EWTN Catholic Q&A
When a family member marries
Question from J.G. on 03-12-2014:

I have two nieces, both are baptized Catholics. One niece was married on the beach by a Christian minister. I understand this is an invalid marriage in the Catholic Church. I did not attend the wedding.

The other niece wants to marry soon to a divorced man and will most likely be married in a Christian church, non-Catholic.

Would it be wrong to send them a wedding gift?

Answer by Catholic Answers on 03-14-2014:


Wedding gifts are intended to honor the fact of a marriage. If you did not/will not attend these weddings because you believe them to be presumptively invalid, then you should not give a wedding gift. Just write them a letter expressing your love and prayers for them.

Michelle Arnold
Catholic Answers