day your calm and warmth instantly helped us relax and enjoy the day. The delivery of the naming ceremony was perfect and you were unflappable, despite the crowded, hot room and the pacing, football playing baby! The balance of the script was ‘just right’, with some tears, and much laughter. Most importantly, we felt like Freddie’s character really came through.
A month on, and friends and family are still talking about the day, particularly the humanist ceremony. Many, I think, will think differently about planning their own ceremonies in the future.
Hannah, I hope that our paths will cross again one day.
Thank you again!
Sarah, Alex and Freddie x
Hannah, Adam and Seth – Monday 29th August 2016 – ‘The White Hart’, Lydgate
Hannah and I have spent all week talking about what a lovely day we had. All of our guests have commented on how warm and personable the naming ceremony was – and that was all down to you! Everyone said how much they enjoyed your delivery and the occasion itself. We can’t thank you enough!
Adam & Hannah XX
Debbie, Mike and Amelia – Saturday 16th April 2016 – ‘Pointing Dog’, Cheadle Hulme
I know I said it on Saturday but I just wanted to drop you an email today to say thanks again for such a wonderful naming ceremony. It was perfectly fitting for our family and everyone has commented on how beautiful and personal it was. As you know it was important to me that the ceremony should be so personal and that we were afforded the opportunity to tell our story, in our way and enjoy every moment of it – your humanist ceremony enabled us to do exactly that. Your delivery was perfect – even when upstaged by Amelia – the right amount of sentiment and sincerity with a touch of humour.
It obviously goes without saying that I will be recommending you to everyone. 🙂 Debbie
Sarah, Neil and Zara – Saturday 20th February 2016 – Alderley Edge Hotel
Thank you so much. We all had a wonderful time and everybody commented on how beautiful the ceremony was – all down to you. It was amazing.
We can’t thank you enough. xx
Kay, Shaun and Lachlan – Saturday 30th January 2016 – at home
We just wanted to say a massive thank you for Saturday. You just seemed to have everything in hand, even down to printing off copies of people’s readings and our promises, something that I hadn’t even thought of. The naming ceremony couldn’t have gone any better, it was heartfelt, sincere and there were a few tears. One of my close friends said how she was welling up and she thought it was due to your deliverance. You have a lovely way with people and everyone was saying at the end what a lovely ceremony it was and how lovely you were and that you took time to go and have a chat with everybody. So thank you for being so nice, welcoming, making sure everything ran smoothly and for giving us yet another truly memorable day.
Kay, Shaun, Finlay and Lachlan.
Tess, Steven and Olivia – 31st December 2015 – at home
We really couldn’t have wished for any more from today. We thoroughly enjoyed it and so have all our guests.
Thank you again!
Tess, Steven and Olivia
Jane, Mark and Woody – Wednesday 12th August 2015 – Brownhill Nature Garden
Thank you so much for conducting the ceremony! We’ve had good experiences of humanist weddings before -and just love the personal feeling they always have – and you didn’t let us down. Everyone commented on what a nice naming ceremony it was.
Hopefully our paths will cross again – you are now our go to humanist!
Jane, Mark & Woody xxx
Gemma, Gavin and James – Sunday 31st May 2015 – at home
We wanted to celebrate James’ arrival into the world and into our lives and we wanted a non-religious way of doing this. Having done some research we came across the idea of a humanist naming ceremony and we found that this fitted perfectly with what we had in mind. However, this being our first time doing this and particularly with our families being unfamiliar with a humanist naming ceremony, we were anxious about ensuring it was accessible for everyone and provided a meaningful and special celebration of James’ new arrival. Hannah put us completely at ease and walked us through the process of creating a ceremony that reflected our personalities and perspectives on life and hopes and dreams for James. She provided examples of readings and vows and suggestions for symbolic acts from which we could draw inspiration. Throughout the whole process, the relationship with Hannah was very positive and she made everything as easy as possible for us. She was always there to answer our queries and a very thorough professional.
Gavin’s sister who acted as a guide parent for James commented afterwards that writing her vows made the naming ceremony a personal and honest statement of her intent for James and his life ahead.
We are truly thankful to Hannah for helping us to make the ceremony an intimate and inspiring event which brought together our family and friends for a memorable day.
Gavin, Gemma and James
Andrea, Alan and Edwin – Sunday 29th March 2015 – at home
We just wanted to say a very big thank you for today. It was a wonderful service and everyone I spoke to said what an amazing and emotional ceremony it was…and so refreshing!
