Bridal Book Club – April – Sense & Sensibility

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

Jane Austen – Sense & Sensibility

It’s Sense & Sensibility month!

Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen

I’m going to go right out there and say it. Emma Thompson’s Sense & Sensibility is one of the best Austen adaptations ever made. 

It’s fair to say this colours how I read the book! I mean, Alan Rickman is Colonel Brandon to me. Admittedly, yes, the ages are different in Austen’s original, and Hugh Grant is kind of ridiculous as a vicar but… it’s just so good! So if you’re aware of the film but haven’t read the book, hoo boy are you in for a treat! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

However, if you’re unfamiliar with either, here’s the blurb to whet your appetite:

The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters as they must move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up, Norland Park. Because Norland is passed down to John, the product of Mr. Dashwood’s first marriage, and his young son, the four Dashwood women need to look for a new home. They have the opportunity to rent a modest home, Barton Cottage, on the property of a distant relative, Sir John Middleton. There they experience love, romance, and heartbreak. The novel is likely set in southwest EnglandLondon and Sussex between 1792 and 1797.[1]


We’ll be asking all the important questions in this month’s book club, such as:

  • Are you an Elinor or a Marianne?
  • Is Edward good enough for [redacted], never mind [redacted]?
  • and many more!!!

So without further ado, here are some free resources for you to read along:)

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Here’s another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. Let’s not get into that again.

What next?

  • Thursday 25th April 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion 

And don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub

There are a couple of adaptations, Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson – 1996), an 80s BBC version, a noughties ITV one which is pretty good, and this book by Joanna Trollope which I quite enjoyed. Besides those, there’s also From Prada to Nada, which I stumbled upon on Netflix, and is a fun modern remake.

And here’s a reminder of the book order coming up, if you want to read ahead:)

Giftast Bridal Book Club reading order

Mansfield Park Kraft Paper Wedding Stationery

Mansfield Park Kraft Paper Wedding Stationery

Classic and understated – our Kraft Paper Wedding Stationery Collection.

“I think it ought not to be set down as certain, that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself.”

– Jane Austen

Fanny Price gets a bad rap. Mansfield Park is, what, the least popular of Austen’s novels? Edmund is… not to everyone’s taste, but forget all that! Let’s focus on the positive. The enduring, constancy of love, the quiet dignity of standing your ground because of what you know in yourself to be right. Not bad things to base a marriage on, eh? 

The kraft paper wedding stationery sample pack includes:

Printed on smooth, creamy kraft card,  and double sided for all your extra info. I’ve also included a monogram on the back. Our sample here is a classic black ink, but we can change yours to fit your theme free of charge.

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Bridal Book Club – March – Emma

““I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other.”- Emma Woodhouse

Ah yeah, it’s Emma! 

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma has never been one of my favourites, although that’s sort of the point of her, I suppose. She was described by Jane Austen as “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like”, although the more I get to know Emma, the more I like her. 

If you’re not familiar with the story, and haven’t seen any of the adaptations, here’s the blurb:

Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The story takes place in the fictional village of Highbury and the surrounding estates of Hartfield, Randalls, and Donwell Abbey and involves the relationships among individuals in those locations consisting of “3 or 4 families in a country village”

– Wikipedia

I first heard or Emma when my sister brought home a lovely little hard bound copy in a pale and pastel pink striped slip cover. And it’s stuck with me as the prefect representation of the novel. Because on the surface, Emma is that perfect, candy striped pink. When we first meet her, she’s described as “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich.

But there are these wonderful themes arching through the book which make you question just how lucky she really is. When you get to know Emma, as she gets to know herself, she becomes more human – less Paltrow, if you will! But enough waffle – let’s get to the book!

Free downloads:


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Another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. Let’s not get into that again.

What next?

  • Wednesday 27th March 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion 

Don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub

And if you’re looking for more, and you liked the Lizzie Bennet diaries, try “Emma Approved“.

There are plenty of adaptations, including (and I’m naming these by who played Knightley!) Mark Strong, Jeremy Northam, Jonny Lee Miller, and a 70s one that I wasn’t keen on. And not to forget Clueless with the ageless Paul Rudd (who, frankly, looks younger now than he did then!)

And here’s a reminder of the book order coming up, if you want to read ahead:)

Giftast Bridal Book Club reading order

Northanger Abbey Inspired Stylish Wedding Stationery

Northanger Abbey stylish wedding stationery

Find the adventure with this stylish wedding stationery collection, inspired by Northanger Abbey.

