Our plan right now is to just have my parents and brother join me and FI on our island elopement adventure (FI's parents don't wish to attend). I think we will be doing an informal AHR once we return (imagining just a big dinner party--no dancing, no big dress). FI doesn't think we should make a registry at all since we aren't inviting anyone to the wedding, just this AHR after. We wouldn't openly advertise the registry, but I think it would be nice to have one in case people ask about it. We have only lived together since last June but are still in an apartment at the moment. For Christmas we just bought each other a KitchenAid mixer and a Dyson vacuum, the two really big ticket items that I would have wanted to register for anyway.
How do I convince him that it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a registry just in case? I want him to be involved in picking stuff out for it too. Also, any ideas on where we should register at? I've looked briefly at Williams & Sonoma, Crate & Barrel. Will probably look more into Bed, Bath, & Beyond too as I'm sure I could find some things there.