There is so much to love about today’s wedding. Marcy and Ryan beautifully brought together their favorite colors — yellow and blue — and their love of the seaside. They skipped flowers at the reception to save money and instead decorated with sea shells and their wedding favors for their guests. I also love the unity sand they made during their ceremony; make sure to read about it. Enjoy this darling blue and yellow wedding with seaside details! xoxo, Jessica
Marcy + Ryan
August 23, 2015
Sodus United Third Methodist Church | Sodus, NY
Ramada Geneva Lakefront | Geneva, NY
What was your wedding budget?
We spent about $14K.
Bridal attire: $1050
Save the Dates: $50
Hair & Makeup: $340
Reception door and favors: $350
Hotel guest bags: $150
Thank you notes: $40
Tips & misc.: $760
How many guests did you have?
We had 80 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
At the ceremony, we had a sand ceremony. Ryan used the sand from the beach near his hometown of Sandwich, MA and I used the sand from the beach near my hometown of Sodus, NY. We poured it together into a blown glass sea bubble from the glass blowers in Sandwich. When we got to our honeymoon in the Outer Banks, we added that sand too.
We also incorporated our hometowns into our hotel guest bags. Sandwich was represented with Craisins and Cape Cod potato chips. Apples and Heluva Good Cheese symbolized Sodus.
I love blue and Ryan’s favorite color is yellow so I knew I wanted a blue and yellow wedding. I made pocket squares for all of the guys and our dads. I cross stitched hankies for our moms and made the card box. I carried hydrangeas, which are popular on Cape Cod. All of the bridal party jewelry was purchased from local Cape Cod shops.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We skipped on having flowers at the reception. We also tried to find as many local vendors as possible, so we wouldn’t pay heavy delivery fees. We chose to have the reception on a Sunday which meant we didn’t have to meet any venue food and drink minimums.
We didn’t want to waste money on an open bar. The venue let us have a host bar instead. We told the venue how much we wanted to spend on the bar and they closed the bar when we reached that limit. That way we weren’t paying for drinks that no one drank. We reached our limit, and, with my parents’ permission, went a little over and were able to keep the bar open for the whole four hours.
We used my dad’s DJ service, Music Mix, as entertainment. It was free!
What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?
We felt like we didn’t make any sacrifices. We knew what we wanted and that wasn’t anything extravagant or expensive. We did take out a loan to pay for our limo and some other expenses.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Decide on what you want and budget it out. Not knowing what you want your wedding to be or deciding on things too far in advance can blow your budget.
What was your biggest splurge?
The limo that we got to take us from the church to the beach for photos and then to the reception. It was more like a gift to our wedding party, who had already done so much for us.
What was your favorite detail?
Our guest books. We turned a photo of our engagement spot on the beach into a canvas photo that everyone signed with paint pens. My maid of honor made an awesome guest book that everyone could write a note on a slip of paper and put into the envelope. She did an amazing job and it was all so personalized.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
It was definitely the wedding ceremony. Also, being at the beach with our friends and the limo, taking photos, enjoying the wonderful summer day (and the attention we got from swimmers and boaters).
Photography: Robin Fox Photography • Reception: Ramada Geneva Lakefront • Flowers: The Flower Mill • Cake: Bagels and Cakes • Ceremony venue: Sodus United Third Methodist Church • Bridal attire: David’s Bridal • Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Invitations: David’s Bridal • Save-the-Dates: Zazzle • Rings: Kay Jewelers and Victor Hardy Jewelers