Invitation Wording Q&A: Listing the Time

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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 “o’clock,” as in:

at five o’clock


at half past five o’clock

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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 “in the afternoon” or “in the evening” 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, it’s certainly not necessary (or required) to emphasize the time of day. Whatever you choose, resist the urge to tack an unsightly “AM” or “PM” following this time presentation!

If you feel the traditional time presentations ring a little formal for your taste, there’s no rule saying you can’t use the modern digital time rendering of 5:00 or 5:30. And dropping the “in the afternoon” or “in the evening” phrasing is another way to go less formal.

When it comes to questions of etiquette, we always recommend the most pragmatic – or the most stylish! – approach. Doing what makes the most sense for your event is never the wrong choice!

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