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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.

Costs from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024

At the Register Office

The Mayoral Room, Old Council House - 50 guests maximum

  • Monday to Friday: £266

The Lantern Room, The Old Council House - 60 guests maximum

  • Monday to Friday: £729
  • Saturday: £858
  • Sunday:  £1058
  • Bank Holiday: £1052

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

  • Monday to Friday: £892
  • Saturday: £1037
  • Sunday: £1270
  • Bank Holiday: £1263

Other venues

  • Monday to Saturday: £434
  • Sunday: £451
  • Bank Holiday: £542

Terms and conditions

See our pdf Register Office terms and conditions (294 KB)

Contact information

The Bristol Register Office

The Old Council House
Corn Street
Bristol, BS1 1JG

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.

Lines are open between 9am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 10am to 4pm on Wednesday.

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

Email: register.office@bristol.gov.uk
Tel: General: 0117 922 2800
Naming Ceremonies and Renewal of Vows: 0117 922 2800
Fax: 0117 903 8877