I’m sure there is another thread about this somewhere, but my search to find it was unsuccessful. So I apologize for duplicating.
Our wedding starts at 4:30, but what is the correct/proper way to write this in words? I tried googling it, and got every answer imaginable.
“at half after four o’clock”? “at half after four”?
“at half past four o’clock”? “at half past four”?
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I think that you can write it however you want. But I think that “four thirty in the afternoon” sounds best to me.
Ours is on the hour, but we’re doing “six o’clock in the evening.” So my vote is for “half past four o’clock in the afternoon”
Our ceremony is at the same time and I have gone back and forth on this one. Ultimately, we left it at “half past four in the afternoon” because the “o’clock” sounded like it was getting in the way. It really depends on how formal your wedding is. If it is less formal you could go with four-thirty or even 4:30, if it is more formal you should say use half after four o’clock in the afternoon or half past four o’clock in the afternoon.
If it is formal, it should be written as “half past four in the afternoon” or “half past four o’clock in the afternoon”. If it is less formal, you can go with 4:30 pm or four-thirty in the afternoon.