Dinner Invitation — Quick Question for Canadians

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Persephone:  Don’t worry. I don’t think they will misunderstand and think that otherwise you would be dining naked.

In Canada, we would say we dress up for dinner, but I think they will understand your intent. Besides, if they have doubts about the meaning of the phrase, one would hope they would ask.

Post # 4
3331 posts
Sugar bee

Another Canadian weighing in…I’ve never really heard that term before/seen it on an invitation but I figured out what you meant. Your guests will probably understand as well 🙂 Do they know its a 6 course dinner?

Post # 5
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think I would want a little more info. I would assume I would be dressing up for dinner, but I wouldn’t assume that it would be evening attire and a six course meal (instead of business casual and a two course meal…)

Post # 6
719 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Like others I haven’t seen that saying before but I would understand it if I saw it on an invite.

Post # 7
428 posts
Helper bee

julies1949:  Amusingly, the only time I’ve ever heard this phrase was on some comedy movie at a nude resort, and the main characters showed up naked to dinner. Someone looked down their nose at them and said “Pardon me, but we DRESS for dinner”. :p

Not Canadian (US here), but even in the context of the naked joke I figured out what the phrase originally meant, so I wouldn’t worry too much.

Post # 8
745 posts
Busy bee

Another Canadian weighing in here. Not going to lie, my first thought would be “Gotcha..so..don’t show up naked then?”

After that, I’d probably google it to confirm that it meant “dress up” which is how it’s commonly phrased in Canada.

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