Thursday, March 5, 2009


Marisa's founders, Lee Fein and Ron Colnick envision their company as a “bridge line,” between the price range gap. Veterans of the bridal business, Fein and Colnick spotted a void in the bridal market in the 80's: there were plenty of cheap, and cheaply made, dresses under $1000 and plenty of high-quality couture designs with price tags over $2000. In 1988, the team started Marisa with the mission to create high-quality gowns sewn in the US that are priced between the low and high end ($1000 to $2000). The company owns its own factory and uses modernized production techniques to keep costs down.

Marisa offers contemporary gowns that have an excellent fit for the fashionable bride with a moderate price point. Marisa's young designer Tamara Kristen, originally from New England, already had experience at Galina and Carmi Couture before joining the company. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York, Tamara's goal is “understated elegance,” with an emphasis on body shaping instead of overdone detail. Her gowns are known for their pure silks and stunning silhouettes.

Marisa wedding dresses are never overdone with distracting sleeves or embroidery. Instead every detail is well thought out and tasteful. Many of Solutions consultants have chosen Marisa for their own wedding gowns.

Perfect for the bride looking for affordable with a high fashionable look.

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Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!

  • Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
  • Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
  • DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
  • Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
  • Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
  • If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
  • Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
  • Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
  • Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
  • When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.