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When a family member marries
Question from J.G. on 3/12/2014:

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 3/14/2014:

J.G.--

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
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