Our Summer issue is out now – and you can read it here for free

When it comes to planning nuptials, the only thing that should be on ice is a regular supply of champagne, not the occasion itself. If you’ve had to postpone your party of a lifetime, we suggest you pour yourself a glass of the fizzy stuff and pore over our new issue here without even having to go to the supermarket – you can still get your wedding fix…

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and subsequent banning of weddings, engaged couples in Scotland and beyond have been left with no option but to delay their big day, a subject we tackle in our Talking Point piece.

Although many have – with the help of their venues and vendors – rescheduled for a later date, even when they do actually get hitched, physical distancing may dictate that the event becomes very different to how they initially envisaged. Could it be hello Zoom ceremonies (New York State has recently legalised such), goodbye Dashing White Sergeant? Only time will tell.

bride sitting on chair; bride looking out a window
[From left] Sitting pretty in a Sassi Holford gown and Eliza Loves headddress at Broxmouth Park; this Joyce Young Design Studios gown – also from our Queen B shoot – was specially designed for our model Chloé to wear at the Scottish Wedding Show. Images by PennMann Creates
While we all obsess over the c-word, the second letter in the alphabet gets a lot of attention from us this issue. Ballgowns, blush, beading and Bardot necklines are all celebrated in our ‘Queen B’ fashion feature, captured on location at the beautiful, exclusive-use Broxmouth Park in East Lothian. We’re buzzing (sorry!) for you to see it.

Elsewhere in our bridalwear section, we fantasise about dresses to don when the mercury rises, be it for a destination do or a sunny beach reception on these shores. Hey, a girl’s gotta dream – even more so ATM.

When we’re eventually allowed outdoors for more than once-daily exercise, find us shaking off the shackles at venues with to-die-for grounds, as listed in our ‘Catch Me Outside’ feature. We’ve also got some handy pointers on getting married alfresco for 2021/22’s betrothed.

bride with colourful bouquet and groom wearing suit; bride and groom on white sand beach
From left: Emma and Cameron ripped up the rulebook for their sun-drenched, colourful big day at Cottiers (photo: Stephen McLeod Photo); no, this is not the Bahamas – it’s the beach on Eriskay where Stephanie and Stuart married (photo: Maureen du Preez)

Talking of which, some of our featured real-wedding couples got to take full advantage of our country’s spectacular scenery amid glorious weather. We hear from childhood sweethearts who exchanged vows under a canopy of trees in Edinburgh; another pair who married on the white sands of a beach in Eriskay and a duo who sweltered at their Mexican fiesta-inspired do in Glasgow. Arriba!

Stay at home, fire up your iPad and click through the new issue here.