Disclaimer: If you just can’t live without pickup skirts and princess dresses, this post is not for you. Sorry, love!\n\nThe major designers are all coming out with their 2012 preview bridal collections, and I found a few favorites for your viewing pleasure…\n\nThis Pnina Tornai is a bit sexy for bridal, but that’s Pnina Tornai in general. Give her a google, and you’ll be horrified at the monstrosities that she creates. However, this is one that I actually like. I love the flowing fabric, neckline and especially the back. This would be most appropriate for a destination wedding. If you’re having a church wedding, I recommend you leave the Pnina out of it for your grandmother’s sake.\n\n \n\n \n\nI’ve always had a soft spot for Claire Pettibone. Her designs are romantic, feminine and creative. Almost all of the dresses have a pop of color somewhere on the dress, either in design or simply the color of the stitching. Simply gorgeous. Another designer ideal for an outdoor/beach wedding.\n\n \n\n \n\nThese Kenneth Pool gowns are the closest I will get to liking ball gowns. There are NO pickups (whoever invented those obviously never matured past 7 with the incessant need to be a princess), and the details are impeccable. Both are gorgeous gowns without going over the top.\n\n \n\n \n\nThese are my top picks from Farah Angsana (left) and Monique Lhuillier (right). Both have soft draping that flatters the figure, and beautiful neckline bead work that both designers have executed beautifully.\n\n \n\n \n\nThese are my favorite Reem Acra’s from this year. Perhaps the second dress is only appropriate for size 00 women with an A cup, but I still think it’s nice to look at. However, I am giving a strong side eye to the head pieces that look like animals. Seriously.\n\n \n\n \n\nAllure. Left: I love the beaded and ruched bodice as well as the simplicity of the skirt. Right: I usually don’t like the overly-dramatic and busy gowns. However, this is an exception. I am in love with the bodice, which is not only sexy but it also looks like it flatters those of us with curves. I even like the skirt, busy and all.\n\n \n\n \n\nPriscilla of Boston. Want. Each of them. Priscilla had me at pockets, beaded necklines, and belts. I love POB and want to model/borrow/steal these dresses. I’ll just be the crazy lady on the subway in a wedding dress but not actually getting married.\n\n \n\n \n\nAtelier Aimee. Left: The details are fantastic. Thus far, this is the only ribbing that I’ve liked on dresses. (Pnina Tornai is famous for this, but I really can’t stand the transparent bodice and boning.) And of course, I am in love with the lace trim and belt. Right:….Yeah, I’d wear it. Don’t judge me too hard right now. We all have our weaknesses.Β  ;)\n\n \n\n \n\nLeft and Right: Rosa Clara. Ahhh….texture, pockets, drop waists…heaven.Β  Center: Pronovias. Love the bodice…the skirt may be a bit too big, but I still love this dress.\n\n \n\nAnd now for a bit of a laugh…If you thought your wedding dress may have been a little sub-par, take comfort in the fact that there is someone out there with worse taste than you…or anyone you could possibly imagine…\n\n

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