Naamkaran, also known as the naming ceremony or the cradle ceremony, is a very popular event in the Indian culture. This is the auspicious occasion where a new baby is given his / her beautiful name that they will be identified with for all their life. It is a big occasion for new parents and is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and joy. There are many new and interesting ways of inviting your loved ones to this beautiful ceremony.
In this post, we share some creative and innovative ways of inviting people for the naming ceremony of your little bundle of joy. We have also shared resources where you can place your orders directly.
Best 9 naming ceremony invitation ideas
Here, is the list of best invitation ideas that are simple yet impressive to invite your guests for this ceremony.
1. Naming ceremony invitation templates
The once in a lifetime event of naming your child is a very special celebration. To mark this dear occasion, here is a lavender colored half background template to invite your guests with grandeur. It can be easily customized as you’d like and can even be used for any other beautiful occasion like a baby shower or a family party.
Firsts in everyone’s life are special. Celebrate the first ever festive occasion of your own little baby with a beautifully embossed pink baby naming ceremony invitation template with cursive fonts to invite your guests in elegance.
Here is another beautifully designed serene blue baby naming ceremony template with the pink color theme to impress your guests in one sweep. This can be easily customized and is easily shareable.
These templates can be purchased and customized according to your wishes. You can either mail these as digital invites or print them out. Just give the PSD format of the template to your printer and he will do the rest.
2. Personalized Invitation Cards
These kinds of invitation cards work best when you choose to have a private ceremony not involving too many guests and decide on making personalized invites to different groups of guests.
Getting small amounts of cards printed would normally be an expensive affair, but we came across a website Vistaprint that does a fabulous job.
Getting 20 cards printed would cost you just around 180 Rs. They offer different levels of customization.
“Mrs. And Mr. Kumar cordially invite the Shah family to celebrate together the Namkaran ceremony of their new born daughter Saira on 27th of November at (Venue) from 7 pm onwards. Dinner will follow the ceremony.”
3. Video Invites
One of the more innovative ways of inviting people is to send a recorded video invite. This is extremely impressive and people just love the personalized feel it exudes.
You and your spouse can come together with your new born to invite people over for this ceremony. You should keep it simple with basic details of the venue and the time and of course, ask your guests to bless you with their presence.
Alternatively, you can also use platforms like Smilebox which we found amazing!
They give you the flexibility to make invites with a collage of photos or use some of their customized themes or a simple video invite. You can send the video invite through WhatsApp, Messenger or even eMail.
The message could be as simple as “Please mark your calendar for 17th October for the naming ceremony of our little bundle of joy, ‘Aryan’, at (Venue), at 8 pm onwards. It will be followed by dinner.”
4. E-card invites
The E-card invite is one of the simplest ways of inviting people to any ceremony. Just google E-Card Invites and you will find numerous websites which offer you free E-Cards.
The only issue we found was that they were not as unique as we would like. Many websites re-use similar templates for almost all occasions and the options to choose from are very few. Chances are that someone you know might have already used a template you chose.
What we found the best was Canva, a bit more complicated than the others but by far the best in making your invite as personal and unique as possible. It offers hundreds of free templates that you can customize with a single click.
Your invitation card may read as, “Please save the date of 15th of September for our little lolo will get a name on this day. Invitation will follow in the e-mail”
5. Traditional cards
One of the oldest and most traditional ways of inviting people over to naming ceremony is to get personalized traditional cards printed by a professional. This is still used widely by many due to the formal feel it offers. This can be the best option when you are planning a huge event and are inviting a lot of guests.
If you don’t have the time to find a professional locally to do these, we’ve found a couple of options online that are great. Indianweddingcard provides numerous options with the widest selection we’ve seen. Weddingpaperdivas is not an Indian site, but they do ship to India depending on the order.
The text may read as “The pleasure of your company is kindly requested at (Venue) on 12th of December at the Namakaran of our beloved son from 4 pm onwards. High tea will follow the ceremony.”
6. Making Personal phone calls
Making a personal phone call has a bigger impact that most forms of invitations. The downside is that it is time consuming. Choose to call your guests if the guest list is short.
You may say something as simple as “You are invited to a grand naming ceremony of our daughter at (Venue) on 15th January. The ceremony involves a short Pooja at 11 pm, which is to be followed by lunch.”
You can also say something as simple as “Hey! Just called to invite you and your family to the naming ceremony of our daughter at (Venue) on 15th January. The ceremony involves a short Pooja at 11 pm, which is to be followed by lunch.”
7. Group SMS’s or Text Messages
This is one of the most convenient and fastest ways of sending invites. You just need to get type your text out and the invites reach your recipients in no time.
If you have a long guest list and you want to send reminders a day or two before the ceremony, you can opt for services like Bulksms.
If you want something that is a little more elaborate than just a text message for a smaller guest list, you can try Invitd. They give you features like RSPV, reminders and location. Perfect for when you don’t have too much time and want to know how many of your guests are turning up.
An example of a unique text message could be;
“A charming baby boy, will grow up to a great man;
mark your date, that’s the plan!”
You are invited to the naming ceremony of our son,
Date: 14th Nov at
Time: 8 p.m onwards.
The ceremony will be followed by dinner.”
8. Invites with gifts
Some people want this occasion to be really memorable and prefer to send invites with some unique gifts for their most close beloved ones. The popular gifts include gold coins, silver coins, gift hampers etc.
A 10 gram silver coin will ideally start from around 500Rs. We found a website that home delivers these.
You can write something like this on the invite; “Please accept this gift as a token of celebration which calls for your presence at the baptism of our new born baby on 20th February, at (Venue), at 9.00 pm onwards.”
9. Invites with sweets
A lot of people send sweets across with an invitation card to invite their near and dear over for this ceremony. The invite should read, “You are requested to be present on the 15th of Nov, to bless the newborn as he gets a name on this day.”