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Kate Middleton's Royal lace wedding dress: A new trend or too traditional?

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Now that all the hype about Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding dress has calmed a bit, let's take a look at how it will affect bridal fashion in the the future. Kate wore a long-sleeved gown with intricate lace appliqué bodice known to be a tribute to the late Alexander McQueen, designed by his successor, Sarah Burton.

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The question is: Did she start or bring back a trend for wedding dress designers, or did she play it too safe? Opinions vary widely. Since Kate is so fashion foward in everyday life, many expected something more contemporary and a little edgy. Then, she steps out of the car in a very traditonal style that is very similar to that of Grace Kelly (who married in 1956). Should she have had her own look? Or do you think she made the right decision?

No matter what side of the pond you are when it comes to Kate's dress, there is a happy medium. Forget the long sleeves and go for lace wedding dresses that are more chic and modern, yet still have a vintage twist. Allure Bridal is known for affordable ($500 to $1500) couture-like lace wedding gowns that are sure to make any bride feel like a princess.

Check out the slideshow (left) to see an array of breathtaking lace designs to channel the inner royalty in you!

Click here to find and Allure retailer near you.

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