Naming ceremony

A naming ceremony is a way of celebrating your child's birth.

You still must register your child's birth.

Ceremonies can be held at Bristol Register Office or most of the venues approved for marriage or civil partnership ceremonies.

At a naming ceremony you’ll get a souvenir record of the ceremony. This is signed by parents, supporting adults and the person performing the ceremony.

Book a naming ceremony

Book by contacting the Register Office on 0117 922 2800

You’ll need the birth certificates of any children being named.


At the Register Office

The Mayoral Room, Old Council House - 50 guests maximum

  • Monday to Friday: £180

The Lantern Room, Old Council House - 70 guests maximum

  • Monday to Friday: £300
  • Saturday: £400
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday: £500

The Grand Council Chamber, The Old Council House - 150 guests maximum

  • Monday to Friday: £350
  • Saturday: £450
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday: £600

Other venues

  • Monday to Friday: £150
  • Saturday: £200
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday: £250

Contact information

The Bristol Register Office

The Old Council House

Corn Street

Bristol, BS1 1JG

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Notices of Marriage and Civil Partnership are by appointment only.  

Please call the appointment line on 0117 922 2800 and select option 3.

Entrance on Broad Street. You can find an access guide on the DisabledGo website.

  • 9am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. By appointment only
  • 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, evening appointments from 5pm to 7pm.
  • Saturday mornings by appointment only.

The call centre for making appointments is open between 8.30am and 6pm and closes on Wednesday afternoons between 12pm and 1.30pm.


Tel: General: 0117 922 2800. Naming Ceremonies and Renewal of Vows: 0117 922 2800.

Fax: 0117 903 8877