Anticipation and excitement have been building for weeks, with speculation and rumours and little snippets of information about the big day and how it will unfold. However, the wait is finally over, and the fairy-tale wedding is due to take place this Saturday. Prince Harry will marry American actress, Meghan Markle, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, and the blushing bride is set to wear a hand-stitched gown by London-based Australian fashion designers, Ralph & Rosso.

In a way, the royal nuptials mark the start of the 2018 wedding season and with a flurry of invitations falling through your letterbox, it’s time to start thinking about what to wear. When shopping for wedding outfits, the most important thing to remember is that you must not distract from the bride. Of course, you want to look stylish and it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. But try not to draw attention and remember that all-important number one rule; do not, under any circumstances, wear white!

Here at OD’s, we recommend using the wedding invitation as a guide. If the invitation is worded formally, it’s probably a good idea to go for something formal. If it’s fun and light-hearted, perhaps something casual would be better. If it has a floral theme, choose a floral pattern. If it features bright colours, opt for a lively and colourful outfit. You get the gist. Think about the venue and the time of year and check out our highlights of the season below. Our website features a plethora of wedding appropriate attire, and here we have picked out just a few of our favourite summer wedding outfits for men, women, and children:

Wedding Outfits for the Best “Dressed” Man

Whether you’re a friend of the groom or a reluctant plus one, choosing a wedding outfit can be a bit of a minefield for a man. It’s important that you get the right balance. You want to look smart and stylish, but you also want to wear something that is comfy enough for a full-day celebration. Super slim suits are a popular choice for this season; however, if you’ve been invited to a spring or summer wedding, the sun is beaming (and the buffet is calling), this might not be the best option…

Why not go for something a little more smart-casual? A lightweight blazer and chinos can look just as swanky as a suit, especially if worn with a crisp white shirt and a pair of luxurious leather Oxfords. Here at OD’s we currently have a range of designer shirts that will do the job. Take for example the Mens BOSS Lamberto Long Sleeve Shirt or the Jill Short Sleeve Shirt. Pair either of these with the Mens BOSS Carmons Shoes and create a wedding outfit that ticks all the right boxes.

Winsome Wedding Outfits for Women

Hope & Ivy are a contemporary British fashion brand with a feminine and bohemian edge. Their collection is epitomised by embroidery and hand-drawn prints and it includes a range of beautifully crafted dresses – which, we think, are perfect for “dancing til’ dawn” at a spring or summer wedding.

Take for example the Women’s Hope & Ivy Oriental Embroidery Midi Dress. Available in a bright coral colourway, it is fresh yet sophisticated and ideal for a sunny summer ceremony. The Oriental Embroidery Midi Dress by Hope & Ivy is another great option. Despite its classic vintage-inspired design, it has a very modern silhouette – with an open back, ruffle detailing and tonal embroidery to the front. This is a dress that is designed to impress. Just style it with a pair of metallic high-heels and create an effortless yet stunning wedding outfit for the summer.

Alternatively, if floaty florals aren’t your thing and you have a slightly edgier sense of style, we recommend the Women’s Orlla Dress by Ted Baker. This mid-length pencil dress features a bold and unusual print, with pretty pearl embellishments around the neckline. It is ultra-flattering and incredibly glam and it has summer wedding outfit stamped all over it.

Cute and Comfy Wedding Outfits for Kids

Weddings can be a tricky one for kids. It’s a special occasion and you want them to look the part, but it’s also important that they are cool and comfortable. Layers are a great option; lightweight blazers and cardigans that can be put on and taken off when necessary. She may be small, but the same rule applies; white is a no-go area, even for your little girl. And of course, your little boy’s trousers need to be able to withstand the odd knee slide across the dancefloor.

Mayoral is a great place to start for children’s wedding outfits. Styles are available for both boys and girls aged 0-9 years old, and the brand is renowned for clothing that is fashionable, functional, and high quality. Here at OD’s, we absolutely love the Newborn Boys 3 Piece Set. It comprises a traditional-style blazer, a waistcoat, and a short-sleeved shirt and it is finished with an adorable bow tie! For your little princess, combine the Girls Mayoral Bow Back Dress with a fine-knit white cardigan and sandals. And for the style-conscious teens in your life, check out our full online junior department. We guarantee you will find something to create the perfect children’s wedding outfit.

Harry and Meghan are scheduled to tie the knot this weekend and, it’s fair to say, the 2018 wedding season is officially underway. If you’ve been invited to a spring or summer wedding this year, it’s time to start thinking about what you (and the family) are going to wear. Take a look at our favourite wedding outfits for men, women, and children and browse through our full online collections for more inspiration. Dressing like a royal may be easier than you think…