Response: If I understand the scenario, the couple should not have expected any gifts. If they eloped and then had a houseparty a year later, that is simply a party and no gifts are expected or usually given. Even if the couple had a reception within a couple of months of the wedding, gifts would be optional, particularly for a second marriage. The bride and groom sound very greedy. Their family members were generous if they gave gifts of any monetary value.
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