How to write dates on wedding invitations

Updated March 23, 2017

When writing out wedding invitations, many brides and grooms prefer to user proper wedding invitation etiquette. These etiquette rules govern the entire format of the invitation, including the structure, design and wording. The wedding invitation has two main functions: to announce your wedding and provide the wedding date. When announcing the time and date of your wedding, follow the etiquette rules for writing dates on wedding invitations.

Write out in full the day of the week on which your wedding will be held. Proper wedding etiquette states that you should not use any abbreviations on your wedding invitation. So, if your wedding is on a Saturday, begin by writing “Saturday,” followed by a comma.

Insert one space and spell out the date, followed by the month for a formal wedding invitation. If your wedding date is August 18th, your invitation should read “the eighteenth of August” with a comma at the end. For the numbers 21 through 29 and 31, use a hyphen to connect the two words. For example, the number 28 would be written as “twenty-eighth.”

For an informal wedding invitation, spell out the month first and then the date. So, if the wedding is August 18th, write “August eighteenth” with a comma at the end.

Spell out the year completely to finish the dateline. If the wedding will be held in the year 2011, write out “two thousand and eleven” with no punctuation at the end.

For an informal wedding invitation, simply use the numbered year if desired. Rather than writing out “two thousand and eleven,” simply use “2011” with no punctuation at the end.

Add the time of the wedding on the next line of text. Again, spell out all words completely, rather than using numbers or abbreviations. So, if the wedding is at 2 p.m., write out “at two o’clock in the afternoon.” Depending on the time of the wedding, use “in the morning/afternoon/evening” as appropriate. recommends writing “at half-past six o’clock” for a 6:30 wedding and “three quarters past six o’clock” for a 6:45 wedding. Punctuation at the end of the phrase is not necessary.

An informal wedding invitation should also have a completely spelt-out time line. However, it is not necessary to use the “half-past” or “three quarters past” phrases. Instead, a 6:30 p.m. wedding would simply be announced as “six-thirty in the evening.” Again, punctuation should not be included at the end of the line.

Proofread the date and time lines carefully before printing and mailing out invitations. If your wedding is Saturday, August 18th, 2011 at 2:30 p.m., your wedding invitation should read: “Saturday, the eighteenth of August, two thousand and eleven / at half past two o’clock in the afternoon.” An informal wedding invitation might read: “Saturday, August eighteenth, 2011 / at two-thirty in the afternoon.”

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