Adele, Jon and Oliver – Saturday 14th March 2015 – ‘Salute’ at the White Swan, Rothwell
Well we certainly chose well when we picked you to lead our son’s naming ceremony…..what a fantastic day! Having never been to a humanist naming ceremony Jon and I did not really know what to expect, but you guided us through the process with professionalism and commitment. The ceremony was exactly what Jon and I wanted: personal to us, emotional (yes there were many tears of joy during the ceremony including myself), enjoyable and above all so special. I have had lots of feedback from my friends and family about how lovely the day was and we have you to thank for that. So a huge thank you from Jon and I for all that you did to make Oliver’s day so special and memorable.
Adele & Jon
Melanie, James and Darcey – Saturday 10th January 2015 – the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Thank you so much for an amazing special ceremony, it was just perfect. None of our guests had ever been to a naming ceremony and they loved it and many have said they wished they had done one for their children. Thank you so much for your support and guidance in the lead up to the day. I love having a copy of the script to share with her in years to come.
Helen, Simon and Isla – Sunday 31st August 2014 – at home
We are just coming down from the weekend and cannot believe how lucky we are to have had everything go as it did.
Compliments to you on the whole thing too. We were so happy with how you conducted the naming ceremony and I really enjoyed the process of email exchanges beforehand and must admit feeling slightly giddy when I saw your name appear in the inbox!
I hope it won’t be the last time we see you. Look forward to hearing from you again.
Nicola, Simon and Nancy – Sunday 20th July 2014 – at home
We just wanted to say a huge thank you again for the most perfect ceremony for Nancy’s naming day. It was wonderful and summed up all of our thoughts and feelings about our baby daughter and all she has brought to our family.
I think you could probably tell how moved everyone was by the number of people shedding tears!
So many people said how much they enjoyed it and how wonderfully you conducted the event, but most of all how personal it was.
We can’t imagine a more fitting celebration to welcome Nancy to the world. What made it even more special was the fact that you also did our son’s naming day 2 years ago – we felt as though we were welcoming a friend back to our home!
We can’t thank you enough Hannah.
With our very best wishes,
Nicola & Simon
Cheryl, Dean and Imogene – Sunday 6th July 2014 – ‘The Alma’, Sheffield
We all had a really lovely day. Everyone complimented us on what a heart warming ceremony it was. Once again you did a tremendous job of capturing our emotions and delivering them in a sincere yet light hearted way. While Dean and I won’t need you for anymore naming ceremonies, I have a feeling this isn’t the last you’ve heard from our family.
Melissa, Chris and James – Saturday 7th June 2014 – at home
We can’t put into words how amazing today was and how much it meant to us! You made it everything we wanted and more! Next baby that we have we will be booking you in before the birth for their naming!
We really can’t express in words how happy and wonderful it was. But thank you from the bottom of our hearts and souls.
Mel and Chris
Kay, Shaun and Finlay – Saturday 15th February 2014 – Moss Lodge, Rochdale
I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything; for being so proactive in the organising of Finlay’s naming ceremony; for coming up with so many different ideas; for being so accommodating at such short notice; for making us feel so relaxed about everything and for being so clearly passionate about what you do. We received so many lovely comments about the ceremony. It was definitely the best way to celebrate Finlay’s first birthday, we’re both so glad that we did it. And we definitely made the right choice in you as our celebrant. Expect a phone call when we have another baby!
Jess, Scott and Willow – Sunday 15th September 2013, at home, Pontefract
Thank you for your calming influence, your openness to last minute changes and alterations, your humour, the effort you made with our families and friends and for the atmosphere that you created for the naming ceremony.
We wanted all our friends and family to know how important they are to us and that they are appreciated and loved. I think we achieved that.
Willow has been in a fabulous mood all day today, I think she is glad she has been named 🙂
May our paths cross again,
Jess, Scott and Willow XXx
Brad, Kate and Esmé – Sunday 8th September 2013 – Ken Ward Sports Centre, Cheshire
Hannah, It is us who wanted to send you a special thank you. You were extraordinary to work with, and we will be “talking you up” to each and every one of our friends, for future events. For most of our family and friends, a humanist naming ceremony was an “unknown”; to a person, all have responded with glowing comments regarding how beautiful the ceremony was and how it changed the way they would think about comparable ceremonies like this in the future. The impression you left went well beyond just that hour on the day! It will stay with them, and us, for years and years to come.
All the best and we hope our paths cross again in the future!
