Our April-May issue is out now and you can read it here for free

Have the lighter nights put some spring in your wedding-planning step? The latest issue of Tie the Knot Scotland will help you manifest your dream big day with romantic dress inspiration, a shiny and bright jewellery special, loads of advice from real couples and all the venues you could possibly wish for

Of all the possessions passed on after a family member has dearly departed, their jewellery is often the most treasured. There’s something about wearing, say, a grandparent’s ring that can make them seem close and provide comfort. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to think that your own wedding jewellery might one day become an heirloom? Our latest edition’s glittering jewellery focus covers everything from how to commission bespoke rings, to a photoshoot that showcases Scottish suppliers’ most sensational sparkle.

Two female models wearing wedding dresses from Kathleen Richmond Couture and a Sassi Holford flower gown from Anne Priscilla Bridal
Left: A snapshot from our jewellery photoshoot, featuring sparking pieces from Diamond Heaven, bouquet by Pretty Little Petals, dress from Kathleen Richmond Couture and floral backdrop from Enlighten My Day; Right: our second photoshoot at Citation in Glasgow showcases romantic tulle and floral gowns, like this Sassi Holford dress from Anne Priscilla Bridal

The photo album is another long-lasting reminder of your big day, so we chat to photographers to discover how they go the extra mile to make their magic happen. They can land mantelpiece-worthy shots whatever the setting, but to give them (and you) a head start, we line up a dozen venues that offer spectacular backdrops for photos.

If it’s more important to find a location where everyone can stay over, you’ll want to check out our roll call of places that offer superb accommodation options.

A bedroom at Cambo House with four poster bed and a bride and groom in the Merchants' Hall in Edinburgh
Left: Cambo Estate is one of the venues highlighted in our article that focuses on places with brilliant accommodation options; Right: incredible wedding images are a dead-cert at The Merchants’ Hall in Edinburgh (Photo: Vanilla Moon Photography)

One of the best ways of finding inspiration and gleaning advice for your own plans is from those who have walked the aisle before you, so nine recent brides spill the beans on the quest for their dress and we hear from four couples about their ceremony choices. 

As usual, we also have a gorgeous array of real weddings, from dreamy, bohemian nuptials that spanned Glasgow and Mallorca, to a sweet, same-sex Edinburgh elopement.

Two grooms from Hong Kong walk along a street in Edinburgh's Old Town and a bride and groom walking at the Mhares Beach Club in Mallorca
Left: Aaron and Angus eloped from Hong Kong to Edinburgh (Photo: Dougi McMillan Photography); Right: Avalana and Derek’s wedding was twice as nice, with celebrations in Scotland and Mallorca (Photo: Paco & Aga Photography)

With warmer days around the corner, we also propose ways to style ceremonies and receptions outdoors, sniff out the sweetest smelling blooms for your bouquet and suggest the best ways to serve up your wedding meal, from BBQs to sharing platters.

Pick up the April-May issue at larger supermarkets and selected retailers, read it here for free or treat yourself to a subscription, priced from £10 for three issues.