(Closed) Help me! Trouble with invite wording!

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The formal wording is Half past five o’clock in the evening.  The third one makes no sense, because half past five thirty would be 6.

Post # 4
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Definitely not half past five thirty.  Half past five is fine.  People won’t show up at 5:30 AM.  We did “half past two o’clock” on ours.

Post # 6
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Technically, “evening” doesn’t begin until 6:00 pm so it would be “half past five in the afternoon.”

Post # 7
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

it really depends on how formal the rest of the wording is

Post # 8
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - Samuel Lynne Galleries and Marc Events

I actually was just researching this for my invitations, and what I found online says it should be half after six o’clock, not half past six o’clock.

See here: http://www.betsywhite.com/Wording-Guide-W2.aspx

And here: http://www.beautifulweddinginvitations.com/etiquette.php#61

And here: http://www.a-wedding-reception.com/wedding-invitation-etiquette.html

And here: http://www.examiner.com/stationery-and-paper-in-los-angeles/wedding-invitation-etiquette-but-my-mom-said

And this explanation: Typically the time of your event should be spelled out. If your event is before noon it is considered the morning. If the time is after noon and before 5:00 p.m., it is considered the afternoon. If the time is after 5:00 p.m. it is considered the evening. It is acceptable to refer to 5:00 as the afternoon or evening. If the time falls on a half hour the proper way to word it, for example is “half after four o’clock.” Found here: http://www.invitationconsultants.com/cs-etiquette-wedding.aspx

All that being said, I think you can decide if you want to go the “proper” etiquette way or use something that sounds a little less awkward.


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