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kabs
06-28-2004, 08:13 PM
Ok, can anyone tell me when evening officially starts and afternoon ends? Is it 5:00? 6:00?

I am asking because I am trying to compose an invitation and the start time is 5:30 pm. I don't want to say "pm", I want to say afternoon or evening. I googled it but I didn't know what to search for!

Any thoughts?

Kim

AndreaU
06-28-2004, 08:14 PM
I've always been of the school of thought that evening-proper "officially" starts at 6:00. But that's just me...

ErinM
06-28-2004, 08:17 PM
For me personally? Whenever I get off work. Or 5:00, whichever comes first. :D

Angela
06-28-2004, 08:29 PM
I say evening starts at 6:00.

colleency
06-28-2004, 08:57 PM
When I was a telephone operator for a department store, I switched from good afternoon to good evening at 6 pm.

Canice
06-28-2004, 10:19 PM
I would say "5:30 in the afternoon" and "6:00 in the evening".
Of course, in winter -when it gets dark at 5:00- I'd probably say "5:00 in the evening"..

MrsReber
06-29-2004, 05:27 AM
I remember this from my wedding invitations- it does depend on the time of year. Since my wedding was at the end of September (beginning of fall) the invitation people told me that the reception start time of 5:00pm was indeed evening. I don't know if it would be afternoon for the summer.

Jessica
06-29-2004, 08:34 AM
I think of 5 pm as the beginning of the evening. I do think there is a difference between East Coast and Midwest, maybe because most of the Midwesterners I know work 8-5 and the Easterners work 9-5:30 or 6. I am not sure if this is standard or just a random observation.

leebee
06-29-2004, 08:41 AM
I usually think of evening as 6:00 (due to retail world phone greetings--we also switched to "evening" at 6:00), but I think you should let the event dictate as well. If I got an invitation for 5:00 in the evening, I might think of it as a more "formal" event. If it were a casual get-together, I might say 5:00 in the afternoon.

Jazzmatazz49
06-29-2004, 08:49 AM
In the South, evening can be any time after lunch! But then we often call lunch dinner, so don't pay any attention to me!:rolleyes:

kabs
06-29-2004, 08:49 AM
Thanks everyone! I am thinking of the wording for my wedding invitations. And the wedding is October 2. So, MrsReber, maybe I will follow what your invitation people told you. (5:30 is the time of our ceremony.)Thanks again.

Kim

KristinK
06-29-2004, 10:31 AM
Kim, our reception is at 5pm, also in October. The woman who helped us with our invitations said anything before 6pm is considered afternoon. Just to add to the confusion. ;)

MrsReber
06-29-2004, 12:39 PM
Originally posted by KristinK
Kim, our reception is at 5pm, also in October. The woman who helped us with our invitations said anything before 6pm is considered afternoon. Just to add to the confusion. ;)

Maybe in PA?? But wait, you're further west. Hmmm. Confusion. Personally, I would go with evening because. I kind of like the way it sounds.

lindrusso
06-29-2004, 08:11 PM
I always thought of evening as beginning at 5 p.m. As a reference, that's when most places open for or begin dinner (though sometimes at 4 or 4:30) and that's when the movies are no longer matinees and the "typical" work day is described as 9-5. 5 always seemed to be a cutoff of some sort, so that may be part of why I regard 5 p.m. as evening.

kabs
06-29-2004, 08:19 PM
Originally posted by MrsReber


Maybe in PA?? But wait, you're further west. Hmmm. Confusion. Personally, I would go with evening because. I kind of like the way it sounds.

Me too! I like the sound of "evening" better. So, if I were to sum up the advice everyone gave me here, and say that I wouldn't be considered wrong to say evening- then I may just go ahead and say that. I mean, it sounds like we're kind of divided on this issue. As long as no one will open their invitation and say, "What!? 5:30 in the evening ?! That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard!" Then I think I'll go with evening. ;)

Thanks for your help! As an aside, I've been asking random people since I posted this thread, and have gotten equally divided answers. It seems like there is no set RULE.

Escher
06-29-2004, 08:47 PM
Go Military style.

Advise your guests to report at 1730.