Our December-January issue is out now and you can read it here for free

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the December-January issue of Tie the Knot Scotland is out now! And if you can’t be bothered venturing outside in the winter chill, treat yourself to a hot choc or mulled wine and read it here for free

A montage of wedding images from Tie the Knot Scotland's December-January 2021 issue

After a rollercoaster two years of restrictions, postponements and cancellations, can brides and grooms finally look forward to unfettered ceremonies and celebrations? We don’t want to jinx it, but we’ve forayed into 2022 this issue and we’re excited about what’s on the horizon.

In our trends feature, Scottish suppliers get their crystal balls out and predict what they think will be key big-day themes over the next 12 months, covering everything from being more eco-friendly to fresh ideas for decor.

Cornhill Castle exterior with tree in foreground and wedding ceremony setting at The Biscuit Factory styled by Backdrops and Buttercream
Left: Cornhill Castle is one of the dreamy locations highlighted in our winter wedding venue focus; Right: planner and stylist Backdrops & Buttercream comments that industrial-chic venues and foliage will be big in our 2022 trends article

There’s a joie de vivre about the bridal fashion looks that lie ahead too. Brides will be clamouring after fun and frivolous oversized bows; daring and dancefloor-ready thigh-high splits; glamorous off-the-shoulder silhouettes and romantic removable sleeves if our bridal trends feature is on the money.

We also spotlight some of the most decadent dresses at Scottish boutiques right now in our bridal photoshoot, set against the backdrop of the equally sumptuous Auchen Castle in Dumfriesshire.

A model wearing a wedding dress from Kathleen Richmond Couture and two male models wearing outfits from Slanj Kilts at Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club
Left: This gorgeous ballgown from Kathleen Richmond Couture is part of our ‘Go Big or Go Home’ bridal photoshoot (Photo: Kirsty Anderson); Right: We’ve got stylish suits and Highlandwear from Slanj Kilts and others for our groomswear special (Photo: Hamish Campbell)

Little did we know that when we photographed the latest combos for grooms on location at Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club near Edinburgh, that POTUS would be taking up residence there the week after! I’m sure Mr. Biden would give his seal of approval to the stylish kilts and suits we’ve lined up.

If gingerbread lattes and frost-sprinkled wreaths are your raison d’être, you’ll want to check out our winter wedding venues feature, where we bring you 10 Scottish spots that are even more magical when the mercury plummets. Meanwhile, our venue decor focus suggests how one might decorate nuptials cosily at this time of year – no mistletoe in sight.

Two couples laughing on their wedding days
Left: Real-wedding couple Hannah and Kevin organised a wedding in no time at all (Photo: Aboyne Photographics); Right: From their laughter, you’d never know that Nadja and Mark navigated tough times in the run-up to their wedding (Photo: Kalisterscope Photography)

Our five real weddings are sure to warm your cockles too. We hear from a couple that planned their wedding in just nine weeks and another who juggled house moves, bereavement and a new baby while planning theirs. The bottom line is: where there’s love there’s a way.

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