Published by Doe Bay Publishing LLC on April 11th 2017
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Miss Amelia Bonnington's wedding to Lord Derrick Brinsley is the most anticipated event of English Society. As an artist and arbiter of fashion, Amelia is sidetracked from planning her perfect wedding by an abduction and an assassination attempt. Can the lady outwit the French spies and still have her fairy tale wedding?
Regency-era Wedding Traditions
One of my favorite Regency topics to research is weddings. Although marriage contracts were primarily strategic decisions made for political alliances, financial gain, expanding land holdings or advancing social status, there was still a great deal of pageantry and tradition associated with ton weddings.
Here are five interesting facts I discovered about weddings and matrimony during the Regency era while writing my upcoming release, A Wedding Code (The Code Breakers series book 5, releasing April 25, 2017).
For many centuries, marriage was not based on love, but as a strategic alliance between families for monetary, social or political gain. Marriages were often arranged when the bride and groom were still children.
Although the popularity of love matches began gaining popularity in 18th and 19th century England, demonstrating passion for one’s spouse was considered déclassé.
Almack’s, a London social club, became one of the most prominent “marriage marts” of Regency England. Debutantes, who once sought to be presented at the King’s court, vied for vouchers from Almack’s patronesses so they could be presented there instead.
Regency brides did not commission gowns exclusively for their wedding. Most gowns were re-worn. Although any color or pattern was acceptable, blue, white, silver and light-colored hues were most popular. Instead, many brides cherished their wedding shoes as treasured keepsakes.
Brides were given a wedding ring during the wedding ceremony, but men did not wear wedding rings.
Jacki is giving away a digital copy of A Wedding Code to one (1) lucky commenter.
She is curious….
What is your favorite contemporary or Regency-era wedding tradition?
~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
Annabel and Derrick are a delightful couple that balance each other and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses in each other. Annabel is caring and has the life experience to be able to “handle” the strong, protective Derrick. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty, but has the eye of an artist. Derrick likes that Annabel is no wilting flower and he is looking forward to their life together.
Once again Ms Delecki delivers strong characters, intrigue and sprinkles of humor. This was a pleasant visit with some old friends and a couple of fiends that also serves to bridge to more stories, adventure and intrigue. A WEDDING CODE helped to bring down a villain we have disliked from the start of the series. While it did not completely eliminate him, I think it has made him more dangerous, which from this reader’s standpoint is fantastic- oh the havoc he can wreak! Ms Delecki has the ability to weave this villain into fabulous stories that have never disappointed. We have also been given a glimpse into a new future romance. I look forward to seeing where Ms Delecki takes us in this series, the loose ends have me wringing my hands in anticipated glee!