(Closed) When does the “evening” begin?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
  • poll: For a 5:30 PM wedding ceremony, which time should I write on the invitations/
    Half past five in the afternoon : (7 votes)
    28 %
    Half past five in the evening : (18 votes)
    72 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    evening

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Evening

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’d put evening, as I classify five pm as being the start of ‘evening’.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    To me, evening starts at 6PM.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Either could work for sure.  But reading them a second time, I thought half past five ….in the “evening” sounded better.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I would put afternoon until 6pm. Plus, I think it sounds more euphonic.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    The evening starts at 6 o’clock.  This is the earliest time at which “evening wear” may be worn.

    But in reference to this particular question. You really do not need to use either phrase as no one will assume that you mean five o’clock in the morning. Those phrases are really only necessary for hours such as eight or if you happened to be having a sunrise wedding or something equally unusual.

    http://www.emilypost.com/weddings/wedding-invitations-and-announcements/335-wording-formal-wedding-invitations

    Post # 11
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Regardless of what Emily “I’m dead and outdated and people still listen to me” Post says, the general public will think it’s weird if you call 5:30 “afternoon” instead of “evening”

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