Our May-June issue is out now!

The latest issue of Tie the Knot Scotland magazines hits shelves on 5th May! Let’s get a peek under the veil…

It’s a debate we’re well acquainted with: is there even a ‘wedding season’ anymore? While May and June used to herald the onslaught of invites to summer celebrations, the growing trend for bagging an off-peak bargain means that big days are booked all-year round. The lighter nights do seem to provide a boost of wedding planning energy though, so capitalise on this new-found enthusiasm by getting your mitts on our latest issue!

When you live and breathe weddings like we do, it’s easy to take for granted the wealth of bridalwear terminology and gown styles that can totally befuddle a newly engaged bride-to-be. We’ve gone back to basics this issue with your need-to-know guide to the most important dress you’ll ever wear. You’ll be fluent in boat necklines and bustles before you know it!

We’re forever championing the flexibility of bridal separates, so this issue we headed to Cambo Estate for a beautiful photoshoot celebrating some of the chicest two-pieces from Scotland’s boutiques. And if you’ve had your eye on the 2017 collections, you’ll know Spanish-inspired design has been big news, so we took over the Mediterranean surroundings of Glasgow’s Arta for our second fashion story.

From left: Sizzling gowns took centre stage for our ‘Flamenco Fiesta’ shot by Jodie Mann; Alexandra Roscoe had all of the expansive Cambo Estate grounds at her disposal for snapping some gorge separates

Getting married second time round can be a touchy subject, but tricky wedding issues are what our Talking Point series specialises in. We’ve broached the topic and asked the experts all about the etiquette, emotions and expectations of making a brand new start. There’s some great guidance, but ultimately – like any wedding, first time or beyond – rules are made to be broken and there’s no ‘right’ way to do things.

Summer isn’t far from our minds, so we’ve dived into the crystal clear waters of weddings abroad. From logistics and legalities to the sun-soaked hotspots that are on our wishlist, we’ve got your sunny celebration covered. There’s even advice from boutique owners on how to get your gown from A to B in one piece and crease-free!

We’d like to think that all the real life weddings we feature are special, but this time we’ve included one of our own. Catherine works at one of our sister titles, Scottish Licensed Trade News, and the whole team loved hearing about her planning process as she organised her special day at 29 Glasgow. The wedding, shot by McLellan Photography, turned out so beautifully that we couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

Photo: McLellan Photography

On the venues’ front, having a weekend-long party at an exclusive-use venue is certainly blowing up. We’ve rounded up 15 of Scotland’s best party pads, and chatted to those in the know about how to plan a wedding that rolls on for an extra day or two. Turns out it isn’t as difficult as you’d think, and it won’t bankrupt you either.

Tie the Knot Scotland is available from 5th May from selected Scottish retailers. Why not take out a year’s subscription for just £18?