Our July-August issue is out now!

The latest issue of Tie the Knot Scotland magazine hits shelves on 30th June! Fancy a peek at what’s inside?

Is it just us or is 2017 absolutely flying by? From afternoons in the TTKS office when someone utters ‘no way is it three o’clock’ to snapping the spines on our diaries as we reach the year’s halfway mark, we can’t believe the speed at which it’s hurtling towards 2018. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the pace of your big day countdown, grab a cuppa and pick up a copy of our July-August issue and let’s see if we can’t tackle those planning probs together, ok?

You can bin your crystal ball for a start. We’ll be revealing the bridalwear trends spotted on the catwalk at White Gallery London and a host of other 2018 collection launches we attended back in May. Shoes are in the mix too as we dissect the main themes running through the new styles. There was a collective cheer from the team when we realised there’s never been more covetable options for flats, but there’s still oodles of options if you can’t live without heels.

We were #blessed for our July-August issue’s bridal photoshoots as our photographers snapped sunny landscapes at two lush locations. The verdant gardens at Culzean Castle couldn’t have been a more fitting backdrop for floral gowns to dazzle against, and the tantalising mix of countryside and coastal cliffs at Fairmont St Andrews allowed the daring styles selected for a more revealing fashion story to really shine.

From left: Hamish Campbell was torn between the stunnery scenery surrounding Fairmont St Andrews and the hotel’s opulent interiors; floral gowns and an enviable blue sky were music to Alexandra Roscoe’s ears at Culzean Castle

It’s the first –and most important (soz, dress) – decision you’ll make, so we’ve revamped our venues section to provide even more inspiration and advice. Grab your notepad and prepare to brush up on why weekday weddings are becoming so popular, what venues have the most ‘we’re never leaving’ honeymoon suites and the places to say ‘I do’ that are stunning inside and out. We’ve chatted to a trio of managers who reveal what it takes to make sure your day goes without a hitch and we’ve even bedded down at Craigellachie and Dundas Castle to give a first-hand account on what these fab locations have to offer.

As ever, our real-life wedding section is jam-packed with details to lust after and insight from brides and grooms. Five couples share their experience, including tips like bribing flower girls with chocolate buttons and inviting your four-legged friend along for photos you’ll really cherish. One bride even made her own cake, but as Ashleigh is the talent behind A-Cakes, the eight-tier marvel was hardly your standard DIY effort. Meghan and Thomas’s wintery celebration is a particular stand-out, with Karolina Kotkiewicz behind the lens capturing the pair’s chic styling (think foliage, red rose mufflers for bridesmaids, pine cone place settings and stag’s head stationery).

Photo: Karolina Kotkiewicz Photography

We’ve also been having a nosy at what honeymoon locations are private paradises (no screaming kids bursting your lilo), asking Scottish cakemakers to brag about their showstopping bakes and even trying our hand at some DIY workshops. Forget hot glue-gunning pompoms onto 100 invitations – we were brewing our own beer, tackling calligraphy and trying our hand at making a ring.

Bridesmaids slacking with pitching in on the planning? Don’t worry, our latest issue won’t let you down!

Tie the Knot Scotland is available from 30th June from selected Scottish retailers. Why not take out a year’s subscription for just £18?