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”

– Jane Austen

Who among us hasn’t gone off to Bath, hungry for adventure, only to end up falling in love with the first man we meet? Don’t get me wrong, Mr Tilney has some great one-liners. If he’ll forgive me for assuming his dad killed his mum then he’s definitely a keeper! Although Catherine learned her lesson, we can’t expect her to give up the Gothic altogether, can we? There’s just a hint of it in what I’m delighting in calling A BLOOD RED HEART motif 😉

This stylish wedding stationery sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous textured card for an extra Oomph of style. 

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Pride and Prejudice Round Up – Bridal Book Club

Happy Valentine’s Day! My gift to you is an enormous blog about Pride and Prejudice and it’s various spin-offs.

How are you finding Pride and Prejudice?

The thing about P&P is, it’s everywhere. So if you love it, and you get to the end and your eyes go misty and you sigh “How am I supposed to carry on, now it’s over?”, then FEAR NOT. I’ve compiled a list of film adaptations, spin offs and P&P-related miscellanea for your pleasure. 

Disclaimer: I’ve not checked all of these out, so these aren’t all recommendations. In fact, if you do try any of these, I’d love to hear your feedback either in the Book Club Group, the comments below, or on Twitter.

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Bride & Prejudice:

What can I say? It’s fun, and there are songs, and keep an eye out for Naveen Andrews, Nitin Ganatra and Indira Varma flying the flag for the Brits, as well as Ashanti making a surprise appearance as… Ashanti!

I last watched this about 9 months ago and I still get “No life without wife” in my head regularly. 

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

I’ve not watched this. Not read it, either, although I *do* have the graphic novel on my bookshelf. When this first came out I was sneering and dismissive, but now I’m older and less of an unbearable snob! So why not? I’ve added it to my to-watch list, and as a fan of Lily James, and Charles Dance I’m all for it.

Ask me about how I once saw Charles Dance walking on a cliff-top in Devon. That’s literally all there is to it, but I can talk about it for *hours*.

Lost in Austen

Ah, Lost in Austen. Now, I’ve not seen this for years, but I do remember that in spite of all my reservations, Elliot Cowan was a surprisingly brilliant Darcy. There’s also a great cast, full of Brit favourites like Hugh Bonneville, Gemma Arterton and Alex Kingston. One thing which stands out in my memory is heroine Amanda Price’s being completely thrown by having to brush her teeth with sticks and charcoal. 

Pride & Prejudice (1940)

My love of Laurence Olivier brought me to a VHS copy of this 1940 treasure, almost 10 years ago. I transferred it to a DVD to watch in all its grainy, flickering glory whenever I choose. It’s.. an odd one.

It’s charming, funny, and awkward by turns, and arguably, it’s Pride and Prejudice in name only. So many liberties are taken with the frocks and the story, but it’s just so *nice*.

One of my favourite anecdotes about this film is that, despite there being no push whatsoever for historical accuracy in costumes, the props department had other ideas. They spent a fortune on original period antiques, many of which were broken or damaged by the completely inappropriate, southern belle-style hoop skirts which kept knocking them over. Ah, the magic of Hollywood.

Pride & Prejudice (1980)

The lesser known and original 1980s BBC Pride and Prejudice. I have to say, I wasn’t a fan. Less faithful than it’s 1995 counterpart, a lot of Austen’s witty asides are given to Lizzy, to be spoken in lengthy conversations with Charlotte about how awful her family are. And they are; Mr Bennet seems cruel rather than funny. 

Darcy is 2D, boring and completely unknowable. I couldn’t bring myself to care about any of the characters, except for Mary. Why? Because she’s played by Tessa Peake-Jones, AKA Raquel from Only Fools and Horses. 

Pride & Prejudice (1995)

I mean. Yeah. Obviously. 

Fun anecdote: apparently Colin Firth was asked to dye his naturally reddish hair dark brown for the part. Clearly, the look worked for him. 

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

This is the P&P which seems to divide people the most? I like it. I like how un-polished it is. To me, that feels more relatable. There’s real mud, and dirt, and pigs walking though the house. And in this adaptation more than any other, Mr & Mrs Bennet actually seem, underneath it all, to like each other.

There’s this wonderful tracking shot which follows various characters through the Netherfield Ball, as all the embarrassments happen and the damage is done. It must last a couple of minutes, and is just magical. It also has an amazing cast. I wasn’t convinced Matthew Macfadyen would be a good Darcy, he won me over. 

Pemberley: Mr Darcy’s Dragon: A Pride & Prejudice Variation – Maria Grace

 I’m reading this at the moment. I’m not really a fan of fantasy, and I’m not that keen on dragons. But I read the blurb, and I just had to buy it! I’m only a few chapters in at the moment, but it’s really well written, and I’m enjoying it a lot.

From Amazon:

England is overrun by dragons of all shapes and sizes. Most people are blissfully unaware of them and the Pendragon Treaty that keeps the peace between human and dragon kind.  Only those born with preternatural hearing, like Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are able to hear and converse with dragonkind.

