Our June-July issue is out now and you can read it here for free

Peak wedding season is in full swing, so let the June-July issue of Tie the Knot Scotland help you plan your own marriage milestone, no matter when you’re thinking of heading up the aisle. We’ve got body shape-based dress shopping advice, groomswear galore, the best Scottish barn venues, a summer beauty special and a ton of real-life wedding inspiration…

Are you about to start hunting for a big-ticket ivory dress (how exciting!)? First stop should be ‘Body Beautiful’, a shopping advice article that gets to grips with what might suit your stature and body shape. There’s also a range of silhouettes highlighted in our sea-inspired ‘Make a Splash’ bridal fashion story, from bold ballgowns to sassy mermaid cuts.

The watery theme continues in ‘The Glasgow Boys’ groomswear photoshoot, set on the banks of the River Clyde against iconic architecture. We also chat to three guys about their outfit choices, opening with a stunning image of groom Jamie in front of a waterfall wearing a kilt he had specially made for his wedding on the Isle of Skye.

A bride modelling at the Harbour Chapel wearing dress by Madison Rose Bridal and two models wearing kilts in front of the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow
Left: This pearl-covered gown from Madison Rose Bridal features in our ‘Make a Splash’ bridal fashion story at The Harbour Chapel in Dunbar; Right: The Finnieston Crane played backdrop to these outfits from Anderson Kilts in our groomswear photoshoot

There’s no shortage of real-life inspiration elsewhere in the issue. We hear from newlyweds who flexed the format of their ceremonies to suit their circumstances, and eight happy couples share their albums and anecdotes with us. There’s a super-organised bride who wouldn’t let anyone else pitch in on the planning; another whose son clung to her leg for the duration of the ceremony; and a pair who made their day as eco-friendly as possible.

Two brides and grooms on their wedding days
Left: Caitlin took responsibility for all the planning when she married Duncan at Carlowrie Castle (Photography: Karen Grier Photography); Right: Lauren and Alex’s wee boy didn’t want to leave their sides during the ceremony. Awww (Photography: Karen Simpson Photography)

As the mercury starts to rise (we live in hope), we speak to beauty experts about getting and maintaining a radiant bridal glow throughout the big day and ask them to reveal the hero products they can’t live without.

One aspect of Scottish weddings that has certainly lasted the pace: the popularity of barn venues. If your heart is set on a relaxed, blank-canvas setting, you’re going to want to check out our roll call of 10 of the best in the country.

The exterior of the Barn at Barra Castle in Aberdeenshire
The Barn at Barra Castle is one of the locations mentioned in this issue’s venue round-up

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