The Best of Bridal Fashion Week 2011

Wedding dresses have come a long way from the white sheath your mother wore on her big day.

The collections shown at April 2011 Bridal Fashion Week were a mix of traditional lace gowns—the royal wedding was cited a number of times as inspiration—and avant-garde designs that fashion-forward brides will "ooh" and "ahh" over.

Five collections caught our attention, ranging from classic to cutting edge. And if you’re in the market for a wedding dress, one of these will surely catch your eye too.