Wedding dress of the year: A very happy looking Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Westminster Abbey after saying their vows
Lace was a strong theme, with everyone from Lily Allen and Reese Witherspoon choosing to embellish their dresses with different styles of the sophisticated material. Meanwhile, this year's other royal brides, Zara Phillips and Charlene of Monaco, went for more simple ivory silk dresses.
Silhouettes ranged from Kim Kardashian's wide-skirted Vera Wang number to Kate Moss' slinky Galliano gown - with everything inbetween. Bride-to-bes getting married in 2012 and in search of inspiration need look no further...
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