“Only two hearts in love can bring substance to the pledges and vows made in a Handfasting Ceremony, bringing two souls together for all eternity or for as long love shall last”
“Festival Handfastings are truly my favourite to conduct and be part of creating.
My vast knowledge of so many types and styles od Handfastings,permits me to draw on all my experiences.
As an energy worker and healer (KIHA) I have an intuitive feeling of what will be ‘right’ and many of my words come straight from my heart.”
“Despite the limited time sometimes available to me at Festivals, (to get to know my couples), my ability to empathise with couples enables me to deliver a truly heartfelt ceremony for them.
Time is always given within the Handfasting, for my couples to spend private time expressing words of endearment and personal pledges.”
A beautiful Medieval setting and unique way to celebrate our recent engagement. I love my future husband and having found him I hope that he will be here for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving us the chance to make me the happiest women in the world.
GLASTONBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Glastonbury Music Festival
Each year Glenda attends the Glastonbury Festival by invitation on a Staff/Performers ticket with “Celebrant” printed on the ticket!
A beautiful outdoor space where ceremonies are conducted, can be found in the tranquil Green Fields site.
Glenda, who is also an Energy Healer, can be found in the Healing Fields. She does Energy Healing in the mornings and conducts Handfasting Ceremonies in the afternoons, prior to the start of the music.
Watch this video to get a flavour of festival handfasting
2016 will go down as the wettest Glastonbury festival!
Arriving on the Sunday before the start of the festival cloud9ceremonies were able to set up in the dry but only just!
During the festival, the ceremony space was marked by a large white rope. The area inside the rope became a ‘no wellies’ zone and everybody respected this. By the end of the festival, the rope was muddy, but the grass was still green and standing!
It poured with rain all Sunday night. At the end of the festival, all ‘workers’ in the fields were requested to delay their departure due to the intense mud slowing the exit of revellers.
On Tuesday morning the sun shone and the ground dried on the hill. Our huge van that came to collect all the items that had created such a beautiful space, was able to drive onto the field. The van was loaded in the dry!
It then started to spit with rain and then poured. We were ‘home and dry’ complete with dry yurt and ceremony tent!
2017 will go down as the busiest Glastonbury Festival for Handfastings!
A record number of couples were Handfasted this year in an unprecedented demand for cloud9ceremonies Handfasting Ceremonies in the Healing Fields. Those booking early enjoyed the fun and romance of a personalised Handfasting which also included a Cake and Ale ritual and Jumping the Broom.
Glenda had her first booking immediately after the previous years festival and started a waiting list in January. The waiting list was closed when numbers reached 22, and a disappointed couples list then reached over 45.
2019 goes down as the driest and hottest Glastonbury Festival on record. Glenda conducted the most Handfasting ceremonies ever at the festival, joining the hearts and souls of a record number of couples in love.
2019 saw a change in the way Handfastings were conducted in the Healing Fields…
Several very lucky couples who booked early (prior to ticket issue) were fortunate; not only to get tickets but also be permitted to have a full Handfasting ceremony. This included the Handfasting, Cake and Ale ceremony and Jumping the Broom!
2019 saw the start of a new style of Handfastings.
These new style ‘walkin’ non bookable Handfastings, proved to be extremely popular. They enabled more couples to be ‘joined in love’. Couples were not able to book in advance of the Festival, but this was an added bonus for those lucky enough to book a space on the daily booking sheet.
By the time Glenda arrived on site, she had a waiting list of over 95 couples. The first couple on her waiting list making an enquiry, having as equal a chance of a ‘walkin’ Handfasting as the couple who emailed her on the day the festival started!
Glenda’s beautiful ceremony tent became a wardrobe for her capes, dresses and head wreaths. Needless to say it was far too hot to wear many of her capes! The tent certainly was not required for the anticipated wettest Glastonbury on record. How fickle is our English climate?
The energy and love in the Healing Fields was tangible. She was simply in her element surrounded by love and witnessing such diverse romance in all its different forms. Couples had so many various reasons for being Handfasted.
