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Roman Numerals In Wedding Invite Wording

Hi! We want to use roman numerals for our wedding date on our invites (looks fancyyyy) but I'm worried people won't know how to read our date. Text copy & pasted below. It looks nicer with all the fonts and design  :)

"request the honor of your company
at the celebration of their marriage

VIII X MMXIX
at one o’clock in the afternoon"

I feel like most people won't get aug 10 2019 out of that. Any suggestions? I really love the roman numerals.

Re: Roman Numerals In Wedding Invite Wording

  • OurWildKingdomOurWildKingdom in the 216 member
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    I know Roman numerals look cool, but they’re confusing to most people. In any case, I think you’re supposed to spell out the date (August tenth, two thousand nineteen). Check the sticky at the top of the board for samples of wording. The late CMGragain was our guru in that area.
    charlotte989875InLoveInQueensMairePoppy
  • ILoveBeachMusicILoveBeachMusic Indiana member
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    edited March 6
    The proper way is to write out the date: "Saturday the tenth of August two thousand nineteen". Roman numerals are not a formal way to do this. It will be very confusing and will not look right on a formal invitation.

    edited for self correction
    OurWildKingdomInLoveInQueensShesSoColdshort+sassy
  • Save the Roman numerals for something like a guest book or custom picture frame in your house, it really doesn't work for an invitation 
    OurWildKingdomsparklepants41ei34
  • Roman numerals do not make an invitation "fancy" or classy. 
    MyNameIsNotOurWildKingdom
  • levioosalevioosa Southern California member
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    If you want your invitation to be “fancy” then write out the date and time in the formal way stated above. I promise the Roman numerals will not look as “fancy” as you think they will, plus they’ll be confusing. 


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  • flantasticflantastic The Midwest member
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    I think you should go with traditional Roman date format, if you want them to know it's a date.

    So, ante diem VI Idus Augustas

    Or you could go with Ecclesial Latin:

    Die X mensis Augustis MMXIX
    ShesSoColdILoveBeachMusicbanana468
  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya mod
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    I find that if you (general) do something for the sole purpose of appearing "fancy", you actually succeed in doing the exact opposite.
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    MyNameIsNotInLoveInQueens
  • ei34ei34 member
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    Maybe do Roman numerals on the cover of your wedding photo album or order an engraved/personalized clock with your wedding date in Roman numerals to hang in your house? Ditto PP I wouldn’t want to risk confusing guests over something as important as the wedding date.  
    sparklepants41OurWildKingdomcharlotte989875MairePoppy
  • The proper way is to write out the date: "Saturday the tenth of August two thousand nineteen". Roman numerals are not a formal way to do this. It will be very confusing and will not look right on a formal invitation.

    edited for self correction
    The way you have the date written in Roman numerals is really confusing.  At first, I didn't even recognize it was supposed to be the date.

    And then, once I realized it, I wasn't totally sure if it was supposed to be August 10th or October 8th.  Because, as @ILoveBeachMusic pointed out, invitations often have the day first and then the month.

    As a guest, I'd be laughing at myself with, "Please don't make me think this much to put a date on my calendar."
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    OurWildKingdomcharlotte989875MairePoppy
  • Think of it this way: By writing out the date in the etiquette approved format you just avoided 100 phone calls or emails. 
    OurWildKingdom
  • You should use it somewhere, not on invitations.
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