Q: My husband and I plan to renew our wedding vows on our fifth anniversary. Is it appropriate for me to register for gifts and have a bridal shower?
A: Not really. If this were your second or even your third marriage, then a gift registry and a bridal shower would be fine. Your guests would be invited to a wedding reception and would want to give you something to help you and your husband set up a new home together. But a renewal of wedding vows is simply an affirmation of the love and commitment you both share and an opportunity to gather again with friends and family to celebrate your marriage. Although some guests may choose to bring a present to honor the occasion, gifts are not required.