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What’s dripping with delicate lace, sporting long, semi-sheer sleeves, and on-trend with Spring 2016’s cold-shoulder look? It’s the Pronovias Kampara gown! With a deep sweetheart neckline and similarly deep-cut low back, both with scalloped illusion lace, and mermaid silhouette with subtly gathered train in allover, the Kampara is a modern, sultry adaptation of a classic gown. 

BAB reader Kara contacted us to request help finding a look-alike:

I was hoping to find a dress that is really out of my price point and I can’t find it any longer online. It is from Pronovias, the Kampara gown. Your feedback is always so awesome!!! Thank you!!

You got it, Kara! Let’s see what we can find … (And you might also like some of these recent finds by Caitlyn.)

Can't Afford It

Pronovias Kampara Front

Pronovias Kampara Back

Pronovias Kampara Gown, $6500+

Get Over It

Pronovias Bespin

Pronovias Bespin, $899 at PreOwned Wedding Dresses

Glamorous Off Shoulder Lace Long Sleeved Wedding Dress by KellyzBridalz

Glamorous Off Shoulder Lace Long Sleeved Wedding Dress, $650 by Etsy seller KellyzBridalz

All Over Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress by David's Bridal

3/4 Sleeve All Over Lace Trumpet Wedding Dress, $700 at David’s Bridal

Off-Shoulder Half Sleeve Tea Length Tulle Ball Gown by Foreverus999

Off-Shoulder Half Sleeve Tea Length Tulle Ball Gown, $298 by Etsy seller Foreverus999

Glamorous Off-Shoulder Lace Ball Gown by Oniks818

Glamorous Off-Shoulder Lace Ball Gown, $390 by Etsy seller Oniks818

Off Shoulder Peach Wedding Dress by WeekendWeddingDress

Off Shoulder 3/4 Sleeve Peach Wedding Dress, $850 by Etsy seller WeekendWeddingDress

Custom Vintage-Inspired Off Shoulder Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress by PaisleyCrush

Custom Vintage-Inspired Off Shoulder Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress, $550 by Etsy seller PaisleyCrush

Off Shoulder Beaded Lace Wedding Gown by Foreverus999

Off Shoulder Beaded Lace Wedding Gown, $649 by Etsy seller Foreverus999

Off Shoulder Wedding Gown with Swarowski Crystals by UpToDateFashion

Off Shoulder Wedding Gown with Swarowski Crystals, $195 by Etsy seller UpToDateFashionAlencon Lace Wedding Dress with Off Shoulder Bolero by ELDesignStudio

Alencon Lace Wedding Dress with Off Shoulder Bolero, $370+ by Etsy seller ELDesignStudio

Or piece it together with a cami, topper, and skirt from BHLDN:

Seville Topper

Seville Topper, $180 at BHLDN

Mia Top and Ellory Skirt BHLDN

Mia Top, $160 + Ellory Skirt, $400 at BHLDN

And a couple of over-budget gowns:

Oleg Cassini Open Back Long Sleeved Wedding Dress

Oleg Cassini Open Back Long Sleeved Wedding Dress, $1,100 at David’s Bridal

Pronovias Letour

Pronovias Letour, $1,250 at PreOwned Wedding Dresses

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: If you LOVE designer gowns (but not the price) and you’re open to wearing a pre-owned dress, you can find some great deals on sites like If you find the gown of your dreams (or something similar by the same designer) but it’s still outside your price range, try messaging the seller directly to see if there’s any wiggle room for negotiation. Although sometimes gowns are posted by retailers, many sellers are brides just like you who are trying to recoup some of their wedding costs and you might find that they’ll accept a slightly lower offer. Keep in mind that some gowns may not be in perfect condition and/or may have been altered — and always read the website and seller policies before buying! 

I’m with you, Kara — I love Pronovias gowns! I hope you find just the right one to suit both your style and your price point – maybe one of these is a match? Let us know in the comments below! 

Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
  • 2/22

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewHello out there Interwebz! I am so excited to be planning our engagement shoot. We are doing the session in April, but I am over here cooking up ideas in the meantime. We have two looks that we will do with our photographer: One will be more vintage-casual, and the other is a more stylized, glamour look while maintaining the vintage feel. My goal with these photos is to capture art — things that we will put on our walls and our grandchildren will pass down … few timeless moments that go on forever. I love the Old Hollywood look of the 1920s and ’30s, and I have talked to our engagement photographer about my vision and I believe that artistically we are a good fit. After nailing that down, my first course of action was to find a dress to fit the vision while not spending a million bucks (or even a hundred). So, let’s get down to this dress business.

