Our March-April issue is out now

Somehow, despite the festive season being a distant memory, this issue has taken a celebratory spin

We get the party started by mulling over how to transition your w-day look from ceremony to reception. A second dress, adaptable separates, attention-grabbing accessories, or even simply slipping into trainers – the choice is yours.

Our bridal photoshoot lines up modern dresses that are made for shimmying the night away in (and just check out the irreverent neon signs we sourced to help serve some disco realness). For our second fashion story, we focus on cool suits and kilts for the groom – it takes two to tango after all!

A bride eating a cake; two grooms wearing kilts
From left: Have your cake and eat it wearing this sassy Amy King Bridal and Beauty halter dress by Modeca. Props to Make Believe Events for the neon signage and Jappacakes for the cake; Slanj Kilts’ outfits looking mighty fine on location at Òran Mór in Glasgow

FOMO and JOMO – ‘fear of missing out’ and ‘joy of missing out’ for those unfamiliar – have been the acronyms on our lips in terms of venues. For those in the former camp, we have hunted out locations that know how to throw big, blowout bashes, while couples who prefer to keep their occasions low-key will appreciate the more atmospheric, intimate spots.

It’s back to bacchanalian behaviour in our real weddings, though… We hear tales of a bride pulling an all-nighter in the venue’s casino; chat to a duo who married at a former Glasgow clubbing institution; speak to a couple that ditched first-drink fizz in favour of tequila shots; while another pair divulge how they ended their reception dancing on the shoulders of pals. That’s the spirit!

Two newlywed couples
From left: Nina and Fraser treated guests to tequila shots and have the hilarious guestbook messages to prove it. Image by Aboyne Photographics; Becca and Al’s Perthshire wedding culminated in them dancing on their mates’ shoulders with Eilidh Sutherland Photography on hand to capture it all

Talking of which, libations and celebrations go hand-in-hand, so industry insiders spill the beans on canapés and cocktails to covet so you can have a drinks reception to remember. The TTKS team also get to dream up their ideal entertainment roll call. One thing’s for sure: we are ready for the dancefloor.

Avoid FOMO by picking up a copy of Tie the Knot Scotland from selected Scottish retailers or splash out on a six-issue subscription for just £18.