Breaking down your wedding day into a well-structured timeline ensures everything runs smoothly. Wedding ceremonies usually last between 30 minutes to an hour, and receptions often extend for four to five hours. Meticulous planning, therefore, can make all the difference. Here is a breakdown of how an ideal wedding timeline should be on the day of.
11 a.m. Hair and Makeup Begin
Start the day with hair and makeup services for the bridal party. Depending on the group size, this might vary, but aiming for an 11 a.m. start is a good rule of thumb. Your photographer should arrive 30 minutes before you’re dressed. This gives them time to capture details like your attire, rings, and invitations.
2:30 p.m. Couple Gets Dressed
Capture those special moments of dressing up, from zipping up the dress to adjusting the tie. Don’t forget the important roles of family members. Once dressed, it’s time for individual portraits of each partner in various locations around the venue.
3:10 – 3:30 p.m. Wedding Party Group Photos
Capture candid and fun moments with the bridal party, including any special shots you desire. Consider having a private first look moment away from the crowd before the ceremony. This is the time to have some fun with your best friends!
5:30 p.m. Ceremony Start Time
Plan to start about 15 minutes after the invitation time to accommodate guests and set the ambiance. Depending on the ceremony type, it can last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. While you take post-ceremony photos, guests enjoy drinks. Join them later if desired.
7 p.m. (ish) Sunset Photos
Capture stunning photos during the 30 minutes leading up to sunset for beautiful lighting. Transition into the dining room for dinner and relaxation.
7:30 p.m. Grand Entrance and First Dance
Kick off the festivities with a grand entrance followed by your first dance. Later the parents or family members give welcome toasts to set the tone. Then, it’s time to enjoy dinner.
8:30 – 8:40 p.m. Bridal Party Toasts
The best man and maid of honor offer their heartfelt toasts. Immediately following the toasts is the transition into an open dance floor.
9:30 – 9:45 p.m. Cake Cutting, Bouquet Toss, and Garter Toss
Engage in these traditional activities and express gratitude to your guests. Then, it’s time to dance the night away! End the night with a final song and bid farewell to guests.
The fan-favorite Science Guy has finally gotten hitched. The popular science educator, Bill Nye, recently tied the knot with Liza Mundy, a celebrated journalist. The couple got married at the Castle Building’s Haupt Garden of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Actor Robert Picardo, of Star Trek fame, officiated the intimate and private ceremony of Bill Nye and Liza Mundy. According to a source, when the pair recited their marital vows, it was equal parts comical and moving. Nothing less was expected from a couple full of energetic vibes and a sense of humor. Engineer Bill Nye sported his father’s cufflinks for the big day. The small blue stones in the center added a perfect touch of neat glamor. On the other hand, the New York Times best-selling author and former Washington Post reporter Liza Mundy walked down the aisle in a gorgeous satin sleeveless mermaid gown. A beaded belt matching her pretty colorful bouquet completed her bridal ensemble.
After the official wedding ceremony, the bride and groom hosted their guests at a grand reception that was filled with sweet sentiments. Darby, Bill’s brother, and Anna, Liza’s daughter, congratulated the newlyweds with heartfelt toasts. Mundy slightly upgraded her wedding attire by changing into sparkly sneakers. The couple swayed to a rendition of “What a Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke for their first dance. Every beautiful moment of the memorable celebration was captured by none other than Pete Souza, the White House photographer.
The charismatic duo first met over an email conversation. Bill Nye discovered that Liza Mundy mentioned Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye, his mother, in her book, titled Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. Nye couldn’t help himself, and reached out to Mundy. During the time, the two inquisitive minds bonded over their mutual passion for learning and love of storytelling, and the rest was history!