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My uncle's widow (close in age to us 60+) is re-marrying, about which we are all delighted. The wedding invitation requests 'no presents please', but as we are unable to go and share their celebration -owing to grandchildren minding - I would like to think of something appropriate to mark the occasion. Anyone got any ideas?
In a similar situation, but with a slightly younger couple I sent a boxed set of a bottle of pink champagne and two glasses. I cannot remember where I bought it but a good search online might locate such a set.
If they really mean no presents how about a donation to a charity close to their hearts? I did that for a friend (MacMillan) who had BC a few years ago. Alternatively theatre or concert tickets, a rose bush with a suitable name or voucher for dinner somewhere nice?
When a cousin who had worked for a NGO in Africa married her long-time partner who isn't short of cash, I donated some goats for Tanzania (I think) through Save the Children. The family donated chickens for me one Christmas.
When one of DD's friends got married, her DH- to- be had lost both parents to cancer so they asked for donations to Cancer Research instead of wedding presents. A lovely gesture and I imagine a meaningful amount.
There is a lovely climbing/rambling rose (can't remember which) called "Wedding Day" and also one called "Congratulations. I believe it is a good time of year to but and plant roses, but of course bear in mind if they have a garden or indeed actually like roses!
I also like the idea of champagne or wine, I think Moon Pig do them with personalised lables?
How about "buying" them a book in the British Library? You can choose a subject that suits them and the cash preserves their book. They are invited to visit their book! Present given, but not present in their house