NOVEL WAYS TO WED UNVEILED AS NEW PEAK WEB PAGES PREVIEW AUSTEN CLASSIC’S 200TH BIRTHDAY

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.

There are also plenty of ideas and inspiration to help plan stag and hen parties, jewellery and wedding wear, marquee hire, catering, cakes, hair and beauty, photography, entertainment and much more.

Forthcoming wedding-related events and fairs are listed, and there are lots of invaluable details about the legal aspects of marriage to make sure the big day is memorable for all the right reasons.

“Before we planned the pages, we canvassed the opinions of couples who had recently arranged their wedding in the Peak District, and the overwhelming feedback was that a ‘one stop shop’ to help source quality local services and suppliers would save a lot of time, trouble and stress,” said David Thornton, Head of Marketing and Deputy Chief Executive at the tourist board.

“Our new web pages are specifically designed to simplify the process, and to reveal what a superb place this is for hosting a romantic day to remember. Not only do we have a huge variety of venues, ranging from classic country house hotels to chic, contemporary city locations, we’re right at the centre of the country – very conveniently located and easy for couples, their families and friends to reach.

“What better setting could you have than the Peak District’s glorious countryside for the best possible start to married life? And it’s a great opportunity for local suppliers to promote their services to couples at home and abroad, giving both their businesses and the local economy a welcome boost.”

Kay Rotchford, Wedding and Event Manager at Chatsworth, added: “We had a wonderful response after BBC TV’s recent Chatsworth documentary and have been inundated with wedding enquiries for 2013 and 2014.

“Lots of brides and grooms have been inspired by the Pride and Prejudice wedding shoot that was featured in the series, so we are expecting to see a few Lizzie Bennets and Mr Darcys walking down the aisle next year.

“The shoot was great fun to be involved in and showcased our fabulous venue, as well as some of the amazing wedding suppliers we work with.”

For full details, visit www.visitpeakdistrict.com/weddings or follow us on Twitter @peakweddings. Wedding suppliers keen to advertise on the web pages are invited to contact Wedding Planner Helen Critchlow on 01246 212924 ext 2591 or at helen.critchlow@visitpeakdistrict.com.

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Note to News Editors

A high resolution image from the Pride and Prejudice themed photo shoot at Chatsworth is attached. Caption: Chatsworth’s own Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, captured on film during a weddings brochure photo shoot that appeared in a prime-time BBC television series earlier this year. Credit: Shoot Lifestyle Photography, www.shoot-lifestyle.co.uk.

Visit Peak District & Derbyshire – the area’s official tourist board – works with VisitBritain, VisitEngland, Derbyshire County Council, all local authorities in the Peak District and Derbyshire, tourism business partners and surrounding tourism organisations that share the Peak District. It is committed to the successful and sustainable development of tourism.

For further details, visit www.visitpeakdistrict.com or contact Janette Sykes, PR Manager, on 07792 924839 or at janette.sykes@visitpeakdistrict.com.

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