Our new Spring issue is out now and you can read it for free

The Spring issue of Tie the Knot Scotland shares the stories behind emotional elopements, lines up the dreamiest dresses for micro weddings, takes the pain out of wedding paperwork and much more. Read it here for free

Tie the Knot Scotland Spring 2021 issue montage

With wedding ceremonies in Scotland currently limited to five people – the couple, two witnesses and someone to officiate proceedings – for some, postponing (yet again) will be the only option.

However, for others, weddings this small and free from others’ expectations can be a truly magical thing, as two of our venue case study stories movingly illustrate this issue. One couple eloped to Glasgow, as it was equidistant to their hometowns, while another journeyed from France to fulfil their dream of a Scottish castle wedding – just the two of them.

Elopements at Trades Hall of Glasgow and Cluny Castle in Aberdeenshire
Left: Aoife and Alex eloped to Trades Hall of Glasgow after their original plans were shelved due to Covid (Photo: Paul Budzinski) Right: Irina and Pierre hail from France, but made Cluny Castle in Aberdeenshire home for a few days after their teeny ceremony (Photo: Anna Wytrazek)

Getting official protocol out of the way with limited guests and then having a party when restrictions allow will be something many couples decide to do these first few months of 2021. There are some positives to this: a valid excuse to get dressed up in wedding finery again, for one! Consequently, we asked Scottish bridal boutiques to nominate their favourite dresses for micro weddings, although, if you ask us, even wearing these dreamy gowns twice wouldn’t be enough…

Our fashion section also rounds up some stunning examples of that most iconic of bridal accessories – the veil – and chats to some of the country’s best occasionwear and groomswear outfitters with the specific aim of helping the parents of the couple find the wedding attire that’s right for them. Mum and Dad will thank you.

Dress by Magnolia Lane Bridal and pearl veil by Dillion + King
Left: The short train on style 521095, £795, by Ladybird Bridal at Magnolia Lane Bridal in Peterculter lends itself perfectly to an intimate wedding Right: We focus on the iconic bridal accessory: the veil. Bonnie veil by Dillon King (Photo: Matthew Johnston Photography)

This issue also wants you to ace your wedmin, minus the stress. With dates chopping and changing, it makes sense for couples to get acquainted with the contracts they make with suppliers, particularly when there’s substantial sums of money changing hands.

We dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s by investigating typical venue terms and conditions and running through how to complete the ‘dreaded,’ but essential, M10 paperwork that must be filed with the registrar in good time ahead of the big day.

Bride signing marriage schedule with wedding celebrant, two witnesses and groom looking on
Form-filling and wedmin made easy (Photo: Mirrorbox Photography)

Pick up the Spring issue at larger supermarkets, WHSmiths and selected retailers, read it here for free or treat yourself to a subscription for just £18.­

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