If Elizabeth and Mr.Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice were getting married in this era, what would their wedding be like?What would the colors of their wedding be, and what kind of...

If Elizabeth and Mr.Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice were getting married in this era, what would their wedding be like?

What would the colors of their wedding be, and what kind of dress/cake/venue?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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While Mr. Darcy is extremely wealthy, both he and Elizabeth have very elegant and practical taste. Therefore, their wedding would probably not be extravagant. It would be simple and elegant. Another reason why their wedding would probably not be very expensive is that the Bennet family's fortune is not a very large one. As we learn early on in the story, "Mr. Bennet's property consisted almost entirely in an estate of two thousand a year," meaning that the Longbourn estate earns two thousand a year from crops and tenants' rent payments (Ch. 7). Two thousand a year was not a bad income for Austen's days, but it certainly wasn't as much as either Bingley or Darcy make a year. Mr. Bennet would have already spent a lot of money on Jane's wedding clothes, plus he had to contribute "one hundred pounds per annum" to Wickham's bribe to marry Lydia (Ch. 49). Therefore, Mr. Bennet would probably not have been able to give Elizabeth a great deal of money for wedding clothes. It would have been just enough.

Hence, if Elizabeth and Darcy were married in today's society, they probably would have married on the Pemberley estate and kept things simple and elegant. Elizabeth's gown would have been elegant, but simple, probably a lot like Kate Middleton's gown when she married Prince William.

We also know that it is fall when Mr. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth for the second time. We know this because the letter Elizabeth receives from her Aunt Gardiner explaining Darcy's involvement in Lydia and Wickham's marriage is dated "Sept. 6" (Ch. 52). Also, we know it is fall because we are informed that Bingley and Darcy have returned to Longbourn for the hunting season. After Lydia departs with her new husband, we learn of rumors that "the housekeeper of Netherfield had received orders to prepare for the arrival of her master [Mr. Bingley], who was coming down in a day or two, to shoot there for several weeks" (Ch. 53). Since it is fall when Darcy again proposes to Elizabeth, we know that their wedding would most likely have been in the winter. Blues are very good colors for winter weddings, and since both Darcy and Elizabeth have such sensible, elegant taste, their wedding colors would most likely have been blues.

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