I had the same situation. My fiance and I have everything and the only thing we needed was money to go towards a down payment on our house.
We decided to get a wishing well, to be in place of a gift table…you can rent them and they are really nice! They contain a slit for people to put their envelops and it contains a lock so no one can open it and take the cards….you never know.
On the invitation I only wrote: “Registry: Please go to our wedding website. www. asdjfoaerigf.com for more details, as we are not having a gift table, but a wishing well instead.”
On our wedding website I found a poem, and added a little message under:
“More than just kisses so far we’ve shared,
Our home has been made with Love and Care,
Most things we need we’ve already got,
And in our home we can’t fit a lot!
A wishing well we thought would be great,
(we hope you are willing to participate),
A gift of money is placed in the well,
Then make a wish …. but shhh don’t tell!
Once we’ve replaced the old with the new,
We can look back and say it was thanks to you!
And in return for your kindness, we’re sure
That one day soon you will get what you wished for!
With that being said, we are NOT registering any where. We have two of everything we could possibly need, but we would love to have a place to put it in and call HOME. All the gifts we receive will go towards our savings for a down payment on our first home together. We will have a wishing well at the wedding instead of a gift table (as one is not needed), it will be locked and fully secure, however, if you feel more comfortable, we have a wedding account you could go though instead (link was provided). This will truly be the best possible gift we could recieve, and when we get our first home we will always appreciate and think of you!
Our guests absolutely LOVE this and dozens have commented to us on how nicely and genuwinely we asked for money as gift, without really asking. The poem and the explaination is also helpful. They are all very willing to give us money, so they can be apart of our future!
HOPE THAT HELPS!