3:30 on a wedding invitation!!!

posted 4 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Which one?
    1 : (14 votes)
    20 %
    2 : (28 votes)
    40 %
    3 : (26 votes)
    37 %
    Other (will post) : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    521 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    It depends on how formal your invitation is, but the proper way would be:

    at half after three o’clock

    ETA: Regardless of formality, you don’t need “in the afternoon”, as people will hopefully assume you don’t mean 3:30 am 🙂


    Post # 4
    2512 posts
    Sugar bee

    @eecuadrado:  Like PP said it depends how formal. If it’s not a black tie affair I’d think option #3 is ok.

    Post # 5
    1846 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Personally I’d write three thiry, because that’s how I talk.. But it depends on how formal your invites are I suppose.

    Post # 6
    2625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Our wedding is at 4:30. I put “at four thirty in the afternoon”.

    Post # 7
    767 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m pretty sure we put half past five. I read somewhere that was the formal way to do it and our invites were pretty formal.

    Post # 8
    3340 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    @KMoon5314:  +1

    @eecuadrado:  I got married at 2:30pm and put “at half after two o’clock” on my invites.  I had a black tie preferred wedding.

    Post # 9
    12068 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    mine say 5:30 (the horror!)

    but, if I was writing it out I would have done Half past Five or Five Thirty – I don’t think it really matters 🙂

    Post # 10
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @eecuadrado:  I JUST went through this exact same delimma. I found out that “Half past three o’clock in the afternoon” is actually the traditional way to do it. My wedding sounds about as formal as yours (formal but not black tie) and this is what I used. I think choices 2 or 3 would work, too, but I think choice 1 looks weird and unfinished.

    Post # 13
    9550 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Half past three. You don’t need the “in the afternoon”. Who would assume it’s at 3 AM?

    Post # 15
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We did “half past two in the afternoon”. Our wedding is also formal but not black tie. In all my research that is the most correct way to word the time. Hope This Helps.

    Post # 16
    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @eecuadrado:  I love “Half past three” – it sounds old world and glamorous!

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