Q: What is the correct way to list the time on my wedding invitation?
A: Most brides still opt to go with the traditional presentation of the time on a wedding invitation. This method includes spelling out the time and using the phrase â€œoâ€™clock,â€ as in:
at five oâ€™clock
at half past five oâ€™clock
At TGK, we tend to stick with this traditional style as it is clean, simple, and easily understood.
You might also choose to include a time-of-day phrase, such as â€œin the afternoonâ€ or â€œin the eveningâ€ following the time. This style is a popular choice, though unless you are holding your wedding at an unusual time of day, say sunrise or late at night, itâ€™s certainly not necessary (or required) to emphasize the time of day. Whatever you choose, resist the urge to tack an unsightly â€œAMâ€ or â€œPMâ€ following this time presentation!
If you feel the traditional time presentations ring a little formal for your taste, thereâ€™s no rule saying you canâ€™t use the modern digital time rendering of 5:00 or 5:30. And dropping the â€œin the afternoonâ€ or â€œin the eveningâ€ phrasing is another way to go less formal.
When it comes to questions of etiquette, we always recommend the most pragmatic â€“ or the most stylish! â€“ approach. Doing what makes the most sense for your event is never the wrong choice!