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If the thought of a cookie cutter wedding makes you shudder, set your sights on the latest edition of Tie the Knot Scotland, which revels in the unconventional and celebrates those who like to do things a little differently

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First up, we head to Broadscope Studios for our ‘Kitsch gets Cool’ bridal fashion story, where off-kilter details like oversized bows, sculpted frills, lacy tiers and polka dots take centre stage (alongside stylish set dressing from Frill Factory and bounteous blooms by Flowers Vermilion and Diamonds Design). Once derided as ‘twee’, these dress styles now head up 2019’s most covetable trends.

Bridal gowns from Pan Pan Bridal and Diane Honeyman
From left: we are totally dotty about Pan Pan Bridal‘s polka dot gown and colourful bouquet by Flowers Vermilion, photographed by Hamish Campbell; our curvy shoot features this beautiful Diane Honeyman gown, on location at Riddle’s Court in Edinburgh

Elsewhere in our fashion section, we focus on body positivity, as boutiques offer advice on successful shopping no matter what your dress size, and – for the second of our shoots – we capture pretty, curve-flattering gowns against the historic backdrop of Riddle’s Court in Edinburgh.

A reception in a hotel function suite just not your bag? Then delve into our ‘Weird and Wonderful’ feature, which lines up some of Scotland’s quirkier big-day locales, from gypsy caravans to lighthouses. We also champion ceremony-only venues and present some of the country’s grandest staircases. Just imagine the resulting photographs.

Real weddings by Colin Ross Photography and Cookie Dalloway
From left: Photographer Eilidh Sutherland tied the knot to Lloyd in her neighbour’s field, photography  by Colin Ross; Cookie Dalloway Photography headed to Cambo Estate to shoot Michelle and Stephen’s wedding – how cool is the bride’s self-dyed skirt?

And if your inspiration well is running dry, stock up on planning wisdom with our real weddings. Alongside a tale of a dyed-at-home dress and a toastie station instead of a reception buffet, we meet four industry insiders who themselves recently got hitched. One didn’t bother with a bricks-and-mortar setting (instead borrowing a neighbour’s field), while another did such a sterling job organising her big day that she ended up with a job at the venue.

Pick up a copy of Tie the Knot Scotland from selected Scottish retailers or treat yourself to a six-issue subscription for just £18.