We have decided that having a traditional family wedding is way out of reach for us since we have so much family drama. With this in mind, we have decided to have an intimate wedding with just us, our dog, officiant, and photographer next May in Charleston. Our parents and grandparents know our plans and they agree that this is probably best for our situation. We still plan to celebrate somehow with our families when we get back (we`ll probably end up having a reception for each side of our families since both of our parents have been divorced). My grandmother has said she would like to throw us a couples shower before the wedding and that we should still to register for gifts. I know that many people see this as rude to ask for gifts if you are not inviting people to your wedding, but since this is something she really wants to do I was just wanting to see if anyone had any input or had any ideas to make it seem less gift grabby and more celebratory of our future wedding.