What would be the point of the shower if no one was bringing you any gifts? As for the HM registries, I have mixed emotions.
I think most honeymoon registries are rude and deceitful. If you're going to go this route, then a bridal shower would be problematic. If you don't register for "real" gifts, then your bridal shower attendees will likely get you (unwanted) gifts.
Where I live, every single wedding shower I've been to, money was expected OVER gifts.Gift cards, money, and HM registries are the norm. I've even seen someone call it a "money shower". None of the guests had any issues with it as far as I heard. Everyone is different, and why do you always have to follow the traditional "rules"?I will only register for my HM, and not for gifts. We don't want gifts really. Sure, I'd appreciate the trouble someone went through to get me household things, but we've been living together for 4 years by that time. My BM's and my mom and MIL are spreading the word that I mainly want money gifts at my shower. If people don't want to watch me opening envelopes, then don't come! Simple. Opening gifts will be a small part of my shower. It will be mostly about getting together with female friends and family and having a nice meal before the wedding!So in conclusion, I think it's just fine!