Brad, Kate, Esmé & Tilda
Christine, Charlie, Edwin and Jessica – Sunday 18th August 2013 – the Deanwater Hotel, Woodford, Cheshire
Thank you so very much for everything yesterday.
We couldn’t have asked or hoped for more. Everybody loved it and commented on how personal and special it was, and how fantastic you were.
It meant everything to me and Charlie.
So thank you again,
Adele, Rob and Bethany – Sunday 30th June 2013 – King’s Croft Hotel, Pontefract
We cannot thank you enough for making Bethany’s naming day so special. Everyone loved her ceremony and that is all thanks to you. Just perfect. Thank you.
Adele and Rob
Calvin, Annrose and Cassien – Sunday 5th May 2013 – The Irish Centre, Huddersfield
Still buzzing from last Sunday! It was amazing! The party was lovely, but the naming ceremony was the icing on the cake! Everybody loved it and as they didn’t know what to expect it made it all the better. So many people have now mentioned it would be something they would now consider as it was so personal and all about Cassien. Thank you so much for everything. It’s crazy to think it’s all over now, but at least we are left with happy memories!
Take care, Annrose xxx
Suzy, Jay and Jenson – Sunday 17th March 2013 – Bestwood, Nottingham
I just wanted to email and say thank you so much for everything you did to make Jenson’s Naming Day such a success. We have had such positive feedback from everyone who shared the afternoon with us and I have to say it was perfect for us!
The naming ceremony itself was so personal and worded beautifully and I can’t thank you enough for how you calmed me down on the day! All the guests commented on what a lovely person you were and I couldn’t agree more.
Thanks again for such a wonderful experience. We really feel proud of what was created for Jenson that afternoon and the memories will be treasured forever.
Rob, Sarah and Pippa – 20th January 2013 – Tatton Park, Cheshire
Pippa’s naming day was exactly how we wanted it to be. It was a lovely, personalised naming ceremony which allowed us to celebrate Pippa with close friends and family. We wanted a ceremony that everyone could be involved in and enjoy no matter what their background or beliefs. The humanist naming ceremony allowed us and Pippa’s guide parents to make promises to her that were both individual and special. Hannah guided and supported us throughout the whole process and delivered a very touching ceremony. We couldn’t have been happier with our choice of celebrant. Thank you so much. Sarah, Rob and Pippa
Claire, Paul, Josephine and Emily – 2nd December 2012 – The Mews Hotel, Wakefield
Hannah created a fantastic naming ceremony for our baby girl that encompassed everything we had wanted. We felt involved and consulted throughout the whole process. I think what made it so special was how Hannah made it so personal to us, giving us help and suggestions but ultimately allowing us the control. From our initial meeting to the actual day and beyond Hannah made us feel special and important because she really does care and throws herself into the ceremony. She is friendly and enthusiastic and when we finally decide to get round to tying the knot she will definitely be the first person we contact as we’d only want the best! Thanks again Hannah. Claire and Paul Xx
Rob, Pippa and Rafferty – 25th November 2012 – Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds
Hannah made our day perfect. She got to know us and made the naming ceremony very personal. I cannot recommend her enough. Pippa
Kate, Dave and Grace – 27th October 2012 – Welburn Village Hall, North Yorkshire
We had a fantastic day, thank you so much for everything. Soooo many people have told us how much they enjoyed the naming ceremony. I think it was new to a lot of them! It was such a relief to have you there and know that you knew how to do things ‘just right’.
Our very best wishes,
Kate, Dave and Grace x
Jo, Dale and Red – 30th September 2012 – The Coach House Studios, Wirksworth
Thanks Hannah. You were great. A true professional and it was reassuring for me to feel you in control so that Dale and I could be with family and friends. We are exhausted! It was all we hoped for and more and so many people said it was such a special naming ceremony.
Minnie was marvellous! You were marvellous. Quite happy to give you a reference although they must be stacking up by now!
Love and Light, Jo, Dale and Red x
Richard, Kate and Freddie – 19th August 2012 – at home in Manchester
Just to say a big thank you for making Freddie’s naming ceremony a big success – I know a lot of people appreciated that you stayed afterwards to chat.
Thanks once again,
Richard & Kate
Kirsty, Neil, Emily and Benedict – 12th August 2012 – at home in Leeds
Just a little note to say thank you so much for performing our naming ceremony. Lots of lovely comments.