Many couples celebrating 5,10,15 and 20 years of marriage. Others were committing to be together, while others were celebrating recent engagement, or forthcoming legal marriage, or indeed most recent marriage. Glenda conducted two ceremonies for couples at the festival on honeymoon!
The highlights of 2019 were conducting a Handfasting for two mature gentlemen, a young deaf man who came with his speaking signer and a couple who had become engaged whilst at the festival. The last ceremony of the festival will remain the most memorable. A couple who pleaded with me after my closing the ceremony tent flap for the last time! They did an exchange barter with me! A much-needed foot massage for a Handfasting! After all, Glenda is a big softy and just loves, love.
What people say about being handfasted at Glastonbury…
HERSTMONCEUX MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL
England’s Medieval Festival
The Herstmonceux Medieval Festival is the largest Medieval Festival in England. It attracts visitors from all over the world, to its three days August Bank Holiday festivities.
Glenda attended for the first time in 2017 and is invited back in 2019. Her attendance conducting Handfastings is in great demand. She has a beautiful ceremony area set up in the main Tournament Field, where Handfastings are conducted under a square decorated pole arbour.
Handfastings can also take place in other areas of the Castle and grounds.
Book a Medieval Handfasting
Medieval Handfastings will be available each year at England’s biggest Medieval Festival.
Couples may pre-book directly with cloud9ceremonies for a Festival Handfasting or book a Handfasting on the day (subject to availability) while at the festival. The castle has a civil marriage licence enabling couples to marry legally prior to arranging a full Handfasting Ceremony within the grounds.(check castle bookings)
- A Full Medieval Handfasting will include a Handfasting with coloured ribbons or cords and can be followed by a Cake and Ale ceremony, ending in the couple Jumping the Broom.
- A simple Medieval Handfasting will not include the Cake and Ale or Jumping the Broom.
Other Medieval Ceremonies have been created for festival goers that include:-
- Ring exchange and blessing. This is for engaged couples or those couples celebrating a key miles stone of their lives. A bracelet or gift may also be exchanged.
- The Tying the Knot ceremony where a couple Tye the Knot of matrimony in a simple ritual that remembers their marriage and union. It’s where the expression ‘Tied the Knot’ comes from.
- Oathing Stone. This ceremony is for anyone wishing to seal a pledge or promise one to the other. They may wish to make a promise to each other and by stating it while holding an Oathing Stone, their clear statement of intent or purpose, will bind them to the oath. Hence the expression to ‘set it in stone’.
- Sword and Chalice ceremony for a Medieval betrothal. This ceremony will suit the more theatrical couples seeking something rather different and memorable as an engagement ceremony.
- Blessing Ceremony. This ceremony is for any couple seeking a Blessing on their union. Perhaps they never plan to marry or are unable to marry. A blessing ceremony maybe the perfect special space they seek to declare their love and intentions and seek a blessing of their union.
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CEREMONIES BOOKED AT THE FESTIVAL WILL BE CREATED TOGETHER WITH GLENDA.
Included in all the ceremonies will be a reading, words of endearment and special pledges and vows.
Not included in the ceremonies will be your personal choice of ribbons or cords. These can be selected and purchased from Glenda who will have a selection to choose from in a variety of colours types and prices.
Outside of Festival Dates
Glenda is available through Herstmonceux Castle to conduct ceremonies at other times of the year to suit your requirements.
These ceremonies can be conducted in a variety of locations within the castle grounds, such as the Magic Garden, Rose Garden or Log Circle by prior arrangement.
All planning of your day will be handled by the Castle but the ceremony will be created with you in the weeks and months after booking directly with Glenda.
Fees for private ceremonies will be considerably more and should be discussed with the Castle and confirmed with Glenda depending on your requirements.
we were very impressed by just about everything …We had all come specifically for the Handfasting, which was the best, most spiritual wedding ceremony I have ever attended in my entire 63 years of life…
…Thank you for such a beautiful, magical, perfect day Glenda we will treasure it for eternity
Make your FESTIVAL SOMETHING TO REMEMBER by booking A HANDFASTING WITH cloud9ceremonies celebrant Glenda Procter.
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