Our September-October issue is out now!

It’s inevitable: after a period of excess, we’ll always return back to basics. You’ve seen it happen post-Christmas and the mince-pie-for-breakfast indulgence that brings

So, in the September-October issue of Tie the Knot Scotland, we’re embracing minimalism again – and it’s anything but ‘basic’. Take bridalwear, for example. We’re moving away from embellishment-loaded gowns and intricate illusion lace and towards more Meghan Markle-approved crepe, silk and satin numbers with the kind of silhouettes and pin-sharp tailoring that allow your natural beauty to shine through. It’s something we celebrate in our ‘Less is More’ shoot, set in the grandeur of Chatelherault’s immaculate gardens and ornate interiors. One look at Apple Blossom Time’s bonded georgette Hamilton dress on the cover (by Aussie brand Chosen by One Day) and you’ll be sold on simpler, structured styles, heart and soul.

For those fans of more decadent looks, our ‘Victoria’s Secret’ fashion story, set against the characterful National Mining Museum Scotland in Midlothian, looks to the late 19th century for inspiration. Think demure dresses with nipped-in waists, high necklines and elegant sleeves.

Photos (from left): The Hamilton gown from Apple Blossom Time, image by Dawn Marie Jones; Sarah Louise Bridal’s lace gown and cape feature in our Victoriana-inspired shoot, image by Alexandra Roscoe

We’re now more conscious of our impact on the environment than ever before, which has led to an increase in the numbers of people following plant-based diets and adopting ethical, vegan principles. With this in mind, our Talking Point feature asks how this might affect your approach to tying the knot and asks if you can have a truly cruelty-free big day.

Catering and cakes have also come a long way in recent years, and we investigate what ‘New Classics’ you might be serving guests come w-day (haggis spring rolls – they’re gonna be big), as well as what makes traditional bakes so foolproof. Let’s admit we’re all fans of a brilliantly executed Victoria sponge, amiright?

You might even have fewer mouths to feed if our ‘Small and Perfectly Formed’ venue piece strikes a chord. Get to grips with downsized guest lists, tight-knit ceremonies and the cosy, exclusive places that’ll deliver the ultimate intimate nuptials, with only those dearest to you on hand to share it with.

Photo: Alison White Photography

Finally, take your planning cues from our six real life couples, who are refreshingly down-to-earth when it comes to advice for you lot and your soon-to-be happily ever after. We bet you’ll relate to bride Sara-Jane, who slipped into a Topshop dress (‘I didn’t want to feel like I was wearing a costume and not myself’) and threw an unpretentious, sentimental house party for 45 of her closest friends and family. Not even an appearance from the fire brigade could rain on her parade.

The Beatles said it best. All you need is love*.

*And maybe a copy of Tie the Knot Scotland. Subscribe and get six issues for just £18.