(Closed) time wording

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
57 posts
Worker bee

I think ‘evening’

Post # 4
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

a quick google search brings up differing viewpoints.  according to some posts, official wedding etiquette people at stationer’s believe that 6pm is the official start of the evening, so if you are stickign with the rules, five o’clock would be the afternoon.

the google search also pulled up a weddingbee post on the same topic:


if your event starts at five o’clock, with other events to follow, evening makes more sense to me (personally speaking).  obviously, there have been at least a few people struggle with the question, so chances are good that your guests may not be up on their etiquette, so you may be able to go either way, depending on the tone you’d like to set.  good luck!

Post # 5
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

While I think 5 o’ clock in the evening sounds better, I’ve read that the "emily post" rule is evening starts after 6 like the earlier posters said. 

Post # 6
11 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

 My ceremony is also starting at 5:00 pm after a discussion with my girls we decided to look it up and found that 6:00 is the official start of the evening…

<h4 class=”color1″>How do I properly indicate ‘afternoon’ and ‘evening’ on the invitations?</h4>

Afternoon begins after twelve o’clock and evening begins at six o’clock


We decided to go with the afternoon and probably can get away with it a little easier since the time won’t have changed yet and its easier to see it as afternoon when the suns still shinning brightly=)


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