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. 

Order your Sample Pack here.

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.

Austenland

 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.

Order your Sample Pack here.

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.

Order your Sample Pack here!

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:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=jane+austen

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jane+austen+kindle+free&sprefix=jane+austen+kin%2Caps%2C153&crid=1O2BC2UXNRG97

Audio:

https://librivox.org/author/155?primary_key=155&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

Also available as a LoyalBooks podcast, if that’s your jam.

Paperback:

Click to view on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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.

Persuasion Inspired Watercolour Wedding Stationery

Persuasion Inspired Watercolour Wedding Stationery

Introducing our Persuasion-inspired Watercolour Wedding Stationery Collection.

“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison”

– Jane Austen, Persuasion

Your wedding stationery needn’t be a wash-out with this watercolour set. Whether or not you’ve waited eight years for your beloved to propose again!

The umbrella scene inspires this delicate pink and grey wash set. You know the one! In the coffee shop, when it’s raining and Captain Wentworth offers Anne his umbrella. *Swooning sigh* I just love this scene, although I don’t entirely know why. Perhaps it’s the umbrella/giant hat combo. Anyway…

The sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece looks hand-painted. I’ve also included a monogram on the back, which is particularly befitting the daughter of a foolish spendthrift Baronet!

Order your Sample Pack here!

The Austenland DVD Is Amazing, And This Is The Hill I Will Die On

Oh yeah, Austenland! One of those rare cases where I, a book snob, prefer the film to the book. 

Socially awkward Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) is obsessed with the works of Jane Austen and fantasizes about the character of Mr. Darcy. She scrapes together as much money as she can and takes off for Austenland, a British theme resort where guests immerse themselves in a romantic fantasy worthy of Austen herself. However, because Jane’s limited funds do not allow as many privileges as other guests, her chance at a fling with her very own Mr. Darcy may be limited as well.

Synopsis courtesy of Google

Sure, it’s not for everyone, but here’s a brief rundown of things I love, and why I think Austenland is a great companion to reading Austen.

Austen In-Jokes

I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that, even if you’ve not read the books, you’re aware of certain aspects of Austen’s work as a cultural tour de force. My favourite in-jokes are the actors who’ve appeared in Austen Adaptations – notably JJ Field, fresh from a turn in Northanger Abbey, and super-excitingly, the actor who played Mr Hurst in the Colin Firth adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

via GIPHY

The Casting is Spot On

Jennifer Coolidge is the star of everything she graces with her presence, and she has all the best one-liners here.

"I am Aphrodite, the godess. Often fickle in my large arse" - Quote from Jennifer Coolidge in Austenland

Keri Russell is similarly a joy (I just love her face) and JJ Field is, IMO, the best Austen hero.
The cherry on top, however, is Ricky Whittle. I love Ricky Whittle, purely because he was in Hollyoaks, which I didn’t even watch. I like seeing him do well.

It’s just Fun

From little touches like an abundance of fake animals, to an unexpected and wonderful homage to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”, Austenland is one of those delightful films which doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s escapism, pure and simple, and that’s what I love about it. 

I did my dissertation on Jane Austen adaptations, (in an early example of my ability to relate anything to Jane) and came away from it pretty jaded and Austen-ed out. 

I watched Austenland for the first time earlier this year. Afterwards, I remember going to sit on my back doorstep with a glass of white wine to think about it. There’s no surprise that I related very strongly to the 30-something Austenite, Jane Hayes, but it was more than that. I was feeling that joy again, that I always used to, when I watched or read an Austen. I’ve always loved romance, and I just felt… happy. So I started watching the adaptations, and re-reading all the books. And that love grew, and I wanted to share it.

So that’s the main reason I started planning Bridal Book Club. I hope that you can discover a similar joy, if you’re new to Austen, or reignite those old loves, if you’ve not revisited her for a while. 

But What About the Book?

If books are more your bag and you’re looking for some easy reading to ease you in to Bridal Book Club, and give you  a peek behind the Regency Romance curtain, then the book is definitely worth a read. The film made some (to me) pretty key changes in the character of Henry Nobley, which I think worked better.

Worth mentioning that Austenland in the book is a GDPR nightmare. They’re spreading personal details left, right and centre. There’s also a glaring gaffe that I, a West Yorkshirewoman, cannot get over, involving someone from Sheffield supporting Man Utd football club. I told DH about this and he was appalled.

But that said, it’s nice, and it’s a relatively quick read if you just fancy something cosy after Christmas dinner. There’s a sequel too, which is somewhat darker a la Northanger Abbey, but still worth a read.

via GIPHY

 

Have you seen the film or read the book? What did you think? Which did you prefer? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Bridal Book Club – January – Persuasion

Meet The Elliots.

Persuasion bu Jane Austen - Giftast Bridal Book Club Month 1

Ah, Persuasion.

With perhaps the second most memorable opening of an Austen book, it’s not immediately clear who our heroine will be, nor our hero.

Are we looking at the redemption of Mr Elliot and his journey to being the husband of Elizabeth?

Shall we witness the sweet love story of the vain Sir Walter who, through a journey of self exploration realises his place in the world and earns the love as well as the esteem of his late wife’s best friend, Lady Russell?

Is it of Anne, and the clergyman she knew many summers earlier, the one who got away?

And here is the blurb, to immediately ruin all the drama I just created… I don’t want to do spoilers in blog post one, so feel free to skip the blurb if you’re new to the book and want to keep guessing. (Although fair warning that spoilers will follow in later posts, and on twitter and instagram. Keep an eye on those for discussion, liberal use of gifs, and artwork progress shots.)

The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. The wife’s brother, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, had been engaged to Anne in 1806, and now they meet again, both single and unattached, after no contact in more than seven years. This sets the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne in her second “bloom”.

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persuasion_(novel)

Whether or not you’ve read Persuasion before, I’d love you to join me in reading. One of the great things about Austen’s work is that it’s all out of copyright, meaning it’s really easy to find free versions. I’ve compiled a list of links below which should sort you out, regardless of how you choose to read.

Free downloads:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=jane+austen

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jane+austen+kindle+free&sprefix=jane+austen+kin%2Caps%2C153&crid=1O2BC2UXNRG97

Audio:

https://librivox.org/author/155?primary_key=155&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

This is a lovely reading, which is also available as a LoyalBooks podcast, if that’s your jam.

Paperback:

 

Click to view on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Just a note that the new Wordsworth edition covers really annoy me.

What doesn’t, Katherine?

Fair, but they’re completely unrelated to the books! It’s like someone went “Ah, we need something to stick on these women’s books, but I’m not prepared to read them and neither is the illustrator! They’re historical, right? Something about love? Stick a corset on it! Now, I’m going to clock off early and go to the pub.”

OK, perhaps not, but still. These covers are pretty but… completely irrelevant.

Rant over.

What next?

Here’s a schedule for what to look out for in terms of watch-alongs – all will be held at 7pm GMT.

  • Thursday 17th January 2019 – Persuasion Watch-Along (2007 version)
  • Friday 25th January 2019 – Wine Night Book Club Discussion 
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019 – Persuasion Watch-Along (1995 version)

Don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics.

I’d love to hear from you – have you read Persuasion before? What do you love about it? Is *SPOILER REDACTED* your favourite Austen hero?