Post # 1
Hi all I need some help. How do I word a 5:30 reception invite.
Half past five o’clock in the evening? I love this best but, does it sound funny?
Half past five?
half past five thirty?
I need some suggestions
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
I am sorry that “half past five thirty” is a major typo. that doesn’t make sense!Thanks for the advice!
Post # 6
Technically, “evening” doesn’t begin until 6:00 pm so it would be “half past five in the afternoon.”
Post # 7
it really depends on how formal the rest of the wording is
Post # 8
- 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.