Tim, Ellie and Billy – 4th August 2012 – Rotherham
Thank you so much for making Billy’s naming ceremony perfect! It was everything that we hoped it would be, fun, personal and all about Billy and welcoming him to the world. Throughout the ceremony close friends and family were made to feel involved and special; you really made an effort to ‘get to know’ us in the preceding weeks and this was apparent during the ceremony. The delivery and content were just perfect. Everyone has since commented on how beautiful the humanist ceremony and day was. We knew that you were just what we were looking for, after the first conversation; someone enthusiastic, passionate and interesting, oh and patient!!Thanks for making the naming ceremony everything and more that we hoped it would be. Ellie, Tim and Billy xxx
Meredith, Mark, Vaughan, Laurus and Wylie – 3rd August 2012 – Legh Arms, Macclesfield
Hannah was the consummate professional in leading the naming ceremony for our three boys. At every stage of the process, from writing scripts to lighting candles, Hannah made everything easy, fun and comfortable for us as a family. Our day was truly wonderful and Hannah played a big part in making it so personal. Many of our guests were moved by the humanist ceremony and commented on what an unforgettable experience it was. Thank you Hannah, what a gift you gave us!
Meredith and Mark
Gavin, Pru and Isabelle – 29th July 2012 – Rutland
Thank YOU so much for making it a very special day. It was everything we had hoped for. You made a great impression, before, during and after the naming ceremony. We had put lots of thought into the venue and guests etc, and it was lovely to see that it was all worthwhile. The ceremony itself was by far the best bit of the day. Everyone couldn’t stop talking about it afterwards!
Thank you once again
Pru (and Gavin and Isabelle) x
Chris, Natalie and Rohen – 1st July 2012 – The King Power Stadium, Leicester
Thank you so much for being a part of Rohen’s special day!! Everyone commented on how wonderful the naming ceremony was 🙂 We really enjoyed the day.
Natalie, Chris, Eva and Ro-Ro x
Cheryl, Dean and Evan – 24th June 2012 – Mosborough, Sheffield
Thank you for a fantastic day. Absolutely everyone said how heart-warming and personal the humanist naming ceremony was. They all thought it was the best naming they’d been to, and far better than a Christening. Most people even thought you were a friend because you were so natural. For Dean and myself it was just an amazing experience, far better than we could have hoped for. I’ll definitely be back in touch when we get round to baby number 2 :o)
Thanks again for making yesterday so very special
Cheryl, Dean and Evan xxx
Simon, Nicola and Stanley – 17th June 2012 – Ockbrook, Derby
Thank you so much Hannah for making our day so perfect. It was just what we had hoped for and so much more personal than a christening would have been. Lots of people have commented on how lovely it was.
It would be a pleasure to send you a testimonial and some pics. I’ll get something to you shortly.
Thanks so much again.
Lots of love,
The Rs xxxxx
Jon, Alexandra, Scarlett, Jacob and Cameron – 15th April 2012 – North Yorkshire
‘Thank you for the wonderful naming ceremony. We had a wonderful day. It far surpassed our expectations. Jon and Alexandra’
‘Thank you for a lovely naming ceremony, it felt really special.’ Stacy and Tim (guide-parents to Scarlett and Jacob)
Jonathan, Tammy and Martha – 1st April 2012 – Peak Edge Hotel, Chesterfield
Wow! What a wonderful day we all had 🙂 The thought provoking questions from Hannah gave her the answers to write the most incredibly personalised naming ceremony for Martha: Martha’s traits, our hopes for her, what she meant to our family, how she’d changed us all. We enjoyed readings that I’d selected myself and the ‘Little Twinkles’ were able to sing Martha’s favourite song at the start of the service. Certainly a highlight for me! Hannah created a wonderful poem for Martha’s brother to read. We only passed on words given to us by the boys – and there it was! Hannah had promises from all the guide parents, all individual to them. These meant a lot to all of us. She was a complete professional from start to finish. I truly knew we were in safe hands. Hannah was at the venue with plenty of time to chat to those doing the readings, and to make sure the room set up was as it should have been. It was a wonderful experience. We would love to do it all again!!! We would highly recommend Hannah to all our family and friends. Tammy and Jonathan
