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Our wonderful climate & a large choice of venues make outdoor weddings & naming ceremonies popular in this area. Council parks, beaches, National Parks & Botanical Gardens are amongst the choices. You will find details of many locations in this site & on my blog are pictures of weddings & namings I have coducted at locations throughout the Clarence Valley & Coffs Harbour Coast Areas.

The interwoven continuous lines of the Celtic love knot symbolise the eternity of love and the journey of two lovers through life together.

Naming Ceremony Music

Choosing the Music

AThe choice of ceremony music is a very personal one. parents choose their special music for different reasons. For some the lyrics have a special message, frequently a promise to the child or the track may have sentimental significance. Soft chamber music can be played in the background to provide an elegant ambience. A selected peice of music can herald the party's arrival or an uplifting selection can project a sense of celebration at the ceremony's end. Whatever the choice, music adds greatly to the occasion. Myself or your chosen celebrant can help you integrate your chosen music into the naming ceremony.

Suggested Naming Ceremony Music

My list below is a collection of 50 or so music titles that has been used at some of my naming ceremonies, I hope this list may provide some inspiration for your personal selections. You can hear a 30 second APRA compliant sampler of each title. I can also provide lists of suitable classical, traditional & religious music. I have included track duration to help with planning, to sample a track click the track title for the track you would like to hear, you can either let the player automatically advance to the next track or you can click another.

Title Artist Duration
All Things Bright and Bautiful  Katherine Jenkins  3:06
Amazed Lonestar  4:00
At Last  Etta James  3:35
Away In A Manger  Casting Crowns 3:36
Baby Baby Amy Grant  3:55
The Lullaby Carol Welsman 3:26
Baby Love  Diana Ross and the Supremes  2:37
Beautiful boy  John Lennon  4:01
Beautiful Child  Eurythmics  3:27
Butterfly Delta Goodrem 
Butterfly Kisses  Bob Carlisle 
Close to You  The Carpenters 
For Your Babies  Simply Red 
Forever Young  Rod Stewart 
Gravity Embrace 
Hello My Baby  Ladysmith Black Mambazo 
I knew I loved You  Savage Garden 
If I Could Nancy Wilson
In My Arms  Plumb 
In My Daughter's Eyes Martina McBride 
Isn't she lovely  Stevie Wonder 
L'après-midi d'un faune  Debussy 
Le Loup, La Biche et le Chavalier Henri Salvador
Little Ray of Sunshine  Brian Cadd 
Little Star  Madonna.
Lullaby Johannes Brahms 
Lullaby from the ‘Dolly’ Suite  Fauré 
Miracle Celine Dion 
Morning has Broken  Cat Stevens 
My Little Girl  Tim McGraw 
Peaceful Face  Hue and Cry 
Pure Lightning Seeds
She Elvis Costello 
She Makes a Sound  Hue and Cry 
Sleeping Child Michael Learns To Rock 3:32
Smile Uncle Cracker 3:22
Songbird Eva Cassidy  3:43
Sorcerer’s Apprentice  Dukas 
Spring Four Seasons by Vivaldi 
Summertime Ella Fitzgerald
Sweetest Little Fellow  Paul Robeson
The day (that you gave me a son) Babyface 
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  Roberta Flack
The Power of Love  Frankie
Unto us a child is born Messiah by Handel 
Variations on a Nursery Tune  Dohnányi 
Waiting for a Star to Fall Boy Meets Girl
Welcome to the World  Kevin Rudolf 
What A Wonderful World  Louis Armstrong 
With Arms Wide Open  Creed
You are the sunshine of my life Stevie Wonder 
You Gotta Be  Des'ree

The 1998 Celine Dion CD Miracle provides a delightful soundtrack to the Anne Geddes' pictorial book celebrating the joy of babies.

Tracks on the album include remakes of John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy",
Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", Johannes Brahms "Brahms' Lullaby", Nancy Wilson's "If I Could," Henri Salvador's "Le loup, la biche et le chevalier (une chanson douce)," and Carol Welsman's "Baby Close Your Eyes." All of these are included in my list above, I have used them all.

The album truly does celebrate the joy of babies, I recommend it as perfect music for the post naming ceremony celebration.

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Music for a Naming Ceremony

Music is an integral part of a modern non-religious naming ceremony. It entertains the guests while they are assembling & waiting, it heralds the arrival of the parents & children, music provides background ambience, the ceremony progress is synchonised to the musical selections, carefully chosen music sets the atmosphere for the day.


APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association has advised me that music used at naming ceremonies is considered an extension of domestic use & as such does not require copyright consideration or performance licensing.