    I will go ahead and disclose this from the start, I hate shopping … in stores. I am, most definitely, an Amazon Primeaholic. For me, it’s worth the fee because I order from it constantly and I use the video services on my tv streaming devices. I searched for dresses internet wide, but I ended up finding one that I kept going back to, and it was a seller on Amazon.

    real bride heather dud or deal dress

    I left it in my cart for a long time before I bought it. I kept debating it. These were my concerns:

    • Would it look like a halloween costume  or be poorly made?
    • Would it not fit and I would have to return it?
    • It’s not available on Prime, so I have to pay shipping, and is it a reliable seller?

    I finally decided that I would buy it. I am always iffy about sizes in online clothing purchases, but there were lots of helpful reviews where people detailed their own height, weight, the size they ordered and even shared pictures. That helped me tremendously in choosing my size! The dress was $49.98 with shipping when I ordered it, and I had an Amazon gift card, so my out-of-pocket cost on the dress was $24.98!! It came in the other day, and I will have to say that I am impressed, and so excited to have this photo session done!!

    Real Bride Heather: Engagement Session Dress, Dud or Deal?

    The dress was shipped from China, so it took a few weeks. I ordered it February 2nd, and it arrived February 17th, which fell within the estimate given to me at checkout, and of course postal tracking was provided. It came in a shipping bag, not a box. There were some slight wrinkles in the sheer fabric, but nothing that won’t fall out after being hung up for a few days or steamed. I think its gorgeous, y’all! I don’t think that I could have found a better deal — I am officially stoked to do this session!

    Here are some photos of the dress that I took after hanging it in the closet for two days.

    Heather's engagement session dress

    Heather's engagement session dress

    Heather's engagement session dress detail

    Heather's engagement session dress bust beading detail

    So, what are your thoughts? For $24.98, do you think this was a deal or a dud? I am voting DEAL!! I can’t wait to start looking for my fiance’s outfit now. Stay tuned to see if I can work any super savings on that!

    Have you had any luck with a super score during your planning? Tell us in the comments below!

  • 2/19

    ModCloth Perennial Dress

    Perennial Poise Dress, $250 from ModCloth Shopping for a wedding dress is one of the huge milestones of the wedding planning process -- and can often be intimidating and overwhelming. This can be even more true when you're a Broke-Ass Bride and are operating on a v. tight budget. While some broke-ass couples may allocate more for the wedding gown (because there are some of us…

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    Ersa Atelier Eirine

    You guys, today's CAI/GOI request was quite a challenge! Reader Jane wrote in on this post with: "Hello! I was wondering if you could work you're magic and help me out! I recently fell in love with Ersa Atelier's lacy Eirene dress (darn Pinterest!) & it is WAY over my budget. This might be too big a big leap, but my budget is really more…

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    Real Wedding- Penelope & Mikiya's Charmingly Creative Campground Commitment

    Credit: Emily Takes Photos Alright grooms, I'm gonna give you a quick and dirty lesson about your shirting. Don't worry — it's not gonna be that brutal. However, before we get into styling, it's important to note a few key things when the shopping for the right shirt, especially when it comes to a wedding. And while it may seem that shirts can run on the…

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  • 12/18

    The Broke-Ass Bride's 2015 Gift Guid Nearlyweds & Newlyweds

    Whether you're shopping for those friends who are poised to walk down the aisle or the ones who are enjoying their first holiday season as marrieds (or you just need some inspo for your own wedding registry), there are plenty of great gift ideas out there. From small knick-knacks to big-ticket items (split it with a few pals!), here are 15 great presents for the…

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    Rue de Seine Mackenzie Gown Front

    Hey BABs! How's your holiday shopping coming along? If you're still on the hunt, check out The Broke-Ass Bride Gift Guides!   Today's Can't Afford It gown is a two-fer. Bride Hailey fell in love with the Free People Gold Chalice gown, a stunning bohemian number with a strappy, open back and tribal-esque golden embellishments. But Hailey's true love is the Rue de Seine Mackenzie gown, complete with…

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  • 11/30

    Cyber Monday Deals for Your Broke-Ass Wedding

    While our Black Friday post was a hodge-podge in the truest sense, we try to focus our Cyber Monday efforts specifically on wedding-y deals, so you can get the most bang for your buck while planning your badass wedding. Being that we are The Broke-Ass Bride, we understand the too legit value of getting the v. best deal possible, and what better way to do so…

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