Micheala, Liam, Evie and Olivia – 15th January 2012 – Peterborough
Our little girls’ naming ceremony was amazing and that was all thanks to Hannah. From the very beginning she made it so special for us as a whole family. Thinking of the script she made still makes me cry now. It was so honest and raw. It had every one of our guests feeling emotional afterwards and I still get compliments to this day on what a lovely day it was even if they had never heard of a naming ceremony before. My cousin told me that now she wants one for her children. But Hannah’s service went much further than just the ceremony. She stayed behind and spoke to our guests which was lovely of her and even though it was the very first time we had actually met her me and my fiancé felt we already knew her because she is such a warm welcoming person. We loved her so much we spoke about her performing our wedding. We would recommend her to anyone that wants their day to be extra special. Hannah gives your day that special touch of magic to make fabulous family memories. Micheala
‘Just for my part I’d like to say a big thank you. As I must confess to a bit of apprehension beforehand about the ceremony, but your kind personality and professionalism soon put me at ease and I suspect also everyone else involved. So once again, a big thank you. Simon’ (guide-parent to Olivia)
Lindsey and Ewan – 27th November 2011 – Derbyshire
Hannah, Ewan’s naming ceremony was absolutely fabulous, perfect in every way and exactly what I was looking for. So many people since have come to me saying how fantastic the day was, so personal (and were emotional still) and are thinking of having similar for their child, etc. There are not many “jobs” in life that bring total pleasure to people and touch their hearts and minds. I love it and I really loved that day. Ewan’s tree is blossoming nicely in the back garden. Reading through the book afterwards took several attempts, blinking through the tears as you can imagine. What people put really touched me and inspired me to continue. It has definitely made me stronger and I’m so excited about the next chapter. Lindsey
Matt, Dwayne, Skye and Summer – 11th November 2011, Southwell
What amazing memories we have of our naming ceremony and our time in England. Thank you so much. It was incredible. Matt and Dwayne
Natalie, Andrew, Leo and Amelie – 10th September 2011 – Fletton
Thank you very much for a great naming ceremony, it had everything that we wanted. Everyone enjoyed the day and all said that it was a nicely put together, personalised service. Teresa mentioned that you put in an awful lot of effort for Luca’s ceremony and that is why we selected you for Amelie’s special day – I’m so glad we did. Natalie and Andrew
Comments from guests at Jack’s naming – 25th June 2011
‘Thank you for a lovely naming ceremony. It was a truly memorable occasion. Carol and Eric’
‘It was lovely to meet you yesterday. Thanks for your help with the promises. The naming day went extremely well and was very emotional. You did a fantastic job! Serena’
Lisa, Barry and Jack – 25th June 2011, West Bridgford
We are left feeling a little sad as our special day is now over, but that is only testament to the fantastic job you did. It was such an emotional day and the humanist naming ceremony was everything and more we wanted for our little boy Jack, all those months ago when we first contacted you. We wanted to opt for a naming ceremony not only for the obvious religious reasons but also so it would be a truly personal day dedicated to Jack. We’re not sure if every humanist ceremony is conducted the way you approached it, but we cannot thank you enough for all your efforts in gathering the information you needed to get a real feel for us as a couple and our family life. It made for a really lovely day and our sadness is solely because it’s all over!!! It was a pleasure to meet you and we’re so grateful for the fantastic job you did to mark our son’s birth.
Lisa and Barry
Teresa, Jay and Luca – 29th May 2011 – Ashton
‘My partner and I wanted to do something really special and welcome our son Luca into this world as he has brought us such love and joy. Neither of us are big believers in God and we never go to church so we felt uncomfortable having a Christening. That’s when I started looking into Naming Days and I am so happy I did. I emailed Hannah and she talked me through every step, making it very easy and stress free.
