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What to get for "I do" number two

Photo: Bishop Photography

Your friend just announced she's getting married -- again. Now, the tricky part: What should you do about the wedding gift? Serving platters, place settings, and kitchen appliances don’t seem as useful when it's the second time around.

Whether it's the number-two "I do" for the bride, the groom, or both, a second-time couple probably doesn't need many of the traditional registry items. After years of independent living, the issue is more likely to be too much stuff rather than a lack of basic household gear. In fact, many couples don't even fill out registries for their second weddings. Even if there’s no formal registry, though, it's natural to want to celebrate their big day with some kind of gift. Ditch your old ideas about wedding presents and go for something that truly reflects the couple’s unique style and interests. Get started with these fun ideas.

Activity Starter

If the couple has enough stuff, give a gift that lets them spend time together. Consider a gift certificate for dancing or cooking lessons, museum memberships, a day out on a sailboat, or dinner at a fancy restaurant. Maybe you'll help them find a new passion!

Hot Tickets

Look for single-performance or season tickets. Maybe there's an upcoming concert or opera the couple will love. Tickets to a play, musical, or the ballet will thrill culture-seekers. For a sportier pair, check out upcoming professional, minor league, or college athletic events in your area.

Modern Home

Even if the couple's kitchen is already fully stocked, they may be missing an espresso machine, indoor grill, or martini shaker set. Since they already have the basics, you can have fun buying them cool new gadgets and appliances.

Family Plan

If the bride, groom, or both have children from a previous marriage, look for a gift that the whole family can enjoy together. A dinner cruise, tickets to a sporting event, an evening at the theater, or day lift tickets for a nearby ski resort are all great options.


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