Kate Middleton's bespoke Alexander McQueen was the most talked-about wedding dress of the year. However, brides on a more realistic budget can still look like royalty in this Carolina Herrera gown from her Spring 2012 collection. The luxurious jacquard fabric has a stately air of sophistication, and the simplicity of the design—there isn't a stitch of beadwork or tulle—conveys elegance and refinement. As with Kate's trendsetting lace sleeves, the gown's matching wrap creates a stylish option for coverage—you know, just in case a queen's watchful eye lands on you, too.
Elise, $8,390, Carolina Herrera
See the complete Spring 2012 Carolina Herrera collection here.Photo: Thomas Iannaccone