A few days ago, I received a very HEATED comment on my Instagram feed and thought it would be a good idea to formally address the issue.
This person asked why I had printed “Two Thousand and Nineteen” on one of my client’s invitations. Firstly, that’s the wording my client requested and I most definitely like to honour my couple’s requests wherever possible. Secondly, it’s the correct way to date a TRADITIONAL wedding invitation! However, you may drop the “and” if you don’t want it there.
When I answered that this is what my customer wanted (and that it’s a more formal way of writing it), I was met with an aggressive reply:
In the modern age, where casual speech is infiltrating our writing (thank you text messages & social media), I can see how easy it is to get confused with what is grammatically correct and what isn’t. People are forgetting the difference between you’re & your, then & than, there & their, etc. But writing the words “twenty nineteen” is not grammatically correct. When you pay $1068 for a couch, you don’t say “It cost me ten sixty-eight dollars” do you? The reason “twenty nineteen” exists is for convenience’s sake. It just rolls off the tongue so nicely.
If you are wondering how to write the date on your wedding invitations, think about the style of your invitations and how formal you would like it to be.
If you are doing the very traditional thing, then it’s best to spell out your dates and times with words. If you are going for a modern, quirky or casual approach, then I recommend using numbers.
Honestly, my favourite way of writing out dates & times is by using numerals, which seem to work for both traditional and modern invitations. There seems to be less controversy over this and it’s also much easier to read numbers compared to a string of text.
Language is constantly evolving, so there may come a time where “Two thousand and nineteen” is no longer applicable. But for now, it’s still correct.
One important thing to remember:
For the sake of consistency, if you are writing out your date in words, it’s also best to write out the time in words. For example: If your date is “The second of March, Two Thousand Nineteen” then your time should be something like “Three thirty in the afternoon”
However feel free to break the rules if the design of your invitation allows for it.
At the end of the day, if a customer asks me to write “Twenty Nineteen” on their invitations, I would HAPPILY do it, especially if their style was casual and quirky.
It’s your day! So make your invitations as traditional, sombre, modern, quirky, or as fun as you are
Have you struggled with invitation wording? Who helped you work out what to write?