Here's the good, the weird, and the unexpected from my shower:
First the good - I was very grateful that I got some stuff from my registry! elated, ecstatic! I hadn't seen any registry items purchased at all prior to the shower so I was a bit concerned because I hate surprises (my friend was joking I was going to get 30 pairs of lingerie), but I got registry gifts all the same. I think people purchased them the day-of. I also was feeling awkward about opening gifts in front of people, but I was fine! I got some off registry gifts and I liked almost all of them. So that was also very nice.
Next the unexpected/weird:
Out of 30 people, 5 did not give gifts or cards or anything.
2 people RSVPed yes but did not show.
1 person handed me $20 as their gift and told me not to spend it all in one place.
I received a check made out to my future husband.
2 people "went in on" 2 off-registry wedding-themed dish towels (I think this was the weirdest gift - that 2 people would give 2 dish towels as a group gift). I strongly got the vibe that this must have been a regift since one of them recently got married, though she and the other person are both the sort of people that would want to get something off a registry and one had been coaching me about how important the registry is, so it's got me scratching my head a bit, but I'm not going to think about it too much, it just stood out as odd.
All in all, weirdness aside I think everything worked out! I've been busy at work writing my thank yous