I have yet to see two photographers or artists that handle editioning in the exact same way. Lately, I'm not editioning my silver gelatin prints and it hasn't been an issue for buyers. If it weren't the policy of some galleries requiring it, I'd probably just forget it altogether. In some ways, the fact I sell silver gelatin prints contrasts a limited availability hand made print against the ubiquitous inkjet prints--my buyers get that.
You don't have to be so stingy with your editions. I think it's foolish when I see unknown photographer's prints with 3/200 written, but 25 would be perfectly reasonable and leave you some extra prints for portfolio and other use.