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I've got weddings on the brain, mainly because I still haven't received my invite to Kate and Willie's wedding this Friday.

You'd think the royal family would have better etiquette that that, especially when all of the other 1900 invitations were mailed back in February. American royalty, President Barack Obama and his first lady Michelle were both snubbed as well, so I don't feel too offended. I'm just wondering why I even went through the trouble of getting them a gift. I have a good mind to spend that $25 Ikea gift card all on myself.

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All kidding aside, Kate Middleton and William, the Prince of Wales, are finally tying the royal knot. The wedding of the new millennium is a mere 5 days away and all of the world is ready to watch what happens when Will and Kate finally mate after 8 years of a fairy tale courtship. Interestingly enough, the big questions aren't "Will it last?", "Will Kate crack under paparazzi pressure?" or "Will Charlie Sheen crash the reception?" No, the real question on everyone's mind is "What will Kate wear?"

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Every fashion house wanted this gig, from Gucci to Valentino, Alberta Ferretti to Badgley Mischka, Reem Acra to Vera Wang, Nina Ricci to Lela Rose and then some. Rumors are that Kate will walk down the Westminster Abbey aisle in a gown designed by Bruce Oldfield, one of Princess Diana's favorite designers. I'm not calling my bookie to place any bets on British bridal attire, but there is one thing I do know. No matter which frock the future Queen of England does decide to wear, it will be brilliant.

For the rest of us gals who don't have the biggest names in the fashion world bidding to build us the wedding gowns of our dreams, we still have quite a list of affordable options and bridal bargains that will suit us on our big day. JCrew has outfitted brides and bridesmaids for years with their bridal gown collection featuring dresses that range from $350 to $3000.

Anne Taylor and The Limited also recently jumped on the bridal bandwagon with new Wedding and Events stores online that showcase a number of stylish dresses for both brides and bridesmaids, all under a grand. The Limited bridal site also features helpful catwalk videos that allow you to see your potential dress actually move on the runway. Just be wary, odds are that model is x feet taller, x lbs lighter and x times hungrier than you.

Congratulations William and Kate. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together.

p.s. You're so not invited to my wedding.

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Samara Sanchez

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Sammy Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer, greeting card designer, and self-professed USWeeklyholic. Sammy loves tall coffee light frappuccinos, vino not from a box, and Mark Ruffalo...not necessarily in that order.
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