Our November-December issue is out now!

The latest issue of Tie the Knot Scotland magazine hits shelves on 4th November! Santa who?

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As the final issue of the year lands in shops, we prepare to wave goodbye to 2016. It was our first year with our new name, after changing from The Best Scottish Weddings to Tie the Knot Scotland back in January, and 2017 is set to be bigger and better than ever for us! If you’re becoming a Mrs in 2017 then you’ll be equally buzzing for the new year! Make sure you find some time over the festive season to put your feet up and relax. Perhaps with a copy of your fave wedding mag? And mulled wine obvs…

This issue we’re shining the spotlight on curvy brides. While we fully expect to start the new year off regretting quite so many Ferrero Rochers, we’ll always take a stand against the pressure some brides feel under to lose weight for the big day. Repeat after us: at Christmas you tell the truth, and to us you are perfect (anyone else got their annual Love Actually viewing in the diary?). We’ve got the lowdown on the best labels designed for fuller figures, insider advice on shopping to accentuate your killer curves and a shoot featuring stunning Scottish model Megan Gray.

Speaking of shoots, as well as taking over St Andrews’ Eden Mansion with Megan, we also braved brisk coastal winds to drink in the jaw-dropping scenery at Portavadie Marina. Floaty gowns fluttering softly in the breeze made for wildly romantic shots, so prepare to add a waterside wedding to your wishlist!

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From left: we fell in love with the decadent backdrop of Eden Mansion, shot by Alex Aikman Smith; Hamish Campbell’s expert eye brought out the natural beauty and nautical fun at Portavadie Marina

Listen up foodies: we head behind the scenes with one of Scotland’s top scran specialists, Bespoke Catering. Husband and wife team Kelly and Chris share their outlook on wedding food, which is far from the one-size-fits-all stereotypical approach – think sharing dishes personalised to tell your story through food. We’re in!

As always, our real-life wedding section is fit-to-burst with a diverse bunch of Scottish celebrations. From a rustic Scottish-inspired big day set against the ruins in Dunglass Estate, to a glam party at Lochgreen House with an amazing floral wall, there’s buckets of inspiration for whatever you’re planning for your wedding.

On the day, you’ll want to be surrounded by your loved ones. For groom Craig, he had to have the other love of his life, his bright orange Lamborghini, at his side. It could very well have stolen the show, but this gorgeous couple held their own. Dundas Castle was an ideal venue choice for the homesick groom, who works away and photographer David Ho was on hand to capture the stunning views of the Forth Bridges and beyond.

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Photo: David Ho

We’ve noticed a growing number of couples opting for a small-intimate wedding where they can maximise their budget with show-stopping decor and a gastronomic feast, while the inevitability for a guest list that grows arms and legs still means some couples are scrambling around looking for space for 150+ guests. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up our ten fave little and large venues.

We’ve also chatted to four couples who chose a venue close to their heart. Revisiting childhood holiday haunts or university stomping grounds are a fun throwback, but have a hankie ready when you read Catriona and John’s story. They got hitched at the summer camp for disabled children that Cat volunteers at, and got the kids involved in their special celebration.

You might not have a troupe of elves on hand to help plan your special day, but we reckon our latest issue is the next best thing!

Tie the Knot Scotland is available from 4th November from selected Scottish retailers. Why not take out a year’s subscription for just £18?