They will be very British occasions: honour the Queen, meet the local mayor and then retire for a nice cup of tea.
The plans include a new pledge to the UK
That, at least, is what the Home Office envisages for new ceremonies for immigrants who want to become British citizens.
After all, say ministers, doing so is about more than just getting a piece of paper.
A new consultation document suggests that would-be Britons would take a new pledge of loyalty to the UK and observe the national anthem.
Local dignitaries - the mayor or MP, perhaps - would be invited to attend to make a speech and hand over citizenship certificates.
Small commemorative gifts could be presented to new British citizens under the plans.
Schoolchildren might be asked to perform a traditional song or dance to give a local flavour to the events.
And afterwards: "There may be an informal celebration....with light refreshments provided. This would be in keeping with the welcoming nature of the ceremony."
Pilots of the ceremonies are to start next year in Brent, Liverpool, Wandsworth, Oldham, Kent, Cardiff, Telford and Glasgow, with the scheme rolled out nationally in April.
Around 110,000 people become naturalised Britons every year.
Those applying in future will be expected to have "sufficient knowledge" of English, or
Welsh or Gaelic, and pass a "Britishness test" on practical aspects of life in
the UK and its institutions.
A Home Office spokeswoman said the tests will be introduced later.
At present the system, whereby people become British citizens, is conducted by post.
Rights and responsibilities
But Immigration minister Beverley Hughes said: "Becoming a British citizen should
not be about obtaining a bit of paper and a passport.
"It is something to be celebrated, both by those who qualify and by the wider
communities of which they are a part.
"Citizenship ceremonies will enable more focus to be placed on the fact that
citizenship carries with it both rights and responsibilities."
New British citizens will swear allegiance to the Queen as they do now, but also make
a new pledge of citizenship.
They will be encouraged to invite family and friends to the ceremonies, which will include national symbols such as the Union Flag and the national anthem.
Other British music, poetry or songs could also be used.
The ceremonies could take place in register offices, town halls, parks, gardens, or even private homes in some circumstances.
The new "Britishness test" will not include questions on culture and history, but will concentrate on practical information about benefits, housing and using the NHS.
New citizens would have to improve language skills to a level set by the Department for Education.
People can apply to become British citizens once they have lived in the UK legally for five years, or three years if they have married a Briton.