My fiance and I will be getting married next spring and have chosen to save the money and time that it would take to have a wedding. He recently went through a foreclosure and we really would rather begin saving for our future, we are also a bit shaken by the foreclosure experience so spending a large sum is just too stressful. Instead we will have his father marry us and only about 10 family members will be present at the ceremony, we most likely will go out to dinner afterwards. Here is the problem, many of my friends have asked me if I'm registered, I am not, and have no idea if it is really a good idea since hardly anyone will be invited to the actual wedding. what is the etiquette in this kind of situation? I wouldn't want people guessing on a present if they choose to get us one, but I also think it would come of as rude to send an announcement for the registry but nothing about the wedding. do we have to explain to everyone that we have just chosen to skip the wedding? is there some tasteful way of announcing that there is no wedding but there is a registry? Please help.
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