The day went so smoothly (even though I had come down with a sickness bug the night before). Hannah took care of me and put my mind at ease that I could sit back and relax. Everyone said how beautiful and personal it was. I really loved how the Guide Parents worked alongside Hannah and came up with their own promises to Luca along with our own. Very touching and memorable that some of our friends are now booking Hannah in for their own namings. Teresa’
‘We found you to be a warm, friendly, professional and very interesting person…..and you are so good at your job! We would love to recommend you to friends and clients so please send us cards if you want to. Marcus and John’
Andrew, Katie and Jacob – 26th March, 2011, Twycross Zoo
‘Even before our son Jacob was born we decided a christening wasn’t really for us, neither of us were particularly religious and we didn’t fancy sharing such a special day with total strangers and other children getting christened. We researched other ideas and came across Humanist Naming Ceremonies. They sounded ideal, we wanted something that we could make our day and personalise it for our family. The next task was to find someone to conduct the ceremony, so I went on the internet and found the BHA and there was a list of celebrants. After initially emailing a handful of celebrants, Hannah really caught my eye. Her first email was really friendly and so then we arranged to meet her. From the first meeting we both felt comfortable talking to her and felt that she really “got us” as a family. Over the next few weeks Hannah sent us emails about the script what we wanted in it and generally found out more information about us all. About 2 weeks before the big day we got to see the final script and it was amazing, it bought a tear to our eyes just reading through it! We had both of our mums read a small poem during the ceremony and we had 4 Guardians who all read promises to Jacob as well as myself and Andrew. Hannah really encompassed the spirit of the day and made it funny when needed especially when Jacob was talking over her! At the end of the naming ceremony Andrew and I read poems and did thank you’s, and then out of the blue he proposed to me! Hannah got straight back into her duties, and proposed a toast. She really brought the day together in a way that we couldn’t of imagined. Some of the more traditional family members were very impressed with it all too despite their reservations at first. Thank you Hannah for such a special day that we will never forget! Andrew and Katie’
‘Thank you for a beautiful naming ceremony. We enjoyed it very much. It was a pleasure to meet you. You are a lovely lady. Dee’
Fran, Adi and Milo – 31st October 2010 – Coventry
We decided we wanted to welcome of son into the world – to celebrate his safe arrival, how much we love him and him being a massive part of our family. A day that he could look back upon when he is older. It was a choice of ours to have a Naming Day, rather than a Christening or Baptism, as entering into a religion is not something that we feel that should be done for you. We spent a long while searching for alternatives and found Hannah’s details on a Humanist website as a Celebrant in our area. I contacted Hannah to ask if she could help and she could. We spoke and I explained what we would like and was delighted when Hannah told me how her ceremonies work. We answered Hannah’s questions about us, our son, our love, our families, our values and lives together. Hannah turned the answers we gave into a beautiful script for our naming ceremony. When we read it – it made us cry! Hannah was a great help with suggesting ideas for reading too. On the day, Hannah was fantastic, the ceremony couldn’t have been any better. Everyone had an amazing day! Thank you Hannah for your ideas, guidance and support on the day and before. Fran & Adi
Heidi, Dan and Aidan – 16th October 2010 – Thrussington
‘Thank you very much for today. People have just left the house and the quiet is so amazing you could almost touch it! Thanks again, lots of lovely comments from everyone. Heidi’
‘It was lovely to meet you too. The day was really nice and special for us all. Jo’ (guide-parent)
Kate, Simon, Harvey and Rosa – 11th September 2010, Ryton Organic Gardens
‘We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you…your professionalism, good humour and warm, intuitive manner with people meant our family celebration and naming ceremony was the perfect day we’d hoped for. Everyone said how much they enjoyed it and how well they thought you’d delivered it. We will certainly, and always, recommend you without reservation. Kate’
‘We had a strong vision for the naming ceremony of our children, and from the moment we met her, we knew that Hannah would help to shape and nurture this vision. Her warmth, intelligence and wit made us feel like we’d known her for years, and more importantly that she knew, and cared for us as a family. Her collecting of all the stories, poems, readings, songs and thoughts of an extended group of family and friends and then the writing of the ceremony itself was all perfectly executed and everyone was happy to share with Hannah, even my Dad, who said she was so friendly and funny to speak to. The naming ceremony itself, in beautiful organic gardens, was exquisitely delivered by Hannah; she put everyone at ease and again made us feel special and loved. She even brought the sunshine! Everyone commented on how perfect it was, and so much more than we ever could have hoped for. We enjoyed our time with Hannah so much during the process leading up to the ceremony and the ceremony itself that we missed her when it was all over!! If anyone is looking for a humanist celebrant I would recommend Hannah with a passion…and we would have her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Hannah, for our perfect day. Kate and Simon’
Victoria, Richard and Archie – 8th August, 2010 – Mansfield
We decided to have a naming ceremony over other services as we really wanted a personal touch. We wanted to share the birth of our baby with all our friends and family members in a relaxed and happy environment. After much thought we decided on a garden party and worked with Hannah to create a bespoke day especially for us. The sun shone brightly and the atmosphere was joyful with everyone chatting and eager to see what the day would bring. Hannah spent time explaining the service and spoke about our personal wishes and feeling for our son, something that was so far from the impersonal approach in a christening service. Several family members wrote their own readings and these were worked into our service along with personal vows from us to our son. The service was full of laughter, fun and tears of joy along with serious commitments from friends to guide and support our son through life. Our friends and family talk about our special day constantly and many friends have thanked us for the inspiration to consider naming ceremonies in their lives. I wouldn’t hesitate to contact Hannah in the future for any of the services she offers. If you want a unique, personal and special day for your child then without a doubt you should consider a naming ceremony. Thank you Hannah for everything you did for us and our family.
Victoria and Richard