Proper Way to Write Time on Invitation

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
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Sugar bee

I think that you can write it however you want. But I think that “four thirty in the afternoon” sounds best to me.

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Helper bee

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”

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Bumble bee

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.

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Helper bee

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.

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