Post # 1
So this caused some major stress for me, stupid as it may sound, so I thought I would save some other brides to be some hassle if possible. I freaked out about which was the correct time of day to put on the invitation for 5pm. Here is the traditional rule: it is 5 o’clock in the afternoon. actually, technically, anything up to and including 5:59 pm is afternoon, 6pm begins evening.
Also- if you are putting a time like one o’clock or two o’clock technically you don’t even having to put in the afternoon at all because no one would be confused at what time you were having it. however, apparently 8pm, 9pm, or 10pm, you need to write "in the evening" (who gets married at 8am??)
This is totally random but I hope it helps someone out. It caused me a lot of trouble and I am hoping someone else can avoid it!
Post # 3
Dang it! I went with five-thirty in the evening. Grrr. Thanks for the info!
Post # 4
this is so funny b/c i went through the same ordeal when printing my invites. im also getting married at 5pm and was confused about afternoon or evening. but i went with 5 o’clock in the afternoon. glad i made the right choice. thanks for sharing!
Post # 5
LOL I thought I was the only one. A confession – we changed the time of the ceremony so I wouldn’t have to pick, ours is now at 4pm. 🙂 I asked my grandmother about it when we were planning and she said something different that I thought was a good point:
Even though 5pm is technically afternoon, there’s a certain "air" that goes with afternoon or evening. If you’re on the fence, go with the feeling of your wedding. Afternoon usually implies more casual, where evening usually implies more formal.
Just my (and her) two cents!
Post # 6
Triciaj – this is so true. Our wedding is at 4:30, our reception at 5:30, and both are at the country club. I have had several people call since sending the Save-The-Date Cards to ask about formality of dress, since in their opinion the wedding was afternoon and the reception evening, and the country club could go either formal or casual, and so they were confused. Apparently if we had gone with a more clearly afternoon or evening time, it would be more apparent. And I know I would certainly dress differently for an "afternoon" event than an "evening" one.
Post # 7
I totally agree on the different feel of "afternoon" or "evening"- our ceremony is at 5, cocktail hour starts at 6, reception at 7, so I wanted to put "evening" but I lost that battle to emily post. i am hoping people still dress up though!
Post # 8
I had the same debate for weeks! we are putting 430 in the afternoon, but our wedding is at 5. you know people love to push it, this way they get to relax and have a glass of champagne before the ceremony. But you are right 6pm is the beginning of evening.