Brides planning to step into the shoes of Elizabeth Bennet as they marry their own modern-day Mr Darcy have the perfect excuse to tie the knot in the Peak District in 2013.
For next year heralds the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s evergreen novel Pride and Prejudice, which has both historic and contemporary links with the area – one of the most beautiful and centrally-located parts of the UK.
Austen is said to have based Mr Darcy’s classic country house Pemberley on Chatsworth – whose timeless charms as a popular wedding venue were recently showcased in a prime-time BBC television series.
She is also believed to have transformed nearby Bakewell into the fictional town of Lambton as she penned her much-loved masterpiece – which almost two centuries later was brought to life in the 2005 Hollywood blockbuster of the same name starring Keira Knightley, much of it filmed at Chatsworth.
Now couples seeking an idyllic, easy to reach backdrop and a host of professional products and services to make their big day extra-special have the ideal solution thanks to new and informative wedding web pages launched by Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board.
The micro site is a mine of information, featuring details of everything from hiring a wedding planner and choosing the ideal venue to looking your very best on the big day and booking a heavenly honeymoon.
For full details, visit www.visitpeakdistrict.com/weddings.