Naming ceremonies are the modern, less traditional equivalent of a Christening, and if you’ve decided on giving your bundle of joy a special day such as this, you’ll be excited at the amount of free reign you have over this celebration of life.\n\nUnlike religious ceremonies, there are no rules to follow and no guidelines to stick by. Instead, you can make it completely unique to your baby and create your own traditions that can continue for years to come. \n\nTo help you get started on planning a naming ceremony that is unforgettable we’ve shared seven tips that you can incorporate into the big day. \n \n\n1)Picture Perfect Invites\n \nJust like a ‘save the date’, your naming ceremony invites should be a memorable token that guests can treasure forever. Using a baby photograph, or even prints of baby’s hands or feet, will create an adorable invite that will melt your guests heart.\n\n2) Set A Theme\nOf course, the most fun part of any naming ceremony is deciding upon a theme that will continue throughout each element of the day. \nWhile some opt for a traditional colour scheme like that of a traditional christening, with creams and golds, the truth is, the option is completely yours, and there are many who have begun to style naming ceremonies in a Disney theme or even the baby’s favourite book characters. Pastel tones are often a popular choice, along with nordic white and green foliage.\nTo help you decide on a theme think about what would mean the most to you and your baby in years to come. Would you prefer something classic or something fun?\n\n3) Let Your Guests Get Snap Happy\nWhile it can be great to hire a professional photographer for the day to capture those memorable moments, it can also be great to have a polaroid on hand to let guests take pictures of their own. This way everyone has a token picture they can take away with them, and you can compile any of the extra ones for a memory book for the little one.\nThis is an ideal way to capture special moments between the friends of the family and the baby, and those unsuspecting shots can often be the best ones.\n \n4) Plant a Tree\nAs we all become more conscious of our footprint on the world, an increasing trend at naming ceremonies is to plant a tree in honour of the new arrival.\nThis can be an incredibly special addition, as each guardian can lay earth around the tree to represent the protection and care they will provide the baby as it grows up. \n\n5) Fill a Time Capsule\nIf you’re looking for a fun way to remember the day with your little one in the future, creating a time capsule can provide you with an exciting way to share the memories.\nRequest each guest to write a letter to the baby in the future, and add any pictures of special elements of the day. Collect it all and place it in a sealed container. You can then place it in the garden with a , or even a flower to ensure you remember where it is.\nThen you can set a date to open it together with your little one on a significant birthday. \n\n6) Make A Wish\nRather than request the guardians of your baby to make promises, it can be far gentler and sweeter to request them to make a wish for the babys future. For example, ‘I wish that you be surrounded by kind souls’.\nCreating a wish book after the ceremony with each guardians words can also be another treasured piece, and can even be created into beautiful type that can be framed in the baby’s room. \n\n7) Give a Gift with Meaning \nWhile gift giving at a naming ceremony is not compulsory by any means, thanking your guests for being part of the day can help to end things on a grateful note.\nTherefore, giving small tokens of appreciation can go a long way in helping others to remember the day and share it with the little one when they grow-up. \n\nRather than give gifts that are trivial, try to give gifts that hold a real meaning to you and your family. For example, it could be flower seeds to grow at home, symbolising the birth of the baby, or it could be a recipe card that means something to your family, so that the baby can cook with your friends and family in years to come.