Pride – Ibi Zoboi

 On my TBR! From Amazon:

Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street.

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

Unmarriageable – Soniah Kamal

 This one is on my wish list! It sounds so good. And isn’t that cover beautiful?

From Amazon:

A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a girl can go from pauper to princess or princess to pauper in the mere seconds it takes for her to accept a proposal. But Alys Binat is resolute she will not marry.

This warm and witty tug-of-love between mothers, daughters and rich, eligible bachelors is a fresh take on Jane Austen’s original.

Being Elizabeth Bennet: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure – Emma Campbell Webster

 Shockingly, yes, shockingly, I’ve had this book for almost 10 years and haven’t read it. FOR SHAME, KATHERINE. But I will, and then I shall update this accordingly. 

From Amazon:

Elizabeth Bennet is the wittiest and most attractive heroine in English literature. And for the first time, in Being Elizabeth Bennet, you are given the opportunity to star in the most popular novel in the English language: Pride and Prejudice.

You will be faced throughout this book with delicate challenges and dangerous choices. Whether you’re accepting Mr Darcy the first time he professes his attachment, deciding to elope with Mr Wickham or avoiding a murderous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, this is a chance to rewrite Austen’s most famous book. You decide who to marry and when. And if you have always preferred Mr Knightley’s sophistication or have a sneaking admiration for the odious Mr Collins then you can marry them instead.

However, make choices with caution: Being Elizabeth Bennet is packed with characters and plot twists to thwart your happy union with Pemberley’s most eligible bachelor. You must complete five stages – and successfully negotiate your way through Austen’s five other novels – before you can choose to accept Mr Darcy. But if the outcome does not suit, simply return to page 1 and create a new Jane Austen adventure.

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

 Woah yeah.

I don’t think I need to say much about this one! Although in traditional book snob style, I preferred the book.

From Amazon:

A dazzling urban satire of modern relationships?
An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family?
Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something?

As Bridget documents her struggles through the social minefield of her thirties and tries to weigh up the eternal question (Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcy?), she turns for support to four indispensable friends: Shazzer, Jude, Tom and a bottle of chardonnay.

Lizzy Bennet Diaries

On my endless to-watch list. This is a 100 episode web series based on P&P, and I’ve heard some really great things about it! 

Death Comes to Pemberley – by P. D. James

 Want to know what happened after the (spoiler) double-wedding, but want it to include murder? I’ve not seen the TV adaptation yet, but I have rad the book. I usually like this kind of thing, but it was just a bit boring and procedural for me. Worth a pop though, and I’m on the look out for the TV series, which I’ll definitely be giving a go.


 I think my thoughts and feelings regarding Austenland are pretty well known at this point.

Marrying Mr Darcy, The Pride & Prejudice Card Game

 What is this? What do I do with it? Who will play it with me? 

From Amazon:

  • It is a truth universally acknowledged, that lovers of Pride and Prejudice want to marry Mr. Darcy.
  • Marrying Mr. Darcy is a strategy card game where players are one of the female characters from Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice.
  • Ages 13+
  • 2 to 6 players
  • 60 minute playing time

Counted Cross Stitch Pattern – by MrsPeggottyArts on Etsy

I bought this on a whim over a year ago because, obviously, it’s lovely. And I want a Lizzy Bennet cushion on my reading chair, because yes, I am the sort of person who has a reading chair. However, it languishes, half-finished, in my to-do pile. 

There is a great range of literary prints and cross stitch patterns on the Mrs Peggotty Arts store on Etsy. This is in no way an ad – I just think they’re really lovely.

Elizabeth Bennet Print

P&P Elizabeth Bennet PrintThis, however, is an ad! If you’ve made it this far through my enormous list, then congratulations! You will be one of the perhaps 2 people who get to see my collection of prints, available through Red Bubble. Click the image for more – there are notebooks, cushions, and good old-fashioned prints available. 

So that’s…. barely scratching the surface! If you’ve any other Pride and Prejudice-based media to recommend, I’d love to hear about it. Every recommendation helps me on my way to my life goal: 

Consuming any and all Austen-related media.

Emma Pink Floral Wedding Stationery

Emma Pink Floral Wedding Stationery

Feel handsome, clever and rich with this Emma-inspired Pink Floral Wedding Stationery.

“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”

– Jane Austen, Emma

Marrying Paul Rudd? Perhaps Jeremy Northam? Johnny Lee Miller? Mark Strong? Whether it’s none or all of the above, show off the union of yourself and your Mr Knightley with this pretty monogrammed set. Done with meddling in the love affairs of others, you can bask in the glory of your own match. 

The sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper,  and double sided for that extra wow factor. I’ve also included a monogram on the back, to give you that extra pop of colour! Our sample here is pink – could Emma have any other colour? But we can change yours to fit your theme free of charge.

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Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery Wedding Stationery

Sense & Sensibility inspired watercolour greenery wedding stationery set

“I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be…yours.”

– Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility

Channel your inner Elinor with this Sense & Sensibility inspired Watercolour Greenery Wedding Stationery set.

If you’ve finally come to an arrangement with the honourable but misguided brother of your not-so-nice sister in law. A handsome, older but devoted colonel has won over your younger sister. Maybe you’re looking forward to settling down in a modestly sized parish with an even more modest income. Hey, this watercolour greenery wedding stationery could be for you!

The sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece looks hand-painted. A6 items are hand-finished with a black bow – this can be changed to fit your colour scheme at no extra cost.

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Bridal Book Club – February – Pride & Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged…

Why did you not do Pride and Prejudice first in Book Club, Katherine? Loads of people love it and it’s probably the best known of Austen’s work. And Colin Firth, Katherine, did you think about Colin Firth?

Rest assured, I did think about Colin Firth. I can’t remember my reasoning when I decided on book order, but we are here now

Pride And Prejudice - Bridal Book CLub

I love Pride and Prejudice. It’s the first Austen I ever read, the first adaptation I ever saw, (Colin, of course), and I must have re-read it more than any other book. It was my comfort when I was struggling at uni, and it continues to inspire me and give me joy every time I return to it. And each time I do, I find something different to love. As I’ve grown, and my feelings towards love and relationships have evolved, I’ve discovered new things to love in the book. It’s the template for so much modern romantic fiction – with Pride and Prejudice, Austen’s impact on the way we see love in modern society cannot be overestimated.

So enough of me gushing, let’s get to the blurb:

Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 romantic novel by Jane Austen. It charts the emotional development of the protagonist Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. The comedy of the writing lies in the depiction of manners, education, marriage and money during the Regency era in Britain.

 – Wikipedia

In the two minutes I spent searching in obvious places for a blurb, it looks like they don’t bother giving you much info, and assume you know what it’s about. To be honest, I thought the same thing, that the story of P&P was part of global consciousness, until I watched the Colin one with my husband. It was amazing. It was all new to him, and watching him journey through the plot brought me so much joy. In addition, he now realises just how much I quote it in everyday life.

So if you’ve never read it before, and if you are coming to the story fresh, I am so excited for you, and looking forward so much to hearing your thoughts as you make your way through.

Free downloads:


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Another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. Let’s not get into that again.

What next?

  • Saturday 23rd February 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion 

Don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub

And if you like thinking about Colin Firth, this excellent Twitter will be just your thing.

There are plenty of adaptations, spin offs and homages which I’m going to be linking to and talking about here on the blog, and on twitter and instagram, so if you love P&P, there are loads of ways to get more Darcy in your life!

And here’s a reminder of the book order coming up, if you want to read ahead:)

Giftast Bridal Book Club reading order

New Freebies – Jane Austen Colouring Sheet Printable

Free Printable Jane Austen Colouring Sheet Pack

Chill the h*ck out with this Free Jane Austen Colouring Sheet Printable. Produced for members of the Giftast Bridal Book Club, but free for all. This colouring pack is just the thing to soothe your tortured soul as you make your way through each of the complete works – I’d recommend giving the Librivox audio books a try.

The pdf pack includes 7 colouring pages. 

  • Jane Austen portrait
  • Anne Elliot – Persuasion
  • Elizabeth Bennet – Pride & Prejudice
  • Emma – Emma
  • Elinor & Marianne – Sense & Sensibility
  • Fanny Price – Mansfield Park
  • Catherine Morland – Northanger Abbey

Download your copy for free here!

I’d love to see your progress as you make your way through this free Jane Austen Colouring Sheet printable. Please post pics to the Bridal Book Club Facebook Group, or on Insta with #BridalBookClub. 

Happy colouring!

Pride & Prejudice Inspired Glamorous Wedding Stationery

Pride and prejudice inspired glamorous wedding stationery

Treat yourself to this Pride and Prejudice inspired Glamorous Wedding Stationery Collection.

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Having rejected his first proposal and teaching him both humility and hope, your affections and feelings have changed! Congratulations on your imminent move to his beautiful grounds. And what does a Darcy wedding need (other than to be a joint affair with your sister and her fluffy beau)? Why, the best and the fanciest invitations, of course!

Silky smooth card is printed with an antique plaster texture and topped with a sheen of gold foil. Super fancy. Only the best for the Darcys! Colours of foil and background image can be changed to fit your theme. Please contact us for options.

This glamorous wedding stationery collection includes:

Sample packs are not currently available in this range.