When planning a wedding you begin to realize how inflated "wedding" prices are - stupid wedding industry! Be prepared to tack on 10% or more once you insert "wedding" in front of any purchase.
Thankfully there are perks along the way that encourage you that NOT all wedding people are devils! One of the perks I took advantage of was Macy's Registry Star Rewards Program.
To participate all you need is a Macy's card. You don't need to have a Macy's gift registry to participate, simply register your Macy's card online or at your local Macy's and all of your wedding purchases will be tallied.
10% of your purchase amount leading up to your wedding is gifted back to you! The purchases I made were mens' ties, flower girl dress, rehearsal dress, bridesmaids' gifts, grooms gift, and a multitude of other accessories. In addition to all of your purchases, if you choose to have a Macy's Registry, 5% of your registry purchases will be given back to you in the form of a Macy's gift card.
We received our 10% back in November and used it along with other gift cards from guests to purchase some new linens and flatware. I waited til Macy's awesome January sales to get the best prices!